Oahu Eats & Drinks > Best Breakfast in Waikiki

Waikiki doesn’t have a strong morning cafe scene but there are some specific breakfast-worthy spots. This list is where we go for brunch, please use it to avoid the expensive hotel buffets! Hawaii has plenty of breakfast specialties for you to try including loco moco, macadamia nut pancakes, and Portuguese sausage, eggs and rice plates, to name a few.

Barefoot Beach Cafe

Barefoot Beach Cafe, Waikiki, Oahu

Barefoot Beach Cafe is the place to enjoy a relaxed meal on picnic tables by Waikiki’s sandy shore. Try local favorites like Hawaiian Sweetbread French Toast. Musicians make the evenings extra-special providing local tunes (5:30-9:30pm). There’s a Beach BBQ Buffet every Friday night.

Basalt

Basalt at Duke's Lane Market & Eatery, Waikiki, Oahu

Basalt at Duke’s Lane Market & Eatery is a winner for breakfast, served until 2pm. The Charcoal Buttermilk Pancakes are the hero dish, they come with guava-strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and fresh berries. The Avocado Garden Toast rocks too. We love the special touches, like the fresh fruit and toast with jam that comes with the Vegetable & Feta Omelet.

Bills Hawaii

Bills Hawaii, Waikiki, Oahu

Bills Hawaii is a slice of Australia in Waikiki thanks to Bill Granger, an Aussie celebrity chef. Start with Bills Spiced Bloody Mary or a great tasting coffee! This cafe has mastered the art of Ricotta Hotcakes and Scrambled Eggs. It’s home to Vegemite Toast and Full Aussie Breakfasts with Aussie-style bacon. As an Aussie, this is by far my (Ashlee’s) best breakfast in Waikiki!

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Halekulani Bakery & Restaurant

Halekulani Bakery, Waikiki, Oahu

Halekulani Bakery is a top-tier cafe that creates epicurean bread, pastries, cakes, chocolates, and bite-sized confectionery. Pop in for a sweet treat and coffee, or savor the experience by sitting down for a meal. Try the Halekulani’s Signature Coconut Cake with raspberry coulis, it’s legendary.

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Heavenly Island Lifestyle

Heavenly Island Lifestyle, Waikiki, Oahu

Heavenly Island Lifestyle is a health-conscious cafe that’s local first, organic whenever possible. This spot sources high-quality ingredients from across the islands resulting in super tasty food, especially the Flat Omelet. Their Morning Veggie dish is said to help with jet lag recovery.

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

The Hideout

The Hideout at The Laylow Hotel, Waikiki, Oahu

The Hideout is my favorite rooftop bar in Waikiki, an urban oasis with a hipster vibe hidden in The Laylow Hotel. The breakfast food is yummy and the bacon-adorned Hideout Bloody Mary is tops! The nightly entertainment sets this place apart with Hawaii’s finest live music and DJs.

Tucker & Bevvy

Tucker & Bevvy, Waikiki, Oahu

Tucker & Bevvy is the go-to for dukkah-dusted avo toast, hot-pressed sandwiches, and fresh juice. They’re chock-full of gourmet catering ideal for a picnic. Tops for gluten-free folk. This is the Park Shore store; find a second location with outdoor seating at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort.

*Hyatt Regency location is currently closed due to COVID-19.

Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai

Cinnamon's at the Ilikai, Waikiki, Oahu

Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai is a Mom and Pop restaurant from Kailua that expanded into Waikiki. Famed for hearty breakfasts in a lovely al fresco restaurant setting. They offer a large menu from award-winning Eggs Benedict, French toast, and omelets to nachos, frittata, and beef stew.

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Aloha Kitchen

Aloha Kitchen, Waikiki, Oahu

Aloha Kitchen is a cute cafe in Waikiki’s backstreets famed for fruity souffle pancakes. Find a full spectrum of breakfast dishes from pancakes, omelets, and Eggs Benedict to waffles, French toast, and acai bowls. They make mimosas, too. Expect to wait a while be seated.

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

The Sunrise Shack

The Sunrise Shack, Waikiki, Oahu

The Sunrise Shack is the result of local entrepreneurs turning their passion for surfing and healthy living into a coffee shop focused on organic food (like smoothie bowls) and bulletproof coffee. This grab-and-go spot at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is close to the beach.

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