Niue has food treats awaiting visitors, but for some you have to be quick off the mark, writes Natalie Beran.

For foodies, Niueans bring everything to the table in their search for fresh ideas and export opportunities.

Here are some highlights to look out for on a visit to Niue:

1 At Washaway Cafe, service is pretty much DIY: write your order down, grab yourself a drink from the bar (really, just grab yourself a drink, there are no bar staff, just the honesty book to tally up your tab) and take a seat.

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With its views across the coral beach to the waters of Avatele Beach, and a delicious burger in hand, it's the best way to spend an afternoon.

Just make sure it's Sunday afternoon, as the Washaway Cafe is closed the rest of the week.

2 Stop by Hio Cafe for lunch and be sure to book in for their exclusive island menu night.

Bookings for Wednesday night are essential to grab one of only 20 spots.

3 Alofi Market is open twice a week, but learn from our mistake.

Proud we'd made it to town by 6.30am, we were too late and almost everything had sold out, including the infamous Niuean breakfast porridge. Be there from 5am for the fun.

4 RockBak bakery is another early start, open four mornings a week from 6am-8.30am.

Grab something delicious for your day exploring the island.

5 There are many great restaurants around Niue, starting with the Scenic Matavai Resort's Dolphin restaurant. You'll find something different on offer each night from food to entertainment.

A meal at Dolphin restaurant. Photo / Supplied
A meal at Dolphin restaurant. Photo / Supplied

The barbecue/spit-roast night and the Sunday evening chill-out burger-and-beer dinner at the poolside bar is accompanied by live music.

6 For Indian, head into Alofi and right at the commercial centre sits Gils. We tried their crispy onion bhaji and delicious butter lamb, from an extensive menu.

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Getting there
Air New Zealand flies from Auckland to Niue twice weekly, with one-way Seat fares from $362.