7 Divinely Delicious Waikiki Breakfast Spots You Can’t Miss

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When it comes to breakfast Waikiki is a foodie paradise. Here’s where to find the best breakfasts in Waikiki to kick off your day with aloha. 

No matter how many days you have to spend in fabulous Waikiki, one thing is certain – you need a delicious way to start your day!

Luckily, the Waikiki Beach area is home to an overwhelming number of terrific breakfast spots. But, let’s be honest, you probably won’t have enough time to hit them all. 

And that’s where I come in!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and when we moved to the island, I wasted no time hitting up all the top-rated breakfast places in Waikiki. 

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Some lived up to the hype, others did not. 

But the truth is, it’s tough to find a bad breakfast in Waikiki.

From colorful acai bowls and souffle pancakes submerged in fresh local fruits to fluffy omelets and creative Benedicts, Waikiki’s best breakfast spots have something for everyone.

So, where to find the best breakfast in Waikiki?

Here are my 7 favorite Waikiki breakfast places to get your day in paradise started off right. (Yep, that’s one for every day of the week!)

1. Aloha Kitchen

When I first started searching for Waikiki breakfast spots, this was the first one that popped up in my search – mostly because it’s the closest to our building.  

And boy did that turn out to be a lucky break for me!

I’m fortunate to have one of Waikiki’s best breakfast places right in my own backyard. Unfortunately, I still have to wait in line like everyone else when I come to this popular local spot. 

Aloha Kitchen Breakfast Waikiki Oahu Hawaii
The cozy diner vibe at Aloha Kitchen

Known for its light and fluffy souffle pancakes, Aloha Kitchen is a charming, low-key diner with friendly, efficient service and delish breakfast offerings. It’s truly a hidden gem tucked away down a side road near the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 

How’s the wait?

They don’t take reservations. When you arrive, just add your name to the sign-in sheet at the door. Plan to wait at least 30 minutes at peak times (9am-11am). We try to time it on the weekends to arrive around noon and rarely have much of a wait, if any.

Aloha Kitchen Waikiki Oahu
This light crowd probably just means a 5-10 minute wait

So go early, go late, or be ready to wait. There’s a little bit of shade under the front awning but if it’s busy you’ll likely be waiting in the sun. There’s no seating while you wait but there is an ABC Store nearby (naturally) to peruse in the AC until your name comes up.

What to order at Aloha Kitchen

My favorite things on the menu here are the Lobster Benedict and the Fruit Souffle Pancake. My husband loves their acai bowls. In my opinion, the Lobster Benedict here is the single best breakfast Waikiki has to offer (but I’m a big lobster fan!)

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Yes, they do serve mimosas. In fact, the guava mimosa is the perfect complement to the souffle pancakes. 

Aloha Kitchen Souffle Pancakes with berries and Mimosa
Berry Souffle Pancakes with mimosas

Where  to find it: 432 Ena Road, Honolulu, HI 96815 

When to go: Breakfast is served Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) from 7:30am to 1:00pm. 

Check out the Menu Here: Aloha Kitchen Menu

Tip: If you get there and the wait is truly unbearable, continue down the street to the colorful coffee shop in the #4 spot on my list, Sunny’s Local Grind (more on that one in a moment!).

2. Monkeypod Kitchen Waikiki

If you prefer your Waikiki breakfast with a stunning ocean view, you can’t beat the scenery at Monkeypod Kitchen Waikiki. This is the new kid on the block when it comes to Waikiki breakfast spots and they’ve had no trouble drawing a crowd since opening in July 2023.

Unlike the other Monkeypod Kitchen locations (on Maui and in Ko Olina) the new Waikiki location is the only Monkeypod Kitchen that serves breakfast.

And it’s a pretty darn good one.

Like the rest of their menu, the breakfast menu is creative and locally-inspired featuring Chef Peter Merriman’s legendary “Hawaii Regional Cuisine.”

Monkeypod Kitchen Breakfast Waikiki Oahu
Ocean views are free with breakfast at Monkeypod Kitchen

Whether you come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Monkeypod Kitchen is one restaurant that should definitely be at the top of your list when you visit Waikiki.

How’s the wait?

The wait at breakfast time usually isn’t bad. The good news is that this relaxed, open-air restaurant is huge (a sprawling 13,000 square feet) so there are plenty of tables unlike some of the more intimate restaurants on this list.

When I visited on a recent Friday at 10:30am, I walked right in. But according to the hostess, they do typically have a bit of a wait starting around 8:30am.

They do take limited reservations but on our other visits (in the evening) we haven’t had to wait more than 5 or 10 minutes without a reservation.

What to order at Monkeypod Kitchen Waikiki

The Monkeypod Mai Tai is my favorite drink so it’s no surprise that the Monkeypod Mai Tai Flapjacks are my top pick on the breakfast menu.

Griddled to perfection on the outside and light and fluffy inside, they’re drizzled with kula rum butter syrup and topped with their signature honey lilikoi foam (added at the table just before serving).

These are honestly the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. Anywhere. Ever.

Monkeypod Kitchen Mai Tai Flapjacks Breakfast Waikiki
Monkeypod Mai Tai Flapjacks with honey lilikoi foam

The avocado toast is another favorite menu item.

And if you had too many Monkeypod Mai Tais the night before, try The Cure, a hearty ramen dish with kalua pork, veggies, and a poached egg in a red chili chicken broth.

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Not only can you get a cocktail with that, you can get the best mai tai in all of Hawaii (says me). Or try the 24k coffee, a delicious blend of cold brew with selva rey cacao rum.

Where to find it: Inside the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, 2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

When to go: Breakfast is served daily from 7:00am – 11:00am.

Check out the Menu Here: Monkeypod Kitchen Waikiki Breakfast

3. Eggs n Things

Founded by Jerry and Jan Fukunaga, the focus at Eggs n Things has always been fresh ingredients, reasonable prices, and treating everyone like family (Ohana).

And since 1974, the flagship location on Saratoga Road in Waikiki has been ground zero for both locals and visitors looking for sweet and savory breakfast dishes.

Eggs n Things Breakfast Waikiki Saratoga
Eggs n Things main location on Saratoga

Today, there are 3 additional locations around Oahu (Ko Olina, Ala Moana, and a 2nd Waikiki location on the beach at 2464 Kalakaua Ave).

Eggs n Things is easily the most popular choice for breakfast in Waikiki and if you go, be prepared to wait. Which brings me to…

How’s the wait?

They don’t take reservations, it’s walk-up or waitlist only. Expect to wait 45 minutes to an hour during peak times. Luckily, at the Saratoga location, they have plenty of benches outside and a cute shop downstairs to browse while you wait.

Tip: Save time by checking the current wait time on Yelp via the Eggs n Things website and then just add yourself to the wait list before you walk over.

Eggs n Things Shop Saratoga Waikiki
Shop while you wait at Eggs n Things

What to order at Eggs n Things

I come here for the omelets and the Spinach, Bacon, and Cheese is my favorite.

But the Signature Rainbow Pancakes are another great choice. They come buried under colorful tropical fruit and topped with a huge tower of whipped cream (like all their pancakes and waffles).

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

No, at Eggs n Things you’ll have to settle for a hot Kona coffee or fresh tropical fruit juice.

Where to find it: 343 Saratoga Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

When to go: Breakfast is served daily from 6:00am – 2:00pm.

Check out the Menu Here: Eggs n Things Saratoga Menu

4. Sunny’s Local Grind

Opened in May 2023, Sunny’s Local Grind is the new kid on the block in the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s neighborhood (and mine!).

Sunny’s is owned by 3 long-time friends who took a run-down piece of real estate and completely transformed it. The cafe is now a colorful hub of local activity complete with an eye-catching mural painted by a talented local artist (Instagram: CaterTheArts).

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Sunny’s beautiful mural

The gorgeous mural is literally a ray of sunshine on an otherwise unremarkable city street and it brightens my day every time I walk by it.

One of the many things I love about Sunny’s is that it’s one of the few places in Waikiki where you can get breakfast all day. But I also love the local vibe and super friendly staff.

They also support other local small businesses by using their products and featuring them for sale inside. Every square inch of Sunny’s is jam-packed with aloha.

Sunnys Coffee Shop Waikiki Oahu Hawaii
Pastries, merch, and more at Sunny’s

How’s the wait?

Sunny’s packs a lot of action into a tiny space. There are only a handful of tables inside, a few more out front, and a nice outdoor seating area off to the side.

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The outdoor seating area

It’s ideal as a grab-and-go place for coffee or a yummy breakfast burrito to take to the beach. But you can also grab a table and enjoy a nice sit-down breakfast.

There’s no official wait list, just order at the counter and seat yourself at any open table. Expect to wait about 5 minutes for a coffee or 10-15 for a hot breakfast (double that on busy weekend mornings).

What to order at Sunny’s

Aside from their incredible coffee, everything I’ve ever tried here is delicious. We often stop by for just a quick coffee and pastry on the go.

But when we have time to linger, my favorite thing on the menu is the Trashcan Scramble and my husband loves the Biscuits & Gravy.

Sunnys Local Grind Trashcan Scramble Breakfast in Waikiki Oahu Hawaii
The Trashcan Scramble

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Nope, Sunny’s is all about the brews, not the booze.

Where to find it: 464 Ena Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

When to go: Open daily from 6:00am – 5:00pm. Breakfast served all day.

Check out the Menu Here: Sunny’s Local Grind Menu

5. Cream Pot Waikiki

Opened in 2008, Cream Pot claims to be home to the original souffle pancake. True or not, there’s no doubt this charming French farmhouse-style cafe wins the prize for ambiance on this list.

With white-washed stone walls, elegant chandeliers, lovely antiques, and a massive wooden farmhouse table running down the middle of the dining room, the interior oozes French country charm.

In addition to the printed menu with a blend of sweet and savory breakfast options, there’s also a daily list of creative specials on a blackboard.

Aside from the famous souffle pancakes and French toast, they also offer a delicious assortment of crepes, omelets, and benedicts.

Keep in mind if you order an egg dish that they prepare them in the “soft” French style which isn’t for everyone (including my husband). But they will serve them more well done if you ask.

The only downside for me at Cream Pot is the price. I find $25 a little high for pancakes without an ocean view.

How’s the wait?

They don’t take reservations. The line system here is to queue up at the stairs and wait your turn. During popular times, the line can get long but it moves pretty fast. Unfortunately, there’s no shade while you wait and nowhere to sit.

Cream Pot Waikiki Wait Line
The line forms here at Cream Pot Waikiki

The first time we went was a Sunday around 11:00am. The line was 12 people deep and we waited about 15 minutes. The second time it was 1:00pm on a Thursday and we walked right in with no wait.

What to order at Cream Pot Waikiki

The signature dish at Cream Pot is the souffle pancakes and they are delicious (my pick is the version with mixed berries).

My other favorite here is the Pineapple and Bacon French Toast with brandy caramel sauce.

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Sadly, no. They don’t serve alcohol at Cream Pot but they do allow you to bring a bottle of wine or champagne (for a $15 corkage fee) if you want to enjoy a mimosa with brunch. 

Where to find it: 444 Niu Street, Honolulu, HI 96815

When to go: Breakfast is served Thursday – Monday 8:00am to 2:00pm (last order at 1:30pm). Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Check out the Menu Here: Cream Pot Waikiki Menu (they don’t post an online menu since it changes frequently but this link goes to the photo gallery on their website)

6. Goofy Cafe & Dine

Named for the right-foot-forward surfing stance (not the Disney character) this relaxed surfer’s cafe in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village is a terrific choice for breakfast in Waikiki.

The focus at Goofy Cafe is squarely on healthy, natural food made fresh with local ingredients. Service is friendly and fast and the prices are pretty reasonable by Waikiki standards.

How’s the wait?

Like most of the best breakfast places in Waikiki, it gets busy during the prime breakfast hours of 8am-11:00am. But unlike many others, they do take reservations!

So, if Goofy’s is on your must-eat list, make a reservation.

What to order at Goofy Cafe

If you haven’t tried loco moco yet, this is the place! The Big Island Beef Loco Moco is one of their most delicious dishes.

My other favorite here is the Big Island Honey French Toast (available loaded with a berry mix or Hawaiian style with papaya, pineapple, and banana).

Goofy Cafe Loco Moco Breakfast Waikiki
Big Island Beef Loco Moco

The best part about Goofy Cafe is both of the above breakfast dishes are also available on the dinner menu. Because sometimes you just need breakfast for dinner. Am I right?

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Indeed you can! Goofy’s has a full bar including a wide array of mimosa options and a pretty fantastic Bloody Mary.

Where to find it: This one is easy to miss! It’s upstairs above Kpop Donuts. 1831 Ala Moana Blvd #201, Honolulu, HI 96815.

When to go: The full breakfast menu served 7:00am to 2:00pm. Luckily, some of their most popular breakfast items are also available during the dinner hours from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Check out the Menu Here: Goofy Cafe & Dine Breakfast Menu

7. Island Vintage Coffee

It’s hard to find a place in Waikiki that is equally popular with locals and visitors, but this one truly is.

For years, Island Vintage has been my pre-Honolulu Marathon stop for a delicious race-morning bagel (I buy the bagel the evening before and it’s still yummy in the pre-dawn hours while I’m fueling up for the race).

Island Vintage Coffee Breakfast Waikiki
Island Vintage Coffee upstairs in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

But Island Vintage is so much more than a simple cafe and bakery. In fact, it’s a full-service restaurant with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week. There’s even a wine bar next door!

How’s the wait?

While the cafe and the wine bar have different menus, you can order from either menu at both. On the cafe side, there’s always a long line. Once you order, they give you a number and then you have to find a seat (which can be tough).

But what most people don’t realize is that you can sit down right next door at the wine bar and order off the same menu without waiting in a line.

You can even make a reservation at the wine bar if you want to be sure you’ll get a table at a particular time (for example, if you have a scheduled island tour that day).

Island Vintage Wine Bar Waikiki
For a relaxed sit-down breakfast, skip the line and head to the Wine Bar

If you’re just after a quick coffee and a bagel, hop in the cafe line. But if you want to sit down for a hot breakfast and a mimosa, go next door to the wine bar.

What to order at Island Vintage

Island Vintage is my go-to breakfast place in Waikiki for an acai bowl. Their acai bowls are as gorgeous as they are delicious.

The Lilikoi Moana Acai Bowl is my absolute favorite but they also serve a pretty fabulous Wagyu Beef Loco Moco. You’ll also find other island favorites like eggs benedict, avocado toast, and fresh fruit smoothies.

Island Vintage Coffee Lilikoi Moana Acai Bowl Waikiki
Lilikoi Moana Acai Bowl at Island Vintage

Can I get a breakfast cocktail with that? 

Yep! The restaurant side is a full-service wine bar. Tip: Try the lilikoi mimosa.

Where to find it: On the 2nd floor of the Royal Hawaiian Center, 2301 Kalakaua Avenue, #C215, Honolulu, HI 96815.

When to go: The coffee shop is open daily from 6:00am – 10:00pm. At the wine bar, breakfast is served all day from 7:00am – 9:00pm.

Check out the Menu Here: Island Vintage Coffee Menu

A Note About Cinnamon’s: When I originally published this post, it included Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai. Unfortunately, the Cinnamon’s in Waikiki closed in January 2024 after 10 years in business. But! The good news is that you can still visit their original Kailua location if you’re dying to try those famous guava chiffon pancakes.

Cinnamon's Waikiki Guava Chiffon Pancakes
Guava Chiffon Pancakes at Cinnamon’s

Still hungry? Bonus Waikiki breakfast spots!

While they didn’t make my Top 7 list, there are 2 more fun breakfast places I recommend to family and friends when they visit:

Basalt Waikiki (for charcoal pancakes)

Okay, this one might be a bit of a “one trick pony‘ but it’s still a Waikiki breakfast spot well worth mentioning.

Why?

Because this upscale restaurant located in the Duke’s Lane Market & Eatery (2255 Kuhio Ave) has one thing you won’t find on any other Waikiki breakfast menu.

Instagrammers flock to Basalt Waikiki for their unique charcoal pancakes.

A play on the restaurant’s name (Basalt is a dark volcanic rock), the dramatic black color comes from an ultra-fine, high-grade Japanese charcoal that’s pulverized into a powder.

The result? Black color without the charcoal taste (I promise, they don’t taste anything like charcoal!).

The volcanic pancakes are topped with a lava-like blend of guava and strawberry puree and whipped cream with mascarpone cheese. The combination is a uniquely delicious breakfast treat.

Basalt Waikiki Charcoal Pancakes
Basalt’s Charcoal Buttermilk Pancakes

And yes, you can get a breakfast cocktail with that.

Brunch at Basalt is served from 8:00am – 1:00pm Monday – Friday (except Wednesday) and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00am – 1:30pm, you can check out the full brunch menu here.

And if you really love the pancakes you can even purchase a package of the mix to take home.

Basalt Waikiki Charcoal Pancakes Mix
Love the charcoal pancakes? Take them home!

Barefoot Beach Cafe

After a morning stroll down Waikiki Beach, there’s no better place to stop for an affordable oceanfront breakfast than the Barefoot Beach Cafe.

Located at Queen’s Surf Beach, 2699 Kalakaua Ave, this casual outdoor cafe sits in a prime location with a terrific view of Waikiki.

My favorite breakfast here is the Egg Lust Sandwich (be sure to add the bacon and avocado!) and my husband loves their omelets. The Egg Lust sandwich might be the best cheap breakfast Waikiki has to offer.

Waikiki Beach views at Barefoot Beach Cafe
Blue water views at Barefoot Beach Cafe

Breakfast is served daily from 8:00am – 2:00pm and you can check out the menu here.

Due to the outdoor beachfront location of this one, it falls under the “no alcohol” rules of Parks & Recreation. No cocktails are served and there’s no BYOB.

But you will find a great meal any time of day which is why Barefoot Beach Cafe also makes my list of the best Cheap Eats in Waikiki.

Tip: Barefoot Beach Cafe is another fun place to watch the Friday night fireworks across the bay, they have plenty of seating and live music from 5:30pm – 8:30pm every Friday night.

And there you have it!

All the best breakfast places Waikiki has to offer.

How many have you already been to on this list? Did you find a new one to try?

Are you craving an acai bowl and a lilikoi mimosa right now? I know I am.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving to Oahu, you’ll never go hungry in Waikiki! Especially not at breakfast time.

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Enjoy!

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