Hands Down Best Coffee in Waikiki
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Hands Down Best Coffee in Waikiki

Let’s face it, we all¬†have¬†better things to do in Hawaii than drink bad coffee!¬†Let me lead you to the best coffee in Waikiki.

I’m no¬†coffee connoisseur but I am from Australia, the land of¬†coffee snobs. We’re the only country on the planet¬†where Starbucks flopped, which shows you the¬†high level of expectation we have for drinking quality coffee.

Hawaii’s coffee game is strong.¬†The mineral-rich volcanic soil and ideal climate make it perfect for growing coffee plants. In fact, Hawaii is the only U.S. state to grow coffee plants commercially. It’s also world famous for coffee beans cultivated in the Kona region on¬†Hawaii, the Big Island. So make sure you don’t leave without trying at least one Kona brew!

While the Hawaii locals are used to drinking drip coffee (eek), holidaymakers tend to seek out their familiar espresso-based beverages.¬†I’ve sipped my way around Waikiki to find the best non-drip coffee available, hands down.

01. Fueled Downunder
02. Kai Coffee Hawaii
03. Olive & Oliver
04. ARS Cafe Gallery
05. Hideout Coffee
06. Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
07. Knots Coffee Roasters
08. Kona Coffee Purveyors
09. Island Vintage Coffee
10. Honolulu Coffee
11. Aloha Coffee Company
12. Gorilla in the Cafe Honolulu
13. Bills Hawaii

*I drink¬†a flat white or I’ll substitute with a latte.


01. Fueled Downunder

Waikiki Market Place, 2380 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki
Find it at the back of the food truck lot opposite OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger hotel.
Open daily 8:00am-3:00pm.

Fueled Downunder Waikiki Coffee Cart

Fueled Downunder, Best Coffee Waikiki

Fueled Downunder is a food truck owned by a great gal (Aza) who moved from Australia to Hawaii to serve fantastic coffee in Waikiki!
It’s¬†Aussie Aussie Aussie.

Coffee beans are Toby’s Estate (an Australian brand) roasted Australian-style in Brooklyn, New York.
Flat white of course!
Milk cow (full cream and 2%),  soy or almond.

Also known for Four’n Twenty pies, ham and cheese toasties, vegemite toast, avo on toast and egg and bacon rolls.
While you’re there¬†get your Milo fix cold or hot!

02. Kai Coffee Hawaii

2424 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa.
Open daily 5:30am-11:00pm.

Kai Coffee Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki

Kai Coffee Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki

Kai Coffee Hawaii is a locally owned and operated family business that serves artisan roasted Hawaiian coffee and specialises in training Baristas.
It’s friendly, relaxed and flavourful.

Coffee beans¬†are locally grown, the majority from Kona’s¬†volcanic soil on hills that slope towards the kai (means ocean in Hawaiian).
Flat white yes.
Milk cows, soy, almond, coconut and macadamia nut!

Also known for Kai Latte (hot/iced), a macadamia flavoured latte with macadamia nut flavoured whipped cream.
While you’re there¬†relax to the sound of a nearby cascading¬†waterfall and look out for the¬†macaws (colourful parrots).

03. Olive & Oliver

412 Lewers St, Waikiki
Find it in the lobby of The Surfjack Hotel + Swim Club.
Open daily 7:00am-8:00pm.

Olive & Olivers, Best Coffee Waikiki | @hawaiiadmirer

Olive & Oliver, Best Coffee Waikiki

Olive & Oliver is a combined boutique and espresso bar, perfect for grabbing a fresh cup of coffee on-the-go.
It’s welcoming, trendy and damn good.

Coffee beans are supplied by Caffe Vita of Seattle, Washington.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, almond or coconut (no soy).

Also known for art-infused coffee cups.
While you’re there browse the on-site apparel shop filled with clothing and accessories reflective of Hawaii’s beach culture.

04. ARS Cafe Gallery

3116 Monsarrat Ave, Diamond Head
Find it a mile down the road from Diamond Head crater, a 20 minute walk from central Waikiki.
Open Mon-Sat 6:30am-6:00pm; Sun 8:00am-6:00pm.

ARS Cafe Gallery, Best Coffee Waikiki

ARS Cafe Gallery, Best Coffee Waikiki

ARS Cafe Gallery celebrates ars Рmeaning art, skill and craft Рby showcasing artists and their artwork within the cafe.
It’s¬†sophisticated, creative and my local ūüôā

Coffee beans are high quality and sourced from all over the world.
Flat white if you ask, they’ll make it.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for homemade gelato.
While you’re there check out their toast selection, I am obsessed with the Avocado Toast with pesto, beets, feta and basil.

05. Hideout Coffee

2299 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki
Find it at the top of the Kuhio Avenue escalators leading up to The Laylow hotel.
Open daily 4:00am-9:00pm.

Hideout Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Hideout Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Hideout Coffee is an awesome little coffee nook perfect for the coffee addict, open from dawn to dusk.
It’s¬†cute, retro-styled and caffeine-strong (all drinks are priced as doubles).

Coffee beans are supplied by Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland, Oregon.
Flat white no.
Milk cow,  soy or almond.

Also known for the jiving open-air restaurant and rooftop bar just around the corner.
While you’re there¬†mosey on over to the reception desk to view an incredible hula dancer/nodder collection.

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06. Hawaiian Aroma Caffe

2300 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it at the top of the Kalakaua Avenue escalators leading up to the Waikiki Beachcomber By Outrigger hotel.
Open daily 6:00am-8:00pm.

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Best Coffee Waikiki

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Best Coffee Waikiki

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe is a beautiful aloha-filled cafe-bar with four locations across Honolulu.
It’s¬†local, creamy (the coffee) and all the tropical feels.

Coffee beans are a unique blend of Sumatran, Mexican and Guatemalan beans roasted at their Kapolei facility on Oahu.
Flat white yes.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for Italian Soda, waffles, next-level açai bowls and Okole Maluna (Bottoms Up) Cocktails.
While you’re there cross your fingers, you might be lucky enough to experience their latte art!

07. Knots Coffee Roasters

150 Kapahulu Ave, Waikiki
Find it inside the Queen Kapiolani hotel.
Open daily 6:00am-8:00pm.

Knots Coffee Roasters, Best Coffee Waikiki

Knots Coffee Roasters, Best Coffee Waikiki

Knots Coffee Roasters features not only innovative coffee, tea and cocktail concoctions but all-day bites.
It’s¬†brand new, spacious and oh-so-yummy.

Coffee beans are from the Daylight Mind Coffee Company on Hawaii, the Big Island.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for coffee by day and wines and small-batch local beers by evening.
While you’re there¬†make a mental note to return for Happy Hour daily 2:00-5:00pm.

08. Kona Coffee Purveyors

2330 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it at the Kuhio Mall Entrance of the International Market Place.
Open daily 6:00am-10:00pm.

Kona Coffee Purveyors, Best Coffee Waikiki

Kona Coffee Purveyors, Best Coffee Waikiki

Kona Coffee Purveyors has partnered with b. patisserie and opened a great little coffee spot at the International Market Place.
It’s bustling, quality and mmm mmm.

Coffee beans are artisan roasted from a fine high-elevation, single-estate in Kona.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, soy, almond and oat.

Also known for serving incredible pastries and sweet treats, like pineapple coconut almond croissants!
While you’re there¬†wander around the 75 retail stores in the new and improved International Market Place.

09. Island Vintage Coffee

2301 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it on the second floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center, above the Royal Grove.
Open daily 6:00am-11:00pm.

Island Vintage Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Island Vintage Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Island Vintage Coffee is a popular Hawaii coffee chain. This store is located at the Royal Hawaiian Center, in the heart of Waikiki.
It’s¬†central, buzzing and¬†satisfying.

Coffee beans are grown on the upper slopes of the Kona district on Hawaii Island.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for several varieties of the açai bowls, a popular breakfast item usually consisting of acai puree, granola, fresh fruit and honey.
While you’re there take a break breakfast, lunch or dinner amongst¬†the beautiful palm trees and native plants in the garden.

10. Honolulu Coffee

2365 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it at the entry of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
Open daily 6:00am-10:00pm.

Honolulu Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Honolulu Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki

Honolulu¬†Coffee¬†is a famous Hawaii coffee chain serving “farm-to-cup”. This store is located in the Moana Surfrider.
It’s¬†busy, efficient¬†and quality.

Coffee beans are grown on their prized Kona coffee farm, on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii Island.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for sweet treats including cakes, pastries, cookies and macaroons.
While you’re there¬†ask for your coffee to-go¬†and drink¬†it on nearby rocking chairs or under the beachside banyan tree.

11. Aloha Coffee Company

120 Kaiulani Ave, Waikiki
Find it near the pool at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel.
Open daily 6:00am-9:00pm.

Aloha Coffee Company, Best Coffee Waikiki

Aloha Coffee Company, Best Coffee Waikiki

Aloha Coffee Company serves high grade Kona coffee from a small cart in central Waikiki.
It’s outdoors, local¬†and fresh.

Coffee beans are from Kona on Hawaii Island, and roasted weekly to ensure flavour.
Flat white yes.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for serving Instapressed cold-pressed, raw juices.
While you’re there meander other small carts in the area offering trinkets¬†etc.

12. Gorilla in the Cafe

2155 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
Find it¬†next to the Longs Drug Store at the west-end of Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue.
Open daily 7:00am-10:00pm.

Gorilla in the Cafe, Best Coffee Waikiki

Gorilla in the Cafe, Best Coffee Waikiki

Gorilla in the Cafe is a gourmet coffeehouse opened by the Korean actor and restauranteur Bae Yong Joon.
It’s¬†fresh, delightful and tasty.

Coffee beans are 100% Hawaiian, from Hawaii’s award-winning coffee producers.
Flat white no.
Milk cows, soy or almond.

Also known for their Gorilla Frappe, a frozen mocha with a whole fresh banana blended in it.
While you’re there¬†people-watch from the outdoor seating area.

13. Bills Hawaii

280 Beach Walk, Honolulu
Find it at the top end of Beach Walk, next to Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu.
Open daily, 7:00am-10:00pm.

Bills Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki

Bills Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki

Bills Hawaii is an eatery by Bill Grainger, an Australian celebrity chef, but you can still grab a great takeout coffee from the restaurant bar (upstairs).
It’s¬†modern, consistent and¬†delicious.

Coffee beans are a 100% certified organic blend by Stumptown Coffee Roasters of Portland, Oregon.
Flat white yes.
Milk cows or soy.

Also known for ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter.
While you’re there¬†check out the lunch and dinner menus, chances are you’ll want to¬†return for¬†a meal.

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