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Apr 17, 2018

The Ward Village Café Guide

We love our coffee.

In fact, we couldn't imagine starting a day off without a warm, roasty cappuccino from our favorite café, hand-poured by a barista that knows us by name. Lucky for us, we're always within arm's reach of a satisfying and delicious cup at Ward Village, no matter the time. Below, we've mapped out a handful of our favorite coffee haunts to either kick-start your day, or kick the day back into gear.

Morning Glass
West of Ward

With their original location tucked in the foothills of historic Manoa, Morning Glass has an additional outpost located within the slick home accessories and design storefront, Fishcake, perched just west of Ward Ave. As you walk into Fishcake, you'll find that familiar Morning Glass vibe and delicious coffee scent filling the air.

You Really Should Try:
Order a cortado, along with any one of Morning Glass' legendary scones, and you won't be disappointed. Trust us on this one. The ratio of coffee to milk in a cortado is between 1:1 to 1:2. The drink is said to have Portuguese roots but has been adapted by coffee connoisseurs worldwide, each adding their own spin on the tasty treat. In France, the beverage is is commonly known as a "noisette." Once poured, the espresso is then cut with a small amount of warmed milk to dampen its natural acid profile.

Via Gelato
Ward Centre

When Via Gelato first opened the doors of their new Ward Village location, we knew we were in for a treat. Or to be more accurate: lots of treats. While they've become renowned in the city for their luxurious array of bold gelato flavors (they offer more than a dozen locally inspired, artisanal selections, ranging from Banana Cream Pie to Guava) the friendly team at Via Gelato also knows their way around the espresso machine as well and offer up a host of espresso-based options.

You Really Should Try:
If there's a more delicious way to cap off a perfect evening than enjoying an affogato with friends, family, or your special someone, we haven't found it. And when it comes to the perfect affogato, no one does it quite like Via Gelato. So just what is an affogato, exactly? An Italian treat, a typical affogato is composed of a single scoop of vanilla gelato, "drowned" in espresso. Simple and delicious, the pairing of creamy gelato mixes perfectly with the robust flavors of the coffee, yielding a treat that just might become your new favorite dessert.

Mocha Java
Ward Centre

For years, Mocha Java has been drawing crowds to their Ward Centre locale. Known for their mouth-watering coffee drinks and extensive hot-food offering, Mocha Java is practically an institution in the neighborhood and has poured more than their fair share of espresso.

You Really Should Try:
The Alpine. Made with white chocolate, this drool-inducing mocha is the perfect indulgence when you're craving a treat. Espresso, white chocolate is layered with thickened milk and will leave you weak in the knees. We like it best devoured with one of their signature strawberry and cream crepes.

Nalu Health Bar and Café
South Shore Market

From their new digs at South Shore Market, Nalu Health Bar and Café has quickly become a gathering place within Ward Village. And for good reason: they make the most authentic acai and some of the tastiest health food you'll find anywhere in the city. Founded by South Americans Christiane Pfisterer and Jota Munoz, coffee connoisseurs will also rejoice to learn that they specialize in both espresso drinks and other refreshing beverages, like their matcha tea latte.

You Really Should Try:
We're huge fans of Nalu's matcha latte, paired with any one of their delicious wraps. For those looking for an alternative to espresso, the matcha tea latte doesn't disappoint. By adding in the smooth, earthy flavors of matcha (essentially ground green tea) and then blanketing the drink with layers of steamed milk and foam, you're left with a lip-smacking treat that's sure to leave you wanting more. To make this treat even healthier, consider swapping in almond or soy milk in place of traditional milk.

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