The Açai berry is native to the Amazon, but is found everywhere in the Hawaiian tropics. Açai is popular in many forms – in desserts, in smoothies, and in smoothie bowls. In bowl form it typically it has a sorbet-like texture and has many delicious toppings – each restaurant you go to offers different delicious toppings! Popular toppings include fruits, like strawberries and lilikoi (passion fruit), shredded coconut, honey, and granola.
Here, we have compiled a list of a few of the best places in Waikiki that sell açai.
ALOH Health Bar and Cafe (407 Seaside Ave)
ALOH Health Bar and Cafe is a small, but super nice, cafe in the heart of Waikiki that serves up some really amazing açai bowls as well as coffee, juices, artisan toast, and smoothies. They offer three different açai bowls: the Waikiki bowl, the Alamoana bowl, and the Diamond Head bowl. They offer a variety of toppings, including hemp granola, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, shredded coconut, raw honey, peanut butter, bee pollen, cacao nibs, papaya, mango, and greek yogurt.
Island Vintage (various locations)
Island Vintage is a coffee chain that serves up really good coffee and a variety of really unique and delicious açai bowls. Something that is really great about Island Vintage is that they offer gluten-free granola for their açai bowls! Having been to several Island Vintage locations and having tried many of their bowls, I would highly recommend the Liliko’i Moana bowl and the Pineapple-Mint Moana bowl. The Liliko’i Moana bowl has granola, strawberries, papaya, banana, and lilikoi honey. The Pineapple-Mint bowl has pineapple-mint sorbet, papaya, berries, granola, and honey.
Banan Beach Shack (2301 Kalakaua Ave)
Banan is a local frozen dessert chain that is famous for their plant-based frozen desserts. They have many locations in Honolulu. The Banan Beach Shack is located next to Duke’s Waikiki in the beach access alley. If you see lots of surfboards in storage, you know you’ve gotten to the right place. Most of their menu is banana based, but they offer a really good açai dessert: The Amazon. The Amazon includes strawberries, bananas, granola, puffed quinoa, and honey.
The Sunrise Shack at the Outrigger Beach Resort (2335 Kalakaua Ave)
The Sunrise Shack has two great açai options on their menu: an açai bowl and an açai smoothie. Besides the normal açai bowl toppings, the Sunrise Shack’s açai bowl has a unique topping: pitaya sauce. Pitaya is another name for dragon fruit! You can also add pitaya sauce to your açai smoothie.
Tropical Tribe (2161 Kalia Rd #110)
Tropical Tribe serves up two versions of açai bowls: local style and Brazilian style. The Brazilian style bowl has an açai and guaraná berry base. The local style has an açai, apple, and tropical fruits base. They offer five topping sets and a list of organic add-ons. These topping sets and add-ons include bananas, peanut butter, strawberries, goji berries, raw honey, bee pollen, cacao nibs, gluten-free or regular granola, protein powder, shredded coconut, paçoca (a candy made of ground peanuts, sugar, and salt), chia seeds, pineapple, and more!amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit0”; amzn_assoc_search_bar = “true”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “danielshawa04-20”; amzn_assoc_search_bar_position = “bottom”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “search”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_title = “Shop Related Products”; amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = “acai”; amzn_assoc_default_category = “All”; amzn_assoc_linkid = “0ba5409614ff9f17b0a650aac8938a18”;