Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Publish-date: Mar 06 2018 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

There’s lot to see when you’re out on a date in Hakodate. From the night views of the churches to Goryokaku and the Bay Area, there are many romantic spots to visit. Complete your date with a meal at a great restaurant that serves amazing food! This list of carefully selected, stylish restaurants around the scenic Motomachi and Goryokaku areas are definitely worth checking out. Use it when planning your next date!

1. Hakodate Restaurant Gotoken

1. Hakodate Restaurant Gotoken

Enjoy a special lunch in this Western-style building that’s a designated cultural treasure. Located along Nijukken-zaka, the restaurant is near all the major sightseeing spots in Motomachi. This long-standing yoshoku (Western-influenced Japanese cuisine) restaurant was established back in 1879, and retains the unique atmosphere of the Meiji (1868 - 1912) and Taisho (1912 - 1926) periods. It’s a romantic restaurant that you must visit on a date!

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

The head chef’s motto is "to continuously seek innovation while preserving tradition".

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

This Western-style building recreates the romantic atmosphere of the old days perfectly. It’s a place that's filled with 135 years of history.

Hakodate Restaurant Gotoken

Open: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
*From November - March, the operating times change to: 11:30 am - 8:30 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
*Dinner reservations for course meals only. Reservations must be made at least 5 days in advance.
*Closed on Monday during January and February.
*Closed on January 1 and 2.
Average price: 1,500 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from Jujigai Station
Address: 4-5, Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Sourcehitosara (Japanese)

2. Restaurant La Tachi

2. Restaurant La Tachi

Enjoy authentic French food in a lovely environment for lunch! This restaurant is so popular among locals that you’ll need a reservation even for lunch. It’s a bit of a distance from Goryokaku Park, but you can enjoy a nice stroll in Hakodate while making your way to the restaurant. It’s a casual restaurant, so you can be at ease as you tuck in.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Relax as you take in the romantic atmosphere and enjoy the delicious food.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

The counter seats offer a view of the open kitchen, so you can watch as they cook!

Restaurant La Tachi

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays] From 11:30 am (L.O. 1:30 pm)
[Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays] From 6:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: First Wednesday of the month, Sunday lunch, Tuesday dinner
*Closed on August 1 - 6 for Obon
Average price: [Dinner] 4,500 JPY *The 4 affordable dinner courses come with a dessert cart! / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY *The 3 types of lunch courses change daily.
Access: Head towards Hachiman Street from Goryokaku Station. The restaurant is located on the corner of the intersection after the Kita Shobosho Kamedahon-cho Shisho.
Address: 3-24, Kamedahon-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Hakodate Menchubo Ajisai Main Branch

3. Hakodate Menchubo Ajisai Main Branch

Enjoy shio ramen (noodles), a dish that Hakodate is known for, in a chic restaurant! Within walking distance of Goryokaku Park and Goryokaku Tower, Ajisai is the perfect stop after taking a stroll around Goryokaku. It is an extremely clean and stylish space, so it makes for a good lunch location when you’re out on a date and would like to have some ramen.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Their [Ajisai Shio Ramen] is a favorite among locals, and there are even fans who come from across the country to taste it!

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

It has a modern interior and a stylish exterior. You can also get a great view of the blooming cherry blossoms in the spring!

Hakodate Menchubo Ajisai Main Branch

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 8:25 pm (L.O. 8:25 pm)
*Open until 3:00 pm on December 30, and until 4:00 pm on January 2
Closed: Wednesday
*If the 4th Wednesday of the month falls on a national holiday, it will be closed the next day instead
*Closed on December 31 and January 1
Average price: [Dinner] 1,100 JPY / [Lunch] 880 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from Goryokaku-Koen-Mae Station
Address: 29-22, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Motomachi Saryo

4. Motomachi Saryo

Located near the Hakodate Orthodox Church, this cafe is a great place to take a rest when you’re tired from walking around the many sightseeing spots in Motomachi. This is especially true if you’re walking around Daisan Zaka Slope. Head inside, order a drink, and spend some time relaxing and chatting!

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Enjoy their seasonal Japanese sweets with fresh coffee served in authentic matcha (powdered green tea) bowls.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Motomachi feels almost like a foreign country. There are panoramic views from any of the many surrounding hills.

Motomachi Saryo

Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed: Tuesday
*Open if Tuesday falls on a national holiday
*Open even during the beginning and end of the year
Average price: 550 JPY
Access: 8-minute walk from Jujigai Station. Located opposite to the Catholic church.
Address: 17-8, Moto-machi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo

5. Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo

Take a break at this relaxing cafe that's located right beside Goryokaku Tower. Stop when you get tired from walking around Goryokaku. The light from the chandelier creates a retro-chic atmosphere that’s perfect for a romantic date.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Their desserts, such as [Coconut Milk Pudding] and [Almond Tofu], are a big hit!

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

Though the interior has a retro feel that takes you back to the Showa period (1926 - 1989), it’s also clean and modern.

Kitaichi Ajisai Shokudo

Open: 10:30 am - 8:25 pm (L.O. 8:25 pm)
Closed: Irregular
*Closed on the 4th Wednesday of the month
*Closed on the following day if it falls on a national holiday
Average price: [Dinner] 999 JPY
Access: 7-minute walk from Goryokaku-Koen-Mae Station. Beside the Goryokaku Park and Goryokaku Tower.
Address: 29-22, Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze

6. Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze

Enjoy teppanyaki (ingredients grilled on an iron griddle) made with seasonal, local ingredients at this restaurant! Just a 2-minute walk from Goryokaku-Koen-Mae Station, the restaurant is like a sophisticated hideaway, making it a very popular location for dates, even among the locals. Their counter seats offer diners an up-close view of the chefs grilling the food. The table seats are indirectly lit, creating the perfect atmosphere for dates.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

The ingredients are carefully selected by the chef, and skillfully cooked in an authentic teppanyaki style.

Stylish Cafes and Restaurants for a Perfect Date in Hakodate

There are also many wines to choose from. The menu indicates which wines pair well with which dishes.

Steak Kaisen Teppanyaki Kitakaze

Open: 6:00 pm - 12:30 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY
*Course meals start from 4,800 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Goryokaku-Koen-Mae Station. Head north along Route 571 from Hon-cho Intersection 6. It's on the left side, around 100m from there.
Also a 15-minute car drive from Hakodate Station.
Address: 5F, Mitsuwa Bldg., 8-20, Hon-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido (map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Mar 06 2018 Update-date: Nov 18 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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