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Paia is home to some of the most beloved cafes and restaurants on Maui. The tiny radius of Baldwin Avenue and Hana Highway is packed with culinary delights. And you`ll be hard pressed to find another as sweet and satisfying as Cafe des Amis. Situated on the main drag of Baldwin Avenue, across from Mana Foods, Cafe des Amis has cozy indoor seating, an efficient and visible kitchen and an inviting open air courtyard. The vibe of this little gem is ideally suited to the collective that is Paia; from board shorts to button downs, it all goes.
A delightful mix of Mediterranean and Indian cuisine, with a bit of a Maui flavor, you`ll often find this place humming by morning. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Cafe des Amis is a North Shore favorite for their quality coffee creations (and yes, they have almond milk) and sweet and savory crepes. You won`t find tourist-trap service or stuffy uniforms here; the lovely staff keeps the kitchen steaming and the customers well-fed. Crepes range from the traditional: ham, organic egg and gruyere cheese; to the unexpected: Brie and avocado with green apple and fresh cracked pepper; to the indulgent: Nutella and strawberries with fresh whipped cream. Everything is made to order in the little kitchen and each creation is a little bite of heaven.
After breakfast the fare expands with heartier options, perfect when you need to refuel after a surf session or hike. A generous selection of meat or vegetable curries, wraps, fresh salads, smoothies and meat, cheese and vegetarian platters perfect for sharing can satisfy diners with various taste preferences. It can be difficult to choose just one item on the menu, so take a friend along and order up a few different dishes to split.
With a reasonably priced drink menu including Sangria, Cafe des Amis offers a little something for everyone. Happy Hour is held daily from 4-6pm every afternoon when beer, wine by the glass and cocktails are half price. As the sun wanes and the temperature cools off, you may spot fellow diners sharing a mixed platter with hummus and pita bread and toasting to the end of the day. The courtyard lends itself nicely to casual conversation while enjoying the breeze under the white lights and open sky. Seating can get tricky to find in the evenings, as it does nearly everywhere in Paia, so be patient or make new friends. Before long, you may find yourself swapping stories with your seat mate. Charming and eclectic, Cafe des Amis is perfectly at home on the North Shore.
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