Maranui Cafe is a popular, quirky 40's style café based in the Surf Lifesaving Club in Lyall Bay. Coupling beautiful food with amazing views over Lyall Bay, this is a cafe that tends to create a long but patient queue of customers waiting out the doors over the weekend.

One of the more popular cafés in Wellington, it's known for its well priced yet decent meals, the friendly staff, and the crazy hustle and bustle atmosphere and the retro décor. This is one that is sure to please.


Price Range Reasonable
Ambience Relaxed atmosphere
Accepts credit cards Yes
Noise level Upbeat
Food Options Vegetarian

Products and specialities

Outdoor Seating, Bay Views, Restaurant, Cafe, Liquor License


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Best view and best vege breakfast in Wellington! It's also nice to walk off brunch with a wander round to Island Bay

If you can drag your sleepy feet out of bed and into Maranui early, I can garuntee it will be worth it! This surf-life saving club cafe teeters on the edge of a wonderfully, typical Wellington beach. The food is good, really good and reasonably priced, the service is efficient and friendly. Watch the waves roll in and the surfers bob up and down while you sp on a hot coffee. There are lines here most mornings but they move fast and are worth the wait! Perfect place to come to get out of the city and embrace the seaside.

Cafe to try near Lyall bay

The Fish Taco is the bombdiddly! dave - Von photography

Have been here once with my daughter when visiting Wellington and the food was delicious and the service was great, even though the cafe was very busy. I definitely recommend this and would definitely visit again. #shoutme

Maranui make the best big veggie breakfast in town. And I have had quite a few breakfasts in town. I like the fact that they have guacamole, a homemade nutty pesto, baked potatoes, slow roasted tomatoes with balsamic vinegar to make them really tasty. So, some really nice extras that you don't get anywhere else. And it's really tasty!

Love this cafe for its relaxed feel, delicious menu and great coffee! Perfect spot for a cruisy weekend brunch... and you can't go past their date and orange scones. #cafetab

I love the food, views and staff at Maranui! #feelgood

Maranui’s popular at all times of year, and especially in summer due to its close proximity to the beach. But I actually like it best in the colder months, when it’s stormy and grey outside (and there aren’t queues out the door). I get a coffee and sit in the window and watch the waves break against the beach – it’s really quite poetic.

They have great view, a lovely atmosphere, beautiful view and good service.