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.
With only one full day in Osaka, we managed to check out Pablo, minus the long queues seen in the recently-opened Singapore outlet, as well as a lovely cafe. As we had to take a bus to Itami Airport for the domestic flight to Miyazaki, we also found time to grab a bite at the Osaka City Air Terminal and Itami Airport 🙂
We were just exploring this area and found this little local bakery with just 3 tables, but more than 10 kinds of cakes available!
Upon recommendations, we decided to share a baked Jasmine-Yuzu Cheesecake ($6.50), for we wanted something light. We also got ourselves a Flat White ($4.50) and a Tea Wands Chai Masala ($4.50, refillable once).
The unassuming cheesecake was full of delicate jasmine and yuzu fragrance that lingered on after our first bites! The rare jasmine cheese mousse was very light with yuzu bits at the lower half of the cake, and jasmine jelly was sweet and refreshing. The savoury base crust complemented the flavours well. Oooohhh, we were so tempted to have another one!
The tea wand is a clever tea bag that works as a stirrer too! The tea itself was not bad. The coffee was alright.
This place is located in a sleepy HDB neighbourhood, and it was a lovely place for us to just chillax and chit chat. They also offer baking and decorating workshops.
Note: Water is available for free, and credit cards are not accepted here. They have an online shop too.
- Location: 45 Telok Blangah Drive #01-173 S(100045)
- Website: www.outofthecakebox.com (Facebook)
- Hrs: 12pm – 8:30pm (Tue-Fri), 12pm – 9pm (Sat), 10am – 5pm (Sun)
After our lunch at Sydney Fish Market, Ms I brought us to this place that is popular for cronut, a croissant-doughnut pastry invented by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery.
We shared a Glazed Cronut (A$5). If you do get a chance to try this, try not to cut it to avoid squashing the layers.
While Ms I thought it tasted like a croissant, hubby and I thought it tasted like a doughnut. Guess it did lived up to its name! Haha…
Hubby thought that his skinny Flat White (A$3.50) was just alright, and it was not very strong. My Winter Iced Tea (A$6) was supposed to be spiced Darjeeling with chamomile, lemongrass, and citrus, but the flavours were quite light. They served sparkling water here which we thoroughly enjoyed!
- Location: 6-8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: www.brewtownnewtown.com (Facebook)
- Directions: Take the train to Macdonaldtown Station and walk 8mins via Burren Street and WatKin Street
- Hrs: 8am – 4pm
- Reservation: (02) 9247 6371
We chanced upon this part cafe, part stationery shop, that was still opened at night (most cafes in Sydney closed at 4-5pm), and decided to have our after-meal drinks here!
It was a fairly quiet night, and there were a few students studying hard here.
There was a special cake set special for any cakes (usual price A$8) and a drink, so we settled for a Flat White (usual price A$3.50 for regular), Matcha Latte (A$4.50 for regular), and the best-seller Nutella & Oreo Cheesecake (because it looked so cute).
The flat white was bitter and strong. I had a sugar shock when I took the first sip of my matcha latte, and took a few more sips before the matcha bitterness floated up to my taste buds.
The cheesecake in a cup was a good balance of sweet and saltiness. We were pleasantly surprised that it was not very sweet, given its name. And of course, the matcha latte did not taste sweet anymore after eating the cheesecake, haha!
This place also sells a variety of cute stationery near the order counter. Overall, an interesting and cosy cafe to chill out.
- Location: 708 George Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia (Google Map)
- Website: mysweetmemory.com.au
- Directions: Take the train to Central Station or take the Light Rail to Capitol Square and walk along George Street.
- Hrs: 8:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 8:30am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat)
Our final supper for the day was at San Churro Chocolateria, which as the name suggested, is a place for chocolate and churros. On a Monday night, it was very crowded! The Melburnians (or perhaps the Australians in general) really like chocolate stuff.