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Foreign Foods

Unfortunately, grocery stores tend to be quite limited in their foreign food offerings especially in the dairy section (Mystery cheese anyone?).  Luckily, there are a few food stores offering international foodstuffs in Fukuoka prefecture.  Here are some options.

RECOMMENDED STORES

Kaldi

Kaldi’s coffee brand is what usually attracts most Japanese visitors but this store also offers an excellent wine and cheese selection, Mexican foodstuffs, exotic teas, cookies, and other snacks.   Locations can be found in most Aeon malls and some major train stations.

Kaldi Tenjin Chikagai

810-0001 Avenue 11 No. 011 No. 1, east Tenjin Underground underground 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Tenjin

(810-0001福岡県福岡市 中央区天神2丁目 地下1号011号 天神地下街東11番街)

Store Hours: 9:00 – 22:00

TEL: 092-732-6634

http://www.kaldi.co.jp/stores/kyushu.php

Jupiter

A new location recently opened in the basement of Hakata station.  Similar to Kaldi, this store offers coffee, wine, cheese dried fruits and ethnic seasonings.  The stock at this store tends to be more consistent than Kaldi.

Jupiter JR Hakata City

住所:福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅中央街1-1 JR博多シティ 地下1F 0020区画

Store Hours: 8:00 – 21:00

TEL:092.409.5551

www.jupiter-coffee.com

Colet Izutsuya

The Kokura location’s grocery section offers among other things: whole-wheat spaghetti, jars of olives, hard to find cheeses, pasta sauce from Italy, and Jasmine rice.

Colet Kitakyushu

〒802-8511, 1-1, Senbamachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken

Store Hours: 10:00 – 20:00

TEL: 093.522.3111

http://www.colet.co.jp/

Don Quijote

If you’re at all familiar with the American store Spencer’s, you’ll find the Japanese equivalent in Don Quijote with a few major exceptions.  Shopping here is like visiting Spencer’s on crack fit with blaring arcade-esque music, American import snacks, pleasure toys and small appliances.  There are multiple locations throughout the prefecture and many are open 24hours.  Be forewarned.

Don Quijote Nakasu

〒810-0801 3-7-24 Nakasu Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka

Store Hours: 24:00

TEL: 092-283-9711

Backerei & Konditorei Sailer

The Austrian owner of this bakery makes fresh German-style pretzels, classic Kaiser Semmel rolls and heavy loaves of rye bread. If that wasn’t enough, there are ready-made sausage and cheese sandwiches, cakes and buttery pastries.  You can eat in at a small, attached coffee shop, or take your goodies away. Take bus #55 from Tenjin Solaria Stage-mae to Terazuka (30 minutes).

Bacakerei & Konditorei Sailer Fukuoka City

2-1-5 Nagaoka, Minami-ku, Fukuoka

Store Hours: 7:00 – 20:00

TEL: 092.551.7077

http://www.sailer.jp/public_html/en/shop/index.html

Costco

Costco in Japan is almost an exact carbon copy of those found in North America. Here, you’ll find bulk goods for better than reasonable prices.  Please note that shoppers must have a valid Costco membership to purchase goods in the store.  If you’re not interested in shelling out the 4,000yen for a year membership, find a friend who has one and go in groups.  One card is good for 3 shoppers but you will have to purchase all of your items on one bill.

NOTE: Getting here without a car is very inconvenient so consider using yoyomarket (SEE: Internet shopping) to get Costco items delivered to your door.

Costco Torius Value Centre Hisayama
1152-1 Aza-Takayanagi, Oaza-Yamada, Hisayama-cho, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka 811-2502, Japan

Store Hours: 10:00 – 20:00

TEL: 81-92-931-9092

http://www.costco.co.jp/eng/index.htm