Fast food geography: Discover Solomon Islands through the Breakwater Cafe

Nestled in the Pacific near Australia and Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands may be most familiar to Westerners through the Guadalcanal campaign in World War II. Learn a bit more about it by touring the Breakwater Cafe.

Solomon Islands is a small, spread out country

With a population of just over 500,000, the island nation is small—and that’s probably one of the reasons the Breakwater Cafe is as close as you’ll come to typical fast food (aside from a few smaller takeout joints).

There are other reasons the cafe is as close as you’ll get to fast food. The islands are spread out, the nation is one of the poorest in the Pacific, and it’s not as politically stable as many multinational corporations would like. That leaves room for local players like the Breakaway Cafe to serve the best coffee in the nation (though it caters largely to expats because it’s too pricey for many locals).

Honiara is the capital

With 64,000 people, it’s also the largest city and home to the Breakwater Cafe. You’ll find some burgers and drinks around the city, including at the Pacific Casino Hotel.

It’s in the sphere of Britain and Australia

Until 1978, Solomon Islands was a British Territory (and even today, Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen). Fish and chips are common at area restaurants and food stands. As one reviewer noted:

The Union Jack flew over Honiara so one shouldn’t have too many expectations about the food. However if you look there a couple of gems amongst the culinary gristle, One of these is the Breakwater Cafe.

You’ll find the Australian influence as well at the Breakwater Cafe. The Australian Dollar is more stable than the Solomon Islands Dollar, so some expats and locals use it instead. A more direct connection, however, is the coffee. Breakwater Cafe serves DiBella Coffee, made by a company based in Australia.

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