COVID UPDATE Aloha! This post — Where to Find the Best Breakfast on the North Shore — was updated in March 2021. However, as we have all learned, things can change overnight, so please check with each restaurant before visiting. We’ve included phone numbers and links to websites below. Mahalo!
The North Shore of Oahu is famous for its beautiful beaches and epic waves. Start the day off right with a yummy breakfast and give yourself fuel for your snorkel session. There are several tasty spots on the North Shore to grab breakfast. Here’s a list of eight of our favorites.
This is an ideal spot for fresh pastries, with many seasonal selections. The maple bacon scone is savory while sweet, the perfect accompaniment for a hot cup of joe. Coffee Gallery offers a gluten free aloha bar and vegan pastries, alongside a delicious range of flavored scones, muffins and other treats. During Covid times, The Coffee Gallery is open for takeout daily 6:30am to 6pm. coffee-gallery.com
Farm to Barn
As you drive into Haleiwa Town, you can’t miss this cute little red building in a farm field with picnic tables out front. Brunch is the name of the game here, and the menu includes keiki dishes, cold pressed juices, bagel sandwiches, smoothie bowls and vegan options. If you want to sit in the great outdoors and enjoy some breakfast or lunch bites with your loved ones, this barn has got you covered. Family-size trays are available for pre-order. During Covid times, Farm to Barn is open for dine-in and takeout daily 9am to 3pm, and they are happy to serve you. farmtobarncafe.com
This is the best little grass shack in Hawaiʻi — one that churns out creamy smoothies and abundant açai, granola or chia bowls all day. For a tropical twist, add poi (cooked and pounded taro) or papaya to your smoothie or bowl; botanical supplements include collagen peptides, matcha powder, spirulina and many more. Both coffee and tea are cold-brewed and locally grown too. During Covid times, Haleiwa Bowls is open daily 7:30am to 6pm. haleiwabowls.com
This classic greasy spoon had a cameo in “50 First Dates,” the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore rom-com, but it’s a star among budget breakfast joints on the island, with big portions and low prices. Load up on loco moco with thick beef patties, buttermilk pancakes or Hawaiian-style French toast. Breakfast is served 6:30am to 2pm Tuesday to Friday, 7am to 11:30am Saturday; bring cash. hukilaukauai.com
Island Vintage Coffee
Across from the landmark Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, the North Shore outpost of Island Vintage Coffee makes excellent Kona coffee drinks and bountiful açai bowls, laden with island goodies such as papaya, liliko‘i (passionfruit), banana, honey and haupia (a coconut pudding). For a purple pop to your morning meal, try the taro bagel. There are a few tables, but plan to take your breakfast to one of the nearby beach parks. Open daily from 7am to 3pm daily. islandvintagecoffee.com
You might call them breakfast burritos; here they’re called bombers, and these egg-and-potato torpedos in a flour-wrapped tortilla really are the bomb. Order one with savory slow-roasted kailua pork or Portuguese sausage to fuel a day on the waves; for something lighter, go for the Sprout—an “everything” bagel with avocado, cream cheese, clover sprouts, tomato and cucumber. Breakfast is served 7am to 2:30pm daily. Note: There are also locations in Waikiki (Kapahulu Avenue) and Kailua Town (Merchant’s Row). During Covid times they are open from 7am to 2:30pm daily and are grateful for your business. konosnorthshore.com
Famous for their pies and plate lunches. Located near some of the most famous surf breaks on the North Shore, Ted’s is a great place to grab some local style plate lunch if you’re in the mood for some hearty breakfast. Of course, pie for breakfast is always an option! During Covid times, open for take out daily 10:30am to 6pm. tedsbakery.com
Wicked HI Cafe
These slushies are delicious, local honey is drizzled on top of your choice flavors which are fresh, tropical and just the thing to quench your thirst. Sourdough is the way to go, these guys have mastered it; they’ve got it going on. The pizza service starts at 11am but if you need breakfast, they’ve got you covered. The Brioche Waffles are da bomb. The breakfast bagel sandwich hits the spot, but if you’re in the mood for something lighter the caprese salad is it, you can always order a side sourdough pita and stuff it. During Covid, they are open for take out and dine in. Wednesday through Monday 9am to 5pm and are grateful for your business. Closed on Tuesday. wickedhicafe.com