Continuing from Day 2 of my Hokkaido trip which I’ve dragged so long…
On third (3rd) day, we’ve insert Curb Market into our itinerary. One would think about ‘market’ when it comes to freshness of ingredients/ seafood.
The Curb Market, which opens at 6AM, is comprised of approximately 60 stores selling a variety of items ranging from fruits to fresh and dried fish. It also offers sushi and other restaurants serving reasonably priced dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients from the market. Products are made available at the Curb Market as soon as the bidding ends at the Wholesale Market.
Upon arrived Nijuyonken Station, we asked one of the working staff to give us directions to walk to Curb Market. As we walk, we passed by a post office along the road. We thought it would be a good idea to post a postcard back home in Malaysia.
Spectacles are provided for people with eye sight problem.
I chose the famous clock tower to post back home. If I’m not mistaken, the total price for postcard+postage(stamp) was around RM10. I received the postcard within 1-2 weeks time.
The post box where we dropped our mail. 🙂
Scenery along the way. The road is less busy compared to Susukino or Sapporo.
Stores line up the market offering fresh fish, vegetables and fruits, meat, Hokkaido confectionery. Most fish stores come with a dining hall, so you may taste crabs and other seafood that you choose right on the spot. Operation hours from 6am to 5pm. But the restaurants usually operates after 7am.
Ashley & I randomly pick a restaurant and sat in for our lunch. Looking at the menu, its definitely not as cheap as Otaru, the one we had the day before. (Day 2).
of sushi & sashimi
Crab meat rice (donburi)
Our authentic Japanese lunch meal.
Not forgetting the huge scallop (using Ashley’s palm as comparison). The scallop was lightly grilled. So delicious and juicy because it was very fresh.
Japanese Rock Melon for sale.
After the lunch, each of us bought a slice of Japanese melon which cost ¥200 each. It may be abit costly due to our poor currency, but left no regrets. Because it is so sweet and juicy.
We left Curb Market and back to Sapporo Station.
Everyday also so many steps. Seriously if you wanna slim down…can consider traveling to Japan. 😀
At the Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we spent some shopping time at Pole Town.
Pole Town is a long hall featuring many unique Japanese clothing and accessory brands, often very well priced, and ranging from traditional kimono style to hip-and-trendy fad stores. Also underground (with escalators leading up to the Tanukikoji Shopping Street), the thoroughfare features bakeries and cafes, too.
Kindly refer HERE for floor guide.
At this Sapporo Underground Pedestrian Walk, we felt like there’s no end. Endless walk! At this moment, we couldn’t take it anymore. Hence we needed a break.
We stumbled upon this place and had a tea break at Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi. Its a Cafe cum Bakery.
Assorted freshly baked buns. I could smell the aroma of it.
I think this was the most luxurious tea break throughout the trip. LOL!
Ashley had the Tea Set for ¥1407 which comes with a pot of tea and selection of cakes. The cakes were delicious!
I, on the other hand would like to have something savory. I ordered a salad with tomato soup which comes together with their freshly baked bun for ¥1296 and a glass of drink for ¥92. Nevertheless, the food was good.
After we settled our meal, we walked to BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store which is located at Sapporo Esta JR Tower. (About 15 minutes walk from Afternoon Tea @Sapporo Mitsukoshi.
BIC CAMERA Sapporo Store occupying from floor 1-4, housed wide selections of electrical items, mobile phones, cameras, toys, household items, cosmetics at a competitive price. The business hour is from 10am-9pm.
We literally “WOW” (dropped jaw) upon entering the store.
If you have extra time, do drop by the 100 yen shop at Level B2 and Uniqlo at Level 5. The outlet is big and has a wide range of items.
Ashley was eyeing on these corn snacks that she said ‘we must buy this’!. We bought them at 100 yen shop.
Shops start closing by 9pm (very punctual). From there we took the train from JR station, Sapporo back to Susukino ¥200
On our way walking back to our hotel, we stopped by this small restaurant for our late dinner. They only serve soba (buckwheat noodle).
**There were some conversation problem when we were at the restaurant. We wanted to order ‘take away’. Because the staffs only speak Japanese and don’t understand English. We ended up having a good laugh! 😀 :-D…later we were told not allowed to take away, because the noodle will be soggy.
Ashley had the soba with tempura. She said the the tempura (prawn) was good.
Myself had the soba with egg
Soba was al-dente topped with fluffy egg and tasty soup. It was simple and so delicious. Moreover the portion is big too. If I’m not mistaken it was less than 1000 yen. That night was quite chilling, therefore nothing beats a bowl of warm noodle. It feels so comforting.
Sometimes I feel that small or not popular restaurant may serve some nice and delicious food too. Perhaps some luck too. 🙂