For those who like to start the day off with a bang, breakfast is everything. Luckily, Kauai has some seriously great spots to get your morning fix so you won’t go hungry for long.
With so many options available, you may find yourself struggling with where to eat first – but in a good way.
From cheap and cheerful roadside stands to gourmet cafes and everything in between, here are some of our favorite places to grab breakfast on Kauai:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Olympic Cafe has perfected the art. With a wide variety of options for every taste and budget, this no-frills restaurant is a great place to visit when you’re craving some home cooking.
Start your morning off right with breakfast at Olympic Café, where they have everything from scrumptious banana pancakes (local favorite) to hearty omelets. You won’t be hungry again until lunchtime.
And if you’re looking for something to help wake you up, they serve bottomless coffee!
Address: 1354 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
Small Town Coffee is the best place to grab breakfast on the east side of Kauai. This cafe is all about coffee – and they do it right.
Their kevlar coffee is prepared with perfection, giving you a delicious cup of joe with a subtle coconut flavor.
And if you need a little something to go with your coffee, their pastries and breakfast treats are sure to please. We highly recommend their fluffy blueberry muffins.
As an added bonus, enjoy stunning ocean views from their patio!
Address: 4-1543 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
Locals and visitors agree that Little Fish Coffee is the cutest little breakfast spot on the south shore.
Whether you’re craving acai bowls and bagels, sandwiches or smoothies, this eatery has something that will suit your mood.
Clean food that’s grown locally is perfect for health-conscious diners; combine it with organic coffee to give you a strong caffeine buzz.
The veggie bagel is a favorite of ours – Mmm…so good, it almost makes us forget that it’s actually good for us 😉
Settle in on their colorful patio to enjoy the sunny Kauai weather!
Address: 2294 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
Hanalei Bread sets the bar high with their delicious, healthy breakfast options.
With its organic pastries, veggie sandwiches and gluten-free bread, this locally owned bakery will have you covered from start to finish.
Plus they serve premium coffee so your caffeine hit is perfect every morning!
Address: 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy #4, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
Kauai is known for many things: beaches, food, and coffee. Passion Bakery Cafe takes all that and turns it into one perfect morning.
With its plethora of sweet treats and delicious coffee, you’ll never want to leave this quaint cafe.
Situated on the east side of the island, Passion Bakery is perfect for a lazy morning with friends or for taking a break from exploring all that Kauai has to offer.
Address: 4-356 Kuhio Hwy #121, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
On your way to Waimea Canyon? If you’re looking for a local favorite, here it is! Kalaheo Cafe is home to a huge menu with tons of breakfast options. From build-your-own omelets to pancakes, they’ve got you covered.
The Kahili Breakfast Plate is a great choice if you want something to give you the energy for a full day of exploration.
But why stop there? Try the Belgian Style Waffles or Buttermilk Pancakes too!
Address: 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741, United States
Anuenue Cafe serves breakfast that will surely get your taste buds tingling.
The menu features all of your breakfast favorites, from pancakes and waffles to eggs Benedicts and omelets. And if you’re feeling extra indulgent, you can order one of their mouth-watering breakfast burritos.
The Riptide Eggs Benny is to die for – Kalua pork with two runny eggs and smothered in creamy Hollandaise sauce.
Note that there’s no indoor seating, only public benches outside. If you don’t mind eating your breakfast al fresco, then Anuenue Cafe is the perfect spot for you.
Let-go and surrender to Kauai’s best breakfast in Anuenue Cafe – it’s sure to satisfy any craving!
Address: 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
Kilauea Bakery is famous for its take on breakfast and other sweets, but they also serve delicious pizzas for lunch and dinner.
Pair with some coffee to wake yourself up after a day of exploring Kauai’s beautiful coastline.
Whenever you decide to walk in, chances are you’ll find something that appeals to your fancy.
Address: 2484 Keneke St, Kilauea, HI 96754, United States
Java Kai is a must-visit for coffee lovers visiting Kauai. As its name suggests, the cafe takes coffee seriously, brewing up blends from Hawaii’s rich beans.
And, if you’re looking for something to nosh on with your cuppa joe, their breakfast menu is second to none; order the Kalua Pork Breafast Burrito.
Whether you’re in need of a caffeine fix or a hearty breakfast meal, make your way to Java Kai and taste what all the fuss is about.
Address: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
On that liquid diet or itching for something on the go? This Kauai breakfast joint features a variety of veggie-based juices and fruity ones, an easy way to get your daily dose of nutrients.
Try the 5-Star General with all the greens you’ll need, or the Akamai Chai for a hit of caffeine.
Whether you want something light on the stomach or something that will give you that extra boost of energy in the morning, they have got you covered.
Address: 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States
Midnight Bear Bakery is a hidden gem located on Hanapepe Road and is known for its fresh, artisan baked goods.
The space is small but they pack a lot of flavors into their decadant pastries.
The almond croissant is one of the most popular items on the menu and it’s easy to see why – the pastry is flaky with layers of buttery pastry and coated in sugar. It’s simply irresistible.
Do yourself a favor and head down there as soon as you arrive on the island!
Address: 3830 Hanapepe Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716, United States
For many people, breakfast is just an afterthought – but that’s because they haven’t tried Red Salt!
Featuring award-winning Chef Noelano Planas’ creations, breakfast at this restaurant in Kauai will give you a culinary treat that’ll jumpstart your day in the most delicious way possible.
Order the signature Lobster Benedict; it’s the answer to your breakfast prayers!
Red Salt is also one of the best places to eat if you want stunning views.
Address: 2251 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756, United States
Are you looking for a filling breakfast that won’t break the bank? Then head to Kountry Kitchen!
Their Kauai Benedict is one of a kind; it features poached eggs topped with hollandaise sauce and tender Kalua pork on a bed of fluffy muffins.
You can’t go wrong with this classic brunch spot that will have you reaching for seconds!
Address: 4-1489 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746, United States
The cozy feeling of a tiny coffeehouse, but with hearty portions of breakfast fare? Sounds like a dream come true!
Wake Up is located in the heart of Hanalei, and it’s just what you need to rev up your day. With an array of delicious breakfast options on the menu, you won’t leave hungry.
Why not treat yourself to a tall Americano or one of their fresh-pressed juices? Or maybe you’re feeling more indulgent and want some Churro French Toast for breakfast? We know you’ll be back for seconds.
Address: 4489 Aku Rd, Hanalei, HI 96714, United States