Are you a coffee lover? I guess you are or else you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now! Well, let me tell you something. There is just something about coffee in Hawaii. It just has this special feeling to it. I’m pretty sure it must be the cool tradewinds, the salty air, the sun, and the island music blended with the Kona coffee that makes it so special. No matter the reason: Coffee tastes amazing here!
The interesting thing about coffee in Hawaii is that it is the only U.S. state that’s allowed to actually grow coffee plants commercially. Kona coffee is considered one of the best and most expensive coffees in the world and the coffee beans see near-perfect coffee growing conditions on the islands of Hawaii.
There’s no shortage of places in Waikiki to get a quick cup of coffee. But when you’re looking for locally roasted beans, a treat-yourself latte or somewhere relaxing to settle in for a couple of hours, these 7 coffee shops are for you.
Hawaiian Aroma Cafe
Hawaiian Aroma Cafe is one of my favorite cafes in Waikiki. They have two locations in Waikiki. One is located at Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger (which is my favorite) and the other is located at OHANA East by Outrigger.
Both cafes are beautifully decorated and have some very strong tropical feels, which I love! The cafes are decorated with surfboards, plants, and golden pineapples.
Apart from being a cute cafe Hawaiian Aroma Cafe has also high-quality coffee. They can even take pride in being one of Hawaii’s eco-friendly coffee companies.
Besides the coffee, the cafe also has some amazing food and some oh-so-yummy Acaí bowls that are worth the try!
Do you need to work for a little? No worries you can bring your laptop and work at Aroma Cafe. There are power outlets and free wifi, but you should be aware that they do play some very loud music. I personally don’t mind, but If you prefer to work in a quiet atmosphere then this is not the workplace for you.
Olive & Oliver
Olive & Oliver is a combined boutique and espresso bar located in the Surfjack Hotel. The place is very small, but it is a great place to get coffee on-the-go and escape the crowds in Waikiki for a little bit. You can also pretend to be a guest and enjoy your coffee by the pool.
Olive & Oliver coffee shop is very cute or instagrammable if you will. The shop has pineapple walls, blue tile, cute coffee cups, and beautiful items for sale in the shop. A really cute spot to visit with great coffee!
Knots Coffee Roasters
Knots Coffee Roasters is a great coffee shop located inside the remodeled Queen Kapiolani Hotel lobby just across the Honolulu Zoo. I love to go here when I need to get some work done. The place is airy and breezy, so you don’t feel like you’re cooped up in up inside when the weather is good.
Another thing I love about this place is the decor of the hotel! There are so many details to enjoy. Knots Coffee has cute anchor paper straws and Hawaiian murals on the walls. You will be diggin’ the vibe here.
Knots Coffee is serving various options to choose from and their coffee is great. One of their specials is a unique cold vanilla soft serve over coffee jelly, drizzled with espresso sauce, and garnished with a pineapple-shaped. Do you dare to try it?
Kona Coffee Purveyors
Kona Coffee Purveyors is located on the ground floor in the International Marketplace and is by far one of my favorite places in Waikiki to get a cup of amazing coffee. The location is beautiful, and the ambiance gives me a feeling of being in a European coffee shop.
Kona Coffe Purveyors are combined with a b.Patisserie. It is hard not to be intrigued by the amazing smell and a wide variety of pastries on the marble counter. They are known for their kouign Amanns, which is literally a glazed and flakey croissant and it is so very delicious! Believe me, you are in for a treat!
The Hideout is as the name implies a hidden gem, which is tucked away above busy Kuhio Avenue. The Hideout is a small casual coffee bar alongside a breakfast hangout located at The Laylow Hotel.
When visiting The Laylow Hotel it is impossible not to be amazed by their large patio with plants and succulents galore and their cute interior that catches the cool outside breeze and offers a great view of Kuhio Avenue. The Hideout is a great place to grab a coffee and even breakfast, lunch or dinner too!
3116 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Ars Cafe is located at the base of Diamond Head on Oahu’s Monsarrat Avenue. The cafe is decorated with dark wooden décor and looks like an old-time barbershop. Their coffee is absolutely amazing and their breakfast is out of this world! Ars Cafe is a little but out of its way compared to the other places, but is worth a visit if you like good coffee and a great atmosphere.
Island Vintage Coffee
Island Vintage Coffee is located on the second floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center. The coffee shop has an outside patio with a beautiful view of the busy Waikiki strip. The coffee here is good but is not the only thing they are known for. If you are hungry, Island Vintage Coffee is also well known for the acai bowls.
Island Vintage Coffee is a popular spot, which unfortunately means that you most of the time visiting will have to stand in a long line and wait for your coffee. If you are looking for a quick coffee-to-go this is not the place for you.