3 Essential Coffee Spots in Honolulu

A handful of the best places in Honolulu for a cup of Joe.

by Lance Roylo

9bar HNL

Oat Milk Latte

Located in the burgeoning Kakaako neighborhood in the SALT shopping center, 9bar is a coffee pros destination. With its optional outdoor seating, no non-sense seat layout and huge windows that the Hawaiian sunshine in, it’s no wonder 9bar has been a must-try coffee destination for both visitors and locals alike. Late-night coffee drinkers will be disappointed as hours vary during the week between 7am-4pm, but don’t let those hours deter you from getting one of the best cups of coffee you can get on the island, by one of the most friendly and skilled staff in any cafe.

Must try

Breakfast Burrito, Oat Milk Latte

Located at

679 Auahi St
Honolulu, HI 96813



Honolulu Coffee Company

If there were a chapel built to the gods of coffee this would be it. Located on the corner of Kapi‘olani Boulevard and Kalākaua Avenue, this haven for those in need of a caffeine fix is something wholly different than you run-of-the-mill coffee shop. This half museum, half bakery, half coffee roaster, has nearly everything you would need to get some work done or sit back and relax with a friend.

Must try

Hawaiian Latte, Eggs Benedict

Located at

1800 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815



Kai Coffee

Kai coffee has quickly become a downtown staple for those needing a break from endless excel sheets and countless meetings. Located on the corner of S King Street & Alakea, Kai Coffee is walkable from anywhere downtown. If you’re looking for a delectable treat, there aren’t many places that compare to the quality and care that goes into their baked goods. Stop in for breakfast with a fresh brew and a freshly baked croissant and you’re off to a great start to your day.

Must try

Chocolate Croissant, Kouign-amann

Located at

746 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110​



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