Okay, I’ll admit it.
I am not beaming cheerfully into a mason jar of iced mocha at this very moment. But just this morning, I might have been. And I can promise you I wasn’t smiling because my Hogwarts letter (that is 11 years late and counting) finally arrived. Because it very much hasn’t. ALTHOUGH, I am currently delighting in the idea of an owl dropping off post at my P.O. Box. Hehe.
Lost letters aside, I do have a wondrous secret that you must know about and it definitely involves coffee. Since I landed on the island of Okinawa nearly four months ago, I have tasked myself with finding the best, most ‘nookish’ cafes that promise the resplendence of caffeine and casual lingering (every girl’s amen, right?) It’s the heady ambrosia of freshly brewed coffee beans that I crave. Coffee beans that were plucked–I imagine somewhat lovingly– from their trees and ground into dark brown bits of bliss for consumption.
But here is the thing: if you are on a mission to find something specific (like a coffee shop) in a foreign country, hunting can be challenging ESPECIALLY if you don’t know the language. Okinawa is basically a huge network of tight spaces and full of treasures in hidden territories. And then once you steer clear of the city, you are basically at the beach. Traffic is heavy; parking is quite hard if you are used to more spacious roads. In all honesty, it’s just super easy to overlook a good majority of the cafés that are tucked into the quieter corners. Lucky for you, I have found several already that will make you cream your jeans they are just THAT good.
All grossness aside, I mean it. And you should definitely try it if you get the chance to 😉
Here’s why: for just 6 dollars and some change, a plated avocado dream can be served on almost any day of the week–except for Mondays. That is an insanely cheap price tag on a quality meal you’ll remember. It’s one of the reasons why B and I keep going back. He rather enjoys the Acai Smoothie and I am extremely partial to the whole damn thing. Add the Good Day Breakfast (pictured below) with just about anything on the menu and I would say that you are off to an excellent start to your week/weekend. Hence, the ‘Good Day’ part. If you need more persuading, please refer to the first picture of me genuinely smiling into a mason mug of iced mocha that was mentioned previously. *waggles brows convincingly*.
Good Day Coffee is just one of many coffee shops that I’ll be featuring on Angel Abroad 🙂 It is nestled in a charming neighborhood that happens to be relatively close to the Seawall in Central Okinawa. I call it ‘Island Rustic’ because their simple surf aesthetic creates a genuinely relaxing experience I think we all tend to crave at coffee shops. So much so, that one of the baristas hosts a yoga class in the café! Seriously, how many cafe’s have yoga, coffee, and breakfast in the same place?!
Everything is special here. From the atmosphere to the food, even the coffee beans. In fact, the very coffee beans that are required to make the iced mocha I happen to be in LOVE with are imported from Marvell Street Coffee Roasters in Byron Bay, Australia. How do I know this?
I may have peeked at the fine print on their delicious menu.
That is besides the point. So I just sipped my coffee in silence, marveling at the fact that I live in a foreign country that gets their produce from another foreign country. #yayforimports #cultured 😛
The coolness continues. Good Day Coffee’s menu is written in English and I am almost positive they have a Japanese version of it somewhere as well. I don’t know if restaurant owners realize this but people like me really enjoy the accommodation of having a menu I can understand. It’s pretty common here on Okinawa for the locals to charge for their bilingual services so having something like a menu translated is greatly appreciated.
Here is other additional information you might like to consider: both the U.S. dollar and Yen are accepted here as well as tips (which is a rarity in Japan as tips are not usually welcomed). Unfortunately, credit and debit cards are not so you will most likely have to pull out some cash beforehand. Also, some of the staff have been learning the English language for quite some time so if you are feeling brave, I definitely encourage you to ask them questions about Japanese. They have taught me “Ja Matane” (ja ma tah nay), which means ‘see you later’.
They really have a sense of humor.
And a point 😛
Happy Coffee Hunting Loves!