Popular Noumea Restaurants
Dining out in New Caledonia is a major aspect of the local lifestyle. The restaurants are considered to be among the best in the South Pacific. Much of the food is based on French-style cooking and wine is taken very seriously.
Noumea boasts a superb selection of restaurants – although mostly French you'll also find Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish and African. Seafood meals are a specialty of the region and feature fresh local prawns, octopus, shellfish, reef fish and deep-sea fish.
Restaurant hours are generally from 11.30am–2.30pm and 7.00pm–11.00pm.
Au P’tit Café
Avenue des frères Carcopino, Noumea, New Caledonia
Au P’tit Café is known as the best little cafe in Noumea and is rated the number one restaurant on TripAdvisor. Its casual ambience and delicious food make for an extremely enjoyable experience, and word has got around.
The concept behind Au P’tit Café is to use the best local produce available to create tempting French-style dishes. Each week the menu changes, inspired by the seasonal ingredients on offer at the local markets. You may choose from four main courses and four desserts. With no entrees, the mains are quite large helpings.
Reservations are essential and can be made online with 48 hours notice. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11:30am–1:30pm and from 7.00pm–9.30pm. However, it is wise to check the website for unexpected closures.
La Table des Gourmets
Aerodrome, 91 Rue Maurice Herzog, Noumea, Grand Terre 98800, New Caledonia
To savour traditional French food from the Alsace region, a visit to La Table des Gourmets is a must. The meals are hearty and delicious, equal to anything you might be served in France, and are good value for money.
The jambonneau, the spicy escargot, the confit de canard and the cassoulet are recommended. If you're feeling adventurous you might even like to go for a calves head or pig trotters! There are a lot of locals who eat here, which is always a good sign.
The restaurant has a terrace if you want to sit outside in the sunshine. The staff are very friendly although their English is limited so it is best to take a French phrasebook if you're not confident ordering in French.
It is best to make a reservation although you might get in without one if you arrive at 7pm. La Table des Gourmets is open Tuesday until Saturday from 11am–1.30pm and 7pm–9.30pm.
141, Route de l'Anse Vata | Anse Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre 98800, New Caledonia
Situated in the Anse Vata area, this large bakery has a fabulous selection of baked goods, great for a quick lunch or beach munchie. The French-style breads and pastries are freshly baked every day and are rather addictive.
You can relax on cafe-style tables as you munch on your treats and order some great coffee as an accompaniment. The religeuses, éclaires, cannelés and chouquettes are highly recommended.
Everything in this bakery is made with care and is exceptional value. You can easily feed a family for around 18 AUD, which is rare in Noumea. The staff are patient and helpful. Opening hours are from 5am–7pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Sur Le Lagon, Face au Palm Beach, Noumea, Grand Terre, New Caledonia
Sitting atop a jetty on the turquoise waters at Anse Vata, this top-notch gastronomic restaurant offers a unique ambience combined with excellent food and friendly service. If you're perched on the deck, you'll have a stunning view of Canard Island and the reef. Alternatively, if you're sitting inside, you'll be able to watch the unusual and remarkable spectacle of sharks and tropical fish swimming through the restaurant's cut away floor.
La Creperie Bretonne
5 Rue Ange Berlioz, Nouméa 98800, New Caledonia
Dishing up scrumptious crepes for over forty years, La Crêperie Bretonne is New Caledonia’s oldest restaurant. Decorated in typical Breton style, this cosy family eatery offers an extensive selection of crepes and pancakes (galettes), both savoury and sweet. There's also an alluring drinks list of aperitifs, cider, wine and digestifs.
If you fancy a savoury crepe, you can choose from various mouth watering toppings featuring fresh local produce including seafood. If you're craving something sweeter, you might like to select a topping of Belle Helene, chocolate or Grand Marnier.
The service is fast and friendly and the staff speak some English. The crepes are also great value for money.
Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open from 11.15am –1.15pm and 6.30pm–9.30pm (10pm Fridays and Saturdays) daily. It's closed at lunchtime on Sundays and Mondays.