Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and with the time difference in Hawaii, I ALWAYS find myself ready for a big breakfast early in the morning. Here are some of my favorite Maui breakfast spots, divided up by each part of the island. Also check out my post on my favorite local spots to eat on Maui as many of them serve food all day long and have great breakfast menus.
808 Grindz: If you want to chow down on some local Hawaiian favorites, you’ve got to come to 808 Grindz. Their menu features a selection of local favorites that are $8.08 all day long. It’s definitely the place to try a loco moco…in fact there’s a whole menu with variations of them.
Plantation House: Head to the Plantation course at Kapalua, for breakfast with a view. With an ocean view and set back into the quiet resort community, this is a spot for a special celebration or just a leisurely breakfast.Gazebo: Located right on Napili Bay overlooking the beach, this is probably the most popular breakfast spot on the west side. It’s tiny and there’s always a line for a table (they don’t take reservations) but the food is delicious and it has a good ole mom and pop vibe. This place wins for best breakfast on the west side.
Leoda’s Pie Shoppe: Actually it’s located in Olowalu (next to a roadside fruit stand and across from one of Maui’s best snorkeling spots). This is a great little all around restaurant but they’re known for their pies. The chocolate mac-nut one is my go to. Also, they’re mini sized get several different kinds and make your own sampler.
Kihei Caffe: This is my favorite spot for breakfast on the beach. It’s a total dive but the food is GREAT and you can’t beat the location. Go early or be prepared to wait in line. The pancakes are amazing and you can get them with a variety of toppings. This place wins for best breakfast on the beach.
WowWow Lemonade: I cannot rave enough about this place! Locally made, fresh to order lemonade in a mason jar??? Yes please. But I think the real star here are the acai bowls. This is the best smoothie bowl I’ve had anywhere in Hawaii. They’re made fresh (not frozen!) so they’re very accommodating to both allergies and tastes.
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Tasty Crust: This local joint is an old school American diner, Hawaiian style. Great, local breakfasts (heaping portions) is the specialty here. It’s located in Wailuku, which is more of a local town and not a place where many tourists find themselves unless they’re heading out to the Iao Valley so driving over for breakfast is a great way to see a more local side of Maui.
Paia Bowls: You haven’t been to Hawaii until you’ve tried an acai bowl, and Paia Bowls has some of the best on the island. This outdoor superfood café serves amazing smoothies, bowls, and bulletproof coffee as well as avocado (or peanut butter toast).
Paia Bay Coffee: This is one of my favorite places to hang out in Paia (preferably after a barre class at Infusion Yoga). They make a great acai bowls and of course have great coffee. They also serve a full breakfast menu so make this your first morning stop on this part of the island. The little patio area is completely charming.
Café Des Amis: For a truly local experience, head to the hippie town of Paia on the north shore for “crepes and curry.” Their outdoor patio is the place to be for breakfast and early/late evenings. This place wins for best “hippy vibe” on Maui.
Baked on Maui: Hidden away in an old cannery in the jungles of Haiku is one of my favorite little places for breakfast. Baked on Maui serves up eggs any style along with waffles and French toast. They always have a great selection of desserts (the carrot cake is my fave!)
Colleen’s at the Cannery: This little café is located in a shopping center in Haiku and it doesn’t look like much but everything I’ve had here is always excellent. They also have a bakery so it’s a good place to grab a snack if you’re in the area. If you’re hiking Twin Falls in Haiku, Colleen’s would be a good spot for lunch. I love their chicken salad sandwich!
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Grandma’s Coffee House: One of Maui’s hidden gems is located Upcountry in Keokea. Grandma’s Coffee House is a true local’s hangout and if you show up midmorning on the weekends the line is usually out the door. Grandma’s has a wide range of freshly baked goods ranging (including banana bread, cinnamon bread, chocolate macadamia nut cookies, and just about everything else you can imagine) but they also have some of the best Belgian waffles I’ve ever had. Get them loaded with strawberries and you won’t be sorry!
La Provence: You wouldn’t expect to find an authentic French bistro and bakery on Maui, but people from all over the world are attracted to Maui and they bring their culture and food with them. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is a bit limited (mostly crepes, quiche, and eggs benedict) but there is a lovely assortment of pastries at the bakery inside (the éclairs are out of this world and not to be missed!)
Kula Bistro: The Kula Bistro serves up truly awesome breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but its real draw is its stellar dessert case. Even if you’re not dining there, you can stop in and grab something to go – cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, brownies, and pastries.
T Komoda Store and Bakery: This famous bakery is on many foodie visitors to Maui. Well known for their stick donuts, you’ve got to show up here early if you want the goods. Many restaurants also use Komodo sweet buns on their burgers (I’m looking at you Rock ‘n’ Brews!) so even if you’re not able to make it to the bakery there’s still a chance that you can try out what is in my opinion their best offering.
Want more dining/restaurant recommendations? You’re not going to want to miss these posts sorted by type of restaurant…16 Best Maui Breakfast Spots, 11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on Maui, 23 Favorite Restaurants on Maui. Looking for something on a certain part of the island? Check these posts out: Wailea & Kihei restaurants, Lahaina, Ka’anapali, and Kapalua restaurants, Paia & Haiku (north shore) restaurants, and upcountry restaurants. And if you’re looking for more in depth reviews, you’ll love these posts: Mama’s Fish House: Is It Worth It?, Old Lahaina Luau Review, and Grand Wailea Luau Review.
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