From Tokyo with Love (for Food)

Cafe Pilgrimages

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Itoya

Itoya

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The other day I went to mountains to get some fresh air and relax at onsen. As this was not planned trip, I looked for a place in Tokyo area, and ended up in very western corner, a city called Akiruno.

Besides mountains, the Akigawa river with its ravine is worth seeing. Sadly it was a bit too early for autumn leaves, even though it got quite chilly in the evening.

When strolling around the city towards the mountains, I found this cozy Japanese style cafe. From outside the building looks like traditional Japanese house, but the interior is more old European style. Very Japanese, should I say.

Cafe menu consists mostly of Japanese treats though. I ordered sencha (Japanese green tea), which came with a small wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionary. According to the season, it was “momiji“, witch means autumn leaves. I also wanted to taste shiratama zenzai, warm rice flour dumplings with red bean soup. Zenzai came with houjicha, roasted green tea, even though it wasn’t written in the menu.

Akiruno is a nice spot to go for a day trip to get away from the chaotic Tokyo; in the summer the riverbed is also nice for BBQs. Next years’ summer trip destination decided…


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Cafe Nooks

Cafe Nooks

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I went to Shimokitazawa after not visiting the area a long time. You always hear that there are so many nice cafes and restaurants, but I have always found it a bit overhyped…

Outlying the main area I found this nice and cozy cafe in the residential area. They were serving pancakes, and of course I chose ricotta cheese pancakes with apples & maple butter.

With three pancakes, apple slices and bananas it was quite good treat for 1000 yen, and the taste was also nothing to complain about. For some reason the set also included a home-made ice cream afterwards, although I couldn’t find a mention about it in the menu. Nice surprise though.

In the evenings cafe claims to change to a Spain bar, so next time an evening visit might be a good idea…


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momo

momo

Found this nice cafe when going to watch fireworks in Edogawa. Interior design was chic but cozy, and thanks to the location in the outskirts, the prices were really affordable.

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I chose vegetable curry, which came with consomme soup (780 yen). It came in a hot plate, so the rice was partly scorched from the bottom. During the lunch time, glass wine was 100 yen, so complaining about that it was semi dry wouldn’t be fair…

Desserts were all 280 yen, so I tried dark cherry tart. Luckily it was small as it was very sweet, but gave a good closing to the lunch.


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Cafe Pasifica

Cafe Pasifica

This is a nice and cozy cafe near Yoyogi park. However, it is not on the Harajuku side of park, where all the people gather, but on the other side. Thus there was plenty of space in a Saturday afternoon, when the cafes on the Harajuku side are packed with people.

Of course I had to taste their version of Bill’s classic, ricotta cheese pancakes. Have to say that they tasted as good as on the other side of the park, but without 1 and half hour lining up.

Cafe also has a Facebook page, and if you like their page you will get a drink 50% off.


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Maru Cafe

Maru Cafe

This is a small cafe in Higashi Kodaira. The shops near the station are either chain restaurants or fast food type shops, but this cafe is a wonderful exception to that rule.

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Cake set is a good choice, as there are lots of options. I took strawberry tart. Drink can also be chosen from the whole menu, not only regular coffee or tea. This red drink is a fruit tea called “strawberry cocktail”.

The interior of the cafe is also stylish and refreshing♪ Recommendation for a laid-back Saturday afternoon!


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Las Luces

Las Luces

This is an absolutely charming one-family-house-changed-into-a-cafe in Jiyugaoka. Lunch time they have quiches where you can choose the fillings, and tea time you can enjoy petit afternoon tea (weekdays also full course afternoon tea).

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Everything is delicious, and atmosphere is like from a fairytale ♪ Perfect place for a bit of daydreaming!


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Cafe Momi

Cafe Momi

This is one of my favourite cafes in Tokyo♪ It’s near Kodenmacho station, an old Japanese style house that is made into a cafe. Can anything be more relaxing than sitting on tatami floor and eat delicious food! Pork & onion in shogayaki style, ginger rice, yuba sashimi, hiyayakko and water melon jelly. Perfect balance.