Cafe Lollipop

Lollipop Front

CONTRIBUTED BY ANNE PARADISE

One of the best things about working at a Japanese high school is going out to lunch with the teachers. Thanks to my wonderful local work friends, I have gotten to try some great Japanese speaking cafés and restaurants. Lollipop tops the list.

I went to Lollipop for lunch my first week in Okinawa and I have been back many times since. I remember thinking, “Wow, I officially feel like I’m in Japan. This is exactly what I would have imagined a random café in Tokyo to feel like.” The giant animated “DJ bunny rabbit” on the sign out front will direct you into a neon pink and green themed, loft-style interior, with re-mixed American Top40 music playing just loud enough you almost feel like this café could be a club. (Which apparently it is, some nights!)

The food is great and well-priced (about 800-1200 yen), but there is no English menu. I have navigated there a few times with non-Japanese speaking friends, and we chose broadly, based on the server trying her best, telling us, “Chicken, Pasta, Fish”. We have never been disappointed!

By chance, I’ve ordered Tonkatsu Curry, Chicken Karrage, Herb Chicken, and an Herb Pasta. Again, all very much worth ordering! The items are usually served with house soup, rice, a salad, a small side of pasta or potato salad, and a varying Japanese vegetable that’s always unique and well marinated. They will also ask you if you would like to do a set menu, which adds a drink. They have many juices and hot/cold teas and coffee.

The staff is friendly and will try their best to communicate, but if you prefer, bring your own dictionary or translation to help the server out.

Lollipop’s dining couches, low tables, semi-enclosed rooms, bright décor, good food and fun music, make it the perfect place for a girl’s afternoon lunch, or even a great café to start a ladies night out.

One side note, I have never seen children at Lollipop and there is a full bar menu, much like any trendy lounge café.  

Hours:  Open 11:30-24:00 Lunch 11:30-15:00 CLOSED MONDAY

Phone:  098-939-0669

Payment:  Yen only

Directions:  From the Awase area:  Travel along Awase Bay Road, also named the 85 which travels along the Pacific coast between Kitanakagusuku Village and Jusco Gushikawa.

Driving South, when you get into Awase, it will be on your left about 2 kilometers in(about 2 stoplights). You will see a Jimmy’s on your Right, and it will be soon after on your left.

Driving North, when you see Jimmy’s on your left, make a U-Turn at the next stoplight and Lollipop will be on your left about 100 yards from the light.

Parking:  Parking out front is limited, but make an immediate left on the corner after Lollipop, which takes your straight then veers you left. Then, immediately turn right and about 40 feet down on your right is the Lollipop parking lot. There should be a few low signs pointing you to the parking.


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  • July 18, 2011

    This place looks great we want to try and check it out tomorrow night! We are still unfamiliar with some roads could anyone give directions from Foster? Thanks!

    Jessica
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  • July 15, 2011

    I know this is a round-about way of getting the kind of information I need, but I read the story, and I had to ask. My fiance just received word that we are going to be stationed in Kadena, and I am worried about finding a job. I am a certified and highly qualified high school English teacher, and the only information I can gather regarding teaching in Japan is geared towards spouses who are not already certified. I already have the credentials, so what do I do now? Sorry to post the message following your article about a cafe, but I have no good starting point on the matter. Thank you,

    -Kat

    Kathryn Trammell
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    • July 15, 2011

      Oh yeah, the cafe looks great! Can’t wait to visit it.

      Kathryn Trammell
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    • July 15, 2011

      Kat, if you are thinking of teaching at on base schools, you need to contact DoDEA about getting hired. My understanding is that usually happens before moving to Okinawa — it’s harder if you wait til you are here. Try this spot first http://www.dodea.edu/offices/hr/employment/teacher.htm — Good luck!

      Joelle Yamada
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      • July 15, 2011

        Joelle, Thank you so much!

        Kathryn Trammell
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  • July 14, 2011

    Thanks for the post! I’ve walked past this place many times but have always been hesitant about entering. I’ve only ever seen trendy locals in Lollipop and wondered how they’d react to a gaijin.

    I definitely plan on checking it out!

    Samantha
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