Located on the island of Guadalcanal, Honiara was built on land that saw some of the bloodiest battles of WWII. Now the capital and base of tourism to the beautiful Solomon Islands, this city offers something to satisfy the desires of history junkies, nature lovers, shoppers, and everyone in between. Spend your days picking up crafts at the outdoor markets or exploring the Botanical Garden's orchid collection, and your nights eating coconut crab and playing Pacific Poker, two local specialties.
Things to do in Honiara
4 based on 99 reviews
Authentic Japanese Restaurant. You can eat sushi, sashimi, sukiyaki....
The best thing about the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel is this restaurant. As a result of an unexpected rescheduling of our flight we needed to stay overnight in Honiara. As it was Saturday the buffet was our only option and it was fabulous. Some of the freshest tuna sashimi I have ever tasted. Other Japanese specialities were well executed including savory custard, tempura, sushi, nori rolls and teriyaki skewers.
3.5 based on 23 reviews
Fusion food provides an interesting variation on the Honiara luncheon scene. Good mixture of Asian and western varieties with soups, laksa, pad thai, sandwiches and tacos. Nice fresh salads to accompany the mains. Quiet and cool, it is a pleasant oasis for small group meetings and a catch up with friends away from the hot, dusty streets.
4 based on 111 reviews
Visited here in 2010 for a fantastic seafood buffet dinner. Tried again in 2011 but in between me booking and the night I went, they had changed to a set menu. While cheaper at $100SOL per person, it was nothing fantastic with minimal topping on my pizza.
The Thai food here is really nice, from the Thai fried rice, som tam, Tomyam. Really well servings. I was there on Sunday night, um, quite disappointing as the environment is really too quiet and since it is open air and I just requested the staff to open the fan above my table but it was rejected. I have no idea why but the friend just say it is still fine, so I just ignore, Was having a HOT dinner.
4 based on 162 reviews
The Lime Lounge Cafe was established in 2003 and provides good home-cooked meals, quiches, pies, cakes, slices and cookies accompanied by great Merlo coffees, fruit smoothies and juices. All served with Solomon Islands style hospitality and broad smiles.The Café opens for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Business hours are: 7am to 4pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).In addition to the set Café Menu, lunch specials are featured three-times a week. Delicious home-cooked pies on Mondays, mouthwatering curries on Wednesdays and island-style food (kai-kai) on Fridays. The weekend specialty is the all-day breakfast.The Lime Lounge is child-friendly and provides a set in-house “Kids Menu” and a kids’ play area with toys, books and colouring material.In March 2013, the Lime Lounge Café won a Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Excellence in Service Delivery for a medium size business (20–49 staff). Additional services provided by the Lime Lounge include:• Scrumptious cakes for all events - Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc.• Full catering services for a range of functions including; cocktail parties, dinner parties, school graduations and official functions. • A special children’s party food menu for on-site catering or off-site Delivery.• Venue hire for evening functions.• Staff for hire for functions – tray bearers, bar staff, dinner party cooks and servers.
After our morning viewing local attractions, we decided to sample the local fare and as this café/restaurant was on our route we decided to venture inside. We were pleasantly surprised - cool, clean, friendly staff , great atmosphere, locals and tourists mingling. The fare was decidedly European so we opted for drinks, coffees and some cakes. Cold drinks placed before us at the counter, we returned to our table to await the remainder of our order. This was soon delivered by a friendly staff member, it was enjoyed by both my wife and I. Frankly, it was as good as any enjoyed by us in other cities. This place is an absolute gem and a must visit if in Honiara.
4.5 based on 227 reviews
3.5 based on 19 reviews
Arriving hungry for dinner as a takeaway, I noticed that there was a monte python atmosphere about the ordering process with the guy rushing away babbling in chinese apparently to see if there was any of the items available. Building works and workers with power saws assisted the 'fine dining' atmosphere. The interior was better than the exterior and it reminded me how nice it was to sit in such a place with a chinese business colleague and get smashed on tumblerfulls of cognac (in Singapore many years ago) After a while all the chat is intelligible and I didn't know I could speak chinese that good! the food was gob-cram not for taste, though substances named 'peking duck', and 'lobster' came and went. So how do you know if you have been overcharged? - the dealer gives you huge smiles and many thanks as he grossly overcharges. Same with this place. Food quite ok but later 'burrpees' told me what it really digested like.
4.5 based on 27 reviews
Mambo Juice! offers fresh fruit juice, smoothies, slushies, coffee, sandwiches, rolls, omelettes, tossed salads, pre-mixed cocktails and the like.Patrons can consume their purchases in the lovely tropical garden, complete with waterfall, or take them away. Mambo Juice! is the only cafe in Honiara that offers table service.Pre-ordering can be done by phone on 28811 or in person.The customer toilet has been described as the best, and cleanest, in the country.
I am very impressed with the salads and juices at this place - tucked away from the centre of Honiara in a rather unimposing building. The range of juices and smoothies is impressive, with imaginative additions to the standard tropical fare. The salad ranges are limited but tasty. I have not tried the sandwiches. I would aim to take away rather than eat in as the facilities are limited.
4 based on 45 reviews
We had dinner here one night, service was very good, the quality & quantity of food was excellent & not too spicy. Restaurant very clean & well laid out. It's not at the Point Cruz Yacht Club, but across the road from it (on the main road) up a flight of stairs, which need a good scrub as it doesn't give a first good impression of the restaurant.
4.5 based on 100 reviews
The beautifully decorated tropical bamboo-themed interior with its comfortable Seating (both inside and outdoors) automatically sets the mood for family, friends or business gathering – definitely a place I would highly recommend for business lunches for its privacy and less noise/bustle though located in middle of the capital. This is my perfect stop for a flatwhite whenever I’m about in town running errands I will always make time to grab my flatwhite or have a sit down with a cuppa to relax in the cool air-conditioned bamboo café just to re-energise before I shoot off again. I also admire that it has always maintained its standard of cleanliness and is especially known to have the most well-kept and spacious toilet rooms for that much needed refreshment in middle of the day. I chose bamboo café as my favourite coffee stop simply because it has all the best of everything any café has to offer with staff who won’t keep you waiting too long for your order. Thankyou Bamboo café, I look forward to my next visit.
4.5 based on 18 reviews
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