If you’re in the mood for a good cup of coffee, check out “Identity Coffee” located in a tiny shop near Harajuku/Meijijingumae. They carry beans from INTELLIGENTSIA, HANDSOME COFFEE, etc. In case you’ve never heard of them, they are very popular coffee brands from the US which are a rare find in Japan.
This coffee shop has funky but awesome chairs and artwork that make them very unique. The staff are friendly and were very happy to explain the different coffees to choose from. My friend and I both ordered the cappuccino for 580yen. At first I thought this was an expensive cup of coffee but the cup was huge and we loved our Cappuccino made with Intelligentsia beans so it was all worth it. The chairs were surprisingly comfortable and we ended up chit chatting for a few hours so they even brought out a free sample iced coffee for us! It’s a small shop so there’s not much seating but if you are looking for a good coffee in the area, I recommend it.
Address // 4-28-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6804-3573
Website // http://identitycoffeegallery.jp/
Did you know that you could pick up an A5 rank wagyu-beef bento by “Yazawa Meat” & “Blacows” at Tokyo Station?!
In case you are not familiar with this amazing wagyu-beef restaurant joint, they are famous for serving their A5 rank wagyu-beef (the highest grade given only to the finest beef) that is oh so tasy. “Yazawa Meat” in Gotanda specializes in hamburgs and steaks while “Blacows” in Ebisu serves delicious hamburgers.
We happened to be by Tokyo Station over the weekend so we decided to pick up a Yazawa Meat bento box for dinner. I’ve been wanting to give this a try and I was surprised to see that the Blacows takeout section had pretty much the same burgers available for take-out as the real shop. It’s perfect for those who are close to Tokyo station to just get their hamburger fix here.
I then walked over to the Yazawa Meat side and I was immediately sold on the hamburg bento box with egg. The customer in front of us got the “Double hamburg without rice” bento box for 2580yen and after going through all the options, we decided to do the same. After about a 15min wait, we got our warm bento box and headed back home.
The smell of the bento was killing me throughout my train ride… Once we got home, I opened it up and it looked OK. The bento was still slightly warm but decided to heat it for maybe 10 seconds or so and ate it with the 2 sauces that came with it. I am happy to report that it was yummms. The hamburg was very juicy & soft and the sauce went perfectly with everything. Loved every bite of it.
Their original restaurant location is famously crowded with long lines so if you want to try this delicious meat without too long of a wait and you happen to be passing by Tokyo Station right before dinner time, definitely stop by and pick up your bento box here.
PS: Tokyo Station is very confusing/complicated so if you need directions, ask where Daimaru (department store) is and then go to their B1 food floor.
Address // B1, 1-9-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3212-8011
Website // http://www.kuroge-wagyu.com/dt/
Currently snacking on these adorable donuts from floresta donuts. Came across froggy and piggy this time♡ These soy donuts have really become one of my favorite treats lately.
Hope everyone is having a lovely day :)
Did you know that there’s a Farmer’s Market in Aoyama every weekend? I randomly walked by this and found myself wishing I knew about it sooner! I’m all for supporting local farmers and getting fresh veggies, foods, and more at these markets. More information below in case you’re interested :)
When // Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am~4pm
Where // In front of United Nation University in Aoyama
Address // 5-53-70, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Website // http://www.farmersmarkets.jp/
日時 // 毎週末土日 10時から16時
会場 // 青山・国際連合大学前広場
住所 // 東京都渋谷区神宮前5–53–70 国際連合大学前広場 (map)
詳細 // http://www.farmersmarkets.jp/
Sadaharu Aoki is known as one of the Top 3 pastry chefs in Japan. He is based in Paris but has a few store locations in Japan and one of them is inside of Shibuya Hikarie.
Ever since Hikarie opened in April of 2012, Sadaharu Aoki’s “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Chocolat” has been the most sold dessert inside of Hikarie ShinQ’s sweets floor. People stand in long lines to purchase this limited edition item since the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron” is only sold at the Hikarie ShinQ location.
Last year they sold the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Chocolat”(381yen) which had a chocolate macaron on the inside covered by a matcha cake on the outside.
This year, it’s reversed, selling the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Matcha”(381yen) which has a matcha macaron on the inside covered by a chocolate cake on the outside.
I was expecting it to be uber sweet but it wasn’t as sweet as I expected. Give this popular item a try if you’re near by Shibuya Hikarie. Since the initial buzz has died down a bit, you probably won’t have to wait in a line anymore which is nice.
Address // Hikarie ShinQs B2F, 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6434-1809
Website // http://www.sadaharuaoki.jp/