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The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Suva

© Maksym Kozlenko on Wikipedia

The Best Places to Eat in Suva

When in Suva, no doubt you are in the best place in Fiji to sample the widest range of authentic Fiji food. With influences from Fijians, Indo-Fijians, Asian and Western cultures, Suva’s restaurant scene provides enough to make even the pickiest foodie happy. What’s more, eating out in Fiji’s capital city is extremely affordable. Sure enough, you will not go hungry and will refuse to once you have tasted the many flavours of Suva.

For more ways to experience Suva, check out 10 Super Things to Do in Suva.

5 Tips for Eating Out in Suva

  • Suva is a pretty compact city, so you can get to most places mentioned in this guide on foot from the city centre.
  • When buying street food, get food that is cooked in front of you – rather than pre-prepared – to avoid health issues.
  • Indian food can be pretty spicy in Fiji so be careful about what you order if you are not used to it!
  • The drinking age is 18 years old in Fiji.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Suva Municipal Market (Usher Street) too for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and to mingle with the sellers.

For more food advice, check out our Guide to Fiji Food.

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Fijian Restaurants in Suva

When in Fiji, try Fijian food! If this is your mantra, then add these Fijian restaurants to your Suva itinerary.

Want to try some traditional Fijian dishes, many of which that feature in 10 Unique Foods in Fiji You Have to Try? Then head to The Old Mill Cottage (Carnarvon Street). The affordable prices, timber cottage setting and outdoor seating areas make this a super popular place for a real Fijian affair.

For a different eating experience, head to Tiko’s Floating Bar (Stinson Parade) with signature dishes including fresh local fish such as walu and pakapaka. The restaurant on a boat also serves New Zealand steak for a good balance of surf and turf.

If floating restaurants weren’t enough, then check out Fiji’s “only museum-themed restaurant” Governor’s (Knolly Street). As well as photos and paraphernalia on the walls celebrating all things Fiji, the restaurant serves a mix of Fijian food and Western crowd-pleasers.

Popular with the locals, the Eden Bistro & Bar (Bureta Street) is renowned in Suva for its fresh Fijian seafood. The bistro also serves up Western and Indian meals.

Relax with an authentic Fijian meal amidst the stunning Colo-i-Suva Forest Park at the Colo-i-Suva Rainforest Eco Resort‘s restaurant. If you don’t want to try the Kokoda or Ika Vakalolo then there are plenty of other meals to suit even the fussiest eater.

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Indian Restaurants in Suva

If you’re on a tight budget, then you can still eat like a king in Suva thanks to the array of curry houses to cater to the vast Indo-Fijian population. Here are a few Indian restaurants in Suva worth trying.

Singh’s Curry House (Gordon Street) serves up a mouthwatering range of South Indian food which you can either eat in the booths or take away. What’s more, they’re open on a Sunday.

Get yourself a table at the Curry House (Waimanu Road) the curry selection is great and the size of the sides are even better! It’s a busy curry join so don’t wait too long to have lunch!

For something a little more “upscale”, try Maya Dhaba (Victoria Parade). The contemporary-style restaurant has a delectable range of South Indian delights from Dosa to Butter Chicken.

Another option worth trying on Victoria Parade is Ashiyana. With its cosy and relaxed ambience in the old Town Hall building, it makes for a characterful place to have an Indian lunch or dinner.

Finally, for a real authentic Indian culinary experience, check out Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant (Cumming Street). Not only do they have spectacular curries, but their sweets alone are a must-try!

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Western Restaurants in Suva

Of course, among the international array of restaurants in Suva is its fair share of Western-style eateries. For some familiarity, check out these eats in Suva.

A watering hole that you’re bound to hear mentioned a lot is the Bad Dog Cafe (Corner of Macarthur Street and Victoria Parade). Among the bar snacks are a wide range of international dishes from Cajun chicken to burgers to Thai curries.

The Gallery (Royal Suva Yacht Club) provides a global menu to please everyone. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a children’s playground, so it’s a great place to take the kids!

For all you meat-lovers, head to the iCrave Bistro (Carnarvon Street) for its mouthwatering burgers and steaks. Get there on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday for live music.

To pick up some freshly-baked goodies for an on-the-go snack, experience the Hot Bread Kitchen (Scott Street) with affordable pies, sausage rolls, cheese and onion loaves and scrumptious coconut rolls.

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Japanese, Korean & Chinese Restaurants in Suva

To add to the vast array of international restaurants around Suva, here are some Korean, Chinese and Japanese restaurants in Suva that do things particularly well.

Many will tell you it’s the best Chinese restaurant in Suva, so head to Chopsticks (Thomson Street) and judge for yourself. Plus, it’s BYO with no corkage fee.

Named after the greatest pun around, The Great Wok of China (Bau Street) is a little out of the city, but well worth the trip for serving up any kind of Chinese dish you could want – and they do a great job of it too!

Feel like you’ve been transported to Tokyo with a teppanyaki show performed right in front of your eyes at Dakikou Restaurant (Victoria Parade). Needless to say, you’ll need to book to get into this hugely popular eatery.

Your teppanyaki alternative is the Bluefin Restaurant (Gordon Street in the Marama Building). The fresh Fijian fish mixed with the Japanese cooking style is to die for.

Finally, for your full dose of Korea, head to Korea House (Waimanu Road). With generous portions and an authentic Korean flare, Korea House will not disappoint! We recommend the barbecue dishes.

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Cafes in Suva

When it comes to a tasty lunch or a fabulous venue to meet up for coffee, these are some of your best offerings in Suva.

Bulaccino Cafe (Garden City, Raiwai) is the chain Fijian coffee shop that’s always worth a try just to say you’ve been. Not to mention, the coffee and cakes are outstanding.

Speaking of cakes, if sweets are what you crave then don’t hesitate to check out Cakes 2000 (Marks Street). This bakery/cafe serves up tasty slices, stuffed sandwiches and some authentic Fijian dishes.

Super cheap food for the super hungry is served at the Palm Court Bistro (Victoria Parade in the Queensland Insurance Building). Choose from cooked breakfasts, breakfast burgers, chicken and chips and much more!

If you’re looking for somewhere special to get a drink then check out The ROC (Victoria Parade in the Dolphin Centre), otherwise known as The Republic of Cappuccino. They do great coffee, as well as fresh juice and smoothies at their juice bar. [Update: The ROC is permanently closed].

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Best Bars in Suva

If you want to mingle with the locals and party into the night, then these are your best options in Suva.

Traps Bar (Victoria Parade) has five different bars in one, so you’re bound to find your own corner to dance, drink, watch sports or listen to live music.

O’Reilly’s (McArthur Street) has a wide range of music to keep people dancing all night long.

Nearby is Purple Haze, which is a characterful bar with a sci-fi theme and gay-friendly.

Head to The Ultimate Guide to the Fiji Nightlife for more bar and nightclubs in Suva.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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