With a combination of big-city transplants bringing their culinary skills to the islands, and a vibrant gastronomic scene of its own, it’s no surprise that Hawaii is home to some seriously delicious bagel shops. Whether you’re searching for a New York-style bagel in Paradise or a specialty bagel unique to Hawaii, these spots have what you’re looking for!
Lox of Bagels serves New York-style bagels—over 20 varieties daily, with specials including strawberry guava, Hawaiian, banana walnut and jalapeño. You can also find your typical standbys: Onion, poppy, everything and plain. In addition to bagels, you can find unique items like Bagel Dogs and Bagel Puffs—bagel dough stuffed with different fillings like peanut butter, chocolate or cream cheese. You can also grab lunch where you can order the namesake, lox and cream cheese, via the Manhattan Delight. This is definitely one of the most popular spots for bagels across the islands.
Café Grace, by Lox of Bagels, is an unassuming spot with a calming vibe and décor that makes you want to sit and linger. All the menu items are tasty, but the focus of both the menu and this article are bagels. They strive to take their high-quality bagels and “turn them into something surprisingly creative and delicious.” French toast made with bagels? Sure, add hazelnut chocolate spread, fresh strawberries and bananas. Try all manner of egg sandwiches for breakfast or the Teri chicken with veggies for lunch.
Green Flash Coffee only serves bagels on its breakfast menu—luckily they serve breakfast here all day long! Try a toasted bagel with your favorite toppings, or a breakfast bagel sandwich with salmon & lox, or egg, cheese and your choice of turkey, ham, or bacon. The smoothies are also must-tries. The Nutty Date has bananas, dates, soy milk and raw almonds, and their signature Green Flash has mango, papaya, pineapples, spinach, mint, parsley and pure apple juice.
At Kaya’s you’d never guess that so many of their options are gluten-free and vegan. The food is all organic and delicious. Located on Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, the view of the ocean from the hillside is spectacular. Grab a delicious 100 percent Kona coffee beverage and decide on what you’d like to eat. Although the choices are typically limited (everything, plain, sesame, cinnamon raisin), you can order them toasted up with spreads (mac nut pesto, house tofu spread, cream cheese) or served as a sandwich with egg & cheese or veggies. If you’re gluten-free, the gluten free crust on the quiche is amazing.
Maui Coffee Roasters are most well known for their coffee, but serve amazing breakfast bagels to go along with it. The bagel options are standard, but they have the basics, with toasted bagels and toppings and bagel breakfast sandwiches.