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Papalani Gelato

2360 Kiahuna Plantation Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
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Ranked #1 of 28 restaurants in Poipu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Dessert, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Ice Cream
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dessert
Description: Papalani Gelato Franchising Company is a family-owned and operated franchisor of handmade Hawaiian style gelato, coffee, and chocolate shops which is dedicated to sharing its hand-crafted artisanal Hawaiian inspired gelato, coffees, and chocolates throughout the state of Hawaii and beyond. Many customers rave that Papalani™ has the best gelato (Italian style ice cream) and best chocolate in the nation.
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320 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Maryland, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is really good gelato, on par with what you'd get in an authentic gelato shop in Italy. The owner was working the night we stopped in, and he was very knowledgeable about all the ingredients and the gelato-making process. Papalani offers a variety of other treats if you don't want or can't eat gelato. Just ask for a taste... More

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Virginia, USA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We stayed on the North Shore of Kauai, but on our second day trip to the South Shore, we made sure to stop at Koloa Town Center to get Papalani Ice Cream. It's that good. My favorite was the Mud Pie, and our kids loved the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Their coffee drinks rock, too. You gotta try this ice... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I first had the vanilla and butterscotch gelato at a restaurant for dessert. A few days later, I tried it at the store at Poipu Shopping Village. Not sure why, but it did not taste quite as flavorful here as at the restaurant.

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I think we must have tried every flavor - and there were none that were not delicious! If you are staying in Poipu, you must try.

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Oceanport, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Selection is exceeded only by that of the taste. This stuff is delicious. Tried everything on the menu.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This gelato is wonderful, and they fill the cups high. Plus, this shopping center often has hula dancers or fire twirlers.

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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67 reviews 67 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Super tasty and vegan friendly...wasn't expecting to find tasty dessert on Kauai. And it's conveniently located right next to Puka Dog. Portion sizes are pretty small, so be prepared to fork over some dough if you are craving some sweetness :)

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Unbelievable flavors of the tropics and beyond. So many choices we'll have to make several trips just to try all our must have gelato and sorbetto flavors.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Local flavored are a must. We were a large group and they were very kind to give use multiple samples of local favors.

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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Delicious gelato with many local favourites. One of the few shops that stays open later (until 10pm) around Poipu.

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