In March the hubs and I took a wonderful trip to Oahu for our babymoon. At the time I was 20 weeks pregnant, and Hawaii seemed like the perfect escape. I figured during my early 2nd trimester I would be mobile enough to fit in a few hikes as well as tour the island. It turned out I was correct, and we were able to do quite a bit of sightseeing on Oahu as well as A LOT of feasting! I had no idea how colorful, and vast the Oahu food scene is. Between the influence of Asian, American (mainland), and Pacific Islander cultures, there is a multitude of dining experiences to delight your taste buds.
This post is broken into my top 5 places to eat in Waikiki and a list of my other favorite places to eat around Honolulu. In case you are planning your own trip to Oahu, I have also included a Google Maps link at the bottom with all of these places bookmarked, as well as some of the tourist attractions we enjoyed on the island of Oahu. For anyone who is considering Honolulu for their babymoon, the hikes and viewpoints were totally doable for me, a soon to be mama in her 2nd trimester, who is not super athletic.
My favorite places to eat in Waikiki
On our first day after checking into our hotel, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki, we decided to explore the area and get to know our new neighborhood for the week. While walking the Waikiki strip, we found the most amazing Japanese food hall, Waikiki Yokocho inside the Waikiki Shopping Plaza.
We decided to browse the stalls and grabbed a couple snacks as it was still a bit early for us to have dinner.
I had the Matcha Soft Cream with Shiratama Azuki, $5.50 at Nana’s Green Tea. It was the perfect Matcha flavor! The hints of seaweed were not too strong, and it was moderately sweet. The azuki bean and mochi were excellent toppings that complemented the flavor of the soft cream. I also tried a Hijiki Onigiri (rice ball), $2.30 from Shichimusubi. Which was equally delicious. The rice was seasoned well and was slightly moist without being too sticky.
I found Waikiki Yokocho to be a bit more upscale than the neighboring Japanese food hall in Ala Moana Center (I’ll get to that later). There are many choices from shabu shabu, katsu, sushi and even a Japanese whiskey bar. If you are looking for a nice meal with delicious Japanese food that is very authentic in flavor, I would highly recommend stopping here.
For dinner that evening we headed over to a cute little food truck courtyard called Pau Hana Market. It had such a fun beachy vibe, and I liked that they offered a variety of food. I will say, though, there are a lot of great restaurants in the area, so if you know exactly what you are in the mood for you may be better off going to a restaurant that specializes in that particular cuisine. However, if you aren’t sure what you would like to eat or maybe you and your companion are both craving different things, this is a great spot to get a decently priced meal in a very relaxed environment.
Marukame Udon was high on my list of Japanese restaurants to eat at in Waikiki. They hand make their udon noodles throughout the day and take great pride in the quality of their ingredients.
I had the Coconut Macadamia Nut Souffle Pancake – macadamia nuts, coconut cream and whipped cream, $15. Adam had the Eggs Benedict with Portuguese Sausage – roasted potatoes and salad, $14. Both brunch dishes were delicious. My pancakes were so light, when I cut into them, I could see a little bit of the spongy texture, and I also noticed they used a meringue base in place of baking powder. I knew this because I could see a small swirl of the white from the meringue batter.
Doraku Sushi is a great option for fresh seafood and Japanese cuisine in the touristy area of Waikiki. On recommendation from IG’er @Maitai88, we stopped in here late one afternoon to grab a quick snack and to give our tired feet a little respite.
The hubs ordered the Ahi Zuki Don, $13.95 and I nommed on the Volcano Roll – California roll topped with baked scallops, $12.95. While I didn’t get to try the tuna myself, Adam said it was some of the freshest, sweetest tuna he’s had in a long time. My Volcano Roll hit the spot as well.
My favorite places to eat in Honolulu
As always, I’d love to hear what you guys thought of the post in the comments below! Have you been to Oahu? Did I miss out on some awesome eats?