All over Kaua`i you can find hearty, healthy and tasty breakfasts to fuel up for your day of exploring

The breakfast of champions on Kaua`i is - waffles, eggs, bacon, home fries, locally grown coffee, tea, locally grown tropical fruit, taro pancakes - the list goes on. Nutritionists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's safe to assume that it must be even more so when you're on an active vacation in the island hopping all over the island. Luckily for you, 10 Best has you covered for, you got it, the best breakfast joints on the island of Kaua`i.

If you're anywhere in the east, south, or west side of the island, Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Co. is a must stop. Here you'll find an eclectic mix of faithful locals and visitors enjoying a usually bright west side morning in the spacious eatery decorated with local art and serving up really good food and locally grown coffee. If you're looking for classic home style breakfast dishes, drop into the Kountry Kitchen in Kapa`a on the east side. This is a very local spot where there's often a line on weekend mornings. You'll find classic breakfast food such as eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and simple coffees.

For something healthy and on the go, stop by Papaya's Natural Foods or Java Kai. At the latter you'll find a huge array of tasty coffees along with food to take on the next road trip such as breakfast burritos, bagels, waffles, baked goods, fresh fruit and eggs. Or you can always enjoy it on the porch at the many tables provided. 

Either way, 10 Best is guiding you to great breakfasts all over the island so that you and the family can be fueled up to explore the island.

Tip Top Motel Cafe & Bakery


This functional, no-frills place doesn't put its money on pretense; rather, it offers good, solid fare and warm, efficient service. Morning fare will make you smile, especially if you love savory standards like perfectly fried bacon, yummy egg...  Read More

Java Kai
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If you're the sort who likes to ease into the morning, this North Shore cafe is just the ticket. Cozy ambience and friendly service ensure that you're well provided for, and the wonderful coffee capitalizes on rich beans of the Hawaiian islands....  Read More

Cafe Hanalei


A gorgeous panorama of land and sea graces diners who make the wise decision to frequent Cafe Hanalei. Morning and evening, the scenery enhances the kitchen's well-conceived dishes, which include a host of Asian-themed appetizers (ahi sashimi,...  Read More

Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza


Renowned for its baked goods, this enterprise crafts top-quality ingredients into an array of sweet and savory temptations. If you're going for a cup of espresso or chai tea, combine it with a scone, macadamia nut cookie, or danish. If you're...  Read More

Papaya's Natural Food Market
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Known for its selection of organic, vegetarian, and health-food fare, this market and gourmet deli is as good for eating as it is for shopping. Dining is available inside, but the best tables are outdoors, shaded by market umbrellas. Salads and...  Read More



This small, friendly place opens early and pulls in crowds of locals, who enjoy its uncomplicated atmosphere and laid-back clientele. Adorned with surf-themed artwork and photographs, the bright eatery serves up all sorts of breakfast foods,...  Read More

Small Town Coffee
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Great coffee, breakfast bagels, and an array of pastries can be found in the quaint Kapaa coffee house. The tasty coffee is organically grown and they open bright and early at 5:30 a.m. to serve it to you. There seems to be a tattoo theme going...  Read More

Kountry Kitchen
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Simple, unaffected fare is the name of the game at this easy-going spot. There's nothing fancy about the place, and that's a big part of its appeal. If you like being in control of things, create your own omelet from their selection of fillings....  Read More

Kalaheo Coffee Co. & Cafe
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Down in southern Kauai, this wonderful cafe makes for a terrific respite any time of day. Coffee options are legion and feature blends from South and Central America, Africa, Indonesia, and the islands of Hawaii themselves. Hot or chilled,...  Read More


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