The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo is truly that. For locals, it's one of those things that's especially unique to Hilo, and many now-adults have memories of being intrigued by the shop as a child. Even the owner herself. The 38-year-old shop recently celebrated one year under new ownership, in fact.
It's not surprising that the new owner is a local mother who spent her childhood going into the shop, fascinated by its goods. The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo is a purveyor of all things interesting, eclectic and sometimes quirky, from Hilo-themed gifts and T-shirts to a wide array of books that reflect the local style (such as The Big Guide to Potluck Dishes).
The shop is heavy on local art — Photo courtesy of The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo
Visitors never know what they'll find here. This is the place to go for souvenirs to bring back home as well as something for visitors to pick up for themselves. The souvenir-style things are different than your standard airport souvenir: they're the same style that locals actually wear and utilize.
Sunglasses, earrings, locally made jewelry, candles, cookbooks, soaps, toys, aprons, aloha wear . . . the list really goes on and on.
Thankfully, the shop is located right across from the ocean on Bayfront, nestled among other shops and the relaxed hustle and bustle of downtown Hilo. Check out this shop along with others such as Hana Hou, Basically Books and One Gallery, which are all on the same street. Just remember: The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo is best visited earlier in the day, since they close around dark.
Just a few of their favorite things at The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo — Photo courtesy of The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo
On the corner on Saturdays is the Hilo Farmers' Market, a huge outdoor market selling everything from jewelry to produce. And for post-shopping dining options in downtown Hilo, there's plenty in the immediate area.
Right near The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo is Cafe Pesto, a long-standing Italian restaurant that serves gourmet dishes with a Pacific Rim flare. Around the corner is Full Moon Cafe, an Asian Pacific Rim fusion eatery with a strong focus on fresh local fish.
Pineapples is another gourmet restaurant that doubles as a mellow nightlife place with a full bar and live music. The menu serves Pacific Rim dishes and exotic cocktails.
For those who are going to do their shopping after breakfast, Bears' Coffee is one street above all of the shops. This small coffee shop has been around for decades and serves a wide variety of coffees, along with eggs, waffles and pastries for breakfast.
One last note: Plastic bags have been banned on the Big Island, so bring your own reusable shopping bags or buy a few for a day of shopping.