Neighborhood Favorites

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You’ll find many of the city’s favorite hotspots right in Midtown Ala Moana. Here, we’re highlighting some of our favorites!

Sweet Creams

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Sweet Creams! Satisfy your sweet tooth with some rolled ice cream and unique toppings. Tucked away behind Ala Moana Center on Kona Street, Sweet Creams is rollin up fresh desserts right before your eyes. Choose from flavors like the traditional Cookies ‘n Cream or the crowd pleasing Strawberry Shortcake. Open late, you can cool off with Sweet Creams Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Bread & Butter

Butter up your tastebuds for breakfast, lunch or dinner and say aloha to Bread & Butter, right in the heart of Midtown Ala Moana. From farm-to-table acai bowls to handcrafted pizzas and claw-some lobster rolls, Chef Arnaldo “Masa” Gushiken combines simplicity and local ingredients in every dish. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bread & Butter is one of our favorite brunch spots to meet with friends and say cheers with daily mimosas and craft beers.

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Friend Cafe

Pick up your BFF and pop into Friend Cafe, a little-known boba shop tucked along Kapiolani Boulevard. Friend Cafe is bubbling over a variety of boba concoctions that even tea-holics can’t get enough of. Take advantage of some free wifi while you sip on unique drinks like the messy ube milk tea or oreo crunch cheese foam. The perfect place for a sweet get together, Friend Cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Hawaiian Brian’s Social Club

Hawaiian Brian’s Social Club invites you to join the crowd for a happening night out in Midtown Ala Moana. Whether you’re a reggae fan or prefer hip hop, the stage is set for an intimate concert experience with whatever hot artist is in town. And if beats aren’t your thing, roll out your billiard skills or try your hand at a game of pool. Visit their website for a full list of upcoming concerts and events.

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Nothing hits the spot like hot pot! Hawaii’s first and only Shabuya is steaming Ala Moana Center, offering a buffet of AYCE (all you can eat) shabu shabu options. Things will heat up just as soon as you order your choice of broth and meats, then hit the buffet to stack your plate with your favorite seafood and vegetables. What makes Shabuya unique (in our humble opinion) is that in addition to the actual shabu, there are also a selection of four appetizers that are included in the all-you-can-eat price like gyoza and three different variations of chicken karaage. We’d recommend dipping in for lunch Monday through Thursday where you can get all the same options as dinner for the hot price of just $17.99!

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MW Restaurant

Our go-to for any special occasion or business lunch, MW Restaurant is serving fresh, farm-to-table dishes. Chefs Wade and Michelle provide diners with their own unique take on island comfort food, serving a bit of aloha with each bite. Every dish combines Asian-inspired fusion with local flavors–creating a menu that will please any palette. But whatever you eat, just make sure to save room for dessert, because you don’t want to miss a bite of Michelle’s inspired creations, like our favorite, the tropical fruit creamsicle brulee.

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Minori Craft Japanese Tavern

There’s not much that makes us happier than happy hour, and Minori Craft Japanese Tavern has happy hour daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aside from sake and cocktails, this Midtown Ala Moana tavern is plating a mixed menu of both contemporary and traditional Japanese teishoku flavored with island flair. Best of all, they’re open late! Pop in for dinner or a late night meal from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Menya le Nood

If you’re in the mood for ramen or tsukemen Menya le Nood is serving up oodles of noodles in Midtown Ala Moana. They are best known for their specialty tsukemen, like the popular black tonkotsu tsukemen and tsukemen italiano. Menya Le Nood is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Republik

Pumping up the beats in Midtown Ala Moana is The Republik, a sophisticated indoor concert venue drawing in music lovers of all ages. Hosting everything from international DJs to reggae artists and country stars, The Republik creates a vibrant experience for neighborhood and out-of-state concert goers–all in the comfort of a cozy lounge and intimate music hall. Check out their website for a full list of concerts and events.

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Like Like Drive Inn

A world-famous landmark beloved by travelers and locals alike, Like Like Drive Inn is a long-time resident of Midtown Ala Moana and is the go-to neighborhood diner for brunch, midnight snack, and everything in between! Since James and Alice Nako opened its doors in 1953, this family-owned and operated diner has remained an icon by continuing to serve island classics like the banana hot cake sandwich, fried rice, and loco mocos. When you see the sign, you know where to dine!

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