The Best Spots for Cheap, Local Food in Kauai

The Best Spots for Cheap, Local Food in Kauai

During our vacation in Kauai, we were on a mission to find the best places to eat delicious local food on a budget. From food trucks to supermarkets and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, we found an assortment of options with a target price under $10 per person.

Supermarkets in Kauai are a great option for anyone traveling on a budget. There are several big-box retailers like Costco, Walmart, and Safeway, all located in Lihue. And if you want to find organic food, Papaya’s Natural Foods is the best option, located in Kapa’a. Another great spot, but pricey, is Healthy Hut in Kilauea.

Read all about our favorite local food in Kauai below!

Content and photographs provided by Yana Kogan and Timon.

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Cheap Local Eats in Kauai

Best Food on a Budget in West Kauai (Waimea, Hanapepe, Poipu)

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  • Paco’s Taco’s – taco stand with fish tacos and excellent shrimp quesadillas
    • 4505 Puolo Rd, Hanapepe, HI 96716
  • The Little Fish Cafe – great for breakfast with daily brewed coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and excellent acai bowls
    • 2290 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
  • Kalaheo Coffee Company – great breakfast spot with pancakes, eggs, and excellent coffee
    • 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741
  • Da Crack – ridiculously good burritos, the best in Kauai
    • 2827 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
  • Kauai Coffee Company – coffee tastings and the option to take a personalized walking tour or a self-guided one
    • 870 Halewili Rd, Kalaheo, HI 96741

Best Food on a Budget in South Kauai (Lihu’e, Wailua, Kapa’a)

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  • Fish Express – famous spot for poke
    • 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy #7, Lihue, HI 96766
  • Tiki Taco’s – one of the best tacos I have ever eaten
    • 4-971 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746
  • Pono Market – hands down the best poke in Kauai
    • 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746

Best Food on a Budget in North Kauai (Kilauea, Hanalei)

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  • Pat’s Taqueria – Food truck with very good tacos and excellent quesadilla for a beach lunch at the Hanalei Pier
    • 4997 Weke Rd, Hanalei, HI 96714
  • Kilauea Fish Market – excellent quality fish, no matter how you get it, including the poke
    • 4270 Kilauea Rd, Kilauea, HI 96754

Bon Appetite!

that’s it – our ultimate guide to cheap eats in kauai! We hope you have a wonderful vacation

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  • Yana and Timon

    Yana & Timon met at college in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating, they started their professional careers. They moved to San Francisco in 2010, a city they loved living in for nearly six years.

    After working and saving up money for several years, they quit their jobs and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. They started living a nomadic lifestyle in December 2015 and have not looked back since.

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