Fiji — Food and Restaurants
Fiji’s largest cities and towns boast a variety of restaurants which has helped boost the appeal of the country. There are plenty of ‘Western’ influences upon the islands, including an abundance of everyday meals like burgers, fish and chips, pizza, and pasta. Nevertheless, Fiji is famous for its fresh seafood and coconut-based dishes. Most of the food is grown locally, but imported items, especially at the high-end resorts can be pricey. Most of the nightlife in Fiji is found within the major hotels around the islands. Kava is a popular drink, although beer and liquor are ubiquitous across the country, too.
Bars and Pubbing in Fiji
Despite many of the hotels and resorts providing great entertainment venues for guests, there are some renowned precincts throughout Fiji that provide more impressive after-dark cultures. Many bars and pubs don’t close until the early hours of the morning and these include Victoria Parade in Suva, Nadi’s Martintar district, and Denarau Island.
Along Victoria Parade, O’Reilly’s (5 Macartha Street, Suva, Fiji) is an Irish pub that has a great vibe. It can get rowdy on weekends, but not to the point of annoyance. One of the oldest and most adored clubs in Suva is Traps (305 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji) with five bars and four clubs for a thrilling night out. For an underground clubbing experience, Birdland (Carvanon Street, Suva City Center, Fiji) is Fiji’s number one spot.
Nadi’s Martintar is a great place to settle down for an evening of fun and excitement. The Hamburg Bar (Queen’s Road, Martintar, Fiji) is a German-owned venue complete with a DJ and dance floor. The Bounty Bar (79 Queens Road, Martintar, Nadi) is a live music establishment that lures tourists on weekends. For a more social night, head to Ed’s Bar (Lot 51, Queen’s Road, Martintar, Nadi). A plethora of locals hang out at this venue where playing pool with islanders is a popular activity.
Although not overly busy with night revelers, Port Denarau is home to some worthwhile watering holes. Cardo’s Upstairs (Port Denarau Waterfront, Fiji) is part of Cardo’s Steakhouse, and is a great spot to sink a few with the locals.
Dining and Cuisine in Fiji
Within Suva, there are many great restaurants offering a wide choice of cuisines. However, the city is strongly influenced by its Indian community, so Indo-Fijian and Indian cuisine steal the show. Singh’s Curry House (Cnr Gordon Street and Victoria Parade, Suva) is an inexpensive yet delightful restaurant serving fusion curry dishes. Ashiyana is another Indian restaurant with a spectacular menu. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at Palm Court Bistro (QBE Center, Victoria Parade, Suva) with a famous all-day breakfast.
Nadi is home to more internationally-influenced restaurants than any other area of Fiji. Tourists should head to Martintar for a great range of dynamic and tasty menus. Tu’s Place (37 Queen’s Road, Martintar, Nadi) is renowned for its various Asian and European options. A taste of Japanese yakiniku is found at Daikoku Restaurant (Queen’s Road, Martintar, Nadi), in the center of Nadi’s township.
Just a short distance from Nadi is Port Denarau where visitors can find several memorable dining options. Authentic Fijian flavors and dish designs make Nadina Restaurant (Building C, Shop R2, Port Denarau Marina, Port Denarau) a popular choice among guests. The seafood dishes are simply gorgeous. Great views of Nadi Bay and an elegant dining setting are found at Amalfi Italian Restaurant (Port Denarau Marina, Port Denarau, Fiji). The Hard Rock Café (Port Denarau Shopping Complex, Port Denarau) is the best spot for western cravings.