14 Best Cafes in Hilo

Coffee Girl Coffee Shops • $
2100 Kanoelehua Ave A6, Hilo

“They have a wonderful assortment of drinks and baked goods. Not intimidating at all to order. Staff are very helpful and polite. The shop is kept very clean and it’s a very serene environment.Wheelchair accessibility: Stalls and ramp are nearby.“

4.9 Superb84 Reviews
Paul's Place Cafe • $$
132 Punahoa St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Lox and Bagels Smoked Salmon Capers Cream Cheese Red Onions
Eggs Benedict with Local Seasonal Fruit
Smoked Salmon Benedict
Caprese Breakfast
Breakfast Caprese
Smoked Salmon blt
Pasta De Marco
Belgian Waffle
blt Sandwich
Pasta Marco

“Note: YOU MUST MAKE A RESERVATION BEFOREHAND!!Review: My family and I ate here for brunch and it was phenomenal. The atmosphere of this small café is intimate and absolutely darling. Paul was extremely accommodating and it was obvious to my family and I that Paul cook’s for passion and to truly make others happy. The food was stunning to look at and the taste was even better, absolutely no complaints to be heard from here. Our waitress was super sweet as well (I sadly didn’t get her name). Overall, my family and I will definitely will be back. ?“

4.7 Superb122 Reviews
Hilo Bay Cafe American • $$
123 Lihiwai St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Fish and Chips with House Salad
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Hamakua Mushroom Pot Pie
French Onion Short Ribs
Classic Hand-Cut Fries
Mushroom Lettuce Cups
Spicy Tropical Roll
Maui Rum BBQ Ribs
French Onion Soup
Hawaiian Ahi Poke

“Had lunch here 2/3 days that we were in Hilo, everything was amazing. The Misoyaki Butterfish Salad was fresh and extremely flavorful without being heavy, and the fish melts like butter in your mouth. We also had a cold water scallop special, an eggplant /marinara/pesto/ricotta appetizer (forgot what it's called, oops!) and crab cakes. Everything was great, honestly one of the best places I've eaten at on the entire island. I like to sit at the bar, as I'm a former long time bartender. Sascha is one of the best around, cocktails were, again, among the best that I found on the island, including Kona. Service was top notch, no matter how busy he got, and he took extra time to modify one of the house cocktails so that an elderly gal with sensitive teeth sitting nearby could enjoy it. I would honestly make the drive from Waikoloa just for this, but Hilo has plenty of outdoor activities to offer as well.“

4.4 Superb197 Reviews
Haneul Cafe Korean • $
417 Kalanikoa St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Kimchi Soup & Spicy Pork
Honey Chicken and Rice
Black Bean Noodles
Mango Cheesecake
Seafood Pancake
Honey Chicken
Garlic Shrimp
Shaved Ice
Meat Jun
Mango

“So glad we happened to find this place in Hilo! The food was amazingly tasty and filling. We ordered a pancake and one of the spicy pork dishes. This was one of our favorite meals on the island. There are a handful of tables available inside, and they were almost all taken while we were there. Obviously everyone knows how great this place is!Would highly recommend eating here!“

4.7 Superb51 Reviews
The Booch Bar Cafe • $
110 Keawe St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Fish Omelet with Sweet Potatoes
Matty's Tempeh Street Tacos
Conscious Culture Burger
Blackened Fish Tacos
Fresh Catch Bibimbap
Fish Bibimbap Bowl
Booch Bar Burger
Kombucha Flight
Puna Beet Salad
Tempeh Reuben

“Friendly service, super hearty and healthy meals that tasted good too. A bit too tart though (some of the pickled stuff).We had the veg burger - tasted good, but very crumbly patty.The tostada and all the fixings tasted great but it was a badly done tostada - the tortilla was not made crisp enough so it was kind of half chewy and difficult to eat.The soup that day was a tomato red pepper soup that was nice on that rainy evening.Vegan ruben with dill / slaw / swiss cheese tasted sharp.Enough options and good quality. In terms of the ambiance - basic and no frills.“

4.4 Superb151 Reviews
Sweet Cane Cafe Vegetarian • $
48 Kamana St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Macadamia Nut Pesto Sandwich
Taro or Jalapeno 'Ulu Burger
Seasonal Veggie Poke Bowl
Roasted Veggie Sandwich
Pickled Pepper Sandwich
Vegan Avocado Sandwich
Spicy Pickled Pepper
Chipotle Black Bean
Pitaya Dragon Fruit
Black Bean Burger

“I was very satisfied with the taste and quantity of the extensive vegan menu, and I kept coming back to it during my stay in Hilo. The coffee was served in a French press and had a mild, light flavor. The interior is casual and bright, and the service is friendly, so it's easy to see why it's so popular.“

4.4 Superb130 Reviews
White Guava Cafe Burgers • $
54 E Puainako St, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Fried Adobo Chicken Plate Fabulous
Crispy Fried Chicken Thighs
Fried Hawaiian BBQ Chicken
Boneless Korean Chicken
Thick Cut French Fries
Chicken Katsu Donburi
Korean Chicken Plate
Coconut Vegan Curry
Sweet Potato Salad
Lilikou Sparkler

“Friendly customer service.“

4.4 Superb94 Reviews
Cafe Boba Cafe • $
217 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Lychee Slush with Popping Boba
Ham & Cheese Panini
The Chicken Panini
Passion Fruit
Taro Smoothie
Peach Mango
Strawberry
Loco Moco

“Read the beverage menu before you step up to the counter. There are lots of great choices: soft drinks, teas, juices, smoothies and MANY more. They serve a limited menu of excellent burgers and panini sandwiches for your protein course. We would be there often, but we live 3,000 miles east.“

4.5 Superb59 Reviews
Popover Bakery • $
399 E Kawili St Suite 102, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

ABC Avocado Bacon Chicken Melt
Popover Sandwiches
Sunrise Flatbread
Flatbread Pizzas
Apple Turnover
S'Mores Donut
Pastries
Doughnut
Popovers

“It’s nice to see that Popover is still going strong. They have a variety of pastries to accompany their signature popover bread and lilikoi butter. Their doughnuts are not my favorite but I know that a lot of people like them. Their popover bread on the other hand I think is really good, a little plain for some people, but I like it. Their puffs are pretty good too. Light flaky texture with creamy, mildly sweet filling makes this worth a try. All of them, including the turnovers, are worth a try but I particularly like the haupia and apple. They also serve bentos, sandwiches and specialty coffee. Oh and I forgot to mention their staff are very friendly and helpful.“

4.3 Superb90 Reviews
Liko Lehua Cafe Cafe • $
177 Kaumana Dr, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Passion Fruit Lilikoi Butter Burger
Taegu Salad with Blackened Mahi
Shrimp Pasta Garlic Bread
Surfer Burger and Fries
Crab Cake Sandwich
Chicken Risotto
Cheeseburger
Avocado blt
Crab Cake
Fish

“I’m a lover of hamburger steak and have tried the hamburger steak at every restaurant and drive-in in Hilo. The Liko Lehua hamburger steak is absolutely the best tasting. The secret to a good hamburger steak is the gravy and their gravy is rich, tasty and homemade. No instant or canned gravy here. It also helps that their hamburger patties are hand made. Kudos to the chef and staff at Liko Lehua.“

4.3 Superb49 Reviews
The Tiki Turtle Cafe Cafe • $
1099 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Da RobertʻS Special
Dole Soft Serve Cup
Mango Pineapple S
Deli Sandwhich

“Cute little cafe just across the street from Rainbow Falls! After a few days of heavier food, we really enjoyed these lighter sandwiches and the Dole Whip of course. I had a turkey on Hawaiian sweet bread. The sandwich also came with veggies, sprouts and cheese. There are several different kinds of sandwiches to choose from as well as sides too. Love the colorful mural and the friendly service. Make this a stop when you need some lunch after viewing the falls.“

4.7 Superb15 Reviews
Nector Cafe Coffee Shops • $
216 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Hibiscus Tea Lemonade
Boobae Bubble Waffle
Mermaid Me Hungry
Smoothie Bowl
Avocado Toast
Pumpkin Scone
Mermaid Kiss
Cinnamon Roll
Everything
Boho Brew

“Large menu with something for everyone and everything was delicious.“

4.2 Good69 Reviews
Short N Sweet Bakery & Cafe Cafe • $
1263 Kilauea Ave Unit 280, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Breakfast Panini
Breakfast Bowl
Banana Bread
Croissant
Cupcakes
Hilo Bar
Bakery

“It is a great bakery offering a wide variety of pastries and desserts. The staff is incredibly welcoming and readily answers any questions about their sweet treats. During our visit, they generously offered complimentary samples of the brauni.“

4.2 Good63 Reviews
Makani’s Magic Pineapple Shack Cafe • $
54 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo

Customers` Favorites

Ube Ice Cream & Rainbow Ice Cream
Featured Soft Serve Ice Cream
Dragon Fruit Magic Bowl
Aloha Acai Bowl
Pineapple Bowl
Açai Bowls
Ube Smoothie
Cookie

“I have to say I do like the ice cream they serve here. I choose their ? unicorn twist in a cone. I think it’s a mix of dragon fruit and ube with sprinkles. A little pricy but good for a special occasion. Oddly enough, for a place with pineapple in the name they don’t have many strictly pineapple desserts, in fact I don’t know if they have any ?. In any case what they do have is good. They could use more help there though. There was only one gal working when I went and she was BUSY. Customers just kept coming. She was awesome though, politely helped everyone with a smile. There is a help wanted sign up is anyone is interested ?.“

4.1 Good91 Reviews