Essential eats: A sweet tooth’s quarantine survival guide

Never fear, these dessert shops are still here

It’s Friday and day number 102,389,787,234 in quarantine. At least it feels like it, and it’s time for a treat.

Working from home has made me crave sweets even more. Pandemic or not, dessert is always essential. Fortunately, there are plenty of bakeries and dessert shops across Oahu to satisfy any sweet craving. Just scroll down to search by specific dessert categories. You’re welcome.

See also: Best chocolate chip cookies: Our Top 5


A Cake Life, Moiliili

Cake Works, Moiliili

Kulu Kulu Cake (Eaton Square location only), Waikiki

La Palme D’or, Ala Moana 

Miss Chen’s Cake, Keeaumoku

Puuwai Aloha Bakery, Nuuanu

The Alley Restaurant, Aiea

Tiny Pyramid, Kalihi

Waikiki Tea House, Waikiki


Cake Envy, Downtown

Otto Cake, Kaimuki 

The Cheesecake Factory, Waikiki


Aloha Confectionery, Ala Moana 

b. patisserie / Kona Coffee Purveyors, Waikiki

Chocolate + Vanilla Bakery, Kaimuki 

Olena by Chef Ron Simon (chocolate chip cookies, various cupcakes), Kalihi

Mac Baby Cookie Company, Ward

No Ka Oi Cookie, various farmers’ markets

The Cookie Corner, various locations

The Sugar Hut, Waianae


Cupcake and Things Bakery, Kapolei

Hokulani Bake Shop, Downtown

Honu Bakery, Kalihi

We Heart Cake Company, Kaimuki (custom orders only)


Donut King Hawaii, Kaimuki and Kailua

Kamehameha Bakery, Kalihi

Modo Hawaii, Waikiki

Mr. Donut’s & Bakery, Downtown 

Purve Donut Stop, Ala Moana 

Frozen yogurt

Cherry on Top, Pearl City

FROST, Kailua

Menchie’s Hawaii, Kapolei


Il Gelato, various locations

La Gelateria, Ala Moana

Via Gelato, Kaimuki

Ice cream

8 Half Desserts, Kaneohe

Black Sheep Cream Co., Waipahu

Butterfly Ice Cream, Kakaako

Cream n’ Roll, University location only 

Dave’s Ice Cream, various locations

Lappert’s Hawaii, Waikiki

Lucy’s Lab Creamery, Kakaako

Magnolia Ice Cream, Kalihi location 

Moena Sweets, Hawaii Kai

Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery, Kaimuki  

The Pillbox Pharmacy, Kaimuki

Tropilicious Ice Cream, Kalihi

Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha, Aina Haina location only

Wing Ice Cream Parlor, Chinatown


Leonard’s Bakery, Kapahulu

Penny’s Malasadas, Schofield Base exchange location only

See also: Ice cream and malassadas worth the drive to Laie


Anna Miller’s Hawaii, Aiea

Hawaiian Pie Company, Kalihi (Note: Only open May 8 to 9 for Mother’s Day pre-orders)

Sweet Revenge Honolulu, Kalihi, various farmers’ markets

Shave ice

Ice Garden, Aiea

Monsarrat Shave Ice, Kapahulu

Shimazu Store, Kapahulu location 

Waiola Shave Ice, McCully location only

Wilson Store, Kailua

See also: What color you like? Da secret meaning of shave ice

Soft serve

Banan, Manoa and Kailua locations

Malu Honolulu, Keeaumoku

Matcha Stand Maiko, Waikiki

Samurai, Kalihi location (Hawaiian Frost)

Thrills Soft Serve, Ala Moana

See also: Best soft serve ice cream: Our Top 5

Miscellaneous treats

Asato Family Shop, Downtown: Sherbert (note: pre-order pickups only)

Burgers on Bishop, Downtown: Lemon bars, scones, cookies, various baked goods

Easy Que, Kailua: Hard lilikoi slushy, slushy of the day 

Cloud Nine Cafe Hawaii, Kapahulu: Milk tea, boba, souffle pancakes

Diamond Head Market & Grill, Kapahulu: Blueberry scones, asssorted cakes

Double Three, Kalihi / Kailua: Bubble waffle ice cream sundaes

Frost City, McCully: Snow ice, hot desserts, boba 

Happy Hearts Mochi, Kalihi: Mochi

HI Cravings: Acai bowls with cookie dough

Kilani Bakery, Wahiawa: Brownies, assorted baked goods (Note: Check their Instagram for limited hours and availability)

La Tour Cafe, various locations: Macarons 

Le Crepe Cafe Hawaii, Manoa: Crepes, smoothies, acai and more 

Liliha Bakery, Kalihi (Kuakini store only): Coco Puffs, poi mochi donuts (Note: This location will be open starting Monday May 11)

Made by Ali Yoko: Assorted cookies, macaroons, POG bars, chocolate pudding trifles and more 

Napoleon’s Bakery, various locations: Apple and coconut Napples, apple pies, pumpkin pies, donuts, other pastries 

Rise and Shine Cafe Hawaii, Mililani: Cinnamon rolls, assorted cakes, cheesecakes, tarts and cookies

Sun Tea Mix, Kakaako: Boba, souffle pancakes

The Girls Who Bake Next Door, Nuuanu: Cookies, cupcakes, mochi, bars, brownies and more 

The Pig & The Lady, Chinatown: Ice cream swirl, lilikoi malasadas, cheesecake cookies and more

Ubae Hawaii, Kalihi: Ube crinkle cookies, tarts and other desserts

Uber Tarts, Wahiawa: Uber tarts, various tarts, turnovers and baked goods

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