Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, this bustling neighbourhood offers everything from casual beach eats to fine dining. 

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Right in the heart of Waikiki on Beach Walk Drive is the three-storey Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. The building features a retail store on the ground floor, a restaurant on the second level and a beautiful rooftop bar, complete with firepits and sand, on the third level. After you’ve worked up an appetite shopping, head up the spiral staircase to the airy dining room to indulge in dishes featuring tropical flavours and locally sourced ingredients like the guava glazed baby back pork ribs and the ahi tuna tacos. Up on the roof, sip a key lime martini while taking in the stunning views of Diamond Head.

Blue Note Hawaii at Outrigger Waikiki Beach

Music lovers won’t want to miss taking in a show at the intimate, ultra-modern Blue Note at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. This chic new venue is the latest from the renowned jazz club franchise and features twice nightly shows, including local and international jazz, R&B, blues and contemporary musicians like Ravi Coltrane, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Wailers. There’s also a small food menu from local chef Rodney Uyehara and a great selection of cocktails—the classic Mai Tai goes great with some cool jazz.

Sky Waikiki

Nineteen floors above the luxe designer shops of Kalakaua Avenue is Sky Waikiki, a stylish rooftop bistro, lounge and nightclub. The craft cocktails are definitely a highlight here—try a Pineapple Gangster (vodka, Amaro Montenegro, pineapple, lime, egg white, cinnamon and Bittermens Mole bitters)—and the menu items are great for sharing, like the thin crust truffle mushroom mascarpone pizza. Reserve a rail-side table on the massive open-air deck for panoramic views of Waikiki and to catch the sunset.

Pau Hana Market

If you’re looking for a food truck fix, head to the Pau Hana Market. This colourful food truck market (just a few minutes from Waikiki Beach) has been a popular spot with locals and visitors alike for a couple years but recently added two new trucks—the Asian-fusion Samurai Grill and Hiro Japan, which specializes in noodles with eggs and okonomiyaki sauce. Old favourites remain, including Hau Nani Shave Ice and Ohana Burger. At Ohana Burger, be sure to try the Loco Moco—a hamburger patty served on rice and topped with a fried egg and gravy.