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The Best Açaí Bowls in Waikiki

What are you doing in Hawaii if you aren’t taking advantage of the abundance of fresh fruit? Açaí is a perfect base for all that local fruit, and there are so many great smoothie and açai bowl spots in Waikiki and the broader Honolulu city region. We tasted our way through the city, visiting over a dozen smoothie businesses and cafes in the process of determining the top açai bowls:

Island Vintage Coffee – Waikiki

It’s possible that this is the best açai bowl in Honolulu, if not the entire island! It’s no surprise that lines often stretch out the door and beyond other stores in Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center since Island Vintage Coffee has nailed the fruity cornucopia. Their entire menu is delectable, not overly healthy–and includes vegan options–making it one of those rare restaurants that cater to a wide range of eaters.

The Island Vintage Wine Bar, their sister restaurant next door, serves a lot of the Island Vintage Coffee menu, including the açai bowls. So by ordering at the wine bar, you might be able to skip the line.

Island Vintage also has locations at Ko’Olina, Haleiwa, and Whalers Village if you’re exploring the island.

What to order here?

All of Island Vintage’s açai bowls are delicious, but if you like coconut, the Haupia Moana bowl, which contains a delectable scoop of frozen coconut cream, is a must-try. We’d also suggest getting the larger 24 oz bowl–the little one will be gone far too quickly!

Nalu Health Bar & Cafe – Ala Moana

Nalu Health Bar, located across the street from Ala Moana Beach Park in the fashionable South Shore Market, is the ideal pre- or post-beach visit.

Nalu’s açaí bowls straddle the line between virtuous health food and delicious delight, with a highly flavored açaí base with a deep purple tint (indicative of a greater açaí ratio) that sets them different from other locations, as well as healthful add-ins. They’re fantastic!

What to order here?

The Nalu Bowl has a little bit of everything, and adding coconut makes it even better. They can be a little heavy-handed with the granola, so ask them to lighten up if you want a higher açai to granola ratio.

Tropical Tribe – Waikiki

Tropical Tribe is tucked away in the Discovery Bay Center Building and may go unnoticed from the street, but they’re well worth a visit! The Hilton Hawaiian Village and other West-end Waikiki/Ala Moana hotels are close by. Indeed, you may find yourself in the building if you hire a car from Enterprise or Alamo, which both have locations in Discovery Bay.

Tropical Tribe may bring you there several reasons including their delicious bowls. What’s more is that you can choose between a “Brazilian” açaí base made with açaí and guaraná berry juice or a “Hawaiian” açaí base made with açaí, tropical fruits, apple juice, and often nut milk like almond milk, which is more commonly found in açaí bowls in Honolulu.

What to order here?

We tried both açai bases and couldn’t decide which one we liked most! Whatever you choose here will almost certainly be delicious, though we recommend going with the Tropical Topping option for the freshest fruits on top.

Da Cove Health Bar and Cafe – Diamond Head

Da Cove, a renowned smoothie bar and cafe located just off Waikiki in the Diamond Head neighborhood, is the ideal place to unwind after a trek.

On the menu are a selection of fresh and savory bowls, as well as smoothies and sandwiches (try the delicious seared ahi!).

Because it’s located away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, there are rarely huge lines, and there are outdoor seats where you can sit and enjoy your bowl.

What to order here?

The Hapa Bowl, which includes açai and pitaya, as well as fresh fruit, granola, coconut flakes, and honey, was a hit with us.

Hawaiian Crown Cafe – Waikiki

Açai bowls that are also available in a pineapple or papaya bowl? Yes, and the Hawaiian Crown Cafe is located in the heart of Honolulu, just a few blocks from the shore.

While you’re picking up your delectably Instagrammable bowl, Hawaiian Crown also has a variety of packaged local dishes that are ideal for gifting or taking back to the hotel for later sampling.

Since they do offer dine-in, be prepared to take your bowl to the beach or the neighboring Princess Kaʻiulani Triangle mini-park to eat.

What to order here?

They only have one style of açai bowl, unlike many other places, however, we highly recommend putting on an island fresh pineapple or papaya dish.

 

Sunrise Shack – Best Place For Hawaii Merchandise & Foods

Established in 2016, Hawaii’s Sunrise Shack is a great place to enjoy the most of life. It has been delivering top-quality ingredients and serving all its clients with special-made organic coffees and teas. Located in the heart of Oahu’s Noth Shore, the founders of this amazing spot are committed to offering fresh fruits and snacks, along with customized papaya meals to their clients. They always wanted to offer all its visitors with satisfying and healthy dishes for breakfast, brunch & lunch.

This vegetarian-friendly restaurant also has options of having take-out, wheelchair accessible, and seating orders. If you want to enjoy some delicious food and the great ambiance of Hawaii, don’t forget to visit such an amazing destination.

Banan – A Popular Restaurant To Visit In Honolulu

Banan is co-established and operated by four local childhood friends, who’ve planned some new strategies to make a profit. They’ve also purchased a food truck on Craigslist to line their business prosperously. Previously known for their dairy-banana soft serve, Banan has recently adopted the latest techniques to deliver a dairy-free acai soft serve and options of papaya or classic banana bowls.

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