Leonard's Bakery

Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Honolulu
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Food & Wine recommend this place
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    • Food & Wine
  • Sungmo Y.
    "Original Malasadas and coffee are best choice!!"(138 Tips)
    Simon T.
    "Get the malasada puffs - haupia (coconut) is a great choice"(12 Tips)
    Ailie C.
    "If you love donuts on the mainland, you’ll love malasadas!"(24 Tips)
    Marissa C.
    "Try the Malasadas - Breakfast of champions #HiLife"(4 Tips)
249 Tips and reviews
  • malasadas
  • donuts
  • haupia
  • family-friendly
  • casual
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  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MichaelOctober 2, 2013
    Eat here & you'll never eat a pastry anywhere else. Dunkin or Krispy cant hold a candle to this place. The malasadas (Portuguese fried dough) were so warm, sweet & doughy! Melts in your mouth! A++++!!
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2017
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 27, 2016
    You may think you traveled to Hawaii for the beach and palm trees, but you’re really there for the doughnuts. In particular, the malasadas, Portuguese-style fried dough coated with cinnamon. Read more
  • Valerie L.
    Valerie LeJanuary 10, 2015
    Great service! The malasadas were all good. We got original, cinnamon sugar, and li hing. The malasada puffs were ok but I prefer it without the filling.
  • *🌴Cheryl G🌴 🌸😍🌸
    *🌴Cheryl G🌴 🌸😍🌸April 13, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Leonards bakery is famous for their malasada's. It's Portuguese style donuts, there come plain or with different custards inside like guava, macadamia nut, chocolate, pineapple and many other choices
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanSeptember 26, 2014
    Got 2 original, 2 cinnamon, a custard filled and a coconut filled along with a cocoa cream puff and a hotdog pao doce! Sugar and food overload! Go after a sunrise hike at Diamond Head!
  • Yasmine
    YasmineJune 27, 2013
    eat them hot! so fluffy & delicious. Original sugar was better than the cinnamon. They also have dole pineapple soft serve, which was a nice treat instead of going to the dole plantation for it.
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BJuly 2, 2016
    Avoid the chocolate-filled malasadas; in their place, check out haupia, custard, and lilkoi (or any other flavor of the month).
  • Jackson
    JacksonJune 20, 2013
    The cinnamon sugar malasadas were delicious. They were light and airy without filling. We also tried custard-filled flavors vanilla and coconut. The cinnamon without filling won hands down for us.
  • Etienne R.
    Etienne RichardApril 5, 2014
    Always take at least 1 fla or of the month, 1 of your choice and 1 long john (althought their chocolate eclairs are also quite good), then you will have 3 pieces of awesome pastries.
  • Linds
    LindsJanuary 8
    Get a malasada puff (filled version) and eat it right away when the dough is still piping hot and the custard filling is still cool inside 😚
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Try the famed malasadas—a Portuguese deep-fried confection, like a jelly donut. Served warm and covered in sugar, they tend to be filled with a mango cream this time of year. Read more
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey Da RozaJanuary 22, 2014
    Best Malasadas I've ever had. Warm, fresh and piped with cream, rolled in sugar or both. Not to be missed if visiting Ohau.
  • Sam A.
    Sam ApunaNovember 13, 2012
    There is nothing better than the Haupia Malasadas and the daily specials will never disappoint. But be sure to bring a friend who can stay in the car to double park, cause parking is limited.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiFebruary 22, 2015
    Malasadas are not to be missed. Get the original and the puffs.
  • Julie .
    $30 for 24 piece dobash cake! Pretty decoration and so light and ono! We added mini chocolate chips on top cuz we crazy!!  [ Happy Birthday to my budz, Toby!!! ]
  • Carmen
    CarmenMarch 10, 2015
    The pecan mini tarts are great for breakfast and the brownies are good anytime. They also serve regular lunch and dinner, really glad I found them!
  • Robert Tolar H.
    Robert Tolar HainingMarch 21, 2017
    Try all the masalada flavors! The line may be long, but it moves pretty fast. The masaladas are made to order, so take a bit of time!
  • Amelia S.
    Amelia StorerAugust 30, 2015
    The malasadas were a real treat! Try one with cinnamon sugar.
  • Danica C.
    Danica CheungJanuary 4, 2014
    We tried all 8 flavors of the malasadas. Our favorite is the Li-hing sugar. U should try it!
  • Mia F.
    Mia FerrerNovember 14, 2015
    Ok.. I know I've written a review before giving its praises but I hv officially tried several malasadas on Oahu and I hv to say. Still hands down the very best..total recommendation.🙌🏽👍🏼
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 26, 2011
    Leonard Rego started baking malasadas (Portuguese pastries similar to doughnuts) at his bakery in the 1950s. His son continues the tradition, serving the rolled-sugar pastries hot from the oven.
  • Andrekka L.
    Andrekka LanierFebruary 17, 2017
    Hot cinnamon sugar malasadas=yummtastic!! The line was long but moved super fast, definitely a stop here for those wanting an authentic local treat!
  • Kimo J.D. S.
    Malasadas must be eaten while they are hot! The occasional specialty fillings are a nice twist too, mmm ono!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KorhummelJuly 31, 2013
    Had never been - ordered a dozen regular and half dozen custard. Pretty damn good but I way over ordered laugh 2-3 is all you need.
  • Paul T.
    Paul TorondekOctober 31, 2016
    Parking can be tricky, but you'll probably find a spot if you circle the block a bit. Don't be intimidated by any crowds, the lines go very quick!
  • Ida P.
    Ida ParasSeptember 27, 2016
    Guava filled malasada puffs are so good! Definitely a must try. Try ordering all the flavors so you can try all the unique tastes
  • JennyJenny
    JennyJennyJuly 3, 2015
    Order all the malasada types. You won't regret it.
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 11, 2010
    A must on the list of things to do for first time visitors or regulars, the best ‘donut’ in this world, it is malasades – a Portuguese sweet dough fried. -Heather Hurlbert, Top Chef Just Desserts
  • DFB
    DFBSeptember 13, 2013
    The parking can be a challenge but don't let it scare you away. I make it a point to stop here on my annual visits. So worth it to come here.
  • Lauren C.
    Lauren CannonApril 16, 2017
    Truck parks at the windward mall. Best hot & fresh. They are huge, sick to 1-2 per person. Filling is chocolate/vanilla pudding not custard.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungFebruary 24, 2015
    Li hing mui flavor! Salty and sour to compliment the sweetness.
  • Ernest T.
    Ernest ThrasherMarch 18, 2016
    The filled malasadas are fabulous, we got the macadamia nut filled, the flavor of the month which was Guava. All were delicious.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WangAugust 1, 2016
    Gotta eat it fresh. Get original with filling of your choice
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer SorrellMay 21, 2015
    You're obviously here for a malasada. Don't resist. Just do it. Go with a mixed variety dozen. Just do it. Yummmmm!
  • Rainbow D.
    Rainbow Drive-InSeptember 14, 2012
    Every month there's a new flavor. But the bakery always has custard and dobash fillings -- both are a nice change from the usual sugar-coated malasada.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofAugust 5, 2015
    Get li hing, get custard-filled, get whatever else you like (it's all delicious)—just get an original malasada first to experience its pure perfection.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 16, 2017
    If you love donuts on the mainland, you’ll love malasadas! I liked the coconut filling one since it was very light.
  • Mighty T.
    Mighty TravelsNovember 29, 2017
    The Original is still@my favorite and for $1.25 that’s an amazing deal!
  • Tracey W.
    Tracey WApril 12, 2013
    I'm not usually a donut person, but these are amazing! They give you a piping hot one and it is delicious!
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AjsenbergApril 12, 2016
    LOVE the fresh, hot malasadas! I like the plain original or else with dobash or haupia filling. YUM!
  • Kat M.
    Kat MaribaoAugust 27, 2014
    Malasadas are a must! They are a good size and a great price!
  • DQ F.
    DQ FourteenfoodsOctober 18, 2011
    Words can't describe the deliciousness that is a malasades. Order the plain sugar. Period. If you cone to Oahu and don't stop here, you're crazy.
  • DFB
    DFBSeptember 13, 2013
    A must try is the banana which is the flavor of the month for Sept. The haupia is amazing too!
  • Irene L.
    Irene LiuDecember 22, 2012
    It's all good here but they are famous for hot malasadas. Get them in a box if you're not eating them right away (so they won't get soggy).
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanApril 3, 2017
    Get the malasada puffs - haupia (coconut) is a great choice
  • Amberrose W.
    Amberrose Wb 🌹🌹August 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The custard filled malasada is amazing!!! The haupia filled one taste the same as the macadamia one....
  • Carolyn K.
    Carolyn KiperJanuary 3, 2013
    Leonard's is always hoppin'... it's no wonder though, they're the best bakery ever!! Their malasadas are the bomb!!
  • Hedan Z.
    Hedan ZengJanuary 8
    The original and Li Hing are the way to go! 😋 Recommend starting out with the unstuffed!
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJanuary 29, 2016
    Just go here!!!! Get the Li hing malasada! AMAZING
  • Jeremy J. L.
    Try the Li-Hing donuts they are a taste foreign to most and delicious to the taste buds!
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