Okay, not to be dramatic or anything, but some of my all time favorite places to eat on Maui are on the north shore. I’m talking fine dining, bakeries, general stores, comfort food, and stands. There is so much good food on the north shore so I’m going to let you in on 12 of my favorite restaurants in Paia and Haiku:
Mama’s Fish House: Mama’s is hands down the best restaurant on Maui. Here fine dining meets a laid back tropical atmosphere and for many, dining here is a once in a lifetime experience. It’s on the pricey side, but if money is tight, forego the restaurants on Front Street in Lahaina and skip the luau and come here instead. Located on the north shore, just past Paia town, it’s set on its own secluded beach that’s perfect for sunset gazing. Read my full review of Mama’s here.
Haliimaile General Store: One of Maui’s great culinary experiences is located in an old general store in the middle of a pineapple plantation. This place has a great menu, all the way from appetizers to desserts, and you’ll see a side of Maui that you might miss otherwise.
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).
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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!)
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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!
Mana Foods: You haven’t experienced Paia until you’ve been in Mana. It’s kind of a local “Whole Foods” and they have a prepared food section that’s perfect for grabbing a picnic lunch. This place wins for best local experience on Maui.
Kuau Store: This little deli/general store is THE best place to stop and grab lunch to go before hitting the Road to Hana! Everything is super yummy and fresh and you can either get a custom made sandwich or Panini or grab something ready made. Also stock up on snacks and fresh fruit.
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Paia Flatbread: Probably the most popular restaurant in Paia, this spot is always hopping. Of course the flatbread is amazing (gluten free and vegan options too!), but their salads are surprisingly good. Go early or be prepared to wait for a table.
Nuka: In Haiku, this Japanese restaurant is a favorite local spot for sushi and hidden away in the jungle, you won’t find a lot of tourists here.
Vana Paia: One of Paia’s newest restaurants, this upscale Japanese inspired restaurant blends Hawaiian flavors in a laid back atmosphere. Sushi is the most popular item to order here.
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.