Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of café fare at Fresh Café.
Fresh Café's team of gastronomic wizards conjures a menu of tasty platters of café fare using locally sourced ingredients, and produce plucked from their in-house aquaponics garden. Commence daily dance routines with noshables from the breakfast menu, such as fresh seasonal fruit and oatmeal ($5.95) or malted green tea waffles ($8.95) dollopped with azuki bean whipped cream and showered in green-tea powder. The turkey cranberry sandwich ($7.95) stacks its namesake ingredients with swiss cheese and alfalfa sprouts, allowing diners to sample the flavors of Thanksgiving dinner without staging a raid on a pilgrim's pantry. A deluge of coffee drinks, including 100% fresh Kona roast ($2.06) and iced teas sates parched palates. Fresh Café's back room plays host to Loft in Space, a stomping ground for local slam poets and artists to showcase their work and wax poetic about the existence of mankind and the duality of iced coffee.
Fresh Cafe strives to kindle both healthy eating habits and creativity with a locally sourced menu and regular cultural performances, which help the eatery fit in nicely within the trendy industrial district of Kaka'ako. Its chefs whip up sandwiches, salads, and soups using fresh portobello mushrooms from the organic Small Kine farm, lettuce from the family-owned Otsuji farm, and vegetables from the pesticide-eschewing Ho Farms. The baristas, meanwhile, press each espresso beverage with handpicked beans from Sunbean Coffee.
Wooden tables and cushy chairs are scattered in the colorful café alongside bookshelves filled with reading materials. Bright neon signs broadcast colorful messages from the walls, none of which are threatening or syntactically unsound. A green awning stretches over a lengthy patio where vibrant murals beam down from the walls onto an abundance of chairs and tables. The café's large warehouse hosts slam poetry, live music, and art performances.
Ala Moana - Kakaako
831 Queen St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813