TOP 5 PLACES TO EAT IN OAHU IN 1 DAY: A CYNEATS FOODIE ITINERARY

  Posted by - June 28, 2018 - Travel

If you know me, you know I love food. I like to eat and then… eat some more. 

So here’s a foodie itinerary, made by yours truly.

All you need is a car (or uber), an appetite, gum, and some cash.

GET READY because you’re going to be driving around the entire island while making pit stops at the best places to eat. Now let’s get started:

 1ST STOP: ALICIA’S MARKET FOR POKE 

Start at Alicia’s market for some of the best poke you’ll ever have. It’s also one of the most recommended spots in Oahu by locals. They’ve been around since 1949 and has been a neighborhood staple. 

Walk through the market and head straight to the back for free samples. Along with poke, they also serve some of the best Chinese-style BBQ meats. Get the combo meal for the best of both worlds. 

What to order: masago wasabi ahi poke & roasted pig

PS: There are no tables or seats at Alicas’s, so you have to take your food to-go.

Address: 

267 Mokauea St
Honolulu, HI 96819

2ND STOP: BUBBIES- MOCHI ICE CREAM

For a light refreshing snack make your way to Bubbies.

While they have many flavors of ice cream, milkshakes, floats… what you REALLY want to try is their MOCHI! They’re little bite size ice creams wrapped in a sweetened rice dough.

Pro tip. For your instagram moment, take it outside and shoot it fast before it melts!

Address: 

7192 Kalanianaole Hwy
Ste D103
Honolulu, HI 96825

 

3RD STOP: GIOVANNIS- SHRIMP TRUCK (A must visit!)

If you’ve asked anyone for recommendations, then chances are you’ve already heard of Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in North Shore.

Some people say it’s overhyped, but I beg to differ. My trip to Oahu is never complete until I stuff my face with their Shrimp scampi- drenched in lemon butter and garlic!

PS: It’s cash only.

Pro Tip: bring an extra pack of gum after this meal. You can thank me later. 

Address: 

66-472 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712

4th STOP: HAWEILA BOWLS FOR ACAI

Haleiwa Bowls is a two-minute drive from Giovannis for some of the best acai on the island. It’s refreshing and exactly what you need after a mouthful of garlic and shrimp. 

You can choose from the Hapa Bowl (smoothie-like texture) or the Mana Bowl (sorbet-like texture).

Each acai bowl comes with bananas, coconut flakes, granola, and honey.  Extra Toppings are $0.75 each and they have many toppings, so choose wisely!

Address: 

66-030 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712

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LAST STOP: HELENA’S AUTHENTIC HAWAIIAN BBQ FOR DINNER

For an authentic Hawaiian experience, Helena’s Hawaiian Food is where ALL the locals go for lunch and dinner. The restaurant won a James Beard Award back in 2000 and is a beloved restaurant by everyone.

While the food isn’t photogenic, this was probably one of my favorite meals on this trip. The plates are small so you can try a good variety after ordering their set menu with a few extra items. I 100% recommend coming with a group of friends so you can share everything family style.  

What to order: kalua pig and short ribs, poi and lau lau. 

Address:

1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
 

And that concludes our foodie adventure for the day! Shoutout to everyone who gave me their recommendations in the comment section of THIS POST!

If you guys want to see all other places we went to, check out my YouTube video for my Top 10! 

 

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8 Comments

  • Samuel July 7, 2018 - 7:15 pm Reply

    Found your video on Youtube! Love your website and content. Keep it up girl!

    • CynEats July 8, 2018 - 7:32 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Lisa P. July 3, 2018 - 5:23 pm Reply

    I just came back from my honeymoon and I dragged my husband to Giovannis, Haleiwa Bowls, and Helenas! At first he was skeptical that we could eat at all three places in 3 hours, but everything was so good that nothing was left on our plates! Thank you for this!!

    • CynEats July 8, 2018 - 7:31 pm Reply

      You’re welcome!! So happy you guys got to spend your Honeymoon EATING your way through Oahu :)

  • Katie Aldape July 1, 2018 - 12:10 pm Reply

    Alicia’s Market is temporarily closed! They had a fire :( They were also one of my favorite places to visit. My grandma used to take me there every year.

    • CynEats July 8, 2018 - 7:30 pm Reply

      Whattt! Oh no!! Fingers crossed everyone’s okay :( I hope they bounce back soon!

  • Travis June 29, 2018 - 7:07 pm Reply

    How long did this take you?

    • CynEats July 8, 2018 - 7:29 pm Reply

      We started at 9am at Alicias, and ended at Helenas around 8pm!

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