Sweet Tooth? Check out our list for the 5 BEST desserts in Waikiki.
Some things just have to be experience, Leonard’s Bakery makes the most delectable malasadas. The malasada is a Portuguese donut with no hole that is dusted in sugar and served hot. They might change your life. Leonard’s Bakery has been baking treats since the early 1950s. They are open until 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends. Get yours with cinnamon and sugar or get your malasada filled with custard, haupia (coconut) or dobash (chocolate). People of all ages love Leonard’s malasadas and their iconic pink packaging. Leonardo’s Bakery is located right outside of Waikiki on Kapahulu. To get there hop on the Waikiki Trolley’s Yellow Line, the Honolulu Dining Express, and hop off at the bakery’s front door.
Somisomi, a Korean treat, sells soft serve and taiyaki. Taiyaki, is a Japanese fish-shaped cake filled with ingredients like nutella or custard. At Somisomi they put soft serve flavors like black sesame, green matcha, and purple ube inside the taiyaki. It’s not just delicious, it’s instagram worthy. Visit them in Ala Moana Center on the Pink Line.
Rainbow Drive-In was built in the 60s and for the past 60 years their menu has changed very little. Known for their Hawaiian style plate lunches, Rainbow Drive-In has something for everyone. Try the mahi mahi plate or the loco moco. For dessert try the slush shake, it’s strawberry and vanilla mixed together as a perfect cool treat on a hot Honolulu day. You can visit Rainbow Drive-In on the Honolulu Dining Express.
Side street Inn
Side Street Inn is featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in the Hawaii episode. Bourdain focused on restaurants like Side Street Inn that are off the beaten path, rarely visited by tourists. Side Street Inn serves local styled bar food that people in Hawaii call comfort food. Go for a scrumptious dinner and save room for dessert. Choose from lilikoi creme brulee, fried pound cake, mom’s sweet bread pudding, and there ono (Hawaiian for delicious) signature peanut butter crunch. Rogue Ale loves Side Street Inn so much they even made beer made called “Side Street Inn Ale.”
Waiola Shave Ice
Nothing is more Hawaii than Shave Ice. Around the country people may call this cold dessert shaved ice, snow cones or icee. In Hawaii we just call it shave ice and we have perfect the art. When you order your shave ice at Waiola’s add the ice cream at the bottom of the cup and then the shaved ice on top. Waiola’s has tons of flavors of shave ice, some made with local ingredients. Waiola’s is located along the Waikiki Trolley’s Yellow Line but closes early at 5:30 pm.