One of my favorite parts about traveling is eating. I think they go hand in hand. I love exploring local eateries, trying the popular food that everyone flocks to, and even finding my own favorites.
The island of Oahu in Hawaii has no shortage of delicious food and cheap eats in Waikiki. When I was planning to return on this trip, I already knew of the places I wanted to return to and the new places I wanted to eat.
So without further adieu ..
Malasada’s from Leonard’s Bakery
It does not matter how long the line is – the wait is worth it. You are going to get fresh fried dough with your choice of sugar and a filling if you choose.
I wanted to taste a few varieties so I opted for 1 with sugar, 1 with cinnamon sugar and 1 with cinnamon sugar and custard filling. I AM OBSESSED. I would book a flight back right now just to get my hands on these again – this is a must do when visiting Oahu.
Luau at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
I do believe going to a Luau is part of going to Hawaii. The food and the show at the Luau at the Royal Hawaiian are sensational. There are so many food options to please every palate.
Dole Whip – Pineapple Plantation
If you have been to the Disney parks you may already be familiar with this sweet treat. It is very hard to find in general but if you are in Oahu in the North Shore, this is the most delicious ice cream I have ever had. I cannot tell you how many ways I have eaten this but a few are: in a cone, as a float and even a sundae with all things pineapple. I have no favorite because they are all scrumptious – but I highly recommend it.
Pineapple is one of the best Hawaiian fruit options, so don’t miss this treat.
This place is an institution. Oahu and Giovanni’s are basically synonymous. One simply does not go to the North Shore and NOT eat here. Shrimp drenched in butter and garlic with 2 scoops of rice. The simplicity of the dish will blow you away with how well they make it.
Pro Tip: bring a bottled water or hand sanitizer to wash your hands because there is no where to do it there – it is a food truck outdoors.
Mai Tai Bar
Located beachfront at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel – the Mai Tai’s here are legendary. Fun Fact: I drank one everyday that I was in Oahu – that good! I ate here a few times and the items that stood out were the calamari and the wings. Best wings I have ever had. If all you get from here is wings and a Mai Tai – you will be complete.
If you are like me, then you are a sucker for avocado toast and cappuccino art. Arvo cafe makes my soul happy. Think palm tree drinks, avocado toast and nutella toast with fruit and coconut. I would eat here everyday if I lived in Honolulu.
Island Vintage Shave Ice
Shave ice is the one dessert I keep coming back to Hawaii for. I found Island Vintage Shave Ice during my recent stay and it was a food cart 1 block up from Waikiki Beach by the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. I went with a tropical shave ice and it was amazing. TREAT YOURSELF.
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Yes I can totally second masaladas, dole whip, and shrimp truck! The rest, I’ll have to try when I visit next!
YES!! All so good
YUM!!!! you have me wanting to book a trip to Hawaii 😉
yay! Hawaii is amazing!
Such a fun post to read! All of it looked great! Especially that garlic shrimp! 🙂
the shrimp is amazinngggg
This post is everything. Hoping to go in January and each one od these looks incredible. Does Leonard’s have non-cream-filled too?
Thank you! And yes – you can get them with just sugar
I’m going to jump in and respond here as a local living on O’ahu and literally right NEXT to Leonard’s (yes, I know it’s dangerous!) 😉 Yes, Leonard’s also has non-filled options for malasads, which is the original. The haupia filled is my favorite! 🙂
Everything look so yummy, I’m drooling over here!
All your photos have me drooling and wanting to book a return trip to Oahu!
I’d throw in Bogart’s Cafe for their Acai bowl – had it EVERY morning I was there! Disappointed we missed out on Leonard’s Bakery tho!
Oh man I missed visiting Bogarts.. next time!
I went to Hawaii a couple years back but I didn’t try Leonard’s Bakery! I’ll definitely go there on my next trip there though because they look amazing.
oh my gosh they are SOOO good
The custard-filled Malasada looks like perfection! Yum! Everything you showed must have been savory and sweet treats to enjoy.