Waikiki Breakfasts Worth Skipping the Buffet For
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Waikiki Breakfasts Worth Skipping the Buffet For

Please step away from the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, there’s a wonderland of Waikiki breakfasts waiting for you outside your hotel.

Breakfast is, by far, my favourite meal of the day. As a former Sydney-sider, weekend brunch was a mandatory event and I was absolutely spoiled for choice when it came to the city’s cafe scene.

On my first few visits to Hawaii I really struggled with breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, the hotel buffets are sensational (some even have fried chicken on them!) but after a few days your clothes start to feel tight and you begin craving a more portion controlled experience lol.

Thankfully there are great cafes and restaurants in Waikiki, you just need to know where to find them! From organic food, hotcakes and toasted sandwiches to Italian crepes, acai bowls and Hawaii’s loco moco, here’s a list of my favourite Waikiki breakfasts.

If you happen to be a caffeine-only kind of morning person, I’ve also got you covered here Hands Down Best Coffee in Waikiki.

01. Heavenly Island Lifestyle
02. ARS Cafe Gallery
03. Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
04. bills Hawaii
05. Tucker and Bevvy Picnic Food
06. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
07. Barefoot Beach Cafe
08. Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai
09. Arancino di Mare
10. Waikiki Beachside Kitchen



01. Heavenly Island Lifestyle 
📍342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu
Find it at the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00-11:00am.

Heavenly Island Lifestyle, Waikiki Breakfasts

Heavenly Island Lifestyle, Waikiki
📷 @tlstewart1972

Heavenly Island Lifestyle is the perfect local eatery, right in the heart of Waikiki.
It’s cosy inside, and the food is good for you.

Sample fresh, organic ingredients sourced from across the Hawaiian Islands.
Perfect for the clean-eating visitor.

Definitely try local farm eggs flat eggs omelette add Kahuku shrimp (pictured).
Also known for Big Island honey french toast.


02. ARS Cafe Gallery
📍3116 Monsarrat Avenue, Honolulu
Find it at the base of Diamond Head, a 20 minute walk from central Waikiki.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00am-2:00pm.

ARS Cafe Gallery, Diamond Head, Waikiki Breakfasts

ARS Cafe Gallery, Diamond Head
📷 @hawaiiadmirer

ARS Cafe Gallery is a neighbourhood cafe, that doubles as a mini art gallery.
It’s reminiscent of an early century English bar, and the food is delicious.

Sample the best loaded toasts and coffee in town.
Perfect for the hiking visitor (the Diamond Head Summit Trail is nearby).

Definitely try the avocado toast with egg (pictured).
Also known for baked goods including banana bread.


03. Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
📍2233 Kalakaua Ave #110, Honolulu
Find it in the garden at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
Breakfast hours daily 8:00-11:30am.

Il Lupino, Waikiki Breakfasts

Il Lupino, Waikiki
📷 @shannoncremer

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar is refined Italian dining in a prime Waikiki location.
It’s blessed with an outdoor terrace, and the food is a little bit fancy.

Sample a seriously good breakfast menu.
Perfect for the distinguished visitor.

Definitely try the brunch cocktails like a Bellini (pictured) or Mimosa.
Also known for eggs benedict, of the filet mignon, lobster and crab cake variety.


04. bills Hawaii
📍280 Beach Walk, Honolulu
Find it at the top end of Beach Walk, next to Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00-11:00am.

bills Hawaii, Waikiki Breakfasts

bills Hawaii, Waikiki
📷 @bill.granger

bills Hawaii is a chic restaurant with an relaxed island vibe.
It’s famous for breakfast, and the food is created by Bill Granger an Australian chef.

Sample classic dishes like sweet corn fritters and full breakfast with poached eggs.
Perfect for the Aussie visitor.

Definitely try the ricotta hotcakes, banana and honeycomb butter (pictured).
Also known for bills spiced bloody mary.

05. Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food
📍2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
Find it at the Park Shore Waikiki Hotel across from Honolulu Zoo.
Breakfast hours daily 6:00am-7:30pm (all day).

Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food, Waikiki Breakfasts

Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food, Waikiki
📷 @raileorhiae

Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food is perfect for a quick meal on the run.
It’s a picnic lovers paradise, everything can be packed to-go for breakfast at the beach or park.

Sample tasty toasted sandwiches, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
Perfect for the great outdoors visitor.

Definitely try the turkey + brie toasted sandwich.
Also known for fruit salad with yoghurt and house made granola.


06. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
📍3045 Monsarrat Ave #5, Honolulu
Find it by taking a leisurely 20 minute stroll from central Waikiki.
Breakfast hours daily 9:00am (all day).

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar, Waikiki Breakfasts

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar, Waikiki
📷 @localgirlgrinds

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar is a casual cafe tucked away at the foot of Diamond Head.
It’s always busy inside, and the menu is full of healthy choices.

Sample salads, wraps, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.
Perfect for the health-conscious visitor.

Definitely try the “Da Hawaiian” acai bowl made with paiai waiahole waikane (Hawaii moi taro), acai fruit, strawberries, blueberries, Big Island lehua honey and bee pollen (pictured).
Also known for Diamond Head Cove kava.


07. Barefoot Beach Cafe
📍2699 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
Find it on at Queen’s Beach in Kapiolani Park, at the east end of Waikiki Beach.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00am-2:00pm.

Barefoot Beach Cafe, Waikiki Breakfasts

Barefoot Beach Cafe, Waikiki
📷 @hiprorealty

Barefoot Beach Cafe is a oceanfront diner in front of the surf spot known as “publics”.
It’s got the best seat in the house on Waikiki Beach, and the food is made-to-order.

Sample Hawaii local grindz with a view!
Perfect for all visitors.

Definitely try The Royal Loco Moco, a barefoot burger, gravy and one egg with fried rice.
Also known for eggs any style with meat, fish, steak or shrimp.


08. Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai
📍1777 Ala Moana Blvd #180
Find it at the Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites on the west side of Waikiki.
Breakfast hours daily 9:00am-2:00pm.

Cinnamons at the Ilikai, Waikiki Breakfasts

Cinnamons at the Ilikai, Waikiki
📷 @noriko2201

Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai is a Mom and Pop restaurant from Kailua that expanded into Waikiki.
It’s an outdoor venue with great views over the marina, and the food is award-winning.

Sample generous portions of hearty cuisine served with aloha.
Perfect for the hungry visitor.

Definitely try guava chiffon pancakes (pictured) and red velvet pancakes covered in white chocolate sauce.
Also known for their side serves of country tots (potato gems).


09. Arancino di Mare
📍2699 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
Find it on the ground floor perimeter of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00-11:00am.

Arancino di Mare, Waikiki Breakfasts

Arancino di Mare, Waikiki
📷 @arancinodimare

Arancino di Mare is a casual Italian restaurant with a nice outside patio in the heart of Waikiki.
It’s al fresco dining, and the food is traditional Italian.

Sample a mix of imported ingredients from Italy, and fresh seafood and produce from Hawaii.
Perfect for the visitor that likes to try something different.

Definitely try the prosciutto, arugula and tomato crepe (pictured).
Also known for their fresh seasonal fruit, granola and hawaiian honey crepe.


10. Waikiki Beachside Kitchen
📍2556 Lemon Rd a101, Honolulu
Find it on the east end of Waikiki by Hawaiian Style Rentals office.
Breakfast hours daily 7:00am-2:00pm.

Waikiki Beachside Kitchen, Waikiki Breakfasts

Waikiki Beachside Kitchen, Waikiki

Waikiki Beachside Kitchen is a hole-in-wall establishment.
It’s small inside, and the food is best ordered to take-away.

Sample cheap and cheerful fast food.
Perfect for the thrifty (or hungover) visitor.

Definitely try egg, bacon, cheese and guacamole english muffin or burger.
Also known for bagel sandwiches.

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