Located on Rt. 505 in Motobu, Coo Bakery and Café is an easy stop to some of Northern Okinawa’s activities. Coo offers simple food. Their menu consisted of 3 sandwiches and 1 set; only one item contained meat. Otherwise, Coo bakery and café keeps most of their items vegan while using natural yeast in all their baked goods.
The chicken sandwich was a good choice for a non-vegan, such as myself. Served on a crusty bread, local veggies, and homemade dressing, this sandwich really hit the spot. The shredded carrots that came in it were right up my alley, thanks to the Bah Mi lady a few doors down from my house. I should have stopped at the sandwich. But I take my blog reviews seriously so I had to force myself to eat some baked goods! Darnit.
Often Okinawa Cafés have a small corner dedicated to local craft artist. It is one of the many things that Okinawans do that touch my heart. They are so supportive of the craft movement, food or art, and each other as entrepreneurs. Art pieces will hang on the walls, dishes are almost always served on local pottery and a table shows off various textiles, jewelry, or other handmade items. Since my studio in college, I have not been surrounded by such an art loving community!
Coo Bakery does things a little differently. Instead of displaying local craft, they choose to offer a self- serve thrift store. When I arrived, books, clothes, housewares decorated the handmade wall of shelves.
I sat outside with my laptop. It is finally a bearable mix of heat and humidity in Okinawa. September through November are the months that make me want to search Okinawa for new places to eat, drink and beach it! Coo Bakery and Café was the first stop of many over the next few months! I can’t wait to share my finds with you.
If you have an Okinawa suggestions please leave them below, I’d love to hear your favorites.