Honiara can be a hot, crazy busy town and there’s nothing better than a quiet, air-conditioned refuge to escape to. For many weary travellers, the Lime Lounge Café on Commonwealth Street is just the place.

The Lime Lounge celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year and it remains at the forefront of good food and good service. The Café is well known overseas and is often a first point of call for visitors and new residents who have come to Honiara to work. Local Honiara residents also enjoy a good coffee and are regular customers in the café.

Opened in October 2003, at the time it was the only Australian-style café in Honiara with six staff. The Lime Lounge now employs 30 and with the exception of the director, is entirely staffed by Solomon Islanders, from kitchen hands to the chef and manager.

For the past decade the Lime Lounge Cafe has been successfully providing a wide range of professionally prepared home-style meals and espresso-style Italian coffees in a friendly and clean environment. Besides breakfast and lunch, the café produces wonderful home made cakes, cookies and sweets.

The Lime Lounge Café also promotes Solomon Island artists and artisans. The café displays paintings by local artists and sells books and locally made jewellery such
as ‘Sister Savve’. Gorgeous coconut oil soaps and scents are also available.

For the last 3 years it has operated “Sublime Café“ at the GBR resort, home to RAMSI and provides mostly coffee and cold drinks for the base staff.

The Lime Lounge in Commonwealth Street just off Mendana Avenue, is open Monday to Friday, 7am-4pm; Saturday & Sunday 8am-4pm. •