Have you heard of Açaí? It’s a berry from Brazil that is a dark colored fruit and is known to be rich in antioxidants and fiber. It’s a super food that has many health benefits and has become popular here in Japan.
Açaí Cafe happens to be located inside of Shibuya Hikarie’s ShinQ B3F location and there’s always someone picking up a drink or snacking on their Acai Bowls (which you can eat there). Since this was my first time trying Açaí, I didn’t know what to expect, but I’d have to say it’s not bad at all. It feels like blackberry + blueberry combined and although the color is not so appetizing, the Açaí Banana juice was easy to drink and it felt good for the body.
Most drinks are: Regular size 450yen, Large size 550yen. When you get a drink, you can add the waffle bowl for only 300yen extra (instead of paying the full 450yen) so we decided to try that as well. I’d have to say the waffle bowl was nothing exciting. If you want the full experience, I would go for the Acai Bowl for 570yen or the Acai Special Bowl which comes with more fruit for 670yen.
If you’re feeling like you need to detox, or lacking in antioxidants and fiber, grab your quick fix of Açaí at Hikarie.
Address // Hikarie B3F, 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6434-1875
Website // http://www.frutafruta.com/acaicafe/
How adorable are these donuts? They don’t just look good, they are tasty too!
Floresta donuts as a company has a great environmentally friendly philosophy and they are trying to make the most natural and kind donuts for your body. They use safe, organic, local ingredients with no additives/preservatives and they are also careful with how much waste they produce to reduce their negative impact on the environment.
Their donuts are not the typical sweet style like Mr. Donuts. As soon as you try one you will notice it’s more on the health conscious side but they are still yummy and satisfying as a dessert. When I first discovered these donuts, I fell in love with them and wished they had more locations. The fact that they are constantly switching up the flavors every time I visit their shop is fun too. They rotate their daily selections as well as their seasonal donuts and special animal decorated donuts.
Address // 3-15-5, Yoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6321-5553
Website // http://www.nature-doughnuts.jp/index.htm
Cafe Z is another hidden gem in the back-alleys of Omotesando. Located on the 2nd floor of a clothing store called “Cabane de Zucca”, this cafe is a nice and quiet place to relax. I’ve dined here for lunch and also stopped by just for tea. Everything i’ve had here has been pretty good and has had decent-sized portions as well.
Pictured above: Spicy Tomato noodles (1200yen), Avocado steak burger with paprika sauce and rice (1200yen), and the Roasted Chicken flavored of Tandori Masala (1200yen). I very much enjoyed their royal milk tea (730yen) and the cake (700yen). Loved sitting on the balcony/terrace, it felt like we were in the country side for a second. So peaceful and surrounded by trees, it’s a great place to chill.
PS: Cafe Z has menu’s in both Japanese and English.
Address // 3-13-14, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5412-7527
Website // http://www.zucca.cc/index.html#/cafe
We recently found our new favorite soft-serve spot! It happens to be inside of Soramachi at this store called “Tochimaru”, a shop that specializes in items from the Tochigi-prefecture in Japan. I can’t believe I am giving a four-star rating to a soft serve, but we really loved it. The gelato was also very good but the soft serve was on another level. It cost 400yen + 30yen extra to get it on a waffle cone.
PS: We came here after having lunch at Spice Cafe.
Address // Soramachi 4F, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5809-7280
Website // http://www.tokyo-solamachi.jp/shop/242/index.html
I’m not really into parfaits but I had the most beautiful and delicious Sakura parfait (9ooyen) from this cafe in Sangenjaya. Apparently it’s a seasonal dish which changes every month so you may not be able to try this exact one, but they are famous for their impeccable parfaits. The one I had was more Japanese style and it wasn’t too sweet but still sweet enough with a great texture. It was full of surprises from beginning to the end and I loved every bite of it.
This cafe opens at 2pm which is a little weird and they only have one menu item for lunch, the pasta lunch for 1200yen which includes a bite size dessert and coffee or tea. The pasta was also delicious so it seems the chef has been trained well. On the negative side, one of the waitress had a bit of a strange attitude which made the service feel below the typical Japanese standard level. Also, it’s a small cafe located in a regular residential building, so they won’t allow customers to wait for an opening if the restaurant is full. Despite the obscure location, it seems to be quite popular since we saw many customers turned away who were even willing to wait. Thankfully we arrived a little before they opened so we were seated with no issues. With that in mind, I recommend coming early or making a reservation if you want to dine here.
Address // 4-28-10, Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6804-0425
Website // http://www.nicolasnicolas.com