Whether your idea of breakfast is just a coffee or a more filling, savory meal, there are a couple of breakfast places in Maui that tick all of the boxes and have something for everyone.
If you’re more of a coffee and light breakfast kind of person, then this popular coffee shop is right up your alley. Their baristas serve up coffee and non-coffee drinks, plus they have a sweet selection of baked goods and savory toasts. It’s an adorable shop that I love visiting any chance I get.
Paia Bay Coffee Bar
In addition to delicious coffee staples (e.g., lattes, americanos, and mochas), this cute shop has specialty espresso drinks fit for paradise, like their Vegan Coconut Caramel and Roayl Rose lattes, plus a huge selection of tasty food to choose from. My favorite breakfast dishes I’ve tried are their biscuits and French onion soup gravy with gruyere cheese and the pineapple croissant sandwich, but really you can’t go wrong with whatever you order!
Pro Tip: They are also open for lunch and dinner and have happy hour from 3-5 pm. They serve beer, wine, and cocktails and have great non-breakfast food options for later in the day.
After spending time on the beach and under the sun, you’re bound to be ravenous. Here are some of my can’t-miss restaurants in Paia that my family and I frequent on a regular basis.
Cafe des Amis
It’s basically our family’s tradition to come here at least once a month after spending the morning on the beach – we love it that much! Their menu is a unique blend of French/Mediterranean and Indian cuisine that never disappoints. The savory crepes are out of this world, and we usually always get a curry or two with a salad and their house vinaigrette (my kids would drink it straight if I let them!).
Milagros Food Co.
With some of the biggest portion sizes on Maui, Milagros is the place to go if you have a big appetite. The Mexican-inspired menu has tasty plates like burritos, loaded nachos, and tacos, as well as lighter options like salads and grilled fish sandwiches. Be sure to stop by for their happy hour from 3-6 pm for $5 drink specials.
Mama’s Fish House
Mama’s Fish House is a Paia institution and one of the most, if not the most, sought-after dining experiences on the Northshore. Don’t let the humble name fool you – this restaurant is one of the priciest in Paia but comes with an experience that’s well worth the cost.
The traditional Polynesian decor and airy interior open up to stunning views of Mama’s Beach, where you’re guaranteed to spot sea turtles sunbathing on the beach! If you’re serious about dining here, make a reservation as soon as possible – they’re often booked up months in advance.
Pro Tip: Make a day out of the Mama’s Fish House and Mama’s Beach experience. The beach is not easy to access unless you are using the restaurant’s valet parking, so pack your beach essentials to enjoy this secluded slice of paradise before or after your meal– you’ll likely have it all to yourself!
Where Japanese meets Hawaiian cuisine, Vana Paia is a gorgeous restaurant to enjoy a refined meal under the sprawling branches of a Hau tree. Their menu revolves around the freshest seafood they can get, so it can change daily, but the heart of their menu is sushi with freshly caught fish and local produce. The ambiance, delicious food, and beautiful plating make for an unforgettable dining experience.
End your day in Paia on a sweet note with one of these locally-made treats!
Ululani’s Shave Ice
It doesn’t get any better than this shave ice! They have more gourmet syrup flavors than you could ever hope for that are all made from 100% pure cane sugar and natural fruit juices and concentrates. You can also add a scoop of coconut ice cream to the bottom of any shave ice – a necessity, in my opinion!
While many would consider gelato and ice cream to be the same, they are distinctly different from one another. Gelato is softer, lower in fat, and oftentimes has stronger flavors, so if a European gelato is what your heart desires, this place will not disappoint.
Artisan Ice Cream
If you’re craving ice cream, then look no further. This shop churns up some of the best local organic ice creams I’ve ever had. My kiddos love the vegan coconut ice cream sweetened with coconut sugar!