If you’re looking for healthy and fresh food options in Oahu, come to Arvo Cafe. The vibe in the cafe is light, modern, airy and natural, with plenty of natural lighting and indoor plants. The cafe is located next to a nursery, which just complements the feel of the cafe.
Arvo was created by sisters Casey Wiggins and Dixie Rose, and Dixie’s husband Mason Rose, who comes from Australia. The beautiful decor and equally amazing Instagram (including shots of incredible latte art) are thanks to Casey Wiggins, who also is a photographer.
Arvo cafe has some major nods to Australian culture. The name Arvo is a slang Aussie word meaning afternoon. The cafe boasts a great flat white, which is much like a cappuccino but with more milk and therefore a silkier texture, and a long black, which is common in Australia but is actually just an Americano with the shot poured on top of the hot water (in America, it’s usually the other way around).
Menu Options at Arvo Cafe
Arvo Cafe‘s menu items offer simple choices for clean eating (with the exception of Nutella). Think toast with smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese, capers and red onion, toast with avocado and Vegemite, and chia seed pudding with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, matcha whip cream and coconut flakes.
If you’ve never tried Vegemite, this might just be your chance. It’s made from brewer’s yeast, and it’s typically eaten on toast with butter. Basically, Vegemite tastes like salt.
You might even want to come here for the presentation alone. The chia seed pudding is artfully layered with berries, piled high with matcha whipped cream, and topped with a delicate edible flower and mint leaf. The Nutella toast with strawberries and bananas is decorated with an edible flower and a dusting of crushed pistachios. Toasts are served on rustic wooden boards.
Following the fresh and floral theme, try a matcha latte with added lavender or rose topped with roasted pistachios. Arvo Cafe also strives to support the community by partnering with next door nursery Paiko, buying flowers from local farms and being a welcoming space for local moms and their kiddos.
The cafe is open weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.