It is truly the best healthfood store/juice bar on the island.They have a great wide selection s of all the well known brands and plus some locally produced foods. The Kauai kombucha is fantastic.The juice bar has smoothies with rice milk and fresh juices with local ginger and turmeric roots.They sell a wide variety of local fruits, we tried them all and my favorite was the eggfruit and rambutan. They have even raw wraps in the little refrigerator on the side of the juice bar which was delicious.The store is huge and well organized, the stuff is very nice too. Love that place!Pros: easy parking, great selections, yummy juices
We were so excited to find this gem just a 3 min walk from our resort. We filled our fridge with organic goodies and went back every day for a late lunch. Loved the smoothies, the soups, sandwiches and salad bar. They also carry a wonderful local Kombucha by the Kauai Juice Co.
Eat in the courtyard outside. To find it, just follow the little shops around from either Safeway or Longs. It's under the clock tower. If you plan to eat there a lot get a "coffee" type card; for every $5 you purchase on the $50 card, you will receive 1 stamp. When the card is full you will get $5 off a single cafe purchase.Pros: Lots of choice in all areas of health, Very friendly staff
I had read about this place on happycow, and here's my Papaya's Natural Foods review.
Here you will find a good selection of the basic natural foods stuff from bulk staples to snack foods, supplements, refrigerated foods, fresh produce, etc... to a small hot foods & salad bar plus smoothies bar.
You pay for bar food by weight, and eat outdoor in the courtyard. Some things are more pricey than you would find on mainland USA, but this is Kauai, and the cost of living is high. In any case, I was very pleased to have found Papaya's.
A set back is that Papaya's is tucked away in the corner of the shopping plaza where Safeway and Longs Drugs are located, and you can't see it from the street.Pros: small but well-stocked, eat cheaply at food bar, courtyard seating
I love the kale salad, tofu with brown sauce and they have all the vegan and veg treats that I love such as primal strips, yum!Pros: lots of bulk foods and spices, yummy prepared foods, relaxed atmosphere
Cons: smaller than whole foods, pricey, like most natural food stores
Papaya's was very well stocked with a huge variety of vegan frozen and dry goods as well as a decent selection of hot and cold foods within their food bar.
It's a bit pricey, but it's worth it to support a local store selling stuff that vegans can eat!
It's a great choice if you don't want to go out for each meal!Pros: Huge selection of vegan products, great service, central location
We started out the trip at Papaya's, and I'm glad we did. They had lots of vegan grocery options and we were able to find food that would last our whole trip. They were a little pricey so we went to the grocery store next door and were able to find some of the same items/brands for cheaper (soy milk, veggie meats, cereals), but there were some great vegan vacation items at Papaya's that we wouldn't have been able to find anywhere else (chocolates, soy cheese, cookies, etc.)
The cafe food was great, and the owner let us sample everything before buying. They had a delicious pumpkin soup, thai garlic soup, vegan risotto salad, and lots of other delicious items. Our vacation wouldn't have been nearly as good if we hadn't been able to stock up at Papaya's, we really felt like we were able to treat ourselves and have some good vegan foods. The restaurants on the island had mediocre vegan food for expensive prices.Pros: healthy, good food, good selection
This is a great place to stock up on vegan kitchen essentials while you're staying in Kauai. We bought sandwich supplies so that we could bring our vegan lunch with us to the beach. They have delicious raw chocolate and an overall nice selection. There's also a Papaya's in Hanalei.Pros: good selection, friendly staff, courtyard eating area
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