This is a shortlist of independent coffee roasters and coffee shops in central Naha (accessible on the Yu-Rail). As an amateur coffee enthusiast and digital nomad, I factor locations for coffee quality, remote work suitability, and the subjective impression of how friendly the service staff or owners are. In Naha, I used a pocket wifi to have access anywhere, and I would recommend the same approach for other visitors.
How to read this coffee list:
These are independent cafes I’ve visited or mapped during my 1 week of remote work in Naha, Okinawa. The ones I have visited have links to my review. Below, you will find a photo of the cafe, a short write up, and the address that links to my coffee map.
You can save this map on your phone and Google Maps works offline as long as you don’t restart the app.
Okinawa Coffee Culture:
- Many places in Nahado not open before 11
- Cafes serving Western food or in the business district are more likely to open in the morning
- Note the odd closure dates (every cafe is different)
- Some places have no-computer requests
- Okinawa has more American/Western-inspired food (such as brunches) than most other places in Japan
- Naha has great vegetarian / vegan local dishes. Just try cafe lunch specials.
- Most places are coffee stands or dining-style cafes rather than Third-Wave coffee places
- Most places are better for pour-over than espressos (IMHO)
- EAT OKINAWA SOBA
Many independent cafes don’t have much space or Wi-Fi. I highly recommend getting a pocket Wi-Fi for remote work convenience.
My additional recommendations:
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Happy exploring!
35 The Coffee Stand / Seed Store (Shuri Station)
The Coffee Stand feels like stumbling into the sofa lounge area of a workshop. After walking past the converted container coffee stand and into the entrance, one is greeted with a counter of masons jars and the latest roasts, with the roasting machine just behind. The pour over coffee was delicious and so was the affogato. Would highly recommend this as a remote working place if you have a pocket Wi-Fi.
|Remote Work:||Some plugs, but no Wi-Fi|
|Address:||4-8-2 Shuritorihorichō, Naha, Okinawa 903-0805|
Black Cat Coffee
This cafe is hidden on the windy paths up a residential hill facing Torase Park. In addition to roasting their own coffee in the lovingly crafted interior, they serve legendary brunch items for people homesick for Western food. The couple who opened it frequent Australia for new menu inspirations.
|Remote Work:||No WiFi, but great space!|
|Fri – Mon: 9:00-17:00|
|Address:||2-40-1 Shuriakahiracho, Naha, Okinawa|
T&M Coffee instantly won me over with its two-floor setup and decent Third Wave milk-based espressos. The ground level is like a small cafe, but the upper section feels more like a cabin (especially with the shoes off). The grilled cheese sandwich was delicious.
|Remote Work:||WiFi and Outlets available|
|Wed – Fri, Mon: 11:00-19:00
Weekends: 8:00 – 20:00
Cinnamon Cafe pops up in every local dining guide, and the simple, but delicious food explains why. The cafe has a few plugs, bar counter seating, and individual tables with friendly staff who don’t mind remote workers.
|Coffee:||Single-origin pour over, espresso|
|Remote Work:||Outlets available|
|Address:||1-4-59 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0013|
Mana Cafe deserves special mention for its delicious lunch and serene sitting area. In addition to the curries and other familiar home-style Japanese dishes on offer, consider sampling all their small dishes with the lunch special, which comes with a coffee. Mana Cafe also has delicious vegetarian and vegan food (more commonly available in Naha).
|Remote Work:||Outlet available|
|Hours:||Weekdays: 8:00 – 17:30
Weekends: 10:00 – 17:00
|Address:||1-6-9 Tsuboya, Naha, Okinawa 902-0065
Perhaps it was the hype, but I thought Mahou Coffee was alright. The severe looking barista pulled a decent cappuccino that was silky smooth and came with a nuttiness that hits the mark for most people. I think I was looking for a more interesting flavour profile. Note that this cafe is not remote work friendly as they have signs saying no laptops. The quiet setting is great for reading.
|Coffee:||Single-origin pour over, espresso|
|Remote Work:||No. Does not allow laptop usage.|
|Thurs – Tues: 10:00-18:00|
A coffee stall in the weathered local market. The staff are very friendly, but you’ll have to enjoy your coffee on a bench!
|Remote Work:||WiFi and one or two outlets|
Tasokare Coffee たそかれ珈琲
Tasokare Coffee opened in 2014 and is run by one gentleman who does the cooking and brewing. The first thing the says to everyone is that everything might take a while, so come when you have at least an hour. They also roast their own beans and sell them. The tiny restaurant has a rotation of local exhibitions.
Closed days: 1, 10, 11, 20, 21, 30, 31 of each month
|When open: 9:00-17:00
Closed on odd days.
|Address:||10-14-3 Makishi, Naha, Okinawa 900-0013
Aguru Coffee あぐろ焙煎 珈琲店
Aguru Coffee is a more traditional kissaten, coffee house that’s just behind some government office buildings. Try the variety of roasts displayed on the counter jars before taking your pick and taking a seat at the bar or at one of the two tables. There is also a patio table outside for people watching. Note that regulars like to chat at the bar and have a smoke.
|Coffee:||Single-origin pour over|
|Remote Work:||Wifi & Outlet|
|Address:||2-24-12 Kume, Naha, Okinawa 900-0033|
If you liked this post, you can check out my other coffee maps:
- 12 of Tokyo’s Best Cafes at Kiyosumishirakawa
- Tokyo Coffee Walk: Ikejiriohashi (Setagaya)
- 23 of Vancouver’s Best Coffee Shops, a Digital Nomad’s List
- Berlin Coffee Walk: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
- London Coffee Walks: East London
Of course, would always appreciate a share! Thanks!