This little casual cafe is located right at the entrance to the North Village Farmer’s Market in Shoo-cho (勝央町; pronouned Shoh-oh-cho) in Northern Okayama prefecture. When we arrived, there was a huge crowd at the register, so we opted to visit on our way out of the park. On the way out of the park, guess what?–there was still a crowd at the register. I couldn’t really figure out why since the menu is incredibly basic: a couple of kinds of coffee, a couple of kinds of tropical juices, a couple of kinds of sandwiches, and bakery items (which were self-serve). In the end, we didn’t want to wait in line, so my sons just ordered a couple of tropical juices with tapioca beads.
The baked goods looked (and smelled) great. Most items seemed almost sold-out:
The cinammon rolls smelled awesome. I really wanted a sandwich and a coffee but didn’t want to wait in line. Maybe next time.
The style of the shop had a very homemade-y feel, like something even I could whip together. Extremely casual, nothing fancy. Here’s a photo of the front door; I think you’ll see what I mean:
I actually like the way they “did” their menu: they painted it right on the window in huge letters. It looks stylish in a casual way, and is easy to read and figure out what you want to order *before* going inside (assuming you read English, that is).
I think this cafe probably does good business on the weekends because there’s not really much else to eat at the park other than at an overpriced outdoor Korean bar-be-que and an overpriced Italian restaurant. For park guests with little kids or for people who just want a quick bite, this is really the only option.
+ Things I like about this cafe: Inexpensive, simple menu; nice looking baked goods, open atmosphere.
– Things I didn’t like about this cafe: The perpetual clog at the register…why? There has to be a better way to regulate the flow of customers so that they’re not backed up. The tables were really small, seating only 1-3 people.
Here is a link to the park site, if you want to check out the full menu (in Japanese):
The photos of the sandwiches look really nice; unfortunatly, they didn’t have any photos of the sandwiches *in* the actual cafe, otherwise I might actually have waited in line for one.
Date visited: June 22, 2013
Address: Okayama Farmer’s Market North Village, Katsuta-gun, Shoo-cho, Oka 1100 (岡山県勝田郡勝央町岡１１００番地