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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, bowls, pastries, and hot breakfast sandwiches. Hip local vibe. Check out the attached clothing boutique, too”
  • 29 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Safeway a great grocery store for those who need a great late night Ice cream, or pickup a movie from the local red box. Has a local deli- bakery & more.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Casual taco place with the yummy basics. No chips etc. The tacos are big and the tortillas are homemade corn. The True Imu Pig is a local favorite.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cafe
“Health food grocery store with a cafe for light lunch. Many items in bulk. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Asian Restaurant
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“More upscale food as well as prices. Has a small bar area and outdoor space. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Health
“Great Health Food Store sharing food that's Organic, non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and more.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great place if you are looking for vegan food! They get their fish daily too and their wraps are pretty good.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“The best pumpkin pancakes with coconut syrup when the chef puts them on the menu that day. If not, pick something else; everything is good. They are open only for breakfast and lunch.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There are a few trails to access the peak (aka, the "face") of the Sleeping Giant. The favorite trail is the Eastern Trail. This is a moderate hike depending on your hiking experience and fitness level, however, it can be dangerously muddy and slippery in wet weather. The Eastern Trail offers beautiful ocean views all the way up the 2-mile ascent. You will overlook the Wailua River and enjoy a panoramic view of Kauai's east side. Strawberry Guava trees are highly invasive and have taken over much of the trail's dense vegetation. When the fruit is ripe and a deep purple color, harvest these little guavas for a tasty treat. A good time to take a snack break and enjoy the scenic views is when you reach a small plateau with a few picnic tables. After a well-deserved rest, and if you are ambitious, then continue up the Giant's neck to experience the 360 degree view from the Giant's face. Be very careful on this steep stretch of the trail as there are points where there are 100 foot drops on both sides! On a clear day, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the top of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places in the world and Kauai's second highest peak. A little known secret is the "hole" that is just below the highest point of the Giant's face. If you walk to the left, just before the peak of the trail, you will discover a path that wraps around to an awesome little cave that offers the best view of the east side. When you have finished enjoying the spectacular views, it's time to head back down the trail the same way you came up - on the bright side, most of it's down hill! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Cafe
“We like to go to Hemingways for breakfast or lunch. Their special coffee drinks are great and we enjoy their home made muesli, egg dishes, fresh breads and croissants. Food is very fresh and well prepared. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Located adjacent to The Pono Kai Resort, the Pono Market serves Hawaiian style food. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Casual dining, Great food-Good variety-Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options-good prices and big portions, some organic. Open air, 2nd floor, and overlooks downtown Kapaa. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Food
“Yum Yum fresh organic juice and salads. Expensive but high quality and friendly service.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Who doesn't love good pasta? This place is a little pricey but it worth the extra money.”
  • 10 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Friendly service, great fish dishes. Order at the counter and get served at your table.”
  • 2 locals recommend