Japan - Tokyo - Kayaba Bakery, New  Kid on the block

Masami Shiraishi wears two hats, owner of the renowned “SCAI the bathhouse” gallery, (he was one of the firsts to show Takashi Murakami’s work), he also fullfills his passion for food by owning Kayaba Cafe and Kayaba Bakery. Just opened in spring, this little gem shares premises (think wooden houses from early 20th century) with a yoga room, a craft beer bar and an olive oil shop. You’ll essentially find bread here, fougasse type. Nothing Japanese  except the fact that they are made by a Japanese Baker.

ASK: For the little Olive and cheese bread.

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Japan - Tokyo - Kayaba Cafe , Revamped Kissaten

Mirror ceiling and retro decor coupled with the traditional design of an old kissaten (tea room) give a unique atmosphere to this coffee shop. The place was recently transformed but first opened in 1938 and local people of all ages are regulars. You might wait a tiny bit for lunch but the homemade dishes (2 choices that change everyday) are worth the try.

ASK: For the White chocolate and green tea cake. Goes well with the (too?) strong coffee they make.

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JAPAN - TOKYO - Kokonn, Cafe hideway

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On your way renting a bike at “Tokyo Bike Gallery”, you’ll find this lovely boutique selling little antiques, japanese crafts and ceramics. Yanesen neighbourhood doesn’t lack of cute little places but this one has the advantage of combining cafe and shop. Kokonn is located in the epicentre of the old temples area. A great place to chill and relax.

ASK: For the green tea matcha french toast or an ice cream from “France dessert”.

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