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Casual and comfortable, this coffee shop has the ambitious goal of making itself the new hot spot in the university area. Luscious and stylish lattes along with live entertainment and free WiFi attract the studious and the soon-to-be studious. The shop strives to replicate of some of Seattle's more interesting cafes with its delightfully unique, worldly atmosphere. However, the parking is more than a challenge. With neighboring businesses that include a paint supply store and more than one local eatery, it's better to arrive on a moped, bike or by foot.
One very cool thing about being in the only coffee-growing state in the USA is that one can skip that old café mocha and head to a real local spot where island coffee is always featured. With many locations on Oahu, this coffee shop blends up fresh Kona in many ways from the fancier espresso to the simply iced. The cafes also have one of the most extensive lists of Kona beans for sale for gifts or just to take home. The décor is vintage Hawaii done in a classy fashion to make that morning cup a delight.
Honolulu Coffee Co. is a household name in Hawaii. Worn out from hours of exploring the vast, busy Ala Moana Shopping Center? This location features a breezy indoor/outdoor cafe - the perfect place to relax and sip an iced mocha or Italian soda. Espresso drinks and pastries are served. Deliciously authentic gelato is available by the scoop. The long lines and crowded tables are a testament to the tasty fare. The atmosphere is casual; Hawaiian breezes drift through the indoor and outdoor dining areas. Honolulu Coffee Co. has several other locations throughout Oahu and beyond.
This award winning bakery/grill/deli has gathered a lot of interest because of the variety of meals, sandwiches and sweets. Plain and almost sparse from the exterior, the interior starts buzzing at dawn with early risers looking for award winning breakfasts, coffee and more. Lunchtime brings the beach crowd who clamor for the yummy turkey and chutney sandwiches. In the evening, area residents stop in to get out of the heat and eat specials like grilled salmon plates coupled along with great service. - Lottie Tagupa
This cafe/bar hybrid is just another sign that the rebirth of Honolulu’s Historical Chinatown district is progressing, even if it’s ever so slowly. The morning will find the espresso machine humming the familiar tunes of mocha and cappuccino and the lines of area workers politely declaring their skinny and foam preferences. However, in the afternoon, the sounds of the post-work crowd sing a tune that is more festive. The sounds of beer bottles, martini shakers and crushed ice signal another workday has come to a close. Folks gather to celebrate or analyze the events of the day. -Lottie Tagupa
This small Kapalama café is located toward the rear of the City Center complex. It stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the area's most popular small restaurants. Despite the heavy competition, this restaurant holds its own when it comes to the Viet-French experience. There is no professionally conceived décor, just a few frills and lots of functionality along with a simple dining area. Area workers and students from the college across the street gather for Vietnamese-style sandwiches for lunch and sweet coffee in the afternoons.
In a place where coffee is a major export and cafes abound, this coffee shop still manages to stand out. This is an excellent spot to stop for a latte or for a pound of authentic Kona Gold. The Kalani Street location is a roasting plant, the home of the administrative offices, and a retail location. Take a tour of the factory, and sip a cup of joe afterward. Several other locations can be found in Honolulu.