10 Best desserts & coffee on Kaua`i are the perfect start & finish for each day

Kaua`i may be a small island, but it has an abundance of lovely places to get a great cup of local coffee, or a big satisfying dessert to end the day. Kaua`i is and island where the first island wide attempt to grow coffee didn't exactly work out, and the industry left. But today it's a flourishing market with a quality of coffee that can't be beat. Small eateries serving up amazing desserts also dot the island, and 10 Best is here to guide you to each and every one.

Our local expert has personally explored the island, and is here to guide you to the best places to get coffee and/or dessert around the garden island. If you're not in the mood to eat a full meal, you can't go wrong with coffee or sweet treat.

You may be looking for a cup of joe for a start to an adventurous island day, or to stay up for some stargazing. If you're looking for a morning - or anytime cup of coffee for that matter - check out the funky Small Town Coffee in Kapa`a or lovely Java Kai in Kapa`a or Hanalei.

To satisfy that sweet tooth, drop into Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill for some of the most unique and outstanding gourmet desserts. The chocolate souffle is the star of this show. Of course, for a hot day in Hawaii ice cream can't be beat. Drop into Cold Stone Creamery for a cold dish of tasty goodness.



This small and quaint eatery in the heart of historic Hanalei is a friendly place that opens early and pulls in crowds of locals who enjoy its uncomplicated atmosphere and laid-back clientele. Adorned with surf-themed artwork and photographs,...  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

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



Hawaii's favorite ice cream, Lappert's is the brainchild of Walter Lappert, who retired only to build this frozen business almost as an afterthought. Insisting on premium ingredients (including practically all of Kauai's island fruits, along...  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

Olympic Cafe
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Sunny and comfortable, with French doors thrown open to the street, this pleasant cafe invites patrons to stop in for a bite to eat or just a sweet snack. Full-bodied espressos serve as a nice counterpoint to the variety of pastries (including...  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. Locally grown coffee...  Read More


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