This post will be the first of many to come! I will go out and explore, try, and review cafes and restaurants around Okinawa (the current place I call home).
1. BUY ME STAND Okinawa
What do grilled cheese sandwiches, tigers, old school cars, and a pool table have in common? This weird and quirky cafe serving up one of the most indulgent american comfort foods in Okinawa, all wrapped up in Tiffany blue room. This joint does not play when it comes to their cream soda floats or their grilled cheeses. Unlike many and most Japanese cafes, they serve a hefty melty buttery bang for each bite! It is rare to find a place here, IMO, that does american food justice, and this place does just that. Not only is it a killer photo op, it serves food that will make you come back for more.
Location: 〒902-0067 Okinawa, Naha, 4, 那覇市 安里１丁目４−１３ 山田ビル１Ｆ
2. Cafe Doka Doka
This sweet little gem hidden in the hills of Onna, houses traditional pottery and pizza under one vaulted wooden beamed house. It provides spectacular views over looking the ocean, and might I add the best crisp yet chewy personal sized pizzas hot out the oven.
Location: ２４３−１ Maeganeku, Onna, Kunigami District, Okinawa 904-0414
3. Mother Coffee
As pictured above, this cafe specializes in dutch pancakes, both savory and sweet! They are also small enough to go in for a Saturday splurge, so why not get both? Haha. The ladies are so sweet here and make you feel right at home. The ivy grown walls & natural light flooding into the cafe provides a warm & homey feel.
Location: 字瑞慶覧-588, Kitanakagusuku, Nakagami District, Okinawa 901-2317
4. Ti-Da Beach Parlour
A cute little hole in the wall filled with jewelry & dried flowers, they also make splendid fresh fruit smoothies. Definitely a fun spot to check out with your girlfriends, or to impress a girl! Tucked in around the back of Kokusai street, just follow google maps and it will take you there. You can park in the spots next to the shop, ring a little bell and a lady from the 2nd floor will let down a tray for you to place your keys on. You just ring the bell when you’re ready to go and settle up.
Location: 2 Chome-7-１８ Makishi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0013
5. gram Pancake
We’ve all seen the viral videos of the jiggly fluffy pancakes! Well you’re in luck Okinawa, because one of the chains from mainland Japan has now opened a shop here in Naha. Take note though that the fluffy pancakes are only available at 11am, 3pm, and 6pm. You must be one of the first 20 people at these times, and order within 15 minutes. And as all souffles take time to cook, these pancakes will also take 30 minutes to make! “Insert motivational quote on patience” Meanwhile enjoy one of their other pancake specials or shakes. *Pro-tip: pair the fluffy pancakes with a side of scrambled eggs & bacon, you won’t regret it!
Location: 〒900-0005 Okinawa, Naha, Ameku, 2 Chome−1−38 ナムラプリックス １階
I hope you enjoy these recommendations!