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10 of Waikiki’s Best Beach Eats

September 21st, 2021 Food & Drink
10 of Waikiki’s Best Beach Eats

Packing food for the beach requires a certain consideration before filling your cooler. Sticking with the basics is always easy, with items like granola bars, chips, veggies and hummus, and yogurt, but it’s always a good idea to have something a little more substantial to keep you energized for a day in the sun. Whether you’re going for something sweet or a full-on meal, consider this your official checklist.

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1. Sandwiches and Wraps (Wolfgang Puck Express)

Sandwiches really are the perfect beach food. They have a protective outer layer to help everything contained, while also acting as a mini insulator for the fillings you want to keep cool (or hot). Conveniently located street level at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel facing Kalakaua Avenue and Waikiki Beach, Wolfgang Puck Express has a few wraps (hummus or chicken caesar) and sandwiches to choose from (tempura maki maki, turkey club, Kalua pork, or pesto chicken). 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

2. Plate Lunch (Sam’s Kitchen

The Hawaiian plate lunch is known for its convenience and ease (two of the most important requirements for a beach-friendly food!). Find a great one at Sam’s Kitchen, a casual food counter that has all the traditional fixings like white sticky rice, macaroni salad, and grilled proteins like steak, chicken, and the fish of the day. Slather it all in their famous garlic sauce. 353 Royal Hawaiian Ave.

3. Shave Ice (Kai Coconuts)

The quintessential beach treat, shave ice can be found in a variety of flavors at Kai Coconuts, conveniently located lobby level at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

4. Salad (Swell Restaurant & Bar)

Pack in the nutrients at the beach with a tasty salad. You’ll want one that is veggie-heavy so your meal won’t wilt in the Waikiki heat. Located poolside at ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Swell Restaurant & Pool Bar has a variety of tasty bowls that will do the trick. Try their Aloha ‘Aina Vegan Bowl, which is prepared with sweet potato, sea asparagus, watermelon, cucumber, roasted beet, sweet onion, avocado edamame, Sensei farms greens, kukui nuts, and POKE dressing. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.

5. Dole Whip Shake (Surf Shack)

Sip a delicious Dole Whip shake surfside (if you have an insulated thermos, that’ll keep it cooler for far longer!). Find the cool treat poolside at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

6. Kebabs (Bombay Palace)

The perfect food for sandy fingers, kebabs on a skewer are the ideal beach snack. Find roasted Tandoori kebabs like chicken, lamb boti, lamb shish, and shrimp at Bombay Palace. Their kebabs are all marinated in Indian spices and yogurt and grilled in a tandoor (clay oven). 1778 Ala Moana Blvd.

7. Cookies (Cookie Corner)

Don’t forget the dessert! Located lobby level at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Cookie Corner has plenty of these sweet treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

8. Fresh Fruit (Henry’s Place)

Fruit has a natural protective outer layer, making it a great snack that keeps the sand out. Luckily, fresh local fruit is easy to come by while in Hawaiʻi. Find plenty of fresh fruit at the no-frills nook that is Henry’s Place. 234 Beach Walk

9. Gelato (Café Glacé)

Gelato and the beach go hand in hand. Café Glacé has over 32 signature flavors of their artisanal gelato like passion fruit, guava, banana, pitaya, chai tea, and kiwi. Find Café Glacé at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

10. Pasta (Taormina Sicilian Cuisine)

Pasta holds up well at the beach and tastes great, hot or cold. Taormina Sicilian Cuisine at the Waikiki Beach Walk has a delicious selection, from traditional Sicilian pasta like Truffle Carbonara, to a Japanese pasta with cod roe, mixed mushrooms, shiso, and Japanese seaweed. 227 Lewers St.

Now that you’re a seasoned beach picnic-packer, it’s time to put your skills to good use with a trip to Waikiki. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is located just steps away from Kuhio Beach. In addition to a host of amenities, we offer free use of a GoPro Camera to take to the beach, subject to availability. Read more about the amazing amenities and exclusive offers at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and start booking your travel plans with us in Waikiki.

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