When it comes to finding the best coffee in Waikiki, there is no shortage of options. From tourist traps to highly rated local favorites, you can find a good cup at almost any establishment. But which one should you choose? In this article, I have reviewed 10 of the best coffee shops in Waikiki based on my personal experiences at each.
List of Best Coffee Shops in Waikiki
The following are some of the best coffee shops you can visit whenever you are at Waikiki:
- Island Vintage Coffee
- Ali’i coffee Co
- Kona coffee purveyors
- Kai Coffee
- Coffee or Tea? Waikiki
- Coffee Shop 831
- Knots Coffee Roasters
- Hawaiian Aroma Café
- The Sunrise Shack
- Honolulu Coffee at Moana Surfrider
Every coffee shop aforementioned has interesting specs aside from just offering excellent coffee. Waikiki is a coffee hub and good coffee is never lacking in the region. Therefore, in deciding the shops that would make up this piece on the best coffee shops in Waikiki, I looked out for details beyond just “fine-tasting” coffee.
Let’s delve into the review proper.
Island Vintage Coffee
At Island Vintage Coffee shop, you will not only enjoy 100% Kona coffee but a wide range of amazing treats and pastries. It is an ideal location for a sumptuous breakfast to go with good coffee. They also offer delivery and pickup orders. Island Vintage Coffee shop is at 2301 Kalākaua Ave #C215, Honolulu, HI 96815. They are open from 6am to 10pm Sundays to Saturdays. Visit www.islandvintagecoffee.com for orders and inquiries.
Ali’i Coffee Co
Located at 400 Royal Hawaiian Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ali’i Coffee Co has a menu that goes beyond coffee alone. From flatbreads to bagels, veggies, beef, signature lattes, cocktails, and more. This coffee shop offers delectable experiences every time you step in. Additionally, Ali’i Coffee Co offers free Wi-Fi services.
The cafe is open from 7am to 2pm from Mondays to Fridays. On Sundays and Saturdays, Ali’i Coffee Co is open from 8am to 1pm. You can call +1 808-532-7928 or visit www.aliicoffee.com to learn more.
Kona Coffee Purveyors
Kona Coffee Purveyors are a standout in this list of best coffee shops in Waikiki because of their excellence and great customer service. Together with their lovely coffee, Kona Coffee Purveyors offers guests delicious pastries from b.patisserie. With lots of positive reviews, you can bet Kona Coffee Purveyors is worth visiting.
The cafe is at Kuhio Avenue Mall Entrance – International Marketplace, 2330 Kalākaua Ave #160, Honolulu, HI 96815. Call ‘+1 808-450-2364 for more inquiries or log on to www.konacoffeepurveyors.com.
Kai Coffee is another lovely Waikiki cafe. They’re known for their excellent coffee blend and relaxing atmosphere, so it’s the perfect place to get away from the city grind. Try out Kai Coffee today.
It is at 2424 Kalākaua Ave #129, Honolulu, HI 96815 and is open 6am to 5pm every day. You can order a coffee from https://kaicoffeehawaii.com/collections/all.
Coffee or Tea? Waikiki
At Coffee or Tea? Waikiki, you can enjoy one of the best coffee and tea products Waikiki offers. This Waikiki cafe backs up its coffee and tea with sweets and smoothies to go. They are located at 333 Seaside Ave #150, Honolulu, HI 96815. You can visit Coffee or Tea? Waikiki every day of the week from 10:30am to 8:30pm.
Call +1 808-367-1177 or visit https://www.trycaviar.com/store/coffee-or-tea-honolulu-923285 to place orders or make inquiries.
Coffee Shop 831
Coffee Shop 831 is a cozy, popular coffee shop that serves pour-over coffee and light meals made from locally sourced fruits and vegetables. The only problem I have with this cafe is that you can only visit during the day as they are open only from 6am to 12pm every day. Located at 411 Nāhua St, Honolulu, HI 96815, Coffee Shop 831 offers Kerbside pickups as well. You can contact the shop by calling +1 808-853-9888 or visiting its UberEATS page.
Knots Coffee Roasters
Knots Coffee is a stylish hangout in the Queen Kapiolani Hotel that serves unique coffee drinks and cocktails. They also serve light fare such as pastries, shortbread cookies, fruit platters and pāté on homemade focaccia bread. The cafe is located at Queen Kapiʻolani Hotel Waikīkī Beach 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. It is open 6am to 4pm Sundays to Saturdays.
Log on to https://www.knotscoffee.com/ for more information.
Hawaiian Aroma Café
If you are looking to enjoy Waikiki local food, then you should try Hawaiian Aroma Café. They pride themselves in offering some of Waikiki’s best breakfasts and local foods. The cafe is known for its beautiful seating arrangement and layout. You can visit Hawaiian Aroma Café at Beachcomber Waikiki Hotel, 2300 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815.
Hawaiian Aroma Café has four locations in Waikiki. Visit https://www.hawaiianaromacaffe.com/#our-cafes to see these locations and when they are open.
The Sunrise Shack
I love visiting The Sunrise Shack café because of its vegan-inspired menu and the fact that it can be a kid-friendly place too. It is the type of café you take the whole family to. The Sunrise Shack has three locations in Waikiki that offer the same signature experience. Visit https://www.sunriseshackhawaii.com/ to learn more.
Honolulu Coffee at Moana Surfriders
At Honolulu Coffee at Moana Surfriders, visitors can enjoy Kona-grown coffee and other treats. The coffee shop features an indoor and outdoor seating area. Besides serving a variety of Kona coffees, Honolulu Coffee also offers smoothies, pastries and snacks. The cafe is open from 6am to 4pm Mondays to Sundays. It is located at 2365 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States. Call +1 808-926-6162 for more information or visit https://www.toasttab.com/honolulu-coffee-moana-surfrider/v3 to check out the menu.
Ultimately, the coffee comes second to the experience at these coffee shops—and we initially made this list because the shops themselves were so enjoyable that we didn’t care what coffee they served! Plus, the entire city of Waikiki is filled with coffee shops and cafes. Whether you’re on vacation, leaving Hawaii, or just visiting for the day, these shops make it easy to find yourself a place to enjoy a cup of joe.