The Moomin Cafe in Fukuoka is located on the ground floor of Canal City. I used to walk past the cafe, always thinking that it looked expensive, but after I went in once, I keep looking for excuses to go in again!
While the cafe may be famous for the various characters that "eat" with you, my favourite part has to be the all-you-can-eat bread buffet (yes, I love carbs) with cream-cheese and raisin spread.
|Cream cheese. MORE MORE MORE!|
If you go during dinner time, the bread is given to you when you request it, and you cannot choose what you want to eat.
Oh, and the bread buffet comes with every order of a main dish, along with soup and a salad. So for between 1000 to 14000 yen, you can get a main dish, soup and salad, and as much bread as you can eat, which I think is a pretty reasonable price.
|Chicken with tomato sauce and corn soup|
|Extremely cute omu-rice!|
|Raspberry and vanilla ice-cream toast|
While we were there, we also saw the staff bring out (I think) a birthday cake, while wearing hats. They also got the people in the restaurant to sing Happy Birthday to the birthday girl, organising everything through a microphone.
|And Moomin says Happy Birthday too!|
For those in Fukuoka, you can reach Canal City by stopping at Nakatsukawabata or Gion station. I normally use Nakatsukawabata, so I'm not sure how to go from Gion, but it's supposed to be quite close. There are also buses from Tenjin and Hakata. The cafe is on the ground floor (the floor with the 'river' in it), next to Baskin Robins and near the Studio Ghibli store.