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
  • Nathan K.
    "My favorite is the plain sugar malasadas!"(133 Tips)
    Simon T.
    "Get the malasada puffs - haupia (coconut) is a great choice"(12 Tips)
    Christina A.
    "Super yummy freshly made donuts with different fillings!"(21 Tips)
    Marissa C.
    "Try the Malasadas - Breakfast of champions #HiLife"(4 Tips)
220 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++++!!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Andrekka L.
    Andrekka LanierFebruary 17
    Hot cinnamon sugar malasadas=yummtastic!! The line was long but moved super fast, definitely a stop here for those wanting an authentic local treat!
  • 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.
  • Kimo J.D. S.
    Malasadas must be eaten while they are hot! The occasional specialty fillings are a nice twist too, mmm ono!
  • 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
  • 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.🙌🏽👍🏼
  • 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
  • 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!
  • JennyJenny
    JennyJennyJuly 3, 2015
    Order all the malasada types. You won't regret it.
  • 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 A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • DFB
    DFBSeptember 13, 2013
    A must try is the banana which is the flavor of the month for Sept. The haupia is amazing too!
  • 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!
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanApril 3
    Get the malasada puffs - haupia (coconut) is a great choice
  • 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!!
  • 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....
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LJuly 22, 2012
    Try the Malasada - Made hot and fresh when you order. Try the coconut or passion fruit filling!
  • Tiffany Y.
    Tiffany YeeMay 19, 2011
    I was here when the malasada special flavor was banana - super delicious!!! The coconut was good too but banana > coconut :]
  • 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).
  • ACM
    ACMAugust 20, 2011
    Best ever! Line is quick. They have vanilla, chocolate, coconut mustard Malasadas and the flavor of the month!
  • Ted G.
    Ted GrubbApril 28, 2015
    Made-to-order cream filled doughnuts with flavors like custard, mango, passion fruit. go, Go, GO!
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