6 Must-Visit Cafes in Hokkaido For Their Kawaii Pancakes

16.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s islands and a popular tourist location with both locals and overseas visitors, enjoyed for its winter sports like skiing, hot springs and more. It is also enjoyed for its cool climate, being the coldest region in Japan. It’s home to many tourist spots and seafood restaurants, but today we’re covering its countless cute cafes.

 

Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer, posts his visits to the many cafes of Sapporo―the capital of Hokkaido―on his Instagram page

607keih). Today he will introduce us to 6 must-visit cafes in Hokkaido with the cutest pancakes.

 

 

Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Susukino, Sapporo)

This popular little cafe in the district of Susukino showcases its assortment of pancakes in a glass display. The cafe now sells affordable pancake and purin sets. I ordered the “Fruits and Milky & Chocolate Purin” set (¥980).


The fluffy pancake is made with Fafi’s famous eggs which have a rich flavour and big yolks. The milky cream is sweet and silky smooth. Inside the pancake is delicious pineapple and strawberries which add a deliciously fruity accent.

 

Their pancakes are noticeably smaller at g-plus but since it comes with a purin in the set you’re sure to be nice and full after. The set is perfect to share too.

 

▼Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Japanese: ファフィたまごのパンケーキ g-plus)

Address: 9-1019 Minami 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 11:30-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

Closed: Thursdays & Fridays

Official Website: https://g-plus.owst.jp/

 

 

Café ZIKKA (Kiyota, Sapporo)

Café ZIKKA serves a variety of pastries and desserts. Their elusive strawberry pancakes are a limited-time-only offer. These fat and fluffy pancakes have a distinctly different taste to other places. Heaping with strawberries, the fruit and pancakes marry in the most sumptuous of flavours when eaten with the yogurt ice cream centre. The strawberries also come in a variety of forms including whole, compote and sauce, making for a variety of succulent textures.


The fresh cream isn’t overly-sweet making for a lighter pancake. It’s also topped with crushed almond for added texture. The size of the pancakes aren’t huge but since it’s served with two and many toppings you’ll absolutely be satisfied afterwards.

 

▼Café ZIKKA

Address: 11-12 Hiraokakoenhigashi, Kiyota Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (10:00-19:00 in January and February)

Closed: Wednesdays (Open on national holidays)

Official Website: http://yoshidacoffee.com/index.html

 

 

Kaze o Kanjite (Motomachi, Sapporo)

This cafe is just a 5-minute walk from Motomachi Station via the Tōhō Line. Simply exit from Exit 1 of the station, make a right and you’ll arrive right there.

 

This cafe’s aim is to bring it lots of students to eat their pancakes which are both cheap and delicious. I ordered the berry sauce pancakes.


The cafe’s homemade strawberry jam contains pieces of fresh strawberry which alone already make the pancakes tantalising enough. They are served with a side of fresh fruits like extra strawberries as well as orange slices. The pancakes served here are so good that I personally count them as the best in Sapporo. That, and the prices are amazing for the huge portions you get. I want more people to get to know about this place, and not just students.

 

▼Kaze o Kanjite (Japanese: 風をかんじて)

Address: Kita House 1F, 17-2-3 Kita 24 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010202/1058705/

 

 

ROJIURA CAFÉ (Susukino, Sapporo)

ROJIURA CAFÉ is another cafe located in Susukino round on the backstreet of Round One. They serve pancakes and parfaits right into the early hours of the morning.

 

Their caramel sauce has salt in it to add a mouthwatering salty flavour that draws out the sweetness of the fresh cream. The nuts only add to this delectable delight of a pancake.

Fine and fluffy pancakes fit for the gods. Whether it’s a dessert like pancakes or parfaits or even meals, ROJIURA CAFÉ’s doors are open to  you from the evening until the deepest hours of the night.

 

▼ROJIURA CAFÉ

Address: TAKARA6.3, 3 Chome Minami 6 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours:

[Mon-Thurs] 18:00-03:00 (Last Orders 02:00)

[Fri-Sat] 18:00-04:00 (Last Orders 03:00)

[Sun & Holidays] 18:00-01:00 (Last Orders 00:00)

No Fixed Holidays

Official Website: http://sapporo-rojiuracafe.com/

 

 

OJ Coffee (Kotoni, Sapporo)

You’ll find OJ Coffee just a few minutes’ walk from Kotoni Station in Nishi Ward, Sapporo. This cafe serves exquisite coffees and boasts an abundant menu consisting of soba noodles, curries, steaks and more. They also serve pancakes so I decided to give them a go.

Fluffy, moist and glorious. The pancake is topped with custard and served with a side of fresh cream, both of which aren’t overly sweet and go perfectly with the sweet beaten eggs of the pancakes. Decorated the outside of the plate is an assortment of fruits, maple syrup and other tempting treats for a variety of flavours. The coffee flavoured soft serve ice cream is a great palate cleanser too. The ice cream doesn’t have the bitterness that comes with coffee but it’s very coffee flavoured. It’s close to Kotoni Station so if you’re strolling around Nishi Ward looking for a cafe I highly recommend visiting here.

 

▼OJ Coffee

Address: D Planning Bldg. 1F, Kotoni 2 Jo, Nishi Ward, Sapporo

Business Hours: 7:30~22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Official Website: https://www.oj-coffee.com/

 

 

Café Blue (Ishiyama-dori, Sapporo)

Café Blue, built up from a renovated old house, is currently selling a new lemon and yogurt pancake for a limited time.

 

Their pancakes never fail to be anything less than fluffy. The generously drizzled yogurt sauce is fairly refreshing and sweet while still retaining that yummy yogurt flavour. The lemon curd sauce, too, is refreshing and combines well with the pancakes as lemon always does. The lemon also has honey in it making for a satisfyingly sweet and sour combination.


The ice cream on top is salt flavoured which bring out all the sweet flavours of the dessert. The crunchy almonds are nice and nutty and bring a great texture to the soft and sticky combinations. When I eat pancakes this is the  kind of thing I’m looking for!

 

The sauce was refreshing and the pancake overall was delicious and very easy to get down. The yogurt sauce really is amazing!

 

▼Café Blue

Address: 16-9-12 Minami 19 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

No Fixed Holidays

Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010104/1036972/

 

 

Did you enjoy Kei’s picks? Be sure to check out their Instagram page for more recommended desserts and foods to try in Sapporo. There’s a wealth of choices on there that will make for great reference when travelling to Hokkaido.

 

Photo & Text: Kei (@607keih)

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • NAKED’s Popular Night Walk Returns to Illuminate Jozankei Onsen in Hokkaido

    30.May.2022 | SPOT

    The JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE -WATER LIGHT VALLEY- event is coming back in 2022! The event, which shows off the natural beauty of Jozankei’s rivers, valleys, and forests, from June to October. Guests can enjoy an illuminated walk along the Toyohira River in the Jozankei area of Hokkaido and wander across the picturesque Futami Suspension Bridge. 

     

    This year, the park area at the entrance to the event has been redesigned with new lights. A 2.5-meter-high blue dome will welcome guests with an image of water, and the trees and wisteria trellises will be decorated with twinkling golden lights.

     

    Welcome Light Lake *Image from 2021

     

    River Road

     

    Forest Water Ripple

     

    Nature Projection

     

    Futami Valley

    Visitors will encounter a variety of unique light art as they stroll through the rich nature of Jozankei guided by the elusive kappa, known to be the guardian Gods of the region. As visitors approach, the river begins to glow while flowers bloom in this interactive art experience. By using projection mapping across the Futami Suspension Bridge and an all-encompassing light show within the canyon, the event hopes to remind visitors that nature is important and worth preserving. 

     

    How would you like to spend your summer deep in the illuminated nature of Hokkaido?

  • Rilakkuma 20th Anniversary Tour to Visit Hokkaido

    25.May.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Everyone’s favorite lazy bear Rilakkuma is turning 20! To commemorate this big event, Sanrio is holding a special tour that will travel around Japan. From July 13 until August 31, events will pop up in three cities in Hokkaido–Sapporo, Obihiro, and Hakodate.

     

    Merchandise

    Rilakkuma & Todok Collaboration Cotton Gloves

     

    The environmentally-friendly event will offer locally designed products made from recycled materials. A special Hokkaido Ocean Cleanup will also be held with a group in Sapporo, and those participating in the event will receive a limited edition pair of cotton gloves.


    Prior to the start of the event, the official Twitter account of the Rilakkuma tour (@rk_ensembletour) is running a limited-time campaign until May 29. 10 lucky people will win a magnet sticker not available for sale! To enter, just follow the account and retweet the tagged Tweet.

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