Hokkaido Day 3: Niseko Village People Cafe

We made it a point to dine at Ren’s Pirka for dinner, but due to the popularity of the restaurant (and a 10-seat limit at the teppanyaki table), we had to make a reservation for 5:30PM! And since we’re having an early dinner that night, my brother and I decided to stuff ourselves silly with chocolate at the Village People Cafe for lunch and squeeze in as many hours of skiing / snowboarding as possible, before dinner time.

The fact that Niseko Village People Cafe is “supported” by Royce made it all the more interesting! I’m not sure exactly what “supported” here means, but all the products sold here are Royce products. Remember how I said in my previous posts that Hokkaido prides itself in its dairy products? Well their chocolate, whether it is from Royce or Ishiya (makers of the famed 白い恋人 chocolate cookie sandwiches), is damn good.

Niseko Village People Cafe 1

Niseko Village People Cafe 1

Very simple (almost makeshift) design and decor at the cafe.

Niseko Village People Cafe 2

Niseko Village People Cafe 2

Here’s a collection of Royce goodies found at the Village People Cafe.  They have several other products which I haven’t seen in Hong Kong, but by far the best is still the Nama Chocolate 🙂 And I should be thankful that the Nama is available at CitySuper here in Hongkers.

Preparing My Royce Hot Chocolate

Preparing My Royce Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Menu at Village People Cafe

Chocolate Menu at Village People Cafe

A dream menu for chocolate lovers.

Royce Chocolate Bars

Royce Chocolate Bars

These chocolate bars comes in 4 flavours: White, Creamy Milk, Milk and Black. And you know what these remind me of ? … the makers of Royce chocolate should seriously consider placing 5 golden tickets in these chocolate bars … ship them around the world and invite the 5 rightful holders of the golden ticket to visit their chocolate factory. HA! That would be awesome. Hey, they didn’t have eBay in Charlie’s world.

Nama Chocolate at Village People Cafe in Niseko

Nama Chocolate at Village People Cafe in Niseko

Potechi Crunch Chocolate from Royce

Potechi Crunch Chocolate from Royce

The Potechi Crunch Chocolate had a bit of peanuty taste to it, and as the name suggests, it is quite crunchy. Unfortunately, the Nama Chocolate was just a little bit on the harder side – probably a result of it sitting in the fridge for longer than it should have). The best time to have it is when you take out the chocolate and let it rest for a bit at room temperature … when you put the Nama Chocolate in your mouth, it’ll just melt in your mouth. This together with the Nama chocolate was ¥400.

And finally, this is the reason we visited the cafe …

Hot Chocolate by Royce at Village People Cafe in Niseko

Hot Chocolate by Royce at Village People Cafe in Niseko

This almost tasted like melted chocolate bar. Yep, pretty potent stuff … it was probably a little watered down because otherwise it’d be too thick. Melted chocolate bars for hot chocolate … damn. That was what gave us enough energy to last until 5:30PM without having a proper lunch.

Village People Cafe
Next to Hilton Niseko Village
Foot of the Annipuri Hill

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