Offering both classic favorites and innovative creations, explore four of the best places to start your day in Poipu

From the sugary sands of Poipu Beach (which was named one of the best beaches in America by The Travel Channel) to the large natural wading pool, it’s easy to see why Poipu is universally adored by tourists. And between boogie boarding, swimming, snorkeling, and boating, visitors are sure to work up a hearty appetite. Here are four of the best brunch spots in Poipu.


Little Fish Coffee Shop

A trip to Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without an açaí bowl covered with fresh fruit. And if you’re looking for one of the best places to get your fix, we’ve got you covered. Little Fish Coffee Shop, a walk-up shop with plenty of outdoor seating, is the go-to spot to fuel up before heading to the beach. In addition to serving organic, fair-trade coffees, it also offers smoothies and açaí bowls made with locally grown produce. Additional toppings include almonds, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and granola.


Living Foods Gourmet Market & Cafe

In addition to offering a wide selection of natural, healthy groceries, Living Foods Gourmet Market & Cafe has a patisserie stocked with baked goods made from all-organic ingredients. If you’re in a hurry, swing by the bakery to pick up freshly made bread, scones, muffins, bagels, and more on your way to the beach. If you have a little extra time, sit down at the cafe and peruse the breakfast menu. Options include gluten-free crêpe, pineapple brioche French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, and breakfast pizza.


Avenue Cafe

Located in the heart of Poipu, Avenue Cafe serves a hearty breakfast menu every day of the week. Choose from tried-and-true favorites such as the Tow-In (Hawaiian sweet bread French toast topped with coconut pudding and served with eggs, bacon, or Portuguese sausage) or the Triple Crown (banana pancakes topped with macadamia nuts and served with eggs and bacon or Portuguese sausage). Avenue Cafe also serves locally roasted coffee and tea.


Red Salt at Ko'a Kea

Named the #1 restaurant in Kauai by Honolulu magazine, Red Salt at Ko'a Kea has everything from Belgian waffles and blueberry pancakes to avocado toast and breakfast wraps. They also offer some truly unique specialties, such as lobster eggs benedict and lemon-pineapple souffle pancakes topped with roasted pineapple compote and candied lemon. Reservations should be made in advance.


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