Fukuoka, located in the north of Kyushu, is famous for its yatai (屋台), or open-air food stands, but may not seem to have much to offer vegetarians and vegans at first glance. However, if you know where to look you can find some great plant-based options here!
If you’re planning on visiting this vibrant city, why not check out these three amazing vegan eateries during your stay? They all offer some amazing vegan offerings, whether you want a filling meal or a sweet snack, and use fresh, tasty ingredients which are good for your body as well as your tastebuds!
Situated just around the corner from Tenjin station, Rota Café extends over two floors of a narrow building on a quiet side street. The first floor is home to a small shop selling a mixture of packaged and ready-to-eat food, while the cafe itself is up on the second floor. The seating area is bright and stylish, with comfortable chairs, baskets for your bags, and little buzzers on each table to unobtrusively call the waitress.
Rota Café’s concept is based around healthy, seasonal food that is not only vegan but also contains no white sugar, preservatives or additives. They have a great selection of mouthwatering Japanese and Western-style dishes on their menu, including a ‘skin beauty plate’, veggie hayashi rice, and a special set menu for two – in fact, you might find choosing what to order a challenge because it all looks so good!
Happily it tastes even better, with fantastic flavours and quality ingredients that leave you satiated but not uncomfortably full. Just make sure you save room for dessert, because the sweets set is a fantastic option, with a dessert, mini ice cream and drink all for just ¥1000!
Opening hours: 11am-6pm (9pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Closed on Wednesdays
Address: 1F, 2F Ky Daimyo 1-12-2 Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (福岡県福岡市中央区大名1-12-2 Ky Daimyo 1F, 2F)
Lily Valley is a delightful little café near Akasaka station, with an impressive range of cookies and muffins on display by the counter. These are available both to eat in and to take out. Whilst they pride themselves on their sweets, Lily Valley also has savoury options available, making it a great place to visit for lunch.
The service is quick, the atmosphere tranquil, and the food absolutely delicious. It also seems to be popular with local people, which is always a good sign!
One thing to be aware of is that not everything here is vegan – however, while there is no English menu, the Japanese menu does have the word ‘vegan’ in English next to all the vegan options and the staff are happy to help you if you have any questions.
Opening hours: 10am-8pm (6pm on Saturdays); Lunch 11:30am-2pm
Closed on Sundays and national holidays
Address: 1F Prima Akasaka, 1-18-25 Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (福岡県福岡市中央区赤坂1-8-25 プリーマ赤坂1F)
Are you heading on a trip or a hike and looking for some snacks to take with you? Then Evah is the place for you! No longer do you have to be restricted to convenience store onigiri! Conveniently located in Hakata station, Evah offers a fantastic range of bento boxes, wraps and baked goods that are suitable for vegans.
The stand is fairly small, but the food is healthy, of a high standard, and made using seasonal vegetables. Plus it’s very reasonably priced! The selection available varies by day, so you’re sure to find something you like. The mix of high quality and convenience makes Evah the perfect place to head to for vegan food on the go!
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am-10pm
Located inside the AMU Est section of Hakata station (博多駅). They also have another stand on the first floor of the Kitte shopping centre next to the station.
Evah Dining Website *Japanese only
As you can see, the options for vegetarians and vegans in Fukuoka are great. There might not be as many veggie restaurants as there are in cities like Tokyo, but there are some fantastic places here offering top quality, affordable, and delicious food for those of us on a plant-based diet. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to these amazing eateries!