Top things to do

Top Choice Market in Nuku'alofa

Talamahu Market

Want to see the real of Nuku’alofa? Wander through the aisles at Talamahu, Tonga's main fresh-produce hub. You’ll find produce piled into handmade woven-frond baskets, branches of bananas, colourful pyramids of frui…
Top Choice Cafe in Nuku'alofa

Friends Cafe

With a breezy charm, conversation, laughter and dependably good food, Friends is an irresistible social and culinary magnet for visitors and locals alike. Expect everything from panini to Thai beef curry to Moroccan…
Top Choice Chinese in Nuku'alofa

Tiger Inn

One of four quick-fire, perennially busy eateries on the ocean side of the Tonga Post building, Tiger Inn eschews the Western sausage-and-chips offerings of its neighbours and delivers authentic Chinese noodle soups…
Top Choice Bar in Nuku'alofa

Billfish Bar & Restaurant

This chilled-out open-air place down by the wharves is a long-time locals’ haunt. There are hefty pub-style meals (mains T$14 to T$38: try the fish curry or the Hawaiian burger), chipper staff, Steinlager on tap, Di…
Cafe in Nuku'alofa

Café Escape

Slick Café Escape could be anywhere, but provides a refined air-conditioned retreat from the street and infuses the tropics into its mixed menu. Order the fab banana-and-pineapple porridge, or combat the starch in y…
Bar in Nuku'alofa

Ngutulei Bar & Restaurant

You can order a bang-up steak, chicken, lobster or swordfish meal at Ngutulei (mains T$18 to T$45), but most folks are here for a cold beer overlooking the fishing boats. With a stylish woody fit-out inside, it sits…
Palace in Nuku'alofa

Royal Palace

Encircled by expansive lawns and casuarina trees, the white weatherboard Victorian-style Royal Palace, erected in 1867, is the pinnacle of Tongan grandeur. The palace grounds are not open to visitors, but you can ge…
Italian in Nuku'alofa

Marco's Pizza & Pasta

Explore Nuku'alofa's back streets and you'll find plenty of places to eat: Korean, Singaporean, Indian, and Marco's – an unassuming little pizza and pasta joint. Chow down inside the modest shack, or sit out in the …
Church in Nuku'alofa

Centenary Chapel

Royal watchers and rubberneckers (regardless of denomination) head to this towering white church for a glimpse of Tonga's royal family at Sunday service, and to hear the congregation give its vocal chords a workout …
Italian in Nuku'alofa

Lunarossa Restaurant

You’ll need a car or taxi to get to the 'Red Moon', but it makes for a reasonably classy experience. The vibe is intimate with authentic Italian cuisine, the focus on ultrafresh seafood (the creed: 'a passion to red…