Fuglen Tokyo, Shibuya

Seemed like there was a pretty good crowd here. I think I found out about this from Time Out magazine.

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It’s pretty inside. The coffee was ok but there is better elsewhere in Shibuya.

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Fuglen Tokyo
1-16-11 Tomigaya
Shibuya, Tokyo

Usagiya, Ueno

My wife found this dorayaki shop / confectionary.

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Some may think it excessive, but I really appreciate Japanese packaging. A lot of thought and care goes into presentation.

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I don’t think we knew what we ordered, but everything has red bean inside. I got tired of red bean foods, so I didn’t like this.

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Perhaps this is what dorayaki should be like.

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Usagiya
1 10-10 Ueno
Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005

Afuri, Harajuku

This place will stay on my short list.
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Of course, I tried the specialty Yuzu Shio Ramen… but I wouldn’t bother with it. It was like normal shio ramen with only a hint of yuzu (so why even come to Afuri!).

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But the real star was the Yuzu Tsuyu Tsukemon! Bright, flavorful yuzu and the thicker noodles that I like. Definitely getting this again. Someday!

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Afuri
63-1, Sendagaya 3-Chōme
Shibuya, Tokyo
Japan 151-0051

Ningyo-Yaki shop, Asakusa, Nakamise-dori

While walking through Nakamise, found this Ningyo-Yaki shop near the center. Can’t figure out what it is called, but it had the best ningyo-yaki I’ve found there because of its fresh baked, hand made textures and tasty red bean center.

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I can’t read Japanese, but I’m pretty sure this sign is a description of the food and possibly not its store name. I could be mistaken. This is not the machine-made ningyo-yaki shop at the end of Nakamise Street; that place isn’t bad but isn’t as good imho.

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As an ignorant American, I first mistook this for the swastika. But, it is backwards (left-facing) and means something else.

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The read bean inside wasn’t overly sweet, so one could appreciate the actual red bean flavor.

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I don’t have an address for this place, so just head towards the middle of Nakamise-dori and follow your nose until you recognize things from these photos. If you have more information on this shop, please leave a friendly comment and I’ll update it with the location name and address!

La Cafe Doutor, Ginza

Turns out this was pretty much the only coffee house open near my hotel when I arrived in Tokyo.

You can tell it’s early since the streets are empty. That actually revealed another side of Tokyo too, as window cleaners were visibly busy preparing each shop for the work day. I wonder why US workers mostly work at the same time…

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It was also nice having the entire patio to myself.

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The latte was meh. The coffee tastes burnt; this must be the Starbucks of Tokyo.

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La Cafe Doutor
5-7-2 Ginza
1F Sanai Building
Chuo, Tokyo