Located in the International Market Place in the heart of Waikiki, you’ll find a cute coffee shop called Kona Coffee Purveyors | b. Patisserie on the side where Kuhio Avenue is and across from Marugame Udon. Once you walk in, you are immediately greeted by the friendly staff and the smell of roasted coffee and baked goods. The interior of this place is so cute and they have a few small tables and a long-standing table for you to enjoy your coffee and pastries. I absolutely love the ambiance and you can find plenty of people working or enjoying their items on the tables indoor and outdoor. With high-quality coffee and plenty of options to choose from cold brew to lattes as well as food items like pressed sandwiches, there is a selection for anyone. A bonus at this coffee shop is since b. Patisserie is located here, you’ll find the popular James Beard famous croissants, the Kouign-Amann, which is originally from the San Francisco location.
If you’re unfamiliar with what a kouign-amann is, it is a French pastry that is flaky and layered with sugar and butter. I would say it is between a croissant and a bun. There are quite a few options to choose from here at Kona but I decided to go for the black sesame flavor but definitely have my eyes on the strawberry guava one next! Upon eating it, the kouign-amann was extremely flakey and you can see each layer and texture. I can definitely see that a lot of effort when into making this pastry. The black sesame flavor was light and airy and really complimented everything so well. I can honestly eat two to three of these in one sitting because it is that good. However, it is quite pricey for one but makes for the perfect light snack or breakfast. I also tried their latte and it came out in a beautiful design and a spoon for the saucer. I was able to enjoy my items while sitting outside on their small patio and people-watched. There were plenty of people who had their laptops or small tablets out to work as they drank their coffee and ate their pastries. I can see why this is one of the must-try coffee shops on the island. Not only are the pastries delicious but this is the perfect time to chill and grab your cup of coffee to start your day. The only downside to this place is the lack of chargers for people working here but is a great stop for fresh and high-quality coffee.