Marufuku coffee (Sennichimae branch), Osaka

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This photo is not taken by me. This is someone’s post on Instagram.

Marufuku coffee is one the oldest coffee shops in Osaka. I found this place by chance. I was getting some groceries the night before at life foods market near Namba walk. Before heading over to the cashier, I stopped by the pudding section to pick up some pudding. A particular one stood out – Marufuku coffee pudding.  What caught my attention was “since 1934”, and I thought to myself, “let’s see how good this pudding is”.

I tried the coffee pudding the next day after lunch and absolutely loved it. It was creamy and sweet with a hint of bitterness from the coffee. I looked up for more information about the brand and found out that the brand has a long history and they have coffee shops in Osaka. My sister suggested that we give it a try and I quote “We’d be a fool not to try it”. We went to the main branch in Sennichimae.

Marufuku coffee shop is a short walk from Dotonbori and Namba station. When we entered, we were greeted by a strong presence of cigarette smoke. There is no non-smoking area in the shop. If I weren’t adamant about trying the coffee, I would have walked straight out. The interior was old French cafe style.

My sister ordered a set which includes a cup of their blended coffee, coffee pudding, and two kinds of cake. I ordered the Ice cafe au lait (milk coffee) and the cheese toast (Marufuku’s specialty). The blended coffee was sharp and strong. It had a kick to it.  The iced cafe au lait had a well-balanced flavor – smooth, fragrant and bittersweet.  The cheese toast was a delight! The bread was ultra soft and fluffy. It had the right amount of cheese that it did not overpower the natural flavor of the bread. The bill came to slightly over 3,000 yen.

If you enjoy coffee and want to try something different, do give this cafe a visit. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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