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ELLE CAFÉ with Effie Liang

This month we launch a new series of reports from the world’s first Elle Café located inside Hakata Hankyu. The interior is decorated with chic, contemporary furniture and fittings and there are iPads for customers to use freely. In addition, issues of Elle magazine are available in a staggering 43 different languages.

We visited Elle Café with Effie Liang, who recently returned to the city after spending two years studying in Paris. Effie was born and raised in China and choose to attend university here in Fukuoka to broaden her horizons. During her time as a student, she had a part-time job at a radio station and it was through this that she became interested in media. After graduation, she travelled to France to study French at the Sorbonne University in Paris, where she loved the Parisian lifestyle. Now, back in Fukuoka, she works for Love FM and is responsible for a wide range of duties, from production to sales.

Effie is familiar with the obstacles faced by those living in foreign countries and has made it her mission through her work to create a social environment where foreigners and Japanese alike can communicate with each other openly. Her favorite hobby is cooking and she has a good eye for fine food and drinks. She immediately picked out the rather fashionable Theodor tea from the menu. You can choose from 11 varieties and each has a unique, delicate aroma and taste. A set option is available which allows you to pair your drink with three items from a selection of 12 types of petit fours or 16 flavors of macaroon (¥1,239).

So, what is Effie’s philosophy in life? “Don’t get stressed out when you have a lot to do or are in trouble. Believe in yourself and remember all of the good things you have in your life.” An uplifting message shared over a warm cup of tea.

Menu: Fried eggplant with salted pork, tomato sauce and baby leaf pasta. (soup included) ¥966, Three French sweets & beverage ¥1,239

ELLE CAFÉ Fukuoka Hakata
4F Hakata Hankyu, 1-1 Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-419-5832
Open: 10:00 ~ 21:00

Fukuoka City
Published: May 1, 2011 / Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017

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