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Midnight Bear Breads

The Midnight Bear Breads bakery and cafe in Hanapepe offers delicious fare! A favorite of locals, their pastries and breads are popular and get snatched up quickly, so arrive early in the day for the best selection. 

Midnight Bear Breads smoked salmon tartine
Smoked Salmon Tartine at Midnight Bear Breads is just one of their many delicious savory options

What Started it All

This bakery has been owned and operated by Ursa Swift and Evan McAfee for a decade! Midnight Bear Breads started out solely in farmers markets and grocery stores around Kauai, but in 2015, they established a retail location. This expanded their offerings and helped create an organic cafe in historic Hanapepe.  

Midnight Bear Breads

What to Eat

Midnight Bear Breads offer a wide variety of artisan croissants and breads. Their pastries include cinnamon rolls, morning buns, danishes, cruffins, pain au chocolat, and more. Their organic breads are made from a decade-old sourdough culture, and they offer a variety of sourdough loaves, as well as ciabatta, baguettes, and speciality flavors such as rye, cranberry walnut, roasted garlic, jalapeno & cheese, etc. 

But this local spot isn’t just a bakery– it’s also a cafe. The cafe menu includes scrumptious sandwiches– hot paninis, tartines, and deli– as well as specialty pizzas. They also have coffee and tea options, from lattes to cold brew to hibiscus passion tea. Customers rave about everything, from the pastries to the coffee to the sandwiches. The pain au chocolat is a standout favorite.

Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants) at Midnight Bear Bread
Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants) at Midnight Bear Bread

When to Visit

Midnight Bear Breads’ Hanapepe Road location is open Wednesday through Saturday, 8am to 3pm. They also sell their products at farmer’s markets and in grocery stores. On Saturdays, you can find them at the Puhi Park Market from 9:30am-12pm, or at the Anaina Hou Farmer’s Market from 9am-12pm. To pick up their delicious products in store, head to Papayas Natural Foods or Hoku Foods in Kapaa, or Healthy Hut in Kilauea. You can also order online for pickup! For the most immersive experience, head to Midnight Bear Breads’ retail location for a wide selection of fresh baked goods.


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