This cozy cafe brews impeccable coffee and espresso drinks with beans from local and national roasters. It’s also adjacent to Breadshop, a great bakery next door.
3408 Waialae Ave. No. 102, Honolulu, HI 96816
This vegetarian and vegan deli shuns meat and menus. So you’ll have to stop by to see what the chefs have concocted with primarily locally grown produce — past favorites include beet mochi, ulu waffles, and bentos with a pumpkin croquette and yuzu marinated mushrooms.
3392 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816
Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery
Fried to order and dusted with cinnamon sugar, li hing mui, coffee or cocoa, the malasadas at Pipeline are among Honolulu’s best.
3632 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816
A sister restaurant to Mud Hen Water, this spot offers more casual fare, like a bowl of smoked fish and poached eggs on greens for breakfast, and for lunch, sandwiches including a he‘e roll, a local take on the lobster roll, but with octopus.
3458 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816
This hole-in-the-wall takeout window dishes up old-school, thoroughly unfancy favorites, from grilled cheese with American cheese to bentos with beef teriyaki or chicken katsu, just as it always has for the past 40 years.
3616 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816.
Browse this independent bookstore’s mix of best sellers, Hawaiiana titles and books by local authors.
3565 Harding Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816
(From Awa and Olena)
Awa and Olena
Amanda Watkins’s cheery second-floor space is stocked with her own beachy-meets-urban jewelry designs and wellness goods (she’s also a massage therapist) — think tea made with passionflower gathered from Kauai, botanical oils from Maui, and salves mixed with endemic Hawaiian plants.
1152 Koko Head Ave. Ste. 202, Honolulu, HI 96816