Our neighborhood’s most iconic attraction is the postcard-perfect Waikiki Beach, where the skyline meets the ocean, but Waikiki has so much to offer beyond sun, sand, and surf. So let us be your hosts with the most, guiding you through the best of Waikiki sights, experiences, eats, and shopping — all within a few minutes from your oceanside retreat at Prince Waikiki.
The Best Dining in Waikiki
Waikiki’s colorful food scene reflects its cultural diversity and rich heritage. It is home to fresh seafood, traditional Hawaiian dishes, and incredible Japanese cuisine. And because it’s the most walkable neighborhood in Honolulu, it’s easy to hop from bite to bite. But before you venture beyond the hotel, indulge in island-inspired cuisine and cocktails at our award-winning 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar. Start your day with fresh fare, from sunny-side-up specialties and acai bowls to sweet and savory favorites. When the sun goes down, join us at an ocean-view table for sea-to-plate dishes, elevated entrées, or the dinner buffet of your dreams.
One of the most popular local spots is Herringbone Waikiki. This playfully contemporary restaurant serves fish-meets-field coastal cuisine and opens up to an expansive outdoor lānaʻi just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. For classic Hawaiian comfort food, Rainbow Drive-In is a Waikiki staple. This local favorite serves traditional plate lunches, including the famous “mixed plate,” a simply delicious combination of sticky rice, macaroni salad, and your choice of grilled meat or fish. If it’s a craft brew you’re craving, head over to Waikiki Brewing Company or the new Hana Koa Brewing for a tasting flight.
Waikiki is also one of the only neighborhoods outside of Japan with such a wide and authentic collection of Japanese restaurants, and one of the best is right here at Prince Waikiki. Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo — the only location outside Japan — is a casual spot serving fresh, innovative ocean-to-table sushi and other traditional dishes. Another nearby must-eat is Marugame Udon, where you can watch the chefs knead and cut handmade udon noodles before adding them to your choice of broth and toppings.
The Best Shopping in Waikiki
Your first shopping stop will undoubtedly be the Ala Moana Center — the world’s largest open-air shopping center just a few minutes from Prince Waikiki. You could easily spend a day or two at Ala Moana, browsing over 350 shops and restaurants as the ocean breeze provides a little natural air conditioning.
For a more laid-back shopping experience, head over to the Waikiki Beach Walk. This outdoor mall is a haven for local boutiques and one-of-a-kind shops filled with unique souvenirs and gifts. And when you need a pick-me-up, make a pit stop at one of the many cafés for an iced coffee or bubble tea.
Want to splurge on a special something or someone? Waikiki is home to plenty of upscale shopping. Luxury Row is the destination for luxury brands and designer boutiques housed in stunning traditional Hawaiian and contemporary buildings. You’ll also find high-end stores in the newly reimagined International Market Place. This outdoor mall is centered around a century-year-old banyan tree and offers a blend of shops, eats, and nightly Hawaiian entertainment.
The Best Things to Do in Waikiki
A visit to Waikiki wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at the beach. Waikiki Beach is one the world’s most famous, and for good reason. Its long stretch of soft white sand and turquoise water makes it the perfect sunny spot to spend an afternoon lounging, swimming, or lunching. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try your hand (and legs!) at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, with lessons available directly on the beach.
Want to stay close to your home away from home? Ala Moana Beach Park is the playground of Oahu beaches, featuring tennis courts, bike paths, shaded picnic tables, concession stands, and a half-mile of sandy shore. It’s a genuine urban oasis located a short walk from Prince Waikiki, where families gather to watch the sunset over the ocean and swim in gentle waters.
If you’re looking to entertain the little ones, consider a visit to the famous Honolulu Zoo. You’ll get an up-close look at over 900 majestic animals from around the world, from tigers to giraffes and elephants. You’ll also get to see and learn about unique Hawaiian animals, like the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the state bird, the nēnē goose. This excursion pairs perfectly with a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, where you’ll dive deep into discovering Oahu’s rich marine life. Talk about a wild afternoon!
Feel like venturing just beyond Waikiki? Make your way to Kaka‘ako, Waikiki’s hippest next-door neighborhood known for its vibrant food scene, colorful street art, unique boutiques, and the award-winning Kaka‘ako Farmers Market.
The Best Sights to See in Waikiki
Want to take a journey into Waikiki’s past? Pay a visit to the only royal palace in the USA, Iolani Palace. It’s the former residence of the Hawaiian monarchy and one of the most recognizable buildings in Hawaii. Built in 1882, it’s a stunning example of Hawaiian architecture, carved with intricate Koa wood detailing. Take a guided tour of the palace to explore the throne room and see the royal family’s restored artifacts and personal belongings. History buffs will also love the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, offering a glimpse into Hawaii’s military history from ancient times to the present day.
Diamond Head is part of the Koʻolau Range of volcanoes and one of Waikiki’s most iconic natural landmarks. Hiking to the summit lookout point of Diamond Head Trail will reward the adventurous with panoramic views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect place to crystalize the moment with a frame-worthy snap. After all, it’s not every day you hike to the edge of a volcanic crater.
Experience the Wonder of Waikiki
You’ve imagined yourself here, and your bucket list is complete — now it’s time to reserve your oceanside guest room or suite at Prince Waikiki. Make the most of your time exploring our neighborhood and book one of our special offers or vacation packages, like our Extended Escapes offer for longer stays or our Advance Purchase offer for the ultra-organized vacation planner.