Though not my cup of tea because of how commercial it is, Waikiki has a little bit of everything for everyone. Tons of shopping, dining, and activities are within walking distance right on Kalakaua Ave.
Across Moana Surfrider is the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.
If you’re unfamiliar with Downtown Honolulu and want accommodations in a central location, either the Moana Surfrider ($$$) or Sheraton Princess Kaiuliani ($$) will do.
Both are super close to the beach (the Surfrider’s hotel is actually on the beach side; Sheraton is just across the street), restaurants, and shopping.
Next to the Sheraton is the newly-opened International Marketplace, a collection of medium- to high-end retail shopping and restaurants.
The new shopping center replaced the original International Marketplace that looks a lot like Duke’s Marketplace.
Kalakaua Ave. boasts an abundance of shops for every taste, ranging from casual and inexpensive Forever 21 to Jimmy Choo right next door.
With the International Marketplace gone (to make way for yet another series of upscale shops), Duke’s Marketplace was my favorite spot in Waikiki. Its entrance is located on Dukes Lane right off of Kalakaua Ave. Foot Locker is the store behind the sign.
The T Galleria features upscale shops such as Christian Dior, Emporio Armani, Burberry, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Waikiki Beach Walk features a handful of eateries such as Yard House and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
And, yes, it was also home to about three shops that were constantly being used as lures. The large group of people sitting down here were all playing Pokemon Go.
I met a group of people who shared a couple of useful tips and tricks, too 😀
Life is definitely sweet.
King’s Village is located off of Kaiulani between Kalakaua and Kuhio. It’s home to two floors of boutique shoppin, fast food restaurants, and Farmer’s Markets.