Nikau Kai Surf / Cafe
1140 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: 310-545-7007
Hours: 7am – 3pm daily
Lessons: Yes
Rentals: Yes

About Nikau Kai

Located in the trendy South Bay community of Manhattan Beach, Nikau Kai is a hip family owned and operated shop that you’ll feel good about supporting. With more on offer than many shops twice their size, they are part cafe, part surf shop, held together with a quintessential Southern California surf culture vibe the likes of which can only be found in a local shop. Strategically perched on Highland Ave a mere two blocks up from the Manhattan Beach pier, the shop stocks a SUP quiver of boards from Infinity, Imagine, Focus, Kings, and Boardworks paired with paddles from Quickblade, Hippostick, Kialoa, and Sawyer. SUP is just the tip of the iceberg at Nikau Kai where you can also indulge in a healthy selection of apparel for beach lovers of all stripes, fins and accessories, in addition to surfboards, handplanes and skateboards.

Nikau Kai, Nikau Kai Surf Cafe, Manhattan Beach, SUP Shop, Shop Guide, SUP Examiner, Los AngelesThe shop aims to cater to everyone who loves the ocean and believes it that you surf and not what you surf that is most important. “From handplanes to stand ups and everything in between, just get out there and have some fun,” said Nikau Kai’s owner Jason Shanks.

The shop’s interior decor is warm and welcoming. Customers visiting the cafe are greeted by a set of double windows opening out onto Highland Avenue where you can sit at one of the communal tables and enjoy a made to order burrito or tantalizing bowl of fresh poke while watching the world pass by. They also have a fantastic espresso machine pumping out piping hot espresso, cappuccino, macchiatos and more at a price point below the Starbucks across the street and at a significantly higher quality. If you’re a local, this is your new hang out. If you’re an out of towner in the area for one of the South Bay’s numerous events, plot a course in your GPS and add Nikau Kai to your itinerary.

Stay tuned for our complete review of their new cafe!

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