Hakata Station is brand spanking new, and you have probably just arrived from a 4 hour shinkansen ride from Tokyo. Thousands of people crowd you, and ominous signposts confuse you more than help you. You probably just want to head straight to your hotel (if you manage to find the Station exit) or to a familiar coffee shop near by. Or, you may be on your way to catch the next train to Osaka. But take this word of advice, never pass through Hakata Station without buying some Croissants from Il Forno del Mignon. It is an institution way before Hakata Station was renovated. You may have to wait awhile because of the long lines throughout the day, but these lines are but testament to the treat that awaits you once you get to bite into one of them croissants. Also, this ensures that they have to keep making a fresh batch, giving you a greater chance of buying freshly baked ones.
They come in different flavors, with a piece costing around 200 yen apiece. That train can wait, its that good. At least I think so. Asawa thinks so too and never forgives me if I pass through Hakata Station without a bag of croissants in tow.