12 Best Places to Shop in Kauai, Hawaii

Aloha Exchange

The best-known brands in camp, beach, surf, and skate gear can be found at this flagship of Aloha Exchange, along with a good selection of locally designed graphic T-shirts and caps available exclusively here. Personalize your water flask with a couple of their stickers as island souvenirs. It's popular with locals, especially younger beachgoers.

Ching Young Village

This popular, family-run shopping center has its roots in the Chinese immigrants who came to Hawaii in the early 19th century. Hanalei's only full-service grocery store is here, along with other shops useful to locals and visitors, such as a music shop selling ukuleles and CDs, jewelry stores, art galleries, a surf shop, a variety store, and several smallish restaurants.

Crystal & Gems Gallery

Sparkling crystals of every shape, size, type, and color, as well as locally made jewelry and paintings, are sold in this amply stocked boutique. The knowledgeable staff can help you choose crystals for specific healing purposes.

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Hanalei Center

Once an old Hanalei schoolhouse, the Hanalei Center now houses a bevy of boutiques and restaurants. You can dig through ’40s and ’50s vintage memorabilia, find Polynesian artifacts, or search for that unusual gift, including fine jewelry and paper art jewelry. Buy beach gear as well as island wear and women's clothing. A full-service salon and a yoga studio are in the two-story modern addition to the center.

5--5161 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, HI, 96714, USA

Kalani Tropicals

Kauai-based Kalani Tropicals will take your order online or by phone and ship heliconia, anthurium, ginger, and other tropicals as cut flowers or fashioned into distinctive arrangements.

Kauai Coffee Estate Visitor Center Shop

Kauai produces more coffee than any other Island, and this is the largest coffee farm in the United States. The 100% local product can be purchased from grocery stores or here at the plantation, where you can sample nearly two dozen coffees before or after a self-guided tour. Be sure to try some of the exclusive estate-roasted varieties. Coffee is available online, too. Fun fact: The factory, quaint old camp houses, and visitor center are located in a settlement called Numila, which is a Hawaiian way to say "new mill."

Kong Lung Trading

Sometimes called the Gump's of Kauai, this store sells elegant clothing, glassware, books, gifts, and artwork—all very lovely and expensive. The shop is housed in a beautiful 1892 stone building in the heart of Kilauea. It's the showpiece of the pretty little Kong Lung Center, where everything from handmade soaps to hammocks can be found. A great bakery and pizza joint (Kilauea Bakery & Pizzeria) rounds out the center's offerings, along with an exhibit of historical photos.

Lawai Market

The original Lawai General Store got a face-lift and now offers grab-and-go breakfast and lunch, groceries, sundries, a good selection of beer and wine, and a coffee/smoothie bar. At the gateway between the South Shore and the West Side, it's a fine spot to provision for adventures in the mountains or at the shore. Locals and condo renters alike stop by for farm produce, local beef, and house-baked bread, or to refuel with an acai bowl on the porch.

Monkeypod Jam

The storefront café has closed, but Monkeypod's award-winning preserves made from tropical fruits can be found at its "provisions cottage" tucked away in Lawai. In winery fashion, you can sign up for a tasting ($10; deducted from purchase) and then buy jars. At weekly classes, people cook jelly, jam, curd, chutney, salsa, or pickles, depending on what's in season. Or you can learn to make local favorites like Spam musubi, poke bowls, and coconut mochi. A six-week produce plan is perfect for folks staying on the Garden Island for a longer winter escape. At this writing, weekly tastings, shopping, and classes are by appointment, though this could change.

Princeville Shopping Center

The big draws at this small center are a full-service grocery store and a hardware store, but there's also the North Shore General Store (famed for its burgers and other food to go), a fun toy store, a bar, a mailing service, a nice sandal boutique, women's clothing, and an ice cream shop. This is also the last stop for gas and banking when you're heading west along the North Shore.

The Right Slice

Blueberry-piña colada, lilikoi (passion fruit) cheesecake, coconut or banana cream: these are among the mouthwatering tropical pies offered at the full-service main location of this bakery. It also delivers desserts and savory pot pies to several points around the island and sells at farmers' markets—check the website for a schedule. Seating and parking are very limited, so get pies to go.

Warehouse 3540

An old warehouse has new life as a marketplace for a dozen creative entrepreneurs and as a hub for food trucks. Hand-printed clothing, authentic lauhala hats, boho chic jewelry, letterpressed cards, specialty food products, and locally crafted soaps are offered at the oft-changing microshops. On Second Saturday evenings each month, craft vendors, farmers, take-out food cooks, and musicians join the shops. Locals and visitors mingle at picnic tables outside.