Feeling a little peckish in Ishigaki, Okinawa? Here are my top 5 picks for a quick snack on the tropical island (in alphabetical order). Scroll down for more info!
Hau Tree, Gelato
Kinjou Kamaboko, Kamaboko (Savoury)
Mirumiru Honpo, Gelato
Sayoko No Mise, Doughnuts
Bonus: KABIRA FARM, Juice
Each gelato here is created by mixing your choice of fruit and other ingredients sourced directly from local farmers, on a frozen granite stone!
This shop specialises in “Kamaboko”, a type of cured seafood product made with pureed and deboned wild white fish, eggs, salt, sugar, fish sauce and Japanese sake. Make sure to visit early before they sell out - they're open from 7AM daily (closed Sundays)!
“Mirumiru” is a renowned gelato shop on Ishigaki island - their original store Southwest of the island has the most incredible views overlooking greenery and the ocean. “Half and Half” allows you to try two flavours at once, and I personally recommend the purple yam and brown sugar combo!
This cafe specialises in homemade juices, smoothies and ice candy prepared with locally sourced tropical fruits from the island, located just a few minutes from the observatory that looks out to the emerald green oceans and the Hirakubo Peninsula.
Sayoko No Mise
This bakery on Ishigaki Island specialises in “Sata andagi”, which is a local variation of miniature fried donuts - each bite-size piece is only ¥60, so beware of buying too many! They prepare different flavours depending on the time, so I highly recommend visiting when they are freshly made.
Walk-in only (flavour available depends on time - see post below)
This shop specialises in passion fruit along with other tropical fruits and are most renowned for their passion fruit juice, made with pure juice and granulated sugar, nothing else!