Papaya’s Natural Foods

Papaya's Natural Foods — Get Fresh Organic Food and More from Local Kauai Suppliers
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

When you want to explore all Kauai has to offer, all it takes is a leisurely stroll through Papaya’s Natural Foods. At this East Side health food store, you can find all the fresh, refrigerated, and frozen foods you could ever want. Plus, they have tons of household items, gifts, beauty products, and so much more.

- The Local Expert Team

If you’re looking to explore everything Kauai under one roof, you’ll love to take a trip to Papaya’s Natural Foods. Located along the East Side of the island, this health food store goes above and beyond in offering all the best fresh, refrigerated, and frozen local food.

Upon waltzing through their produce section, you’ll see high-quality treasures from sustainable local farms, like Wootens Produce and Moloaa Organica. Along their aisles, you’ll find an endless array of local treats, like decadent cookies from Ko Bakery, nuts from Aloha Fresh Macadamia, raw honey from McPhee’s Bees, and dried fruit from Nana’s Bananas.

Overall, they specialize in vegan and vegetarian fare, but there’s truly something for everyone at this store. They even have gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free items available for those following restrictive diets. All you have to do is look for the well-labeled sections to find all the items you have on your shopping list.

Beyond all their awesome food, they source the top gifts, household goods, beauty products, and other items from all over the island. As you read all the packaging, you’ll find Kauai stamped proudly on the vast majority of items.

Upon exploring this health food store from end to end, you’re sure to work up a big appetite. Fortunately, you can get your fill of tasty vegetarian food and drinks by dropping by The Kitchen. There, you’ll find an impressive salad bar and many grab-and-go delights, including cold wraps, deli salads, and homemade vegan soups. Their selections change often, so you’ll have to check what’s available before getting your heart set on a particular item.

Stop by The Kitchen to enjoy:

Jade Dragon Smoothie
The Jade Dragon Smoothie never fails to delight with its bright tropical flavors and plenty of protein power. They start this hearty drink with an almond milk base, and then they blend in banana, dates, kale, spinach, and either tahini or peanut butter. Spirulina, chlorophyll, and Sunwarrior protein go in last to kick it up a notch and leave you feeling satisfied well after the last sip. 

Fresh Sashimi
When you’re in the mood for the tastiest fish around, you cannot lose by getting their Fresh Sashimi. Each day, they take the local catches and prepare them using time-honored techniques. The selection is always changing, so peek in to see what varieties there are before putting in your order.

Ahi Salad
The Ahi Salad is light and refreshing yet wholly satisfying from the first bite to the last. They always use the highest quality greens from all over Kauai to build a bed for the Ahi to land. Then, they perfectly prepare the Ahi before putting it over the top of the greens. After that, you get julienne carrots, sprouts, and other veggies over the top plus a dressing of your choice. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’re ever unsure which brands to select, just look around for a friendly employee and ask for their insights. Their team is well-versed in all the products available across the store and are happy to point you in the right direction. Just let them know what you have in mind, and they’ll assist in picking out the items that’ll serve you best.

Insider Tips:
-You’re always welcome to put in your order at The Kitchen, and then come back for your food once you’re done shopping.
-They have limited seating outside where you can enjoy your to-go foods and other items from The Kitchen.
-If you fall in love with your premade wrap, salad, or other tasty dishes, take a photo of the ingredients and try your hand at making it upon returning home from your trip.