Oahu Eats & Drinks > Best Coffee in Waikiki
Continue your daily caffeine ritual in Hawaii at any one of these superior Waikiki coffee shops. Hawaii locals love black drip coffee but don’t despair we’ve found delicious espresso-based beverages in Waikiki’s best cafes, as outlined below. Don’t leave without trying at least one cup of Joe made from Kona coffee beans homegrown on Hawaii’s Big Island!
Kai Coffee tops our list for having the best cup of coffee on Oahu. This locally-owned business has two Waikiki locations, one inside the Hyatt Regency atrium (by a waterfall) and one outside Alohilani Resort. They use Hawaiian coffee beans and have milk alternatives like macadamia nut.
Bills Hawaii is an Australian-inspired restaurant by chef Bill Grainger. It’s predominantly a sit-down venue famed for brunch, however, you can head upstairs to their bar and order a 100% certified organic coffee to drink-in or to-go. It’s the best Australian-style coffee in Waikiki, hands down.
*Currently closed due to COVID-19.
Kona Coffee Purveyors
Kona Coffee Purveyors is a premium Kona coffee shop and gourmet patisserie located at the International Market Place. They use coffee beans artisan roasted from a single high-elevation estate in Kona on the Island of Hawaii. They make a divine Pineapple Coconut Almond Croissant.
Ars Cafe is my local coffee spot on the outskirts of Waikiki. It’s close to Diamond Head crater trail making it a great pre- or post-hike stop for superior coffee sourced from all over the world, loaded toasts, and homemade gelato. They host a rotating art show on their cafe walls.
Hideout Coffee is a little coffee nook at the top of The Laylow Hotel escalator on Kuhio Avenue. It’s retro-styled, be sure to check out the hula doll collection behind the reception desk. They serve Stumptown Coffee Roasters caffeine-strong cups, all drinks are priced as doubles.
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
Hawaiian Aroma Caffe is a local chain of tropical cafe-bars. They have creamy coffee, next-level acai bowls, and a variety of specialty waffles. Find them inside Waikiki Beachcomber and Ilikai Hotels & Luxury Suites. They roast their Sumatran, Mexican, and Guatemalan coffee beans locally.
Knots Coffee Roasters
Knots Coffee Roasters inside the open-air lobby of Queen Kapiolani Hotel serves Big Island Daylight Mind coffee by-day and wine, local beer, and cocktails by-night. Don’t miss Happy Hour daily 2-5pm! They introduced coffee jelly to Waikiki, give the Soft Serve Tokyo Style a go.
Island Vintage Coffee
Island Vintage Coffee is a popular Hawaii coffee chain in the Hawaiian Islands renowned for Kona coffee and healthy acai bowls. Their Royal Grove location in the Royal Hawaiian Center is beautiful. Take a zen-filled coffee break here surrounded by beautiful palm trees and native plants.
Honolulu Coffee is a famous Hawaii coffee chain serving farm-to-cup Kona coffee and a variety of sweet treats. Find it at the entry to the Moana Surfrider Resort. Grab your cup to-go and drink it on the nearby verandah on rocking chairs or under the hotel banyan tree by Waikiki Beach.
The Sunrise Shack
The Sunrise Shack specializes in bulletproof coffee, steps from Waikiki Beach at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Try the Classic Bullet, a blend Peruvian coffee with coconut oil, MCT oil, grass-fed butter, and vanilla. They rock smoothie bowls too, the Blue Dream Bowl is popular.
Starbucks Reserve searches the world for rare small-lot coffees and artfully roasts them for you. It’s Starbucks elite brand of coffee shop created for the coffee connoisseur. Stop by for a unique caffeine hit, along with coffee tastings, brewing demonstrations, and workshops.
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