Whether you want a light breakfast before heading to the beach or a hearty meal to fuel you for a day of hiking, Hawaii has plenty of choices to fill up and sample local specialties. You’ll see certain menu items unique to breakfast here, such as the popular loco moco and Acai bowls with fresh local fruit. If a more traditional breakfast is your style, we’ve got that too. Here are the best breakfast places in Hawaii.
Heavenly in Waikiki promotes local, seasonal ingredients and buys organic wherever possible. Although the breakfast menu isn’t super extensive, it’s pretty well-rounded, including an Acai bowl with fresh fruit, local farm eggs and pork belly benedict and honey French toast. Another popular draw is their fresh smoothies, with names like “Awake,” “Energy” and “Happy.”
Sweet E’s is a local diner, with a selection of dishes and portions you would expect from this type of restaurant. Customers rave about the “Big Mess,” a scramble with eggs, hash browns, and Portuguese sausage, the corned beef eggs benedict, and their perfectly crispy hashbrowns. Their new location, while larger and more modern than their previous spot, is a bit noisier. However, if you are looking for a good breakfast and a great value, Sweet E’s will check your boxes.
Local Joe is the place to go to have fun with your morning latte—they have a latte art machine and you can use an app to upload any image that you want printed onto your foam. Not only are the coffee creations beautiful to look at, the quality and taste is the best in town! Folks rave about the Thai latte, almond milk latte, fresh scones, and breakfast croissant sandwiches. They also have kombucha on tap and offer gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options.
The Gazebo has appeared on many best lists when it comes to finding a good breakfast spot in Hawaii and it’s easy to see why. The view is beautiful, the breakfast Hawaiian fried rice is described as “bananas” and the white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes are “life changing.” Be prepared to wait, as the secret’s out on this spot, but the wait is worthwhile.
Kihei Caffe has a huge menu with all the usual suspects… huevos rancheros, lox & bagel, eggs benedict, biscuits, loco moco and more! Portions are sizeable, the food is delicious and it’s a great value, but keep in mind it is cash only.
Got a craving for authentic French pastries or crepes? La Provence, overlooking the Central Maui Valley, serves up a variety of these French treats with an amazing view. You can go either sweet or savory—try traditional Nutella with whipped cream or a delicious veggie and goat cheese. Grab a café au lait or some hot coco to head off the chill (the restaurant is located on the slopes of Haleakala) and head out to the patio to enjoy your breakfast in the sunshine.
One of the best places on the island of Kauai to try the Hawaiian specialty, loco moco, this breakfast spot in Kapaa is worth waiting in line. Try the loco moco with pork, rather than beef, for a delicious twist. Not for the faint of heart or those watching their waistlines, these portions are extremely hearty and will stick with you for hours. In business since 1975, this spot is definitely a fan favorite.
A casual spot with a huge breakfast menu, delicious coffee and a nice atmosphere, Kalaheo Café is a solid breakfast choice if you are visiting the island of Kauai. There are vegan and vegetarian options, as well as delicious pastries, such as a local favorite called “knuckles.” Although the popularity of the restaurant results in a lot of hustle and bustle, there is something to satisfy any breakfast craving.
Island Lava Java in Kailua-Kona is the perfect spot to grab a bite with your toes in the sand. Located right on the waterfront off Ali’i Drive, the coffee and views are the real stars of this breakfast spot. With a variety of options to choose from, including a Luau omelet with Kalua pork and grilled pineapple and “Island Style” pancakes with macadamia nuts and bananas, this is a great place to kick off a morning on the big island.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, a tranquil atmosphere—enjoy the breakfast of your dreams at Cafe Kaila in Honolulu. Do not miss out on their pancakes and waffles. The buttermilk pancakes are perfect for those with a sweet tooth: fluffy pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and topped with butter and syrup as well bananas, caramelized apples, blueberries, or strawberries.