Art & Flea in Honolulu Sells Everything Vintage, Locally Made

Night market at Fresh Cafe offers music, art and a unique social scene

By Jade Eckardt,

Art & Flea at Fresh Cafe in Honolulu is a monthly gathering of artist, vendors and creative types who purvey handmade and vintage goods after dark in a social scene. Located under the stars in the outdoor parking lot outside of Fresh Cafe, Art & Flea is a hot spot for socializing, shopping and listening to music.

Handmade jewelry like you might find at Art & Flea — Photo courtesy of Amelia Prayoga

Over 60 vendors gather every fourth Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Although it's like an outdoor farmers market, it still satisfies anyone looking for nightlife. There's always a bar (pay by donation), live music and a young crowd. But even families are welcome, since it never gets so wild and crazy that it's inappropriate for children.

Art & Flea after dark — Photo courtesy of Art & Flea

It's just $3 for entry. The outdoor section offers everything from vintage clothing to locally crafted jewelry, handbags, bikinis and household items, as well as the live band.

Inside, guests will find tables and booths featuring vintage and handmade items. On the bottom level is another vast array of booths, which seemingly lean towards handmade jewelry and accessories. This is where the bar is located. Meanwhile, the upper level appears to be focused on vintage art, including everything from antique shop- and estate sale-sourced paintings to prints by local artists.

Gathering in downtown Honolulu — Photo courtesy of Art & Flea

All of this is happening on the property of Fresh Cafe. Hip coffee shop, haven for artists of all types and gathering place for social events - those are just some of the ways you can describe Fresh Cafe in the Kakaako area of Honolulu.

Serving up local coffees and espresso in all forms, teas, fruit smoothies, bagels and other quick and delicious meals, Fresh Cafe is a happening spot that's also home to a bar and gathering space called The Loft. Open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, Fresh Cafe has the latest cafe hours in town. They pride themselves on supporting "next level dreamers" and "fearless innovators," as well as for hosting the largest slam poetry event in the nation.

The standards for vendors say a lot about what you're bound to find at Art & Flea:

- Handmade crafts and jewelry

- Personally produced music

- Original art or reproductions of your original work

- Vintage & Collectible items (20 years old or older)

- Apparel designed and produced by you

- Other original creations and productions

You won't find anything imported or mass produced here.