Leonard's Bakery

Bakery$$$$
Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Honolulu
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  • The experts at Food & Wine and The Wall Street Journal recommend this place
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  • Mikie31
    "Try the Malasada - By far 1 of my #favorite things to eat!!!"(136 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)
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • Amelia S.
    Amelia StorerAugust 30, 2015
    The malasadas were a real treat! Try one with cinnamon sugar.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.🙌🏽👍🏼
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • JennyJenny
    JennyJennyJuly 3, 2015
    Order all the malasada types. You won't regret it.
  • Lauren C.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AjsenbergApril 12, 2016
    LOVE the fresh, hot malasadas! I like the plain original or else with dobash or haupia filling. YUM!
  • DFB
    DFBSeptember 13, 2013
    A must try is the banana which is the flavor of the month for Sept. The haupia is amazing too!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 :]
  • 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!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KassAugust 14, 2014
    Have to come here for the one of a kind malasadas. The cream filled are a bit rich for my taste. ..stick with the original.
  • David M.
    David M.November 21, 2015
    Malasadas are an institution here, accept no substitutes, try the original and the Ono.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LanaMarch 22, 2013
    A must have when you are in oahu! get the masalada: Portuguese-style doughnut, but without the hole) = yum!
  • Billy S.
    Billy SeolDecember 17, 2015
    Each one is very big so make sure you're hungry! 5 dollar minimum for cards.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamJanuary 27, 2011
    One of the most delicious desserts on Oahu. My favorite is the plain sugar malasadas! Get a dozen and enjoy!
  • Obinna A.
    Obinna ArizorFebruary 24, 2013
    Best malasadas on the island! Different delicious flavors that you must try!
  • Bob W.
    Bob WardenNovember 2, 2012
    DO NOT park in the lot at 909 Kapahulu. Your car will be booted by smug parasitic opportunistic leeches who will extort $160 cash from you before they let you go.
  • Abby B.
    Go with the warm original puff made to order. The filing is unnecessary but added touch of deliciousness.
  • Melissa N.
    Melissa NanquilJune 17, 2016
    Such a friendly and lively place! The staff is helpful no matter if you're new or not.
  • FamilyFun
    FamilyFunApril 18, 2012
    Looking for breakfast? Try the malasadas (Portuguese-style donuts), a definite local favorite. http://bit.ly/gje3yt
  • Ramir S.
    Ramir SalcedoAugust 10, 2013
    Original is the way to go! Yummy!!!
  • Electric B.
    Electric BambooJune 17, 2010
    If you don't know what Malasadas are, they're like deep fried donuts of Portuguese origin. Don't expect a hole in them unless it's filled with haupia or dobash pudding, or the flavor of the month.
  • Makamae K.
    Makamae KahawaiMarch 15, 2013
    Do NOT park across the street unless you want your car towed!! Definitely stick to the Leonard's lot or random street parking
  • Ciso O.
    Ciso OJanuary 22, 2010
    If you like malasadas, you already know about this place. I mean, really. However, I just tried the haupia one. It's pretty good. Also a fun fact, they only have Leonard's in Hawaii & Japan (Yokohama) Read more
  • Mike G.
    Mike GushardJuly 3, 2012
    Absolutely not to be missed. They have a food truck that travels around the island too.
  • Anne Marie N.
    Anne Marie NDecember 16, 2012
    Grab lots of napkins for the malasada puffs but they're definitely worth it!
  • vonHottie v.
    vonHottie vHSeptember 7, 2012
    You must get an original malasada. Careful that the birds outside don't snatch it out of your hand
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa Michaud NishanSeptember 18, 2014
    Malasadas of course... but must try the hotdog wrapped in Portuguese roll!!
  • Brent
    BrentAugust 3, 2011
    Still the best malasadas on the island. Parking is normally packed. But people come in and out quickly.
  • Steven J.
    Steven JohnsonSeptember 13, 2016
    The malasadas are freaking awesome. Chocolate filled or guava filled.
  • A.D. N.
    Wow! I know it's a tourist spot, but man the haupia malasadas are to die for.
  • Christina A.
    Christina AdrianiAugust 18, 2013
    Super yummy freshly made donuts with different fillings!
  • melissa s.
    melissa suttonApril 20, 2014
    The malasadas here truly deserve their reputation!
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰December 25, 2012
    $1 malasadas! $1.35 with filling. Best when eaten hot. Go early and snag a bench in the parking lot
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BaezAugust 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious malasadas. Li hing sugar is my favorite. It's like heaven in a pink box (#twss)
  • Kristin O.
    Kristin OvertonJuly 26, 2013
    Parking is nuts in the am, go kiddi- corner to the Safeway to park and walk over, less crazy that way!!
  • Karin J.
    Karin JDecember 3, 2013
    Original sugar malasadas are the best!
  • Lori N.
    Lori NJune 4, 2010
    Coconut malasada puff was soooo good! Custard is ALWAYS good! Chocolate tastes like burnt Jell-o pudding. Seasonal was Guava: it was bland, didn't really taste anything. :) enjoy!
  • Isel A.
    Isel AimeeSeptember 1, 2012
    One of the most delicious desserts I've ever tried! This place is a must when in Honolulu.
  • Jamie Shae R.
    Jamie Shae RomeroOctober 1, 2013
    They have rotating flavor of the month every two months. September/October is banana!
  • Chris P.
    Chris P.December 15, 2014
    Malasadas, classic or cinnamon-sugar are the way to go
  • JJ V.
    JJ V.January 11, 2012
    You MUST stop here and try the Malasadas! Best on the island!!!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainAugust 31, 2015
    Try the Li Hing style malasadas for a sweet and salty taste.
  • George F.
    George F.December 8, 2012
    WARNING! Don't park across the street at the empty lot, they will BOOT your car and you'll need to pay $160 CASH. They are sneaky and they would come from behind and boot your car without notice.
  • Gerald E.
    Gerald EMay 31, 2014
    Best Malasadas in Hawaii!!! Try original, chocolate and custard.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 12, 2014
    I know it's hard to choose, but the custard filled are the best.
  • Ed D.
    Ed DennisDecember 6, 2016
    The Malasada are so good. The puffs are grand also.
  • Patricia O.
    Fresh Hot malasadas! Love the original and custard filled.
  • Scott K.
    Scott KepnachJanuary 24, 2010
    The best Malasadas in Hawaii. Make sure you get the Banana (if it's available, as it's seasonal) or Vanilla. Beware, the chocolate flavor sucks! Read more
  • Lindsay A.
    Lindsay AFebruary 21, 2012
    ALL the malasada flavors are good! You won't be disappointed!
  • Misha K.
    Misha K.March 11, 2014
    OMG Leonard's makes the best Hawaiian sticky donuts. Get a dozen... Or 3?!
  • Jason
    JasonSeptember 27, 2012
    Try the Assorted Malasada - Love these!!! #malasadas @leonards_bakery perfect as always!
  • Alecia M.
    Alecia MilneOctober 12, 2012
    Get the cinnamon ones. Just thinking about them makes me drool!
  • Lena S.
    Lena SyNovember 7, 2012
    Eat malasadas while they are hot/warm. Definitely recommend to try some.
  • Noppanit C.
    The malasadas are very cheap and great for an afternoon snack
  • Arleen B.
    Arleen BoydNovember 19, 2011
    If you are visiting the island you gotta try the malasadas!
  • Roel T.
    Roel TamaseFebruary 28, 2015
    Malasadas are bomb
  • Christina C.
    Christina CastroSeptember 14, 2015
    Cinnamon sugar malasadas and white haupia cake are amazing
  • Esther Ducky F.
    Esther Ducky FloresFebruary 9, 2014
    The original malasadas are amazing. Eat them while they're fresh!
  • Katrina S.
    Katrina StaintonMarch 22, 2014
    Original or Cinnamon. Both are the best
  • かずさん だ.
    かずさん だだだFebruary 8, 2014
    このマラサダは、揚げたてフワフワモチモチカスタードクリーム入りなどもあるけど、なんでもないマラサダが好き。他にもいろいろパンがあるので、朝食にぜひ!
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