paia bay coffee

The laid-back, tropical Paia Bay Coffee, on Maui.

Photo courtesy: Paia Bay Coffee

The hottest coffee spots in Hawaii

Local-approved coffee shops that are artsy and modern, yet as welcoming as your friend's house.

These independent Hawaii coffee shops, each with their own personality, are where the locals love to hang out and order a steaming hot or iced Hawaii-grown coffee.

OAHU

Morning Glass Coffee + Café
This popular little café with an emphasis on seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients is known for its coffee, pastries and mac ’n’ cheese pancakes. 2955 E. Manoa Rd., Honolulu, (808) 637-0065, morningglasscoffee.com

Brue Bar
Two artsy, ultramodern locations fuel the downtown business crowd with cold brew, espresso, Nitro coffee, exotic import and local coffee and tea blends. Multiple locations, bruebar.com. 

Kai Coffee & Tea
Latte lovers, try the signature macadamia-nut Kai latte, mocha latte with dark chocolate or iced matcha green tea latte from the bow-tie wearing baristas at this cute urban shop. Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, kaicoffeehawaii.com.

MAUI

Paia Bay Coffee
Who wants the cookie-cutter atmosphere of Starbucks when you can enjoy fresh roasted coffee and Mother Nature, too? Paia Bay Coffee on Maui’s north shore is a hidden oasis and gives locals and visitors their caffeine fixes with espresso shots, Americanos and cappuccinos. 115 Hana Hwy., Paia, (808) 579-3111, paiabaycoffee.com.
 

Wailuku Coffee Co. 
If you’re looking for a café with a cozy living room feel, head to Wailuku Coffee Co. Settle into the couches and love seats while digging into a breakfast wrap or one of the fresh-baked pastries, such as a cherry bear claw or savory turkey tart. A cup of the house coffee is a must. 26 N. Market St., Wailuku, (808) 495-0259, wailukucoffeeco.com.

This story was originally featured in "The Local's Guide to Hawaii" in our November/December 2017 issue. Get your copy by contacting our Circulation Department at help@hawaiimagazine.com or call 800-788-4320.