茶処真壁ちなー) is a 120-year-old Okinawan folk house that has been renovated and changed to a restaurant. It's located in the suburb of Southern Okinawa, Itoman city. The house was built in 1891 and designated as a registered tangible cultural property in Japan. The house has quite a history, which had survived the fires of war, but still standing strong today. The red roof tiles and the wooden framework inside adds a touch of Okinawan and nostalgic feeling to the restaurant. It made me felt like returning to my grandparents'.
Kokusai Yatai Village located in the Mashiki district of Naha city features a variety of Yatai-style small restaurants in one complex. Soon after the opening, it instantly became a hot spot among visitors and locals. There are 22 restaurants in the complex that serve dishes like sushi, yakiniku, yakitori, ramen, soba noodles and more! It's perfect for tourists who are only there for a short period of time, but would like to try everything!
oHacorte, a cafe specializes in fruit tartes, is the most popular dessert spots in Okinawa. It is popular among the locals and the tourists that it has 4 locations in Okinawa (5 included the store in Naha airport), and they are slightly different in styles. We went to the one in Minatogawa, which is the original store, after grabbing coffee at Cerrado Coffee.
Cerrado Coffee has been in Okinawa's coffee scene since 1988. It is a popular coffee shop located among the stylish shops and restaurants of Minatogawa, Urasoe. Among other great coffee shops like ZHYVAGO Coffee Works, Mame Pore Pore Coffee Roasters, Tamagusuku Coffee Roasters...etc, Cerrado Coffee is absolutely the spot that coffee enthusiasts will not want to miss.
Ufuya (大家 うふやー) is the place to go! Located in Nakayama, Nago city (mid-north of Okinawa), the restaurant was revamped from an old traditional Okinawan folk house that was built in 1901. The restaurant is really popular among the tourists, as well as the locals. It is recommended that you make the reservations, otherwise expect an hour wait!
Ishinagu is a hidden gem at the top of a hill. It was an impromptu visit, because the restaurant that we originally planned to go was closed, so I had to do a quick search to see what's near by, and found this place! It's the least touristy restaurant that we've been to. Only restaurant without a foreign language menu, but the staffs and chefs were friendly, and the food and experiences made it one of the best meals we had.
Hamanoya (浜の家) is situated in Onna, Central Okinawa. While I was doing the research, a lot of bloggers recommend this place for fresh seafood. As an avid lover of seafood, how could I miss this place if it was that good? It was our first dinner in Okinawa, and honestly, I had different thoughts.
ZHYVAGO Coffee Works is located in one of the most popular malls in Okinawa, Mihama American Village. What's even better, the coffee shop has a prime waterfront view.
Te da ko", locating right next to Urasoe Park, was recommended by a local friend. When I found myself surrounded by locals, instead of tourists, I knew I was at the right place.