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21 Best Coffee Shops in Honolulu You Need to Try

One of the many things that Hawaii is famous for is Kona coffee, which comes from the Hualālai Volcano region in the upland slopes of Kona. And while that’s on the Big Island, it doesn’t mean the city of Honolulu on Oahu is any less of a haven for coffee lovers. From cold brews and lattes to espresso and nitro brews, cafés in Honolulu have something for everyone.

Once you’ve arrived in Oahu, you will want to get your beach legs under you after that long flight. Here are some of the best coffee shops in the city where you can grab a cup and fight off your jetlag.

(1) TRY Coffee

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday, 6:30 am – 1:00 pm; Saturday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd 2nd Floor, Honolulu.

Timothy Yamada (“TK”) spent more than ten years roasting beans for other cafes before venturing out on his own. The result is a charming shop with incredible coffee, good food, and a picturesque outdoor setup. The menu is short; Yamada cares more about the quality of his offerings than all the bells and whistles of a fancy café. But you’ll find that no barista cares more about your wellbeing and their own quality standards than the one serving you at TRY Coffee.

Why we love this place: Where to begin – the beans and roasters this shop features are out of this world. It’s a multi-roaster café so they rotate the coffee options every few days. We highly recommend visiting the shop more than once to try all the different filter coffees. If you don’t drink black coffee, their lattes and cappuccinos are a must-try too. They also offer freshly-made salads, pies, baked goods, and sandwiches that warrant a visit on their own.

Tip for travelers: Ask for “barista’s choice” if you want to be pleasantly surprised!

A cup of hot coffee on a white table.

(2) Island Vintage Coffee

Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd #1128, Honolulu.

If you want to try the finest 100% Kona coffee, this is the place to be. While you’re waiting for your order, you may want to browse their coffee-dyed shirts and organic granola to take home.

Why we love this place: For those who like to put a little something extra in their coffee, try their Kona Mocha or Island Latte. They have a great breakfast menu with several vegan-friendly options; our favorites include their Lilicoi acai bowl, vegan French toast, Ahi burger, and Wagyu beef loco moco.

Couple on a coffee date with three cups of coffee on the table.

(3) Kona Coffee Purveyors | b patisserie

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: Kuhio Avenue Mall Entrance – International Marketplace, 2330 Kalākaua Ave #160, Honolulu, 

They are one of the best coffee roasters in town and work in collaboration with B. Pattiserie from San Francisco. Their beans come directly from the local farmers on the island, so you might find their coffee a bit pricier than others. For those who want to buy their beans, try their coffee tasting bar first so try all the options.

Why we love this place: We don’t need to talk about their coffee, enough has been said about it. Plus, it’s something you’ve got to experience for yourself. What we can say is do NOT miss out on the fresh and flavorful pastries – madeleines, butter cakes, coconut brioche, pineapple croissants, Kouign-amman, it’s all mouthwateringly good.

Tip for travelers: The lineup here is almost always long, especially in the mornings. If you want to avoid that, you’d better go during the day after the morning crowds have dispersed.

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(4) Arvo Café

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 324 Coral St Suite 1A-104b, Honolulu.

The café is located within the Salt restaurant area in Kaka’ako, and has a very chic vibe to it with hanging plants and wooden tones. They also have a small retail area inside the café where you can buy tshirts, caps, tote bags, incense, and tea.

Why we love this place: In addition to terrific coffee, they have a scrumptious breakfast menu with items like smoked salmon toast, ricotta cheese toast, halloumi burger, matcha chia pudding, and more. If you are in mood for something other than espresso, try their Lavender Latte, Charcoal Latte, or Soy Green Tea Latte.

A cup of dark coffee with some coffee beans.

(5) The Curb Kaimuki

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 2:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 3408 Waialae Ave Suite 103, Honolulu.

“The Curb”, as it is referred to by the locals, is legendary in the café scene in Hawaii. The coffee they serve is as wonderful as their baristas and staff whose passion for their work is pretty visible. They also sell canned coffee, teas, and specialty chocolates.

Why we love this place: We often grumble about how some cafes make their lattes too sweet – not this one. Their lavender matcha latte is the definition of perfection, and their cold brews are the smoothest you’d ever try. We also love the eco-friendly touch in the form of recyclable cup sleeves, paper cups, eco lids, and paper straws.

(6) Ali’i Coffee Co.

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 5:30 am – 1:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 400 Royal Hawaiian Ave, Honolulu.

Located inside the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Honolulu, Ali’i Coffee Co. is a great place to enjoy some good coffee while catching up on your reading or working on your laptop. Their signature King Cold Brew alone is worth visiting the shop; it’s a rich combination of chocolate and coconut and almond creamers.

Why we love this place: Expect your inner creative ninja to come out in this little specialty café near Chinatown. They are really inventive with their drinks – we love the dazzling purple Taro Ube Latte, for example. The banana milk float is equally exquisite. The shop is also just a 15-minute walk from the Honolulu Museum of Art.

(7) Morning Glass Coffee + Cafe

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 2955 E Manoa Rd, Honolulu.

It’s a small café with outdoor benches, serving both local and international blends, such as Portland’s Coava and San Francisco’s Four Barrel, along with sodas made in-house. Their food menu is small but on-point.

Why we love this place: We loved the magazine collection available for patrons to flip through while they enjoy their coffee. Breakfast and lunch items worth a mention include Lilikoi Honey Butter Biscuits, Oatmeal Crème Brulee, and Mac n’ Cheese Pancakes. We recommend trying the “Sucker Punch” – its cold-pressed lemonade mixed with two shots of espresso. We know it sounds crazy but it’s soooo good.

Tip for travelers: Make sure you don’t accidentally end up at their Chinatown location (on the Nuuanu Avenue). It has been permanently closed this year. The correct location is on the Manoa Road, which is on the way to Manoa Falls Trail. 

(8) Hawaiian Fresh Roast Coffee

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed on Sundays)

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 650 Iwilei Rd, Honolulu.

About: They are known for their high-quality roasts with bright bold flavors and little to no bitterness. What makes this quaint shop different is the kind and generous owner, Fred Hernandez, who is passionate about his coffee and always ready to explain the process of roasting and how to get the right flavor from the beans.

Why we love this place: The lightly sweet Kona Freeze coffee they serve here is one of our all-time favorites. Hawaiian Fresh Roast Coffee is one of the few shops in Hawaii that use a steam-siphon method to extract all the flavor out with no bitterness, making their coffee a truly rare treat.

(9) Brew & Foam

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am – 3:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 1909 Ala Wai Blvd, Honolulu.

If you are a latte lover, you’ll have a hard time finding one that’s better than what they serve here.

Why we love this place: They offer waffles, yogurt bowls, and cakes to go with their heavenly brews. We are partial to the Haupia (Coconut) Mocha and Ginger Cayenne Lemonade. You might also appreciate the vegan and gluten-free food options made from organic, locally-sourced ingredients. The housemade almond butter is a must-try too.

(10) Po’ai by Pono Potions

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (closed on Mondays)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Location: 1119 Smith St, Honolulu (inside Little Village Noodle House)

Lemonades and coffees flavored with Pono Potions’ own housemade syrups can be enjoyed in this chic coffee boutique in Chinatown. Pono Potions has long been known for their syrups made with toasted coconut, macadamias, and lavender. And now you can try all of this along with a menu of signature coffee drinks and pastries at their own café.

Why we love this place: The hand-written menus on craft paper are really adorable. The Pauahi, a coconut latte flavored with macadamia and hazelnut syrups and topped with candied macadamia nuts, has to be our favorite. If coffee is not your thing, try the Maddie 4 Matcha, a green tea latte with lavender syrup and fresh lemon zest.

(11) Kai Coffee Hawaii

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 2424 Kalākaua Ave #129, Honolulu.

Kai Coffee is located in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, right in the heart of Waikiki. This is more of a walk-in and walk-out kind of place as there is no seating inside. But the coffees laced with macadamia milk and breakfast fare is worth it. Coffee mugs and fresh ground beans are also available for purchase.

Why we love this place: First of all, the shop is wheelchair accessible, so bonus points for that. We love their Maui and Kona coffee, especially the caramel frappe and Kai Latte, which is two shots of espresso mixed with a macadamia nut creamer. Once you’ve got your coffee fix, try the deluxe breakfast sandwich with aioli.

(12) Da HI Brew

Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 6:30 am – 2:00 pm; Sunday, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 1778 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 216, Honolulu.

About: Da’ HI Brew is a small coffee house located in Discovery Bay Center, a shopping complex in Waikiki. They are known for their artisan espresso coffee, bagels and Panini made to order. Turmeric latte is one of their most popular offerings.

Why we love this place: There are few places in Hawaii that offer fresh fruit with each dish, and Da HI Brew is one of them. The breakfast bagel Sammy is perfect if you’re craving something a little spicy. The friendly owner and free parking are nice perks.

Beautiful cup of coffee on a table.

(13) Cafe Villamor

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Friday to Sunday, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Rating: 4.9 out of 5

Location: 825 Ilaniwai St, Honolulu.

Want to combine coffee with your favorite outdoor activity, aka rock climbing? This café is located right beside the HiClimb Bouldering Gym in Kaka’ako and serves specialty coffee sourced from around the world. 

Why we love this place: Kyla Villamor, the owner, is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about what she is doing – which is all things coffee. From the pour-overs to healthy acai bowls, everything is a treat for the senses. The Hibiscus Pineapple Lychee Iced Tea goes perfectly with all the baked goodness; we also recommend the gluten-free Walnut Mango Bread which is surprisingly good.

(14) Conversations Café Liliha

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 3:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Closed on Sunday)

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Location: 1805 Liliha St, Honolulu.

Stepping into Conversations Café is like entering your favorite aunt’s home. The owners are three-generation of women who contribute to the homey, welcoming ambiance. They serve coffee drinks, salads, sandwiches, fudge brownies, acai bowls, and smoothies that are made from the freshest of ingredients.

Why we love this place: We are huge Studio Ghibli fans, so naturally, we are partial to the Totoro Mochi Waffles shaped like beloved forest spirit and topped with cute little umbrellas. We had a hard time biting into these cuties – all we wanted to do was take pictures! Once we did sink our teeth in, we appreciated the crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside chewiness.

A cup of creamy coffee with some beans.

(15) Spero Spera

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed on Sundays)

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Location: 1334 Young St, Honolulu.

This one is known for serving 100% Kona Coffee from Honolulu Coffee Company. A cozy vibe and comfort food is their USP along with a wide selection of flavored lattes and iced drinks.

Why we love this place: Nobody does Avocado Steak Sandwich and Banana Acai Smoothie like Spero Spera. The owners are Korean so they have some native treats on the menu as well, like the Sweet Rice Punch. If you’re looking for a stellar place to go for a delicious dessert or a healthy lunch, this little nook is worth a visit.

(16) Surfjack Shop & Coffee Bar

Hours of operation: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Location: 412 Lewers St, Honolulu.

This retail store and coffee shop is located in the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club on Lewers Street, which is in the Waikiki Beach Walk area. It’s a good place to take a break from all your exploring and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.

Why we love this place: They have a limited menu but everything is great. We love the Iced Macadamia Nut Oatmilk Latte here, it’s rich, creamy, and not too sweet. The espresso and cold brew options are also good.

Tip for travelers: Ask them to add their housemade “Mac Nut” syrup to your drink, you won’t regret it.

(17) Plantoem

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Location: 3457 Waialae Ave Unit 203, Honolulu.

Plantoem is not just a coffee shop but also a plant nursery that sells everything from succulents and cacti to flower pots. They also hold fun classes throughout the week, like Pilates, yoga, meditation, facials and more.

Why we love this place: If you want to add some greenery in your home but feel intimidated because you “don’t have a green thumb”, the owner Zoe Zhang will patiently teach you how to take care of your brand-new plant baby. The entire indoor area is surrounded with bright-colored exotic plants, which makes your coffee-drinking experience almost meditative.

(18) Honolulu Coffee Experience Center

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 6:30 am – 4:30 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 1800 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu.

It’s just as the name says – this is not your regular coffee shop, it’s an experience. The center is spread over 9,000 sq. ft and is considered Mecca for coffee lovers around the world. Thousands of people come here to watch the bean roasting process, taste-test the unique brews, and enjoy the light bites. They also have a gift shop where you can buy pure Kona coffee, gourmet chocolate, t-shirts, caps, tote bags, coffee drippers, tumblers, and more.

Why we love this place: What’s not to love! They have their own coffee farm, which explains the superior quality brews. If you’ve never tasted Honolulu Coffee before, get ready to FORGET Starbucks! Their Hawaiian Latte is particularly good, but the Mele Kaliki Matcha also deserves a mention – it’s a green drink made with housemade Jasmine Mint syrup and Amai Matcha. 

(19) The Sunrise Shack

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 2335 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu

This is the best place in town for bullet coffee and superfood bowls. It’s owned by a group of health-conscious, local surfers who know how important coffee can be to maintain energy levels throughout the day. This is no Starbucks, so don’t expect too-sweet frappes! They keep it simple with healthy bites and bullet coffee made from organic beans

Why we love this place: If you’re on a Keto Diet, you’d be amazed at the extensive selection of bullet coffees they have. There’s the Classic Bullet with organic coffee, MCT oil, coconut oil, vanilla extract and grass-fed butter. And then there are fancier versions with almond butter, macadamia nut butter, cinnamon, coconut-turmeric creamer, Japanese Matcha and more.

A couple enjoying a cup on coffee on Oahu.

(20) Local Joe

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 6:30 am – 2:00 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Location: 110 Marin St, Honolulu

Local Joe has been roasting its own coffee beans for over two decades and it shows. The cozy shop offers a variety of freshly-brewed drinks as well as a wide range of organic, vegan, and vegetarian food options. They serve Kauai, Hamakua, Kona, and house-blended coffee.

Why we love this place: Every single dish they make is created in-house with local ingredients, making even the seemingly simple Mexican Quinoa Salad and homemade bagels full of flavor. Try their signature Thai Tea Latte or Royal Hawaiian Mocha to see what the hype is about (it’s well-deserved!).

(21) ARS Café and Gelato

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 am – 4:00 pm; Saturday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (open daily)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 3116 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu.

Coffees from Kona, Columbia, and Ethiopia; homemade gelato made from hand-squeezed organic fruits; and an eclectic art collection on display – ARS has something for everyone. They have a limited menu but the quality is guaranteed. You can also buy canvas bags, t shirts, sunblock, and soy candles in the small gift shop.

Why we love this place: Not every café knows how to make the perfect Cortado with lightly roasted beans; ARS is the exception. Their freshly baked Mango Cream Cheese Scone and Avocado Toast with Egg are just some of our favorites. The café also has a sensational view of Diamond Head.

The Wrap-up

So there you have it, the best coffee shops in Honolulu. Whether you’re looking for a place to get your caffeine fix or just want to relax and enjoy a cup of joe, these spots are sure to please.

Mahalo for reading, and happy sipping!

Until next time, Aloha!