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My tan might be fading a bit but thankfully, my memories of one of my most restful and amazing trips away to Maui are as intact as ever! Those memories are not only about long, relaxed days at the beach but being the food-obsessed freak I am, also about the many, many incredible meals I had while there. Maui has to be one of my favourite places in the world for food. My ultimate idea of an incredible meal has and always will be fresh, straight-from-the-sea fish, tons of local greens and nutrient-rich fruit – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place for a meal just like that than Maui, plus tons of other amazing local treats that I always wait in anticipation to have again back at the island. Click through to read some of my recommendations for your next trip!
I know everyone always suggests Mama’s Fish House and yes, it’s amazing, but it’s also become such a name that it’s a bit overrun with tourists. If you’re looking for equally amazing fish (debatably better), the unpretentious Paia Fish Market is incredible and just up the street is the amazing Cafe des Amis, which makes unreal curry with (you guessed it) fresh, locally caught fish.
If you’re looking to eat at home and want fresh, local ingredients, right across the street from Cafe des Amis is Mana Foods, the go-to for the island’s best produce, fish, etc. A little tip too – while Mana Foods and fish stands have an awesome selection of locally caught fish, Safeway is surprisingly pretty good for sourcing local fish as well! What I would not suggest going to is the overpriced Down to Earth market on Dairy – make the trip to Mana instead.
As for sweet treats, other than the plethora of shave ice stands you have to hit up at least once while you’re on the island, Hula Cookies is a bit of a tourist trap but also pretty amazing. Get an ice cream sandwich with local flavours to have an only-in-Maui treat. Also, the Road to Hana is well worth doing to try Coconut Glen’s non-dairy coconut ice cream alone, as well as the amazing fruit stands in the town of Hana at the end.
And if you want a one-stop shop for an amazing lunch and to-die-for pie (I dream about the chocolate macadamia nut pie all the time), you’ve got to go to Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. There’s also conveniently a great little fruit stand right next to it and also a market which sells some of the island’s signature snacks, like boiled peanuts and the like.
I could go on and on but if you’ve got about a week there, these are all well worth hitting up and that way you get a good balance of eating out and eating in, which is worth doing given all the incredible fresh food there!
And with that, I’m off to go take in the last of the sunshine before the rain sets in tomorrow! Hope you’re all having an amazing week :).