If you are getting
a sugar craving,
be sure to try
one of these
malasadas in Maui.
The Hawaiian version became known as malasadas with the letter “s” at the end. We adapted the recipe and claimed the tasty treats as our own. Just about everyone has his or her favorite place to indulge. We decided to search for the best malasadas on Maui. While there are a number of places which offer them, all very delicious in their unique way, it is too difficult to decide who has “the best malasadas. Go out and try some of these local malasadas and let us know which ones are the best!
Whether you’re on the search for Maui’s best pastry chef or one of Maui’s best malasadas, you will find everything you’re looking for at Donut Dynamite in Wailuku. Malasadas, donuts, sweet and savory baked goods, bread, coffee drinks, and so much more tempting goodness is found here!
When you visit Maui, do yourself a favor and make the trip to Manuela Malasada in Lahaina. What could be better than made-from-scratch confections that are fresh and piping hot? They can be found in a simple stand in a gas station parking lot on Lahainaluna Rd., and they stay busy from opening to closing. Loyal fans swing by repeatedly to help brighten their days with deep-fried dough balls in all of their favorite flavors.
Star Noodle in Lahaina is a popular place since Chef Sheldon Simeon almost won Top Chef with his local style recipes with a huge emphasis on noodles from various Asian cultures.
A terrific noodle house showcasing fabulous dishes are the main reason visitors and locals flock to this restaurant for lunch or dinner, but their malasadas are the talk of the West Maui.
Since November of 1916 T Komoda Bakery has been delighting customers with their amazing baked goods. This little storefront on the main drag in Makawao Town is family owned and operated, drawing customers from all over the world. They offer 30 different baked items, not the least of which is their malasadas.
Home Maid Bakery
The Home Maid Bakery in Wailuku is a large commercial bakery that has been serving the people of Maui since 1960. Their retail outlet has a wide variety of pastries such as turnovers, doughnuts, and more but it’s their hot malasadas that have people coming back time after time.
Morimoto at the Andaz features upscale Japanese food. Chef Masaharu Morimoto is known for his fabulous sushi, seafood and delectable food influenced by his mother country. He should also be given kudos for his Hawaiian-style malasadas.
Zippy’s Napoleon Bakery
Zippy’s has been in Hawaii (mostly Oahu) for 49 years. Their pride and longevity come from serving local comfort foods to generations of Hawaii residents and visitors. The only Zippy’s on Maui is situated on a back road in Kahului that can be difficult to find. They have a dine-in side and a fast food side with a fabulous bakery.
Sugar Beach Bake Shop
Sugar Beach Bake Shop in North Kihei has only been around for two years, and it is part of the Ululani Hawaiian Shave Ice’s growing empire and their only bakery thus far. It is located next to one of the shave ice stores and draws in locals and island visitors alike.
Home Maid Café
In South Kihei in the Azeka Shopping Center makai side (water side of the street), there is a tiny little hole in the wall café called Home Maid Café. Although the name is similar to Home Maid Bakery, they are not related and are separate businesses. Besides the great prices for breakfast and lunch, Tina Cho serves up some of the best malasadas on Maui available in plain or vanilla cream filling. You have to purchase a minimum of three. They are almost crisp on the outside and soft on the inside but not doughy or yeasty. Home Maid Café’s malasadas are also made to order so that they are hot on arrival.
Peter Merriman gets so many things right because his restaurants are always packed with happy diners. So it stands to reason that he would know how to please a sweet tooth. In his Kapalua restaurant, he has six signature desserts, and it is no surprise how yummy they all are, but it’s the malasadas that people from West Maui talk about most.
You have lots of options to choose which malasadas is right for you
When you want to try one of the greatest gifts the Portuguese workers gave to Hawaii you have lots of options all over the island to choose which malasadas is right for you. You are bound to find your favorite from all these choices.
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