Brunch culture plays a key role in the schedules of Kauai’s residents and visitors. The people of Kauai are up early—hiking to get a glimpse of that sunrise or heading to the beach to catch the first wave. After a morning of excitement, filling up on a nutritious and delectable brunch is on everyone’s mind. These are among the top spots to relax and grab brunch in Kauai.
Set amidst pieces of fine art, the Art Cafe Hemingway is a unique experience among Kauai‘s breakfast spots. Wooden chairs and tables give a nostalgic feeling of a French brasserie that Ernest Hemingway, its namesake, would have spent many days and nights writing in. Very much part of the theme, dishes are named after titles written by the author, such as “The Sun Also Rises.” With the entire menu fresh and made to order, the owners source food from theirs and nearby farms; and due to two separate owners, each day has a completely different and unique menu.
Anyone looking for that quintessential Hawaiian brunch with ingredients classic to the islands should absolutely try the Kountry Style Kitchen. You haven’t had Hawaiian pancakes until you’ve tried their famous macadamia nut pancakes and coconut syrup. Another restaurant proud to be supplied by a number of local business and farms, the kitchen offers syrups made in-house and coffee roasted locally. The generous servings and laidback atmosphere of the local hangout exuberates a strong sense of ‘Ohana, making it the perfect place to lounge from morning to afternoon.
When NOM Kauai first opened as a food truck in 2015, its Southern-inspired comfort food quickly became popular with the local community. With their big red truck becoming iconic to the town of Kapa’a, the owners opened up a more permanent location. Sourcing all their food locally, the restaurant still serves a fusion of comfort foods, including unique options like a taro burger with black beans and quinoa. In addition to their support of the local farming community, the team at NOM also partners with the Surfrider Foundation, making sure to only use reusable straws and to-go containers that are compostable.
With so many options to try along the shoreline of Kauai, heading upcountry might seem a bit unnecessary, but it is definitely worth it for the coffee and grinds at Kalaheo Cafe. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Kalaheo Cafe specializes in smooth and local Hawaiian coffee roasts. There are a plethora of breakfast options for every palate. This respite on higher ground highlights Hawaiian classics like Portuguese sausage and fresh papaya. From gluten free blackberry chia muffins to the option of building your own omelette, the cafe offers up classic options for everyone.
Located just downstairs from Tortilla Republic, the TR Cantina offers its guests more of a daytime vibe with its refreshing outdoor patio seating. The restaurant itself offers a more laidback, friendly atmosphere, serving up casual Mexican fare like tacos, ceviches, and burritos that pair with their handcrafted margarita bar. Weekend brunch is always sparkling with their twist on breakfast options like huevos rancheros, breakfast quesadillas, and pancakes. The flavorful menu and lively atmosphere make it a great spot for a group outing.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.