Enjoy strolling the alleys of the Shirogane and Takasago area and seeing which ones take your fancy 【Cafés & Sweets】2022.02.21
The Shirogane and Takasago area, close to Yakuin and Watanabe-dori Avenue, has been attracting a lot of attention in recent years for its growing number of cafes and shops. The streets intersect in a grid pattern, and along the alleys of this quiet residential area, you will find many fabulous spots, from traditional pubs to hottest restaurants, unique cafes and special sweet shops. Shirogane & Takasago is a place where a relaxed sense of life and a sophisticated sensibility coexist in perfect harmony. Enjoy exploring the town.
There are so many good coffee shops in this area that you’ll enjoy cafe-hopping from authentic coffeehouses to latest cafes, and even Japanese sweets shops.
From tiny space to larger place―enjoy a coffee break suitable to your demand
Pin Coffee is a small café located on Nisseki-dori Avenue, near the Watanabe-dori 1-chome Intersection. “Pin” has a double meaning; pine in French and alone in Japanese. Making the atmosphere easy to enter for stopping by on your own… that is what it means.
The menu includes coffee brewed with a siphon, homemade lemonade and smoothies. Many people come here for the seasonal sweets and the omelette sandwiches made under the guidance of the popular Fukuoka bakery, AMAM DACOTAN.
The shop has 6 to 7 counter seats in a natural setting decorated with dried flowers. It is also decorated with illustrations and artworks by kyne, a popular artist from Fukuoka. It is a great place to eat in or to take away.
Address: 1-12-2 Takasago, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 12:00-19:00, Saturdays, Sundays & national holidays: 12:00-18:00
◎manucoffee roasters kujira
This two-storey coffee roaster and café is the flagship shop of Manu Coffee, a leader in Fukuoka’s coffee scene. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Nishitetsu Yakuin Station, the building was once a stone shop, but it has been completely refurbished, and its bright yellow exterior is a real eye-catcher.
On the first floor, original goods such as coffee beans and cups are sold. At the back of the shop, there is a “Smart Roaster”, a roasting machine from the American company Loring. You can enjoy coffee and other drinks, cheesecakes and other sweets, as well as beer. There is also a kind of private space of tatami mat where you can relax and enjoy your time with your children.
Address: 1-18-28 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 10:00-19:00
No closed days
Enjoy your coffee even deeper
FILTER SUPPLY is the sister shop of Good Up Coffee famous for its “Anko (red beans paste) Toast”. It is not a café, but a hideaway specialising in drip coffee where you can concentrate on savouring the coffee. The interior of the shop is modern and luxurious with a Japanese texture, creating a bar-like atmosphere.
All the coffee on the menu is made from their own roasted beans and can be drunk iced or hot. They will ask you what you like and make something for you from the range that is available on the day. Freshly brewed coffee can be enjoyed on the benches in the shop or at Good Up Coffee next door. The coffee beans are sold in 100g portions and come in stylish bottles that make great gifts.
Address: 1-15-1 Takasago, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
TEL: Not available
Opening hours: Fridays & Saturdays 12:00-17:00, Mondays, Tuesdays & Sundays 12:00-18:00
Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays
◎COFFEE COUNTY Fukuoka
This is the second shop of “COFFEE COUNTY”, which has a roastery in Kurume City and serves coffees from producers in various countries that they have visited, with the concept of telling the story behind the farmers and the climate of the production area.
At this bar style café you can enjoy the coffee with your own sense. It offers a wide range of drinks as well. They also have homemade pastries inspired by the coffee production areas of Latin America. The original coffee beans on sale are beautifully packaged with an illustration of each region. Occasionally, there are art exhibitions and pop-up events. Why don’t you stop by on the walk?
Address: 1-21-21 Takasago, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 11:00-19:30
Japanese sweets with a perfect balance of classic and new sensations
Okashi TUGI is a Japanese sweets shop located between Yakuin and Hirao stations, near Takamiya Elementary School. The shop has a stylish concrete exterior and a white “noren” curtain. Inside the shop, the black and streamlined structure create a chic and warm atmosphere. The counter is adorned with samples of beautiful jewel-like sweets.
In addition to the standard ohagi (sweet rice balls), there are also unusual ones with ginger and rum, and innovative sweets made with ingredients rarely found in Japanese dessert, such as coconut powder, raw chocolate, cardamom and lemon. They are delicately made small in size and you will definitely want to try a variety of them. The shop is open from 12:00 noon and is currently only available for take away. Before it is sold out, be sure to come early or call ahead.
Address: KADONO Bldg. 1st Floor, 1-10-15 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 12:00, closed as soon as sold out (reservations can be made by phone from 11.00)
Closed: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
*Opening hours may be subject to change due to measures against COVID-19. Please check the web site and SNS of each shop/restaurant.
*Prices are subject to change without notice.
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