A variety of Polynesian and European food is available in Niue. Naturally, many tropical fruits grow and depending upon the season most can be bought at the local market or ‘makete’ which runs every Tuesday and Friday morning in central Alofi, right next door to the Visitor Information Centre.
Traditional local foods such as coconut crab ‘uga’, taro ‘talo’, breadfruit, cassava, shellfish are also for sale – but be early!
Niueans have high standards of quality and preparationof food is traditionally very high, and they are extremely proud of this; using it as yet another way to distinguish themselves from neighbouring countries.
The very best range of traditional local food is found at the annual village showdays – each of Niue’s fourteen villages hosts a show-day every year to showcase local cooking, craft, sporting, cultural skills and performances. A large earth oven, or ‘umu’, is prepared, and visitors can sample some rarely found and delicious treats. Try to co-ordinate your visit with one of these show-days, for it will expose you to the full fabric of Niuean life. Our Calendar of Events will keep you up to date with these.
A couple of villages have a small shop selling simple necessities. Alofi has several grocers and supermarkets but their hours vary. The largest supermarket, Swanson, is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 4.00. Their late night hours run on Tuesday and Friday till 6pm. It does pay to be a bit organised to eat properly!
We strongly recommend that if staying in a motel or you plan to cook your own food, that you do your grocery shopping as soon as you can after arrival to avoid any problems
Niue is not a bustling metropolis, so not all restaurants can afford to open all the time. Bookings are encouraged for all eating establishments to avoid dissapointment.
For the most up-to-date list of opening hours, check with the Visitor Information Centre. You can choose from: