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Port Moresby with its scenic spots has remained a popular destination with many expats have made their home. While the city has a lot to offer, its increasingly urbane population has bemoaned the lack of dining and entertainment centres.
With more disposable income in their hands, the middle class has also set its standards high. Well-travelled locals and expats missed the kind of eateries and hangout spots they frequented in other cities across the globe.
How does this new development come about?
The harbour side property owners saw the business and tourism potential. They tapped into this customer longing for something exciting on the culinary scene. By giving up the original development plan of commercial offices and retail boutiques, they’ve concentrated more on value-added food business.
Cullen Feng’s building design perfectly complements the vision of the property owners and aspirations of high income earners and professional emigrants in this happening city. The waterfront complex is now a mix of luxurious serviced offices and urban-chic eateries.
A spectacular harbour view
The deadly combo of beauty and flavour gives restaurants with a view a unique advantage. Fantastic natural views and delectable food come together to offer you an exhilarating and unmatched experience. Add a bit of shopping or business added to the mix, and you have a winner.
This is where the two-tower Harbourside complex scores over other food venues. The lake-like Fairfax harbour is sight to behold. The expansive boardwalk links the buildings together and offers you a chance to stroll and laze around much like the yachts bobbing in the waters.
A glimpse of some dining spots on Harbourside
Match the breathtaking view with ambience, gourmet food and personalised service, and you have people coming back for more. Some restaurants and food joints have already claimed their waterfront residence on the huge terrace floor facing the harbour.
Duffy, the popular cafe has opened its third branch at the precinct. People frequent this place mostly drawn to its speciality coffees, baked goodies, breakfast spread including salads and juices, but equally enjoy the ambience and service.
Then you have Asian Aromas that serves Chinese fare and has relocated to the waterfront. Regular visitors will be impressed by changes – swanky interiors and unchanged standards – food quality and service.
Sogno, famed for its Italian cuisine, is open for business. Opt for outside seating under the stars and enjoy some luscious chocolate cake after a hearty dinner.
If grilled rotis and spicy food are more of your thing, then drop in at Tandoor on the Harbour. With an attentive staff, delicious food, and the best possible view in the city, you’re bound to have a great time entertaining family and friends.
Seafood lovers will probably linger at east tower’s terrace floor where Naked Fish is located. Beautiful décor sets the tone and follows it up with tasty food. Hang out with friends over casual drinks or relish your medium rare steak soaked in red wine for lunch.
What tips the scores in our opinion?
No more trips to different corners of the city to find restaurants that whet your appetite for delectable food.
The wharf boardwalk is safe and secure for diners and strollers alike. Outdoor seating being a rarity in Port Moresby, this enhances the dining jaunt. Choose terrace seating over indoors. The cool breeze blowing in, star studded sky, and building lights casting their sparkling reflections in the water turn dinners into glorious affairs.
No more quiet Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the waterfront. The harbour is the most happening place at Port Moresby now, and could become a popular leisure spot for travellers in the years to come.
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