Established in 1952 by the grandson of Portuguese immigrants, Leonard’s is best known for its malasadas, traditional Portuguese pastries made of fried dough rolled in sugar or filled with puddings. The bakery, located roughly one mile outside of Waikiki, also serves pao doce, a type of sweet Portuguese bread, along with assorted cookies, cakes, and pastries. Savory wraps consisting of Portuguese sausage, hot dogs, or ham and cream cheese wrapped in pao doce are also available. All items are sold on a to-go basis since there is no available seating.
For the authentic malasada experience, make sure you get a fresh batch. The pastries are best eaten when they’re piping hot.