10 Best cafes and restaurants for breakfast, brunch and coffee in Honolulu

Great breakfasts are definitely a strong point for Honolulu, and considering all of the things to see and do here, it's no surprise that a good breakfast is an important way to start your day- even on vacation. Delicious and hearty breakfasts come in all forms on the island. If you're in search of a quick bite or cup of Hawaiian coffee at a small cafe, you're in luck. For those looking for a more upscale meal to start the day, you'll have no trouble finding a tried and true restaurant with a delightful ambiance. In Honolulu it's even possible to find breakfast around the clock, to start a day early or get a late night fix.

In the heart of Honolulu you'll find upscale breakfast staples like the Hau Tree Lanai, where you'll be overlooking a white sand beach and the Pacific, with views of Diamond Head crater in the distance. On the other end of the spectrum, the Wailana Coffee house is low key and casual, serving breakfast 24-hours a day and is a favorite with locals.

For those in search of the quintessential coffee house or cafe, Bogart's Cafe is a favorite for Honolulu hole-in-the-walls. Another coffee house favorite is Mocha Java nestled in Ward Center, although you can get food quick here, you can also sit down and enjoy healthy food and coffee in a casual yet classy atmosphere.

At 10 Best, we're all about guiding you through a perfect day, and it starts with breakfast.



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Liliha Bakery
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This old-style eatery has tons of character, and you'll enjoy stepping in to watch the short order cooks work their magic. If you want to grab a homey breakfast or a burger, have a seat at the counter and place your order. This is a famous local...  Read More

Waioli Tea Room & Bakery


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Wailana Coffee House
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Since it never closes, this coffee shop is a perpetual favorite with those looking for sustenance in the wee hours. yet the breakfast, which consists of traditional fare is a tried and true go to meal with locals looking to start the day with a...  Read More

Mocha Java Café


At this fantastic caf�, you can either step in for a smoothie or a full-bodied cup or coffee, or you can stay awhile and have a light meal as well. This is Honolulu's answer to the classic city coffee shop. Cr�pes are a specialty,...  Read More

Diamond Head


Bogart's is one of those hole-in-the-wall places that is a tried and true reliable joint for locals in search of that perfect breakfast. Whether taken to eat on the go or eaten at one of their small sidewalk or indoor tables, Bogart's is a not...  Read More



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