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Hands Down Best Coffee in Waikiki

A must-read for anyone looking to find the best coffee in Waikiki. Because there are better things to do in Hawaii than drink bad coffee.

I’m a self-confessed Australian coffee snob. After all, Starbucks flopped in my home country.

Hawaii’s coffee game is strong. It offers mineral-rich volcanic soil and an ideal climate for growing coffee plants. These conditions produce the world-famous Kona coffee bean, cultivated on the Island of Hawaii.

Locals like to use those beans to drink drip coffee (eeek), however, holiday-makers tend to seek out espresso-based beverages. Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Here’s where to find the best (non-drip) coffee in Waikiki.

BEST COFFEE IN WAIKIKI:

  1. Olive & Oliver
  2. Kai Coffee Hawaii
  3. Kona Coffee Purveyors
  4. Ars Cafe
  5. Hideout Coffee
  6. Hawaiian Aroma Caffe
  7. Knots Coffee Roasters
  8. Island Vintage Coffee
  9. Honolulu Coffee
  10. Gorilla in the Cafe
  11. Bills Hawaii

Olive & Oliver

412 Lewers St, Waikiki | Daily 6am-7:30pm
Coffee Beans Seattle, Washington

Olive & Oliver, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Olive & Oliver inside The Surfjack Hotel is a combined boutique and espresso bar. It’s perfect for grabbing a fresh cup of coffee and browsing cool items reflective of Hawaii’s beach culture. They’re famous for coffee cup artwork and their beans are supplied by Caffe Vita of Seattle.

Kai Coffee

2424 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 5:30am-10:30pm
2490 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6-10am
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kai Coffee Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Kai Coffee is a family coffee business at the top of my list for the best coffee in Waikiki. There are two Waikiki shops, one inside the Hyatt Regency atrium (by the waterfall) and one outside Alohilani Resort. They offer Hawaiian artisan roasted beans and serve alternative milk, like mac nut.

Kona Coffee Purveyors

2330 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6am-10pm
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kona Coffee Purveyors, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Kona Coffee Purveyors is a premium Kona coffee shop and gourmet patisserie at the Kuhio Ave entrance of International Market Place. They make delicious Pineapple Coconut Almond Croissants, among other things. Their coffee beans are artisan roasted from a high-elevation single Kona estate.

Ars Cafe

3116 Monsarrat Ave, Diamond Head | Mon-Sat 6:30am-6pm; Sun 8am-6pm
Coffee Beans Worldwide

ARS Cafe Gallery, Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii

Are Cafe is my local coffee shop! It’s close to the Diamond Head crater trail making it a great pre- or post-hike stop for superior coffee, loaded toasts, and homemade gelato. They also host a rotating art show in the cafe. Their high-quality coffee beans are sourced from all over the world.

Hideout Coffee

2299 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki | Daily 7am-5pm
Coffee Beans Portland, Oregon

Hideout Coffee, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Hideout Coffee is an awesome little coffee nook up the escalator at The Laylow Hotel. It’s retro-styled and serves Stumptown Coffee Roasters caffeine-strong cups (drinks are priced as doubles). Don’t leave without checking out the hula doll collection behind the reception desk.

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe

150 Kaiulani Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6am-6pm
2300 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6am-6pm
1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki | Daily 6am-4pm
Coffee Beans Worldwide

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Best Coffee Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaiian Aroma Caffe is a local chain of tropical-filled cafe-bars. They have creamy coffee, next-level acai bowls, and specialty waffles. Find them inside OHANA Waikiki East, Waikiki Beachcomber and Ilikai hotels. They roast their Sumatran, Mexican and Guatemalan coffee beans locally.

Knots Coffee Roasters

150 Kapahulu Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6am-8pm
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Knots Coffee Roasters, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

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 were the first to introduce coffee jelly to Waikiki, with the ‘Soft Serve Tokyo Style’.

Island Vintage Coffee

2301 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6am-11pm
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Island Vintage Coffee, Best Coffee Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Island Vintage Coffee is a popular Hawaii coffee chain throughout the Hawaiian Islands renowned for Kona coffee and healthy acai bowls. Their Royal Grove location in the Royal Hawaiian Center is beautiful. Take a coffee break here surrounded by beautiful palm trees and native plants.

Honolulu Coffee

2365 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 5:30am-10pm
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Honolulu Coffee, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

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 of joe to-go and drink it on the nearby verandah on rocking chairs or under the hotel banyan tree by Waikiki Beach.

Gorilla in the Cafe

2155 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki | Daily 6:30am-9pm
Coffee Beans Kona, Island of Hawaii

Gorilla in the Cafe, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

Gorilla in the Cafe is a gourmet coffeehouse opened by the Korean actor Bae Yong Joon. They use 100% Hawaiian coffee beans to support Hawaii’s local producers. It’s a good option at the west-end of Kalakaua Ave. Their Gorilla Frappe is popular, a frozen mocha blended with banana.

Bills Hawaii

280 Beach Walk, Honolulu | Daily 7am-10pm
Coffee Beans Portland, Oregon

Bills Hawaii, Best Coffee Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

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 coffee in Waikiki, Australian-style.

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