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7 Killer Kauai Coffee Shops

Kauai coffee shops are great places to take a break from your vacation. After all, with all the swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and traveling you’ll be doing, chances are you’ll need a pick-me-up to keep that energy going.

Thankfully, Kauai coffee shops have the caffeine you need to kickstart your mornings, afternoons, or evenings.

Here are 7 of the best local joints:

1 – Kalaheo Café and Coffee Company

Located on the southern end of the island, Kalaheo Café and Coffee Company has great coffee, free refills, and delicious food for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and, 5 days a week, dinner.

It’s a favorite of tourists and locals alike and the perfect place to stop on the way to Waimea Canyon.

2 – Art Café Hemingway

This adorable, European-style café delivers some of the best food and coffee in Hawaii. Run by a German couple, it’s got a quaint, relaxed atmosphere, and a spacious layout.

You’ll enjoy delicious made-to-order dishes, fresh coffee, and wonderful croissants.

If you’re looking for something slightly different from the Hawaiian atmosphere, then this cafe offers a little slice of Europe in the middle of the Pacific.

3 – Little Fish Coffee

Little Fish Coffee is a small unassuming coffee shop is great for drinks and snacks. You can get tasty coffee and espresso drinks, fresh smoothies, and all kinds of healthy Acai bowls and bagel sandwiches.

It’s got an artsy, happyish vibe, and it’s well worth a stop.

4 – Java Kai

This popular spot on the eastern shore is the ideal place to relax and grab a good cup of Joe. It’s got great décor, great light dishes, and great drinks. The long lines are a sure sign of customers who are loyal to quality – but don’t worry, they move fast.

Be sure to try the coconut lemon bars!

5 – Koloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee

If you prefer your coffee to be more dessert-oriented, look no further than Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee near the South Shore of the island in Old Koloa Town.

Their food and drink is local as can be, with robust, tropical ice cream from Roselani Ice Cream, made on Maui since 1932.

And their coffee is 100% Kauai grown and roasted.

Add in the locally made bakery items and snacks, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a relaxing and delicious coffee dessert experience. Plus, check out their generous half price discount on coffee, 7-9 AM Monday to Friday.

6 – Rainbau Jo’s

Rainbau Jo’s is a local favorite food truck – and it’s a hidden gem for coffee lovers. The staff is friendly and cheerful, and the coffee is divine. You call tell that the owners know what they’re doing as soon as you have the first sip.

Besides coffee, they also offer smoothies and breakfast snacks, like bagel sandwiches and breakfast burritos.

7 – Cortado Coffee Bar

This casual coffee stand between Poipu and Koloa is a great quick pit stop for some high quality caffeine. Run by just one friendly and knowledgeable barista, Cortado Coffee Bar offers a mix of traditional drinks and unique specials.

The quality of the coffee is important – so much so that they use coffee ice cubes in cold coffee drinks.


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