Are you looking for the best Maui breakfast spots? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know!
As the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and arguably the tastiest too. The island of Maui has quite a few delicious breakfast spots serving up everything from ube pancakes to kalua pig benedicts to Southern style loco moco. You really can’t go wrong!
So whatever you’re craving, here are all the best Maui breakfast spots for you to try.
Best Breakfast in Kaanapali and Lahaina, Maui – West Maui
Kaanapali and Lahaina are the two major towns on the West side of Maui. And since it’s easy enough to get from one to the other, you can head to the best breakfast and brunch spots in either town, regardless of where you’re staying in West Maui.
If you’re looking for the best breakfast in Lahaina, look no further than Papa‘aina. Owned by Chef Lee Anne Wong, a James Beard Award semi-finalist and Top Chef semi-finalist, Papa‘aina already has a lot going for it. After all, her fantastic breakfast spot in Honolulu, Koko Head Café, is one of my personal favorites.
But Papa‘aina hasn’t made this list on Chef Lee Anne Wong’s reputation alone. The menu is absolutely spectacular as well. Try dishes like the cornflake French toast with billionaire’s bacon, the jackfruit mulberry coffee cake, or the mini benny bowl with miso hollandaise sauce.
Address: 658 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Down the Hatch
Literally around the corner from Papa‘aina lies Down the Hatch. This Maui breakfast spot is filled with local flavors with ingredients like kalua pig, Portuguese sausage, and tropical fruit dotting the menu. You’ll definitely want to try beloved dishes like the lava lava shrimp & avocado omelet, the Southern style loco moco, and the pork belly benny.
As if the food weren’t enough, Down the Hatch also serves up some fun drinks – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Go for something classic with a tropical mimosa carafe or embrace the spirit of the islands with a Lahaina sunrise carafe.
Address: 658 Front St # 102, Lahaina, HI 96761
Westside Bagel & Bakery
As the name implies, you simply have to get a bagel-based breakfast if you visit Westside Bagel & Bakery in the heart of Lahaina. After all, you can’t get much better than these organic, hand-rolled, freshly baked goodies!
You can stick with a simple bagel in the flavor of your choice – cinnamon raisin, jalapeno, and pretzel salt are all fun options. Or you can get a heartier breakfast with a bagel sandwich! Bacon, egg, and cheese is always a classic American go-to, and the avocado, tomato, sprouts, and secret Westside Bagel seasoning option make for a fun twist!
Address: 840 Waine’e St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Just about every list of the best breakfast spots on Maui includes the Plantation House in Lahaina – and for good reason. With the golf course and ocean views, the ambiance is already off to a great start. But the food takes things to the next level.
While you really can’t go wrong with any of the brunch options at Plantation House, there are a few crowd-favorites. Try the fancy lobster benedict, the lilikoi butter-topped banana bread, or the classic loco moco.
Address: 2000 Plantation Club Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
While most people don’t tend to have pie for breakfast, I’m not going to dissuade that idea, especially if the pie is from Leoda’s. The Olowalu lime, macadamia nut chocolate, and guava chiffon are a few local favorites.
But if you would prefer some more traditional “breakfasty” foods, Leoda’s does have a couple of options, like the bacon and egg sandwich and the monkey bread (a cinnamon roll-esque pastry).
Address: 820 Olowalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Best Breakfast in Kahului and Wailuku, Maui – Central Maui
You’ll inevitably end up in Central Maui at one point or another during your trip to the island. (After all, you’ll likely land at the Kahului airport.) So if the timing’s right, why not pop by for a mouthwatering breakfast?
If you really want a taste of a local Maui breakfast, head to Oyako Tei and get one of their bento boxes.
The mini bento comes with an omelet, beef teriyaki, spam, rice with furikake (a seaweed and sesame seed mixture), and ume (also called umeboshi, a type of plum). And for just a couple of dollars more, you can get the large bento, which comes with everything in the mini bento, plus a shoyu (soy sauce) hot dog and Portuguese sausage.
Simply put, you’ll be ready for a day of adventures (maybe to the stunning Iao Valley?) after a visit to this Kahului breakfast spot. And both bento boxes are very reasonably priced as well, so Oyako Tei is a great restaurant to keep in mind for cheap eats on Maui.
Finally, I know this article is all about breakfast, but if you feel like stopping by Oyako Tei for lunch, we definitely wouldn’t be mad about it.
Address: 74 Lono Ave Suite 116, Kahului, HI 96732
Best Breakfast in Paia, Maui – North Maui
North Maui is an extra sleepy, laidback part of the island. It’s filled with cute shops and talented surfers, and it’s definitely worth a visit. Whether you spend the day in North Maui or simply drive through on your way to Hana, these Paia breakfast spots are sure to please.
Paia Bay Coffee & Bar
If you’re looking for the best breakfast on Maui’s North Shore, look no further than Paia Bay Coffee & Bar. Want a refreshing acai bowl? They’ve got one! Hoping for some trendy avocado toast? You’ll find it on the menu! Need a filling breakfast with all of your faves? Any of the organic scrambled eggs breakfasts will fit the bill.
Along with the food, Paia Bay Coffee & Bar has all sorts of fun drinks. Coffee lovers can get their usual orders or they can go for something a little more out of the box, like the vegan coco caramel latte or the Kula lavender latte. And brunch fans can start their days with fun cocktails like mimosas, bloody marys, and (non-alcoholic) summer elixirs.
Address: 120 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779
Best Breakfast in Upcountry Maui
Most visitors to Maui don’t spend a whole lot of time in Upcountry Maui, except to see Haleakala, the highest peak on Maui. But if you decide to see the sunrise from Haleakala, you’ll be craving some breakfast on the way down, and these Upcountry Maui breakfast spots will come in handy.
After ordering the delicious Kula lavender latte at Paia Bay & Coffee Bar, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself heading to the source the next day. But before you head to the lovely Alii Kula Lavender Farm – one of the best things to do on Maui, by the way – why not head to Kula Bistro for another fantastic Maui breakfast?
Kula Bistro is the perfect blend of traditional breakfast fare, local favorites, and a fusion of both. Go for the beloved blueberry pancakes, the local fried rice with eggs, or the unique mahi mahi benedict. And don’t forget to add a pastry to your meal – they’re baked fresh daily!
Address: 4566 Lower Kula Rd, Kula, HI 96790
Best Breakfast in Kihei and Wailea, Maui – South Maui
South Maui is kind of dichotomous. While Kihei has more casual, local vibes, Wailea has a more fancy, tourist-forward atmosphere – and both styles are definitely reflected in the breakfast options. Both have their perks, so you just have to pick what sort of breakfast you’d like each morning.
Kihei Caffe is one of the more casual breakfast joints in South Maui, and it’s been serving the local community for over 25 years. After all, their dishes just keep customers coming back again and again!
If you want something sweet, go for the banana macadamia nut pancakes, the pineapple coconut French toast, or the papaya delight. And if you’d prefer something savory, the loco moco, pork fried rice and eggs, and breakfast burrito are all crowd favorites.
Don’t forget to pair your meal with a tropical glass of POG (passion fruit, orange, and guava juice) or pineapple juice!
*Note: After opening its originally location in Kihei, Kihei Caffe also opened a second location in Lahaina.
Address: 1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Second Lahaina Address: 305 Keawe St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Located at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, Duo is where you go when you want to splurge on your breakfast. You have the option of ordering something from the a la carte menu or going for the breakfast buffet.
The a la carte menu is filled with delicious breakfast and brunch meals that’ll make your mouth water. Try the kalua pig benny, the Hawaiian sweetbread French toast, the ube pancakes, or the three-egg omelet.
But if you want a really hearty and luxurious breakfast, the Full Island Buffet may be the way to go. With made-to-order omelets, gooey sticky buns, delectable waffles, and a spread of tropical fresh fruit, you’ll be filled to the brim after this mouthwatering Maui brunch.
Address: 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753
After the locally beloved Paia Bowls closed up shop, everyone needed a new Maui acai bowl spot. Luckily for all of us, Brekkie Bowls stepped up to the plate.
This Wailea eatery has a simple, yet customizable menu. You can choose the base (acai, dragonfruit, or both), choose the toppings (the basics, like granola, coconut, and agave are included), and maybe choose a few add-ons. And once you’ve customized your acai bowl to your liking, all you have to do is enjoy!
Address: 100 Wailea Ike Dr #4, Wailea, HI 96753
Best Breakfast in Hana, Maui – East Maui
I’ll be honest with you. The breakfast options in Hana are limited, to say the least. If you have the option, I recommend cooking yourself a simple breakfast. But if not, there’s a spot or two that’ll do.
If whipping up your own breakfast isn’t an option, Hana Farms definitely isn’t a bad option, especially if you’re headed back to the North Shore or West side of the island. Here, you can get your morning cup of coffee and a sweet pastry to start your day. (The banana bread is a visitor favorite, but I say hold out until Aunty Sandy’s on the Road to Hana, if you can.)
Address: 2910 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
And there you have it! The best places to get breakfast on Maui! Are there any other Maui breakfast spots that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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