This is my third trip to Japan and it’s as though I saw it for the first time! The only difference this time is the season. The first two times I visited Japan during Spring but this time I visited it during Fall with my family. And I was so excited that my sister finally joined us in our trip this time!
Although our whole visit was month but I still feel it wasn’t enough, lol. Especially when you’re already familiar with the language, culture, and places you don’t feel yourself out of place or a complete stranger. Japanese people are extremely friendly and they get extremely excited when I talk to them in Japanese. I really had a great time using Japanese language there more than I did before. I still need to work on it but I’m really happy that my understanding is growing.
Since I’m a coffeeholic, I set my mind to visit whatever cafe I saw interesting. I still have few places that I yet to visit but I’m leaving them for next time ;). I will share with you the wonderful cafes I visited and loved:
- Granny Smith
This has to be my favorite cafe. Usually, I avoid visiting the same cafe unless it was good enough that I’m willing to visit it repeatedly. Almost overtime my family and I visited this cafe there is a full line of people waiting to be seated. What they serve is coffee (obviously) and apple pies. Since it was fall season, the menu was different. The new flavors had to reflect the season. I remember trying their chestnut flavored coffee … it was extremely delicious!
Location: Aoyama 〒107-0062 東京都港区南青山5-8-9
My second favorite cafe. I loved the cafe’s atmosphere and they had beautiful selections of desserts and coffee. When I visited Japan last year, I tried their almond rose latte and since then I fell in love with this cafe! Again, since the season is different there were new items added.
Location: Ginza 東京都中央区銀座6-9-13
3. Honey Toast Cafe
Honey themed cafe. I loved the concept of this cafe and enjoyed their honey latte. They also served honey toast but I didn’t try it. It was huge and suitable for two or more people.
Location: Akihabara 1 Chome-1-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
I knew the origin for this cafe was Japan but I had no idea that I might come across it! While my family and I were walking towards the Bamboo forest, we came across Arabica. The concept and theme were similar to the one here in Kuwait but sadly they didn’t serve Spanish Latte which was strange. Still, I loved their coffee. The other thing I had to mention is that the place is too small so grabbing the coffee to go is a better choice!
Location: Kyoto, Arashiyama 3-47, Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku
Kyoto 616-8385 Japan
Sometimes when you get lost searching for a place has its own benefits. We came across this bubble tea cafe/store in Shinjuku. It was in one of the inner streets but was full of customers. I really loved their selections and their hot bubble tea was delicious.
Location: Shinjuku 6 Chome-6-2 Jingumae
6. Azumabashi Parloir
Again, a cafe surrounded by some restaurants and stores that anyone can miss. I didn’t that it was a cafe until I peaked through the windows and read the name. Curiously, I entered and was right about it. It was a quite and cosy cafe that feels like home. I extremely loved the ambiance and would certainly visit it again in the future if possible.
Location: 3-6-15 Azumabashi Sumida Tokyo