From the way from Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward to Christian churches in Motomachi area, you can find this cafe "Kikuizumi（菊泉）" on your left. The building used to be a liquor shop, so you can see sake bottle shaped sign over the door. Here light meals are served.
When I visited this cafe, I ordered a set of whale soup and a rice ball（kujira-jiru set くじら汁セット）. I don't remember the price exactly, but it was around 650yen. Inside of the rice ball, there is a umeboshi, or pickled Japanese apricot. Umeboshi is sour and salty. If you are not accustomed to the flavour, you may feel it dosen't taste good.
As for the whale soup, it is one of the local foods here. It is eaten on New Year's Eve or during New Year Holidays here, in the Southern part of Hokkaido.
Do you know why Japanese eat whale meat? Following a Buddhist discipline, Japanese didn't eat animal meat but fish. Now everyone knows while is mammal, but it was categorized as fish. Whale meat has been an important souce of protein for Japanese.
Another day, I dropped in here for coffee and tasted ogura toast（小倉トースト）. It's toast and a plenty amount of sweet bean paste. If you love sweet bean paste, or anko, you must be satisfied with it.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。