The Hawaiian Islands are brimming with incredible culture, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking natural habitats, making them a destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. There’s nothing that quite compares to the islands of Hawaii, especially Honolulu.
Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, has plenty of appeal beyond sun and surf. In this area so rich with Pacific culture, you’ll find an amazing roster of great brunch spots that really highlight the Hawaiian way of life.
On my most recent trip, I hit as many brunch spots as I could to figure out which offered the best of the best, and I came away with a pretty full list and an even fuller belly!
- Bogart’s Café
- Koko Head Cafe
- Goofy Cafe & Dine
- Liliha Bakery
- Morning Glass Coffee
- Cafe Kaila
- Moena Cafe
- Duke’s Canoe Club
- Plumeria Beach House
- Morning Brew
- Hau Tree
- Scratch Kitchen
- Mahina & Sun’s
- Sweet E’s Café
So if you’re in the mood for seafood, cuisine with some island flair, and all other kinds of comforting brunch cuisine to start your day off on the right foot, keep reading about the best brunch spots in Honolulu.
3045 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Located off Monsarrat Ave., not far from Queen Kapiolani Garden, is Bogart’s Cafe. If you think of brunch as a heavy meal that leaves you sleepy or wanting more, then you’re in for a surprise. Bogart’s uses only the freshest ingredients, and the difference is obvious.
First of all, you can get just about any kind of coffee or tea that you have a taste for, which is an absolute must in a good brunch place.
There are also several different acai bowls, smoothies, and even milkshakes to choose from, or you could instead go for fried rice, a crab and avocado omelet, a grilled kimchieese, and more. I loved their mango pancakes in particular.
1145 12th Ave C, Honolulu, HI 96816
If you want a real brunch experience, try Koko Head Cafe, where they serve island-style brunch all day! Located off Waialae Ave and near Kaimuki Community Park, this laidback and casual spot has something for everyone.
There are plenty of Asian-inspired favorites with a fun breakfast twist, including breakfast bibimbap, dumplings creatively named “all day wong,” and breakfast congee.
Their pastries are also worth indulging in, and their signature drinks include fresh juices, lemonades, lattes, and coffee of all kinds.
It’s the perfect place to start your day off when you have a craving for something refreshing.
1831 Ala Moana Blvd #201, Honolulu, HI 96815
Let me assure you; there’s nothing goofy about this amazing cafe near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort.
They emphasize the importance of local eating and offer a cool, island-style surfer atmosphere. You’ll find their brunch menu full of great options that are proudly local.
The Hawaiian big island French toast is a sweet explosion of tropical fruit, and the eggs benedict offerings are all made with Waimanalo eggs sourced from the east side of Oahu. For heartier options, try out the green spaghetti with local shrimp and the local corn fried rice.
This is one cafe not to miss if you want the real Hawaiian experience while visiting the islands.
Want to skip the healthier fruit and eggs fare and do something a bit more indulgent? Liliha Bakery has multiple locations across Honolulu and is perfect for a sweet treat first thing in the morning.
I had to try this one out because, as a lifelong fan of the T.V. show Hawaii Five-0, I recognized the bakery as one referred to several times by the characters who particularly loved the coco puffs. I can confirm, they’re just as good in real life as they look on the screen!
But if you want more than pastries (of which they have an extensive menu), then you can choose from other breakfast items like pancakes, omelets, mahi mahi and eggs, spam, and fresh papaya.
2955 E Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822
For a coffee connoisseur who wants to find the perfect morning fix, Morning Glass Coffee across from the Manoa Stream will more than satisfy your need for caffeine.
Their offerings run the gamut from coffee drinks to tea and house-made pastries and desserts.
Go for something out of the ordinary, like their espresso soda or sucker punch (lemonade and espresso), and you won’t be disappointed. And the Lilikoi honey butter biscuit is the perfect match for a rich morning cup of joe.
Swing by first thing in the morning to get a great caffeine infusion that will power the rest of your day whether you plan to surf, shop, or sightsee.
2919 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96816
This snappy brunch-only spot located near the Kanewai Community Park has been a favorite in Honolulu and Hawaii overall for years.
You’ll immediately get a bright, happy island vibe that carries over into the freshness and delicious appeal of the food.
If you want dense and sweet, go for the Belgian malted waffle, and if you’re in the mood for eggs, I loved the Italian omelet. Another great option is the local scramble, which includes spam, a Hawaiian favorite.
With plenty of side options and even a kids’ menu, Cafe Kaila is a great brunch pick for the whole family.
Koko Marina Center Building E, 7192 Kalanianaʻole Highway Suite #D-101, Honolulu, HI 96825
Overlooking the Kuapa Pond, the Moena Cafe is a favorite of locals and tourists alike with its Hawaiian-inspired cuisine.
The fish breakfast incorporates the fresh catch of the day with eggs and rice or potatoes, while you can have your pick of crepes multiple ways, including with Nutella.
The banana chantilly pancakes are topped with coconut for the ultimate island treat, and the short rib loco moco is also a local favorite.
And they’re located right next to the Koko Marina Shopping Center, so visit for breakfast, brunch, or lunch to fuel an exciting day of shopping.
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
You can’t get much closer to the coast than Hoku’s, an upscale dining destination overlooking the beautiful Kahala Beach.
Although it’s strictly evening-wear-only if you stop by later in the day, Hoku’s has a more casual feel for brunch that doesn’t impede the delectable gourmet experience.
Their Sunday brunch offerings include multiple types of sushi as well as other seafood, like shrimp cocktail and lobster tail.
Pancakes are the most traditional breakfast food you’ll find on the menu, but the elegant offerings will definitely satiate your appetite and make a special occasion even more special.
Hoku’s is one of the Kahala Hotel and Resort’s on-premises restaurants, and it even won a critic’s choice award for best Honolulu restaurant in 2021.
2335 Kalakaua Ave Suite 116, Honolulu, HI 96815
Overlooking Waikiki Bay near the famous Blue Note Jazz Club, Duke’s early breakfast buffet offers a rare opportunity for tourists to appreciate the placid views of the beach before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
You can start with mimosas, pog, sparkling wine, or go with a bloody mary. The made-to-order omelets are delicious, and Hawaii’s own spicy Portuguese sausage is a great way to greet the day.
Duke’s is another Kahala Hotel and Resort in-house restaurant, and you’ll find that it totally lives up to what you’d expect out of an island resort experience.
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Located along with Duke’s inside the Kahala Hotel and Resort, the Plumeria Beach House is definitely a five-star-worthy experience.
The atmosphere is casual but elevated, and with all open-air terrace dining, you can appreciate the exquisite views throughout brunch.
This beachside breakfast spot offers a buffet as well as a full menu, including dishes like steel-cut oats, sweet butter-poached lobster benedict, island-style avocado toast, mochi waffles, and a wide range of fresh-squeezed and blended fruit juices.
685 Auahi St #113, Honolulu, HI 96813
Not far from the Kewalo Basin Harbor is Morning Brew, a warm, atmospheric cafe and bistro. They use only the freshest ingredients to create island-style comfort food dishes and drinks to help you start the day right and feel at home even if you’re on vacation.
The blended raspberry mocha is my personal favorite from their extensive coffee and tea menu.
They also offer all the best carb-heavy breakfast items like waffles, pancakes, French toast, and healthier options like egg and rice bowls.
If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with the delicious Havarti scramble or even a curried chicken salad.
There are great menu picks for both breakfast-oriented dishes and lunch ones, so regardless of what you’re craving, you’re covered!
2863 Kalakaua Avenue, Lobby floor of the Kaimana Beach Hotel, Honolulu, HI 96815
The premier restaurant of the Kaimana Beach Hotel, the Hau Tree, has a casual atmosphere with island-inspired dining that includes a coffee bar as well as a brunch menu.
Choose from a wide range of elevated seafood options as well as that good ol’ comfort-style breakfast food.
They offer oysters on the half shell, ahi nicoise-style eggs, and steak and eggs with Wagyu beef.
Their sweet French toast incorporates a rich vanilla custard, and their chopped salad is full of vegetarian-friendly protein and flavor.
Located in the Kaimana Beach Hotel, this is an easy option for anyone staying on the premises. You might even become a repeat visitor!
1170 Auahi St Suite 175, Honolulu, HI 96814
Definitely don’t scratch this place off your itinerary! Near the Ala Moana Regional Park is this mod kitchen that serves up eclectic world cuisine with a comfort-food spin that makes you feel right at home.
For example, their brunch menu is full of unique takes, like escargots, bone marrow, and grandma-fried pork chops. You can also have chilaquiles, the local catch of the day, or Creole shrimp n’ sausage grits.
My pick is the brulee’d French toast, which is perfect for coconut lovers with a sweet tooth.
412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815
Located near the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, Mahina & Sun’s is the perfect place to pregame a long day of shopping with some brunch fuel.
The aim of this restaurant is to remind locals of their childhood memories of home cooking while introducing tourists to authentic and creative Hawaiian fare.
This translates into masterfully made house granola, malted waffles, avocado toast, breakfast burritos, and more for brunch.
Tropical fruit is one of the best things about dining on the island, and Mahina & Sun’s offers great, fresh papaya every morning.
The pork adobo fried rice with kimchi and kale is like the breakfast of champions, and you can wash it all down with a customizable mimosa or bloody mary.
1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Go a little further inland near the Grace Community Park, and you’ll find Sweet E’s Cafe. This welcoming and warm yet chic eatery is family-owned and run and honors the memory of its owner, Ethel, in its name.
Breakfast is served all day at Sweet E’s, so you know they know how to do it right! You’ll find unique omelets like chicken pesto, Hawaiian, and Kalua, and there are offerings for French toast, waffles, and pancakes, too.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try the extreme mess, which is a little bit of everything scrambled together to perfection.
You might go to Hawaii for the sun, sand, and surf, but it’s all the great brunch spots that will make you want to never leave!
From traditional Pacific- and Asian-inspired breakfast cuisine to homey and comforting dishes as well as sweet breakfast treats, Honolulu has a bit of everything to offer.
No matter where you’re staying on the island, like me, you’ll find a great brunch spot no matter which place you try out. For the best brunch in Honolulu, just close your eyes and point!
And if you want more places to check out around Honolulu, try these amazing restaurants!
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