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A Morning Dip in the Melting Pot: Breakfast in Naha

Okinawan cuisine is a living history of the island; indigenous flavors, the foodways of Chinese traders, Japanese cuisine, the leftovers of Portuguese and Dutch visitors, and then American occupiers. Don’t miss out on on Okinawan cuisine at breakfast time. Before heading out to explore the city, take the time to visit one of Naha’s markets or shopping streets to fill up on a local breakfast.

  • C&C Breakfast

    C&C Breakfast

    C&C Breakfast

    At C&C Breakfast, not far from Matsuo Park, the concept is "Okinawa meets Hawaii," which could perhaps be summed up as tropical Americana; eggs Benedict, pancakes hit with a drizzle of passion fruit sauce, French toast with banana and pineapple, acai and guava bowls, and smoothies. Breakfast is right there in the name of the place, but, if you’re a late-riser, they’re open for lunch as well!

  • On Off Yes No

    On Off Yes No

    On Off Yes No

    Opened by transplants from Tokyo, On Off Yes No’s organic juices and smoothies would feel at home in their former hometown, but the Okinawa location makes sense, since the islands produce so much fine fruit and produce. The specialty is additive-free cold-pressed juices, using mostly fruit and vegetables produced in Okinawa or nearby. Stop by and grab one of the smoothies, like the Sweet Cloud, which is a blend of raw almond milk, cacao powder, and pink peppercorn.

  • Pork Tamago Onigiri

    Pork Tamago Onigiri

    Pork Tamago Onigiri

    If you’re in the neighborhood of Makishi Market (right near C&C Breakfast, actually), don’t miss the chance to catch breakfast at Pork Tamago Onigiri’s main shop. The shop’s standard issue onigiri is sandwich of nori, white rice, an omelette, and, crucially, a slab of Spam, a legacy of the occupation that ended decades after American troops given up control of the rest of the islands. Within the formal constraints of the Okinawan onigiri, Pork Tamago throws some curveballs, like bitter melon tempura, mustard green, and canned tuna, and other seasonal and distinctly Okinawan riffs.

    Pork Tamago Onigiri

    Pork Tamago Onigiri

    Once you’ve snagged your onigiri, stroll to the park north of the shopping street (or turn left out the front door to get to Kibogaoka Park) and get set up for an al fresco breakfast. And, remember, if you miss your chance for a Makishi Market breakfast or don’t have the patience to queue, Pork Tamago Onigiri has a branch at Naha Airport.

  • Matsubaraya Seika

    Matsubaraya Seika

    Matsubaraya Seika

    Another legacy of Okinawa’s long history as a cultural melting pot, the sata andagi donuts are a variation on a Chinese dish, passed up through the Ryukyu Islands. The donuts are a bit like a truncated Chinese youtiao but with a hint of sweetness in the batter. Matsubaraya Seika, a short walk from Makishi Market, is one of many places to get the local delicacy, as well as chinsuko, a Ryukyan cookie, steamed cakes made with brown sugar, and other Okinawan favorites.

  • Jimami Tofu

    Jimami Tofu

    Jimami Tofu

    One of the most unique breakfast treats to be found in Naha is jimami tofu; check for shops around Makishi Market and other shopping streets. Unlike most tofu, jimami tofu is made from peanuts! Usually served cold, drizzled with syrup and topped with grated ginger, the flavor of jimami tofu is often likened to peanut butter. Pick up a bowl and stroll the marketplace.

    C&C BREAKFAST OKINAWA
    Address
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuo 2-9-6 Takamine Bill 1F
    Phone
    0989279295
    ON OFF YES NO
    Address
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Higawa 2-1-23
    Phone
    0989874143
    MAXI MARKET
    Address
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Makishi 3-15-51
    Phone
    0988633534
    Matsubaraya Seika (confectionery)
    Address
    Okinawa Pref. Nahashi Matsuo 2-9-9
    Phone
    0988632744
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