Biotop is a chic new spot that opened up across from Gokoku Shrine. It offers everything from fashion and lifestyle goods to botanicals and food, and its in-store cafe, Ramusio, serves up original tea drinks and locavorian fare. Fresh pasta made by their Italian-trained chef is a solid choice. The first-floor cafe and take-out counter open from 9 am, making it a perfect stop on a morning stroll. In the third-floor bar lounge, open from 2 pm to 11 pm, you can enjoy a glass of wine or a lavender and peach flavored tea topped with berries. To beat the heat, try sipping a shaken iced milk tea while enjoying the lush green scenery.
Menu (prices vary per season): Tiramisu ¥900, tart ¥600, parfait ¥1,600, pasta lunch ¥1,300, craft gin ¥800~1,300, Limoncello ¥600, wine/glass ¥800, fruit tea (lavender and peach with berries) ¥800, fruit tea (mango and chamomile) ¥850, shaken iced milk tea ¥700, ice tea ¥500
*Foreign language menu: English / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / No smoking
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn246, Jun. 2019)