You would never know such a cute coffee shop existed in the backroads of Kailua. Literally across from a car muffler repair shop, the French-inspired chairs and tables that line the outside of ChadLou’s look out of place next to the industrial neighbors.

But walk inside, and feel more at home. This is the “Kailua” most people are used to, with its chic vintage decor and velvet mix-and-match couches. The eclectic trinkets, candlesticks and weathered chapter books scattered throughout give ChadLou’s an even more homey feel. No wonder I like this place so much…I’m a sucker for this stuff!

Don’t worry, guys, this isn’t a girls-only hangout. I mean, who could resist the sweet aroma of ice cream sandwiches and freshly-baked pastries wafting through the door? Not to mention, the star of the show – their coffee. Go there on a Sunday morning, and you’ll know what I mean. I always get the Makapuu Mocha but am anxious to try the Toasted Marshmallow Mocha. I heard it’s like a liquid s’more sans the graham crackers.

And as you’ve probably already guessed, ChadLou’s menu is as eclectic as its interior decor. The quaint Kailua shop serves gelato, pastries, sandwiches, bubble tea drinks, oatmeal and much more. Aside from the coffees, they’re also known for their customizable ice cream sandwiches (just $2.50). The m&m peanut butter cookie sandwich is always a win for my sugary cravings.

ChadLou’s is also known for serving drinks in cute mason jars. Now if that’s not hipster, then I don’t know what is. Well, maybe the old-school Polaroid sitting on the shelf by the doorway. But I’m not complaining! I la, la, la, LOVE ChadLou’s, and you will, too. Even if it’s just to study or catchup with old friends. It’s definitely not your typical coffee shop.

CHADLOU’S COFFEE LOUNGE • 45 Kihapai St., Kailua, HI 96734 • Opens Mon-Fri 7am-8pm, Sat-Sun 7am-7pm • Parking on street or in back lot • Wi-Fi available

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