#8 of 211 Kauai Restaurants

Hanalei Bread Company

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Hanalei Bread Co. - Organic Bakery & Coffee House
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Hanalei Bread Co. serves fresh food and organic bread in an open-air setting. All foods are prepared fresh daily, and most of the produce was picked from a sister farm earlier in the morning. Come for wholesome food that simply tastes good.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Hanalei Bread Co. serves freshly prepared food and organic breads in a relaxed, open-air setting. Offering some of the most wholesome food on the island, this is one place that your tastebuds and waistline can agree is downright good.

The bread at Hanalei Bread Co. are all organic and baked fresh daily. The crusts are crispy and the insides are soft, making for the perfect loaf or roll. Go for breakfast on toast or a sandwich lunch that’s made on the bread, and get a loaf to take home with you. You might even want a couple of loaves, depending on what exactly is available when you dine.

Aside from bread, the menu here offers a variety of breakfast and pre-boxed lunches. Baked goods feature prominently in breakfasts such as Avocado Toast, Fancy Toast, and Apple Ricotta Toast, but there’s also granola, fruit, yogurt, and grains if you prefer. Five lunch sandwiches are also made on the house’s bread, and those that aren’t (e.g. Frittata Special) often come with a slice of bread on the side.

Drinks here span the traditional coffee house offerings, including drip coffee, espresso-based beverages, and iced options. Get your regular black coffee or sweetened latte, or opt for some of the iced coffee if it’s already sweltering out. 

Do make sure you dress for the weather (which is usually pleasant in the morning), as the eatery is entirely open-air. Seating is available and has a roof overhead, but the wind will blow napkins away if it’s breezy. Mosquitos also can come in, which is probably one reason why the bread company is only open for breakfasts and to-go lunches — don’t stop by for dinner in the evening.

Hanalei Bread Co. offers some of the freshest food on the island. The bread is made daily, and most of the produce was picked earlier in the morning at a nearby sister farm. For good food just out of the oven and garden, bring the group to this place.

A few of our menu favorites at Hanalei Bread Co. include:

100% Kona (Big Island)
When in Hawaii, drink the way the Hawaiians do. Start your morning with 100% Kona coffee from the big island. Hawaii’s coffee beans are known for their unique flavor, which comes from the island’s high longitude and (comparatively) low altitude. You’ve never had another coffee like it. (P.S. don’t add sugar or cream until you’ve tasted the coffee black.)

Fancy Toast
Fancy bread deserves fancy toppings. Cover a piece of the house toast with goat cheese, smoked salmon, arugula, cherry tomatoes, pickled shallots, parsley, garlic, and thyme oil. All of those fresh veggies were picked this morning, and the imported ingredients are expertly paired.

Grilled Cheeses Panini
This isn’t your child’s American grilled cheese. Thick slices of hearty bread sandwich good cheddar cheese, and the whole thing gets smothered before being perfectly grilled. Golden brown, crisp and chewy, you’ll want to change how you make grilled cheese at home.

Cinnamon Bun
Feeling like something sweet? The Cinnamon Bun isn’t completely smothered with syrup and nuts, like buns are at some mall places. Instead, the fresh bread is topped with just the right amount of cinnamon butter and pecans. They add sweet flavor, yet also allow the bread’s taste to come through.

Loaf of Bread
Don’t leave without getting a loaf of bread to take with you. It makes great sandwiches, but don’t be surprised if the whole loaf is eaten before you have a chance to assemble other ingredients. Yes, the bread on its own is that good.

Insider Tips:
-This bakery & coffee house does not have WiFi. So, if you’ve got some work to do or need the internet, your best bet would be to try another coffee house… or soak up the views and leave WiFi for later!