Nestled on the opposite side of the canal from the bustling cinema in American Village, Fukugiya stands as a beacon of European café charm. With its expansive sliding glass doors and inviting café tables outside, this specialty coffee shop offers a delightful fusion of European café style and Okinawan flavors.
What makes Fukugiya stand out is its intriguing origin story. Founded by a baumkuchen shop in Okinawa, this café takes pride in crafting all its bread by hand, elevating them to star status on the menu. The French-style croque madame steals the show, presenting diners with a tempting choice of white sauce chicken and bacon, chili meat tomato and bacon, or egg tartar sauce and asparagus.
Beyond the tempting croque madame, Fukugiya boasts a diverse menu featuring freshly made pizza toast, sandwiches, and generously sized salads with options like roasted pork, chicken, and beef. The commitment to freshness and handcrafted excellence is evident in every bite.
A highlight of Fukugiya's offerings is the baumkuchen, a must-try delicacy that propelled them into business. Infused with Okinawan flavors such as Okinawa brown sugar and Beninoki, these delectable treats add a unique twist to the café's culinary repertoire.
For those with a sweet tooth, the soft-serve ice cream puffs beckon as a delightful option. Although I didn't indulge during my visit, they are firmly on my radar for the next trip.
However, one quirky observation during my visit was the lingering Christmas decorations, still adorning the café in February. A large Christmas tree stood proudly, adding a touch of holiday cheer to the already inviting atmosphere.
During my visit, I opted for the Okinawa brown sugar baumkuchen, which proved to be a generous delight. Accompanied by a dollop of cream, the baumkuchen showcased a sugary crust that perfectly complemented the pleasantly surprising iced coffee. Unlike some bland or overly bitter coffees, Fukugiya's iced coffee struck a delightful balance, providing a pleasant kick.
As I enjoyed my treat, I couldn't help but appreciate Fukugiya as more than just a café; it's a place to relax and watch the world go by on a pleasant day. With its charming ambiance, handcrafted delights, and unique fusion of European and Okinawan flavors, Fukugiya is undoubtedly a gem in the heart of American Village, inviting locals and visitors alike to savor a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
Open 7 days a week from 11:30am to 7pm