This is sleek, hipster-infused minimalism at its best. Even from the outside of its Waikiki storefront, Gorilla In The Café strikes a passerby as unquestionably modern. Inside, exposed wood trim, a chalkboard menu and high-rise ceilings continue the theme, but the true highlight finds itself perched along a towering wall of hand-packaged coffee bags up for sale at Gorilla, with every option 100 percent locally grown, sourced and roasted.
Gorilla In The Café’s primary claim to fame is its owner–Bae Yong Joon, a longtime K-pop star who also happens to be a foodie and coffee enthusiast. Bae owns a sister establishment, a health-conscious restaurant in Korea named Gorilla In The Kitchen, thus the name here. Fans from all over the world visit there.