The coffees that we tried in Fukuoka were in general good!
And we seemed to get this feeling that cafes in Fukuoka are generally having very nice ambience and environment (check out the panorama shot in the banner picture) that’s conducive for sipping coffee and watching the world go by…
I think by this point we were pretty much too full to try any cafe food 😛
Because of the recent earthquake, the 2 most famous landmarks of Kumamoto, Mt Aso and Kumamoto Castle, were out of bounds to tourists. Hence we spent most of our time here on trains, checking out the beautiful and casual rides throughout the countryside. So very few cafe hoppings in Kumamoto. 🙂
While we only tried 2 cafes in Kumamoto, we were very impressed by the coffee and desserts both times 🙂
Oh, we walked past many times the Polar Bear cafe むじゃき Mujyaki located in Tenmonkan walking street (see banner picture) on our way back to our hotel. It created the 白熊 Shirokuma Shaved Ice during one summer and it went viral. So now you get long queues at the 4-storey cafe which also sells merchandises. No we didn’t went in. 🙂
Well, I guess we have to work harder to find nicer cafes in Kagoshima the next round… any recommendations?
There was so much to do in Miyazaki, but we still managed to visit 4 cafes for food and drinks 😛
In general, the cafes were quite busy for a relatively quiet and chillax city, but we did not have to queue for seats.
We were in the area to collect hubby’s passport and the queue at Tai Hwa looked scary 😮
A quick Google Search showed a promising cafe nearby and we decided to check it out instead.
A nice cosy little cafe, it started to get really busy at around 10:30am. Luckily, we stepped in just a few minutes earlier, and were able to get our seats and place our orders quickly.
- Sea salt spiced Chai latte ($6.50 nett) : After the initial light saltiness, the first sip was actually quite sweet and milky, before the spice settled in and started swirling all over. I liked the layers of taste!
- Skinny latte ($5.50): With beans from Yahava, hubby is a happy man. He felt that this was a slightly watered down version of the one he usually has at Yahava, but still pretty good 🙂
- The ultimate combo ($12): Perfect for sharing as we wanted a light bite, the 2 pancakes were fluffy and quite light. The cheese sausage was awesome and really cheesy, without being overly salty.
Wi-Fi and water is available for free. Also, there was a cute cat inside cafe!
We woke up bright and early and took a morning stroll to bills (because so many people kept recommending it)!
This location at Darlinghurst was where it all began in 1993 when Bill Granger, at the age of 24 dropped out of art school and opened his first restaurant. It quickly became famous for the best scrambled eggs and ricotta hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table where locals and visitors, families and celebrities sit down to eat together and thrive on the buzzing atmosphere. (from bill’s website)
We reached here before 9am on this lovely Saturday, and it was not very crowded yet. Actually, my cousin had recommended scrambled eggs here, but we totally forgot about it and went on to have our priciest breakfast of the trip.
We slept in today because we had a long day yesterday and met up for brunch at this (becoming) very popular cafe. We read that there’s a perpetual long queue here and it would be best to come early.
Luckily, it was a weekday morning, so we only had to queue for a short 15 minutes.
The cafe was not big with only about 4-5 tables on the inside and another 4-5 tables outside. We were assigned the alfresco seats and fortunately there were heaters around and it didn’t felt that cold but we had to keep our jackets on. 🙂
Everything looked good (while we were queueing and observing other people’s plates 🙂 ), but we had limited stomach spaces, so we could only try:
It was such a hot afternoon and we were really melting while checking out the Keong Siak Carnival!
Taking a breather, we popped into the nearby Selfish Gene Cafe for an icy escape!
Cafes along this stretch of Craig Rd, and Tanjong Pagar area closes quite early during the day so although we had walked past this cafe a few times, we had not had any opportunity to try it out. Until today!
Got ourselves a Iced Cafe Latte ($6 nett), and a Iced Chai Tea Latte ($6) to beat the heat.
The coffee was strong and slightly acidic, while the tea was milky and abit on the sweet side, with a lovely hint of spices.
And so we just sat here and chilled till we were ready to face the heat again!
- Location: 40 Craig Rd S(089678)
- Website: www.selfishgenecafe.com
- Hrs: 10am – 3pm (Mon), 10am – 5pm (Wed-Fri), 9:30am – 5pm (Sat-Sun)
Mr G recommended this place, so we strolled past while making our way to the National Museum of Singapore. Oooh, there were still some seats available! So we went in for more caffeine 😛
Hubby could not resist the waffle, and so we got one to share 🙂
- Piccolo Latte ($4++): Strong and smooth
- Home-made Seven Spiced Chai Latte ($5.90++): The name was really promising, but the taste was a let down 😦 There was barely a hint of any spice *sigh*
- Waffle with Yogurt and Fresh Fruits ($12.50++): This place is opened by the same owner as Strangers Reunion (which we just discovered), so the food was essentially the same…. As we realised when the waffle came looking exactly like the one we had previously, haha! At least it is consistently good 🙂
Water was free and by the bottle at each table.
- Location: 64 Prinsep Street S(188667)
- Website: antidotebar.com
- Hrs: 9am – 10pm (Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu), 9am – 12am (Fri-Sat)