While Anthony and I were in Kauai, we came across Java Kai—a coffee shop / apparel store that had a great breakfast and lunch selection. Whether you just finished yoga, or are feeling under the weather due to a night of one-too-many alcoholic beverages, this is the place to go. They have fresh smoothies made with Kauai-grown & Organic fruits, but also decadent drinks made with chocolate, peanut butter, banana and milk (YUM).

Their breakfasts were perfect if you wanted something not too heavy but still satisfying. Anthony ordered the Surfer Sandwich ($9.50) and I ordered the Sunrise Breakie ($13.00). We also had two iced lattes ($5.00 each). As you can see from the photo below, it was pleasant to look at, as well as to eat.

Half papaya with vanilla Greek yogurt, homemade granola, fresh fruit/ whole wheat bagel with cream cheese/ bacon (that Anthony ate because I don’t like it)

As much as I enjoy the luxury of eating breakfast out, our two week vacation meant having to cook some meals at home. This meant tweaking your breakfasts to your liking, and the best part: YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY

For our home cafe-style breakfast , we recreated Java Kai’s papaya bowl by buying a whole papaya, vanilla Greek yogurt, granola and blueberries. We were craving avocado and egg toast so that is exactly what we swapped the bagels with. It was delicious, satisfying and most importantly, a lot cheaper. We still ended up buying an iced latte from Starbucks because our Airbnb didn’t have a coffee machine– you can easily opt out of buying that of course. Not only were the groceries cheaper than our cafe breakfast, we had enough to last us a couple more meals.

Our “cafe style” breakfast with papaya, vanilla yogurt, granola and blueberries. Smashed avocado toast with eggs (bacon for Anthony, of course)

Just a quick tip on how to save money while still having the luxury of a ‘cafe style’ breakie. Comment below on some of your budget saving travel meal ideas!