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Grilled seafood served in an atmospheric wooden building. Fills up so visit early or call in advance to make a reservation. The Kinki (Orange Roughy) is particularly good.
This quaint little strip is lined with small bars that drip atmosphere. A good place for a quiet drink without any hassle. Locals are friendly and you are bound to strike up a conversation.
Bleak but functional and closer to the city center than Kansai airport. Designated as "international" but this is the primary domestic airport for Osaka and most international flights leave from Kansai. 20-30 min from Umeda. No train service so you'll have to take a taxi or bus. Food options after security are very limited.
Slightly better than the average ANA domestic lounge. A few more beverage options than usual and the seating is more comfortable than Haneda.
Land of cute and colorful things from Denmark. Japanese women line up for hours on weekends to shop here but relatively quiet on a weekday. Danish but somehow very Japanese.
This neighborhood centered around Fukuoka station is the commercial hub for the city and where you will find the major department stores. Lacks the charm of Nakasu but is functional and you'll like pass through it.
This Western-style draught beer bar has a great beer menu that has many local beers you won't find elsewhere (I loved the yuzu beer). Feels like it could be in a mall in the US but the terrace seats overlooking the river are nice when the weather is warm.
Will disappoint as a "Japanese" experience because of the atmosphere but the opportunity to taste a variety of local beers in half-size taster portions made it worth the visit.
This old school whiskey and cocktail bar is cave-like and almost medieval. Despite the uninspiring location inside the basement of the New Otani, it manages to deliver unexpected charm though drinks are pricey and small.
Quaint riverside stall specializing in tempura and grilled seafood. The tempura is solid but unexceptional. The stand out here is the opportunity to try interesting seafood and accessible prices. The blowfish (fugu) tempura was excellent with a nice touch of pepper. Razor clams were on offer during my visit and were as unusual to Japanese visitors as they were for me. A good place to enjoy a few beers and linger.
This tasty riverside ramen stall in Nakasu serves up good Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen but will also do stirfried ramen as a vegetarian option. Good soul soothing food with plenty of local atmosphere.
Serves ramen and a mix of grilled meet skewers and oden. When busy, you must order all at once and aren't allowed to add to the order after you sit down.
Vegetarian options are limited but they had more than any other spot on this strip.
This strip of riverside "yatai" food stalls is the highlight of Fukuouka for me. Borderline touristy but still frequented by locals so retains an authentic feel. Food quality is good despite the reasonable prices and tourist traffic. An evening of stall hopping is a must for first time visitors. Vegetarian options are very limited. Ramen is the most famous dish but a good place to try unusual seafood.
This property is the place that your 70 year old Japanese grandmother dreams of when she thinks about visiting Fukuoka. Past its prime but still holds on to a bit of faded glory. White-gloved impeccable service and spacious rooms that might count as "retro" if it weren't for a few awkward modernizing touches. Convenient to Tenjin and Nakasu. Rates are very good value.
This stunning Meditteranean spot inside the With The Style hotel will whisk you out of Fukuoka and into Miami or LA. The pool views, spacious interior, and modern style scream resort even though the hotel and restaurant are only a few blocks from the Hakata bullet train station.
Food is mostly Italian but with Japanese influences. The fish dishes are highly recommended but everything I had was excellent and made with fresh high-quality ingredients.
This little spot is truly inspired. As the name suggests, these guys serve breakfast all day. The twist is that they serve a changing global menu. Muesli and English breakfasts are standard but a third country is featured and changes every two months. I popped in for The Bulgarian breakfast for dinner and it was exceptional. Previous menus have showcased Belgium and Jordan and standard American breakfast options are in the works.
Friendly, quaint, and run with passion. Open from 7:30 am (a rarity in Japan). Lines are out the door on weekends but weekdays are calm.
This Rei Kawakubo wonderland lives up to the London original. Playful and stylish. A dose of cool for decidedly uncool Murray Hill.