Need to fuel up before a long day of exploring the beauty of the Garden Isle? After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Here are our favorite breakfast spots near and around Lihue, Kapa’a, and Hokuala.
But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.
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Kalaheo Cafe is a beautiful place to start your day, as it’s located in the lush upcountry of Kauai. The hearty breakfast menu includes their signature “Upcountry Breakfast” and “Bagel Benny,” plus there are bloody Marys. Open Wednesday to Saturday for breakfast 7am to 2pm and for dinner 5pm to 8pm. Open Sunday 7am to 2pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Looking for an American classic with an island twist? Kountry Kitchen, located in the heart of Kapaʻa, has been serving up hearty plates in a cozy atmosphere since 1975. Check out their full coffee and espresso menu featuring locally-roasted Kauai Roastery Coffee, then dig in to favorites like the Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict and the Carmelized Pineapple French Toast. The Macadamia Nut Pancakes are plate-sized and topped with coconut syrup. We suggest you get there early to beat the crowds! Open 7am to 1pm, Thursday through Monday.
You can’t miss Java Kai as you walk down the streets of Kapaʻa — not only for its bright turquoise exterior, but for the delicious smell of in-house roasted coffee and freshly-baked pastries. Start your day with a classic cup, or opt for blended drinks and smoothies, all perfectly paired with breakfast sandwiches, acai bowls, and more unique options like Chai French Toast. In a hurry? Swing by The Kai Bar, their smaller barista spot behind the building. Open for breakfast 6am to 2pm daily. Coffee available 6am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and 6am to 5pm Sunday.