Searching for the best açaí bowls on Ohau? Join the club. As an ardent fan of this delightful island treat, I’ve had my fair share of great açaí bowls in Honolulu and beyond.
I’m in love with Hawaii (surprise, surprise) and wait with bated breath until my next return. One of my favorite ways to spend an easy vacation day is with a refreshing açaí bowl in hand while watching swaying palm trees and happy tourists.
I’ve visited Oahu six times so far, and discover gems every time I visit. During these trips, I make an effort to eat my weight in açaí (girlfriend can’t help herself). This passion has taken me all over the island and I didn’t want the knowledge (and calories!) to go to waste.
So without further ado, allow me to share a quick roundup of the best açaí bowls on Oahu. Hope you enjoy!
What is açaí, anyways?
Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry that grows on açaí palm trees in South America. The berry originated in Brazil and is packed with valuable antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins. As you can imagine, Açaí has been around for ages, but it really started to gain popularity in the 21st century.
Why are açaí bowls so popular on Oahu?
Simply put, it’s the perfect island treat. Cold, refreshing and chock-full of fresh local fruits. The portions are satisfying without being too heavy, which makes them a perfect mid-day snack or healthy breakfast. What’s not to love?
Best Açaí Bowls Oahu
Best Açaí Honolulu
Da Cove Health Bar (Best Açaí in Honolulu)
Da Cove Health Bar & Cafe came highly recommended by a friend that visits Hawaii often. She’s a health nut and eats her weight in açaí while staying in Hawaii.
She considers Da Cove to be the best place in Oahu for açaí bowls, so I knew I had to pay it a visit. The storefront is unassuming, but the long lines tell you there’s something good inside. I ordered a traditional house bowl and wow — within the first bite I completely understood the hype.
The creamy texture, perfectly balance açaí flavor, crunchy granola, fresh berries and a generous heap of honey, it’s sheer perfection.
My husband doesn’t like sweets, so he’s been leaving the Oahu açaí bowls tastings to me. This arrangement worked well for both of us (more for me), but when noticing my obvious satisfaction, he asked to try some (damn).
Needless to say, the next few minutes were full of negotiations and sharing until the bowl was finished. This is easily one of the best açaí bowls in Honolulu and a must try.
P.S. Whatever you do — make sure to pop over across the street to Monserrat Shave Ice. I tried 15+ spots on the island and this was, hands down, the best of the best. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it.
Jewel or Juice
Jewel or Juice is a charming locally owned family joint that prides themselves in making the best açaí bowls on Oahu. They have two locations on the island (Honolulu & Kailua) so you can have your pick!
We swung by the Honolulu location while en route to the North Shore and decided to pop in. Within the first bite, I knew we found a gem. There was something so satisfying about the honey, delicate granola crunch and generous scoop of peanut butter.
The peanut butter stole the show. I have no idea what they do to it (if anything?) but dang, I’d go back for that alone. Another perk of this great Oahu açaí bowl joint is that it doesn’t seem as busy as the other spots. I was able to get in and out quickly and I love visiting underrated gems (which this is).
Island Vintage Coffee
Whenever my husband and I return to Oahu, nothing excites me more than getting an açaí bowl from Island Vintage Coffee. Located right in the heart of the action, this is easily the best açaí bowl in Waikiki.
It’s perfectly sweet, with plenty of fresh fruits and toppings. The only downside are the notoriously long lines (feels like they go on for miles!). Regardless, it never stops me from visiting multiples times during my stay on the island. Can’t get enough.
My husband is an ardent supporter of Patagonia and can’t help himself whenever he’s within a mile of a store. So while we were staying on the island, we made a trip over before lunchtime. Per usual, he lingered longer than intended (can you blame him?) so I started looking up lunch spots.
Cafe Villamor was the closest option, so we made our way over. I was tempted by the coconut butter mentioned under the Stairway to Heaven bowl description and placed an order (adding a scoop of peanut butter, naturally).
The bowl was beautifully presented — topped with a generous heap of fresh fruits and a pretty drizzle of coconut butter. Oh my goodness, the coconut butter was the star of the show! It was delicious and I couldn’t get enough.
As for the açaí, I ate every last bite, but it’s not like the typical açaí bowls in Honolulu. The açaí is made in house and I think it’s mixed with protein powder. It’s great for those looking to get some extra protein in!
The texture is a bit more on the icy side, but I found it refreshing on a hot day. I thoroughly enjoyed the acai bowl from Cafe Villamor because it was so unusual from what I’m used to. I’m looking forward to returning for more.
Waffle and Berry
Hats off to Waffle and Berry for serving not only the best açaí bowls on Oahu, but also the most generous portions. Opening in 2019, this is the new kid on the block and deserves all the love it gets. We visited after seeing rave reviews and were not disappointed.
The texture of the açaí was so satisfying (smooth and creamy without melting too fast) and the fruit toppings were very fresh. But the best part was the waffle it came with (one of the best waffles you’ll ever have, seriously!) and the fact that you get to add toppings yourself.
If that wasn’t enough, the folks behind this operation are some of the kindest on the island and their passion (and effort) shines through. We LOVED this spot and plan to visit often when we find ourselves craving some of the best açaí bowls in Honolulu.
Tropical Tribe was one of the first spots I tried acai on Oahu. We were staying at a nearby hotel and popped in for breakfast. Hearing rave reviews, I knew to order a bowl and opted for the one with peanut butter.
The kind gals behind the counter are very sweet and efficient and whipped up a delicious bowl in no time. I grabbed it to-go so that I could enjoy it at the beach while watching sunset. Their location in Honolulu is prime and worth popping into if a craving strikes.
Is there anything better than catching sunset from Waikiki beach? It’s one of my favorite things to do in Honolulu and I never pass an opportunity to head to the beach.
During one of our sunset strolls I noticed a cute little ice cream shop and decided to order a sweet-treat as a night cap. I was intrigued by the açaí soft serve and ordered a small bowl. The gal at the counter mentioned that they don’t use added sugar (a win in my book!).
The acai hit the spot. I especially liked the satisfying crunch of the crispy quinoa. The texture of the acai was great as well — I’d describe it as a blend between soft serve and sorbet. Very great spot for a quick treat (although paying $9 for a small cup did feel kinda steep).
Best Açaí Bowls Oahu (Outside of Honolulu)
No list of the best açaí bowls on Oahu would be complete with Haleʻiwa Bowls. This is arguably the most popular spot to get açaí in Oahu and for good reason — they make some delicious bowls!
There’s almost always a line, but it moves quickly. We decided to stray from our typical order and opted for the Blue Majic Bowl. It comes with a blended base of pineapple, banana, & blue majik spirulina, topped with granola, fresh strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, maui bee pollen, and raw honey.
It was so tasty! Within the first bite we understood the long lines, they’re totally warranted. Also, extra props for the kind staff, they were so sweet even with the long lines, it was great.
Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar
Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar was a wild card! We were shopping around when we stumbled upon this cute spot. Seeing the signs for acai bowls, we swung by. The irresistible smell of baked goods drew me in (that banana bread!) but I only had one thing on the mind: acai.
The acai was super fresh and the granola practically melts in your mouth. It’s a very simple bowl, served with ripe bananas and locally sourced honey. It hit the spot and I plan to return during our next stay!
Farm To Barn Cafe & Juicery
First and foremost, this has to be one of the cutest spots to get açaí on Oahu. I think the restaurant is so charming (and the staff are so sweet).
We were fighting jet lag and decided to take a drive to the north shore. We arrived around 9am, just as this cafe was starting to open and took advantage of the opportunity to get our coffee fix.
This place focuses on serving local and fresh ingredients with good health in mind. So when I saw acai on the menu, i knew I had to give it a try.
Little did I know what a treat I was in for, it was delicious! Perfectly balanced, not too sweet but very flavorful, it hit the spot. Likewise, most of the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked tantalizing and I made a note to return for more during my next trip to the north shore.
Kahuku Farms came highly recommended by locals but we didn’t get a chance to give them a try. I’ll pop in next time I’m on Oahu (in November) and will update the post then.
Apparently the claim to fame is that this is the only place in Hawaii where the açaí bowls are farm to table. You read that right, the açaí grows on the farm, so is it any wonder this is considered some of the best açaí on Oahu?
Best Açaí Bowls on Oahu (Post Summary)
In sum, here’s a quick roundup of the best açaí bowls on Oahu.
Best Açaí Bowls in Honolulu
- Da Cove Health Bar
- Island Vintage Coffee
- Tropical Tribe
- Cafe Villamor
- Waffle and Berry
- Jewel or Juice
Best Açaí Bowls Oahu
- Haleʻiwa Bowls
- Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar
- Farm To Barn Cafe & Juicery
- Kahuku Farms