Enjoy strolling the alleys of the Shirogane and Takasago area and seeing which ones take your fancy 【Original Shops & Restaurants】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.
Here are unique shops with a refined sense of style and best eateries.
Find special things that make your daily life more enjoyable
◎HIGHTIDE STORE FUKUOKA
This flagship shop is located on the first floor of the headquarters of HIGHTIDE, a stationery and sundry goods manufacturer from Fukuoka. Here you can find not only original brand stationery and miscellaneous items that will make your daily studies and work more enjoyable, but also events held on an irregular basis and items exclusive to the directly managed shop.
The highlight of the shop is that you can make your own custom-made notebook, an associated product with the popular Tokyo shop “Kakimori”, combining a wide variety of patterns, papers and parts to create your very own unique notebook (it takes about 20 minutes to make). The shop also has a café where you can enjoy COFFEE COUNTY’s coffee blend and homemade lemonade.
Address: 1-8-28 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed: Irregular holidays
◎ AND THE SOIL.
A farmers’ market has opened in February 2021 in Takasago 2-chome on Nisseki-dori Avenue. The store offers a wide range of organic and additive-free seasonal vegetables and foods, shampoo, detergent and other daily necessities, baby products, pet products and more.
The shop is bright and spacious, with a stylish, warm and friendly wooden exterior. The shelves are full of products that are not only of high quality, but also have packaging attractive to customers to pick them up, just like the concept of “look healthy, eat healthy”. You will also find bread from “Mugi no Ki”, a popular bakery. There is also hand-written information by board and POP, making it easy to choose the right product. There is a car park in front of the store.
Address: 2-6-1 Takasago, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00
Closed: New Year’s holidays
◎ILF Jewelry Studio
In a corner of an alley in Shirogane 1-chome, on the first floor of a three-storey building with a retro atmosphere, is a jewellery shop and workshop. Making simple, original pieces that are neither old nor new――this is how the young engraver Mr Tanakamaru feels about the work.
The jewellery is basically handmade and original. The most popular items are tie pins, cufflinks and earrings, which are made using traditional Native American jewellery methods and adapted to modern styles. As well as custom-made items, repair and polishing are available. You can also order engagement and wedding rings.
Address: 1-4-18-205 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 12:00-19:00
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
This is a bike shop run by Messenger’s, a bike delivery company in Fukuoka City. The shop sells a limited number of piste bikes selected from the perspective of messengers themselves, as well as functional and sophisticated bike goods.
Messenger’s also contributes to the local network by delivering coffee beans from popular roasteries to cafes. They also organise events for messengers by messengers to promote cycling culture beyond a simple bike shop.
Address: 1st Floor, 1-17-18 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 15:00-20:00, Sundays 11:00-18:00
Enjoy an outstanding grilled chicken skin
◎Hakata Kawaya Shirogane
The outside is crispy and the inside is chewy. This is the first yakitori restaurant known for its “grilled chicken skin”, which is exquisitely cooked with sweet and spicy sauce that soaks into the entire ingredient. The founder of the restaurant spent a lot of time and effort to reach “Meidai Kawayaki (The Grilled Chicken Skin)”, and is proud of the secret method that takes six days from preparation to grilling. Enjoy the Kawayaki which attracts customers not only from Fukuoka but also all over the country.
It takes a long time to cook the “Meidai Kawayaki”, so it is advisable to order the number of pieces you want first. One person would easily eat ten skewers at least. The “Bara” (Pork Belly, must-eat in Fukuoka) and Chicken Shigi-yaki are also recommended.
Address: 1-15-7 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: 17:00-24:00 (Last order 20:30)
◎Innovative French Watahan by Furuyu Onsen ONCRI
This French restaurant is produced by ONCRI, a hot spring resort in Saga Prefecture. Located in a quiet residential area of Shirogane, the restaurant offers a refined and innovative cuisine in a luxurious space that utilizes the traditional building of its predecessor, the long-established Ryotei Watahan.
The dining area, with its large windows overlooking the Japanese garden, has been reborn in the same spirit as the ryotei restaurant, “to entertain customers”. There are also two private rooms, one Japanese and one Western. There are three courses for both lunch and dinner, from 3080 yen for lunch and from 9240 yen for dinner. You will find creative tastes of dishes using mainly fresh seafood and vegetables from Kyushu.
Address: 1-11-8 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Opening hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last order 14:00), Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last order 20:30)
*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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