Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii

Where to get the best malasadas on Oahu Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a foodie.  I mean, I created a two-part Hawaii food bucket list (here’s part 1 and part 2).  I go around the island of Oahu trying to find the best of the best.  Sometimes I end up trying some pretty bad dishes (when I wrote this post on where to get the best poke bowls on Oahu, I tried some truly terrible poke before finding these four).  I’m not going to lie, I had to try some awful malasadas for this post as well.  But my taste buds suffered so yours didn’t have to.  Here’s where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii.

So What Exactly is a Malasada?

A malasada is a Portuguese version of a donut without a hole.  Traditionally, it is not filled with anything, but now it is quite common to find chocolate or custard-filled malasadas.

Well Obviously, I Want One.  Now the Question is Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu.

where to get the best malasadas on Oahu Leonard's Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery – The Tried and True Malasada

For as long as I can remember, if I wanted a malasada, I would go to one of the Leonard’s Bakery food trucks at Waikele Shopping Center, Pearlridge Shopping Center, or Koko Marina Shopping Center. (I was hardly ever near the actual brick-and-mortar bakery in Downtown Honolulu.)

The process was simple.  Walk up to the truck, order the original malasada (that was my favorite flavor), hand over $1.25, and bite into the warm malasada within just a few seconds.  The light fluffy fried dough covered in small sugar crystals was just delicious.

If I was feeling a bit adventurous with the flavors, there were also the cinnamon-sugar or li hing mui-coated malasadas, as well as the custard, dobash (chocolate), or haupia (coconut) filled ones.  But the original tended to be my go-to.

It was the undisputed place to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii.  That is, until 2016.

Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery – The Up-and-Coming Underdog Malasada

On September 8, 2016, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery opened its doors in Kaimuki – and became Leonard’s competition.

While the bakers at Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery decided to stick to the traditional malasada, in that they do not offer filled options, they learned to master it.  They do offer different coatings, including classic (pictured at the top of the post), cinnamon-sugar, cocoa, coffee, and li hing mui.  And the price point is very similar to Leonard’s: $1.25 – $1.45.

I do have to say, Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery’s malasadas come out just a tad hotter than those from Leonard’s Bakery.  Is that enough to offset the lack of fillings?  Or is traditional and unfilled the better route? Can we really name where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii?  I guess you’ll just have to try both and cast your vote in the comments below!

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44 Replies to “Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii”

  1. Oh my god you are killing me I have been dying for a good donut for 3 years now – here in Ireland and the UK the donuts are like lead. I want a truly fluffy US or Canadian style of donut even if it is Portuguese in descent…lol..

  2. I have a sweet tooth so much so that it often gets embarrassing. I was out on a date a while back and meeting this same girl for a few months and she exclaimed “you love donuts, don’t you”. I nodded and kept on eating. So you know how I feel about the Portuguese donuts!

  3. This looks super yummy! I have to be honest that I had no idea what a malasada was, but I am super down to try one!

    1. Most people have no idea what it is, so don’t feel to bad :). So happy that you’re down to try one though!

  4. I really wish I knew about these when I was in Oahu and Kauai in April! They look delicious! Now I’m hungry and want to book a flight back…

  5. Pinned for later! I have to say, the best malasada I’ve had is at the Sugar Beach Bake Shop in Maui. I love it with li hing mui powder. I’ve had Leonard’s, but looks like I need to try Pipeline next time I’m in Oahu. 🙂

    1. Ooh I’m headed to Maui in a month, so I’ll be sure to hit up Sugar Beach Bake Shop. Maybe this post will need a bit of editing after that visit lol.

  6. Excuse me while I drool… these look amazing!! I’ve always thought of Hawaii as being a natural paradise but it’s great to see there’s awesome food too 🙂

    1. Oh yeah. We definitely have some awesome places to eat. It just takes a bit of time (and trial and error lol) to find them.

  7. I WANT SOME! This looks so delicious, I can’t even contain myself haha. I’d most likely try the original – I’m not a fan of fillings. Cinnamon sugar? Yes, please!

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