Come for the Gourmet Food and Sweets! Top 5 Popular Cafes in Fukuoka
Fukuoka is a town packed with distinctively popular cafes. Below are five handpicked cafes in Fukuoka where you can enjoy truly appealing dishes such as satisfying lunch meals with vegetables as the focus, handmade breads and speciality coffees, and dining in a space enveloped in a soothing atmosphere.
Located close to the entrance of a small alley in Keyaki-dori street in Fukuoka City’s Chuo Ward that is lined with high-sense apparel shops, cafes and many other fancy establishments, Cafe Tonerico is a sort of hidden cafe that is constantly filled with customers.
The highlight of this cafe is its specialty lunch dishes that are focused on vegetables. Its most popular set, the Tonerico Lunch (1,420 JPY), is a lunch set that has its main dish and all seven side dishes such as salad changing each week. The ingenuity of its chefs shines in the combination and seasoning of the ingredients of the dishes that are served, including curried kurumafu (baked wheat gluten) and water-based kimchi of soybeans and red cabbage.
During coffee time, various delights are served – three types of handmade sweets, original herbal teas and coffees using beans from the famous roaster Adachi Coffee. The Cake Set (880 JPY) is a great-value set that comes with special milky cheesecake and Serendipity original herbal tea that blends hibiscus, rosehip and other herbs.
Dining at the terrace in the garden is best done during spring and autumn. It is such a pleasant space with lush greenery spreading before your eyes, including a Tonerico (ash tree) that is the origin of the name of this cafe.
Enjoy dishes that are good for your body in a space that looks like a secret hideaway that will make you forget about your daily grind.
[Cafe Tonerico] 3-6-37 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / 092-771-2347 / 11:30 am – 6:00 pm (last order at 5:30 pm) ※Up to 10:00 pm if reservation is made / Closed on Mondays and 1st and 3rd Tuesday (open in case these days fall on a public holiday)
"papparayray" is a cafe in a renovated old Japanese-style house built about 50 years ago, tucked in a residential area in Akasaka, the heart of Fukuoka City. Its exterior that is covered in greenery creates an extraordinary vibe, but if you step inside the cafe, you will see a soothing space where you can relax.
The inside of the cafe is characterized by a unique atmosphere that is not excessively natural, as the bare inorganic concrete counters and flooring exquisitely match the warmth of the wooden structure. The rear of the cafe is an atrium where you can see the greens in the garden through large windows.
The beauty of this cafe will surely enthrall you, but you must also try their lunch menu. The bestsellers here are three types of sandwiches, such as the Focaccia Sandwich (750 JPY) that uses homemade bread, and the Croque-Monsieur Gorgonzola (750 JPY). These sets come with a salad that uses vegetables in season, as well as a drink, so they are very satisfying.
This cafe is also particular about the coffee it serves, roasting its own beans inside the shop. Here, the coffee has excellent acidity inside the bitterness, and draws out the unique flavors from the beans.
Try to visit this cafe at least once, if only to witness its originality shining through in the space, dishes and coffee after meal. For those who do not like waiting, you can make a reservation, but only if you are coming at 11:30 am – 12:00 pm, so it would be best to inquire in advance.
[papparayray] 2-2-22 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / 092-771-2347 / 11:30 am – 6:00 pm (last order at 5:30 pm) ※Up to 10:00 pm if reservation is made / Closed on Mondays and 1st and 3rd Tuesday (open in case these days fall on an public holiday)
Cafe Xando Daimyo Shop
Launched in Imaizumi 16 years ago, Cafe Xando Daimyo Shop is one of the most famous shops that has fuelled the cafe culture in Fukuoka. The Imaizumi shop has already closed down, but the Daimyo shop that opened in 2015 continues to operate as a shop that more and more people love, serving the beloved sweets and other dishes from the Imaizumi shop.
The highlight of this cafe’s menu is the French Toast (800 JPY) that the cafe's name has become synonymous with. Customers continue to love this simple yet inimitable dish that is made by properly soaking baguettes from Fukuoka’s popular bakery C'est Tres Bon and then frying the surface until aromatic.
You must try the affordable wines as well. This cafe has a walk-in wine cellar where you can choose the wine brand that you want. The cheapest wine costs at least 1,900 JPY per bottle, but majority of the wines are priced at 2,000 JPY – 3,000 JPY. There is an extensive lineup of about 50 kinds of reasonably priced wines here.
This cafe is not just famous for its wine, it also offers a wide array of dishes that go really well with alcohol, such as the Honjitsu no GRILL Niku Moriawase (assorted grilled meats of the day) (for 3 – 4 people) (2,980 JPY), the Ajillo (food fried in garlic oil) (prices start at 830 JPY), Herb Kaoru Roast Pork (herb-scented roast pork) (750 JPY), and Shiro Reba no Pate Baguette-tsuki (white liver pate with baguette) (480 JPY).
From delicious dishes, up to alcohol and sweets to end your meal, Cafe Xando Daimyo Shop is a place where you can enjoy a wide range of items. It is a great place to be during the day, but it is also worth a visit as a night cafe.
[Cafe Xando Daimyo Shop] Tenjin Ash 2F, 2-1-14 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / 092-753-8849 / 11:30 am – 12:00 am, up to 1:00 am the next day on Fridays and Saturdays (last order at 60 minutes before closing for food and 30 minutes before closing for drinks), Lunch hours: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm (last order) / Closed on Tuesdays (open in case it falls on an public holiday)
Cafe Xando Daimyo Shop
Shirogane in Fukuoka City is a tranquil residential area that is famousl dotted with high-sense shops. Shirogane Sabo is a popular cafe that has been enjoying the massive support of the local people since it opened in October 2013.
If you visit, you have to taste this cafe’s specialty – pancakes. Their pancakes are not the kind of fancy pancakes that are all the vogue these days, as they are the classic type that resemble the pancakes you ate at home back in the day.
The pancakes may look simple, but they shine where it matters – ingredients and cooking method. They use carefully chosen ingredients such as stone-milled wheat flour from Fukuoka and red eggs from chickens raised with special feed. The way the batter is mixed is also thorough, as slight adjustments are made based on the day’s temperature and humidity.
This cafe’s specialty pancakes are so soft and with just a single bite, the original flavor of wheat will gently pass through your nose and the rich aftertaste of the eggs will remain. There are five dessert-type and two meal-type pancakes on the menu, including the Classic Pancakes (810 JPY) and the 3-shu no Berry to Cream Cheese Sauce no Pancake (pancakes with sauce of three kinds of berries and cream cheese) (1,296 JPY).
During lunchtime, there are many dishes and sets in store for you, such as the Classic Brunch (1,296 JPY), the Sweet Brunch (2,160 JPY) that has dessert pancakes at the core, and the Pancake Brunch (2,160 JPY) with savoury pancakes as the main dish. When it comes to coffee, they use an original blend from Tokado Coffee, with the coffee brewed using spring water from the Mt. Unzen range.
The pancake boom has given rise to many shops that compete on originality and innovation. But somewhere in this mix is Shirogane Sabo that adopts a simple style. You must try its refined list of dishes.
[Shirogane Sabo] 1-11-7 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / 092-534-2200 / Brunch: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, tea time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, dinner 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, tea time 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (last order) / Closed over the year-end and New Year holidays
Located close to Yakuin Station, Amis is a cafe in the Shirogane area where fancy cafes and restaurants are gathered. It is quite a small shop with just 10 seats in an approximately 26-sq.m. space, but it has been loved by its customers since its opened in 2010, especially by the people who live nearby.
Of the items in its menu, there is a rich variety of French toast, with 10 different flavors constantly available. The French toast here uses soft French bread from a local bakery, and is topped with homemade fruit syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and other original toppings.
There are also savoury dishes served that people who do not like sweets will surely enjoy. Furthermore, there are limited-period dishes offered per season, so you are bound to encounter a new dish any time you visit.
This cafe serves an original blend of coffee from Fukuoka City’s veteran roaster Baisen-ya. Even the Cafe Latte (450 JPY) with steamed milk inside manages to retain and showcase the original flavors of the beans, so coffee lovers will be satisfied.
Amis is a shop where you will feel time slowly passing by even though you are in the middle of the city. It is a space where you can spend some quiet time alone, so you must check out this cafe if you feel like relaxing or taking a short break to breathe.
[Amis] Sanko Bldg. 1F, 1-4-18 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka / 092-522-6322 / 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (last order at 7:00 pm) / Closed on Wednesdays
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 11.15.2017]
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