6 Must-Visit Cafes in Hokkaido For Their Kawaii Pancakes

16.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s islands and a popular tourist location with both locals and overseas visitors, enjoyed for its winter sports like skiing, hot springs and more. It is also enjoyed for its cool climate, being the coldest region in Japan. It’s home to many tourist spots and seafood restaurants, but today we’re covering its countless cute cafes.

 

Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer, posts his visits to the many cafes of Sapporo―the capital of Hokkaido―on his Instagram page

607keih). Today he will introduce us to 6 must-visit cafes in Hokkaido with the cutest pancakes.

 

 

Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Susukino, Sapporo)

This popular little cafe in the district of Susukino showcases its assortment of pancakes in a glass display. The cafe now sells affordable pancake and purin sets. I ordered the “Fruits and Milky & Chocolate Purin” set (¥980).


The fluffy pancake is made with Fafi’s famous eggs which have a rich flavour and big yolks. The milky cream is sweet and silky smooth. Inside the pancake is delicious pineapple and strawberries which add a deliciously fruity accent.

 

Their pancakes are noticeably smaller at g-plus but since it comes with a purin in the set you’re sure to be nice and full after. The set is perfect to share too.

 

▼Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Japanese: ファフィたまごのパンケーキ g-plus)

Address: 9-1019 Minami 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 11:30-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

Closed: Thursdays & Fridays

Official Website: https://g-plus.owst.jp/

 

 

Café ZIKKA (Kiyota, Sapporo)

Café ZIKKA serves a variety of pastries and desserts. Their elusive strawberry pancakes are a limited-time-only offer. These fat and fluffy pancakes have a distinctly different taste to other places. Heaping with strawberries, the fruit and pancakes marry in the most sumptuous of flavours when eaten with the yogurt ice cream centre. The strawberries also come in a variety of forms including whole, compote and sauce, making for a variety of succulent textures.


The fresh cream isn’t overly-sweet making for a lighter pancake. It’s also topped with crushed almond for added texture. The size of the pancakes aren’t huge but since it’s served with two and many toppings you’ll absolutely be satisfied afterwards.

 

▼Café ZIKKA

Address: 11-12 Hiraokakoenhigashi, Kiyota Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (10:00-19:00 in January and February)

Closed: Wednesdays (Open on national holidays)

Official Website: http://yoshidacoffee.com/index.html

 

 

Kaze o Kanjite (Motomachi, Sapporo)

This cafe is just a 5-minute walk from Motomachi Station via the Tōhō Line. Simply exit from Exit 1 of the station, make a right and you’ll arrive right there.

 

This cafe’s aim is to bring it lots of students to eat their pancakes which are both cheap and delicious. I ordered the berry sauce pancakes.


The cafe’s homemade strawberry jam contains pieces of fresh strawberry which alone already make the pancakes tantalising enough. They are served with a side of fresh fruits like extra strawberries as well as orange slices. The pancakes served here are so good that I personally count them as the best in Sapporo. That, and the prices are amazing for the huge portions you get. I want more people to get to know about this place, and not just students.

 

▼Kaze o Kanjite (Japanese: 風をかんじて)

Address: Kita House 1F, 17-2-3 Kita 24 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010202/1058705/

 

 

ROJIURA CAFÉ (Susukino, Sapporo)

ROJIURA CAFÉ is another cafe located in Susukino round on the backstreet of Round One. They serve pancakes and parfaits right into the early hours of the morning.

 

Their caramel sauce has salt in it to add a mouthwatering salty flavour that draws out the sweetness of the fresh cream. The nuts only add to this delectable delight of a pancake.

Fine and fluffy pancakes fit for the gods. Whether it’s a dessert like pancakes or parfaits or even meals, ROJIURA CAFÉ’s doors are open to  you from the evening until the deepest hours of the night.

 

▼ROJIURA CAFÉ

Address: TAKARA6.3, 3 Chome Minami 6 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours:

[Mon-Thurs] 18:00-03:00 (Last Orders 02:00)

[Fri-Sat] 18:00-04:00 (Last Orders 03:00)

[Sun & Holidays] 18:00-01:00 (Last Orders 00:00)

No Fixed Holidays

Official Website: http://sapporo-rojiuracafe.com/

 

 

OJ Coffee (Kotoni, Sapporo)

You’ll find OJ Coffee just a few minutes’ walk from Kotoni Station in Nishi Ward, Sapporo. This cafe serves exquisite coffees and boasts an abundant menu consisting of soba noodles, curries, steaks and more. They also serve pancakes so I decided to give them a go.

Fluffy, moist and glorious. The pancake is topped with custard and served with a side of fresh cream, both of which aren’t overly sweet and go perfectly with the sweet beaten eggs of the pancakes. Decorated the outside of the plate is an assortment of fruits, maple syrup and other tempting treats for a variety of flavours. The coffee flavoured soft serve ice cream is a great palate cleanser too. The ice cream doesn’t have the bitterness that comes with coffee but it’s very coffee flavoured. It’s close to Kotoni Station so if you’re strolling around Nishi Ward looking for a cafe I highly recommend visiting here.

 

▼OJ Coffee

Address: D Planning Bldg. 1F, Kotoni 2 Jo, Nishi Ward, Sapporo

Business Hours: 7:30~22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Official Website: https://www.oj-coffee.com/

 

 

Café Blue (Ishiyama-dori, Sapporo)

Café Blue, built up from a renovated old house, is currently selling a new lemon and yogurt pancake for a limited time.

 

Their pancakes never fail to be anything less than fluffy. The generously drizzled yogurt sauce is fairly refreshing and sweet while still retaining that yummy yogurt flavour. The lemon curd sauce, too, is refreshing and combines well with the pancakes as lemon always does. The lemon also has honey in it making for a satisfyingly sweet and sour combination.


The ice cream on top is salt flavoured which bring out all the sweet flavours of the dessert. The crunchy almonds are nice and nutty and bring a great texture to the soft and sticky combinations. When I eat pancakes this is the  kind of thing I’m looking for!

 

The sauce was refreshing and the pancake overall was delicious and very easy to get down. The yogurt sauce really is amazing!

 

▼Café Blue

Address: 16-9-12 Minami 19 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Business Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

No Fixed Holidays

Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010104/1036972/

 

 

Did you enjoy Kei’s picks? Be sure to check out their Instagram page for more recommended desserts and foods to try in Sapporo. There’s a wealth of choices on there that will make for great reference when travelling to Hokkaido.

 

Photo & Text: Kei (@607keih)

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    Tokyo Lemonche (Includes 8) – ¥1,555 @ Tokyo Lemonche (Floor B1F)

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    Make a stop by Daimaru Tokyo this summer if you’re in Japan!

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    One thing I do at least once a week without fail is treat myself out to some delicious food or dessert. It’s very important time well spent to ensure happiness.

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    Mousse Matcha Cherry: Eat in ¥980 / Takeout ¥780 (*Matcha Ice Cream is eat-in only)

    Available: Until November 26, 2019 while supplies last

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    I attended a product conference held by Barry Callebaut, the Belgian-Swiss chocolate company which introduced ruby chocolate to the world. I got to try out various confections made using this chocolate.

     

    When talking about ruby chocolate, you’re inclined to highlight its striking pink colour. But the looks are just part of the story. Compared to dark, white and milk chocolate, ruby chocolate is said to have the strongest cacao fruit flavour. Though it’s chocolate, it has a sour, fruity kind of taste.

     

    Until last year, I was more about the eye-catching pink colour of the chocolate, so I ended up overlooking that ruby chocolate is often paired with berry-type fruits when it comes to confections. I get it nowーso it has a sour taste? Well then, this year I really want to go all out and appreciate the unique flavour of this ruby chocolate.

     

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    Ruby Chocolate Otabe – ¥660 (Before Tax)

    This Japanese confection is a combination of ruby chocolate and “Otabe,” which is a confection known as “yatsuhashi,” a popular souvenir sweet from Kyoto. Much time is put into making the ganache to ensure the fruitiness of the ruby chocolate remains intact. The ganache is wrapped in chewy yatsuhashi which is made with domestic koshihikari, which is a type of rice, and carefully selected water. There’s no way this could be anything short of delicious!

    At the taste-testing session, I got to see the ruby chocolate Otabe being made right in front of me. It was done by a kimono-clad Nara who normally makes confections in the factory.

    The rich and sour ganache combined with the chewy yatsuhashi is a match made in heaven! The pink colour really is cute after all, isn’t it? By wrapping the fruity chocolate in mochi, it creates even deeper flavours in your mouth.

     

    This product will be sold at Kyoto Station and various tourist sites around Kyoto, so if you ever visit the city, make sure you’re on the lookout.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Otabe

    Running: October 11, 2019 – Early May 2020

    Available: At Kyoto Station and tourist spots around Kyoto

    Official Website: http://www.otabe.kyoto.jp/

     

     

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille – ¥600 (Before Tax)

    From Juchheim comes these ruby chocolate-coated mille-feuille fingers, laced with butter from Hokkaido and strawberry and raspberry mixed cream layered into a crunchy sandwich.

    The puff pastry is of course tasty, and the sour flavour of the ruby chocolate mixed with the sourness of the berry cream packs a seriously fruity punch. It’s an overall crunchy and rich dessert, but it also has a refreshing taste to it, so one person is sure to be tempted by more than one.

     

    Ruby Mille-feuille

    Released: October 1, 2019 (Online orders from October 8, 2019 )

    Available: At all 272 branches of Juchheim in Japan / Juchheim Premium Online Shop

    Online Shop: https://e-shop.juchheim.co.jp/

     

     

    Pretzel Cookie – ¥480 Each (Before Tax)

    Food company Rosenheim have taken their crunchy butter pretzel cookies and coated them in various chocolate flavours, including ruby, sweet, milk, and white.

     

    The ruby pretzels have that distinct vivid pink colour and of course taste fruity. There’s six in a pack, so you can share them with friends.

     

    Pretzel Cookie

    Released: September 20, 2019

    Available: At mass retailers across Japan

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise – ¥5,000 (Before Tax)

    Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate iced cake will be released from Maison Givrée. It’s topped with a ruby chocolate and raspberry ice cream and is adorned with cool and refreshing lychee sorbet.

    The best way to eat this cake is when the ice cream has melted a little bit. You can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the ruby chocolate and the marriage between its sour flavour and the raspberry. Try savouring the melted sorbet and ruby chocolate ice cream by leaving it in your mouth.

     

    Christmas Wreath Ruby Framboise

    Running: October 11, 2019 – December 13, 2019

    Delivery Window: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019 (subject to change)

    Stock: 50

    Available: At Maison Givrée and its online store

    Official Website: https://givreetokyo.shop-pro.jp/

     

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs – One Box ¥1,450 (Tax Included)

    You can pick up a box of these ruby chocolate corn puffs at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux on the 2nd floor of InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo. They have a shiny pink pearl-like appearance. The crunchy corn puffs are thick-cut which goes well with that fruity ruby chocolate taste.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart – ¥650 (Tax Included)

    These cocoa-laced and ruby chocolate powdered baked tarts are also sold at Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux. They’re topped with almond cream and a pear compote. They’re also topped with a ganache made from ruby chocolate and a redcurrant puree. Their design is made so that it looks like a flower, crowned with extra redcurrants.

     

    Ruby Chocolate Corn Puffs

    Running: All year round

     

    Ruby Chocolate Pear Tart

    Running: October 1, 2019 – January 14, 2020

    Available: Pierre Gagnaire Pains et Gateaux (InterContinental ANA Hotel Tokyo – Floor 2F)

    Hotel Official Website: https://anaintercontinental-tokyo.jp/en/

     

     

    I’m all about ruby chocolate’s deep flavour now. If you’ve yet to try it then you’ve got to get your hands on some, to enjoy both its striking pink appearance and that sour cacao fruit flavour.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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    05.October.2019 | FOOD

    RINGO, a shop which specialised in freshly-baked custard apple pies, has announced that it will release its new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie on October 17.

    RINGO opened its first branch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo back in 2016. Since then, it has expanded and opened 12 branches across Japan, including Osaka and Fukuoka, and 3 stores overseas. They sell over 6 million custard apple pies every year. Since their products are baked fresh in-house, you can watch and see how they are made.

    The new Yakitate Custard Oimo Apple Pie is a crunchy 144-layer pie packed full of custard cream and an autumntime sweet potato paste for an added subtle sweetness.

    The sweet and sour apple filling is made with a range of domestic apples, including the hatorazu ringo apple from Aomori Prefecture. The pastry is also laced with cocoa powder and topped with roasted white sesame seeds. A deliciously fitting dessert for the autumn season!

  • Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year

    04.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    October is here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re not up for dressing up in a costume or going out this year, then you can still get in the Halloween spirit by picking up one of the many Halloween exclusive goodies now being sold at Japanese convenience stores. We’ve picked out our top 5 favourite for you.

     

    Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Starbucks Japan is now stocking its sweet caramel pudding latte across most convenience stores in Japan. The golden-capped cup features a spooky Halloween design, decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Enjoy Halloween in a cup with the beverage’s rich and sweet caramel pudding flavour.

     

    ▼Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Price: ¥200
    Available: Most convenience stores across Japan. Select branches not stocking.

     

    Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

     

    These crunchy potato sticks are a popular savour snack in Japan. This Halloween, Calbee has coloured their sumptuous sticks black, and made them taste like delicious consomme. This is a 7-Eleven and Ai Group-exclusive. Its cute pot design will have you grabbing one off the shelf without even thinking.

     

    ▼Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

    Price: ¥138 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

    KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

     

    The classic thick-cut Karamucho potato chips have been sprinkled with extra spiciness for that heated kick. The packet features all the familiar faces of Halloween, from a witch to a pumpkin, bats, a graveyard and more. If you’re a spice-seeker then this one’s for you. Also a 7-Eleven and Ai Group exclusive product.

     

    ▼KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

    Price: ¥128 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

     

    7-Eleven Marshmallow Chocolate Ganache Daifuku

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7-Eleven is also releasing a range of its own original Halloween treats, including this sweet white daifuku which looks like a marshmallow and is filled with rich chocolate ganache. A Japanese and Western-combined confection you can enjoy with one hand.

     

    ▼7-Eleven Marshmallow Raw Chocolate Daifuku

    Price: ¥118 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven (Except in Okinawa)

     

    7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween, particularly in Japan. This cake is made with chocolate cream and vanilla cream and is coated in a crunchy chocolate coating for even more tasty texture. This is a seriously cute choice you’re sure to love!

     

    ▼7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Price: ¥308 (Before Tax)
    Release Date: October 15, 2019
    Available: 7-Eleven

     

     

    Did you enjoy our picks? There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods, confections and sweets to look forward to this year at convenience stores in Japan. Head to your closest one and see what they have in stock.

  • The Luxurious KitKat Chocolatory is Revamping Its Chocolate Line-Up

    03.October.2019 | FOOD

    Nestlé has announced that it is revamping its 16 products* at the KitKat Chocolatory which will be released on October 11, 2019.

    *One of these products will be released in late November

    The KitKat Chocolatory is a direct-to-consumer chain, serving premium, handcrafted KitKats made with top quality ingredients and production methods under full direction by Takagi Yasumasa―the owner and chef of LE PATISSIER TAKAGI. Its luxurious line is endless, with products ranging from the elusive ruby chocolate, whose cocoa beans give the finish product its pink colour, to volcanic chocolate made from rare cocoa beans sourced from volcanic islands, and beyond.

     

    The Chocolatory takes regular KitKats and the brand to a whole new level while still having that sense of familiarity, making their products great gifts and personal treats.

    The new line-up of 16 products is considered by four categories: 1) the chocolate type, 2) where the cocoa beans are produced, 3) the production process from bean to bar, and 4) the combination between chocolate and other ingredients. Each and every bar has been given equal attention to create chocolates with different flavours, enabling consumers to discover not only which tickle their taste buds, but the story behind each unique bar.

     

    There is a rapidly growing interest amongst consumers who want to know where their food comes from and how it’s made. When it comes to specialist chocolate products, a lot of information isn’t widely known. That’s the reason behind KitKat Chocolatory’s revamp, as well as to create chocolate that nobody has experience before.

     

    Let’s take a look at four of the new KitKats you can get your fingers on.

     

    Enjoy the Chocolate Varieties

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Bitter – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)

    A hallmark product since KitKat Chocolatory opened, the Sublime Bitter is couverture chocolate made with 66% cocoa. The bar is a blend of three different cocoa beans from Ghana, Madagascar, and the Dominican Republic. This addictive delight reserves the original bitterness of the cocoa while having a fruity tinge to it.

     

    Enjoy the Difference Between Cocoa Production Areas

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Volcanic Malakula Island – ¥400 Each (Before Tax)

    This mysterious ‘volcanic chocolate’ is made from extremely rare cocoa beans sourced from the volcanic Malakula Island which was voted one of the happiest places on earth. It has a distinct bitterness and very fragrant scent reminiscent of the ground.

     

    Enjoy the Chocolate Making Process

    KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Raw – ¥300 Each (Before Tax)

    The cocoa beans of this “raw” chocolate are cooked at a lower temperature than usual to draw out a more natural flavour of the original bean, like it’s been plucked right out of a cocoa bean farm and placed into your hands.

     

    Enjoy the Combination Of Ingredients

    KitKat Chocolatory Moleson – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

    Finally, here is the world’s first ingredient-topped KitKat. It uses the smooth, melt-in-the-mouth KitKat Chocolatory Sublime Milk bar as the base, and is topped with sweet and sour dried cranberries and fragrant crushed almonds, creating a flavourful and textural ensemble.

    Discover a whole new world of KitKat and chocolate when the new products drop at KitKat Chocolatory on October 11.

  • GODIVA Releases New Heavenly Chocolixir Tea and Chocolate Pairing Drink

    03.October.2019 | FOOD

    As the almighty creator of the chilled chocolate drink called the Chocolixir, GODIVA has now transcended to a whole new level with its Tea Magic Series which pairs luxurious GODIVA chocolate with a specially made tea. The fourth and final heavenly Chocolixir drink for the Tea Magic Series has now been revealed to be called the Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami. This is a pairing of GODIVA white chocolate and Uji matcha. A limited number of these will be released for sale from October 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019.  

     

    The GODIVA Tea Magic Series is made using the finest GODIVA chocolate. The chocolatier considers the most appropriate tea to enhance the flavour of the chocolate and only uses the finest tea leaves to make the drink. The result is a chilled chocolate tea which is filled with a flavour that will enlighten you. Hojicha Chocolate tea was the first tea of the series and was released on July 1st.

    Chocolixir Uji Matcha Kiwami (270ml): ¥602 (before tax)

    GODIVA’s mildly sweet and velvety white chocolate is blended with rich uji matcha tea and then chilled to a perfectly refreshing temperature. A light cloud of whipped cream floats on the surface and is sprinkled with carefully made uji matcha powder. Matcha chocolate sticks garnishe the drink. 

     

    From your first sip to your last, your mouth will be filled with a rich and luxurious matcha flavour. From time to time, your tongue will discover the exciting texture of small pieces of smashed white chocolate pieces.

     

    This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the luxurious flavour of mild white chocolate blended with rich uji matcha. 

  • Embark on An Aquatic Adventure to The Little Mermaid OH MY CAFE in Tokyo

    01.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    It has been 30 years since Disney’s The Little Mermaid came to theatres. To celebrate, The Little Mermaid cafe has dropped its anchor in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Hokkaido and will be around for a limited time only.  Curious travellers are sure to fall in love with this world filled with Disney magic.

    As a big Disney fan, curious model Kanako just could not miss the opportunity to visit, so we headed over to Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando (Tokyo) to create a tongue-tantalizing report just for you. 

    The entrance was a treasure trove of exciting 30th anniversary celebratory designs.

    Venturing deeper, we came across illustrations of the exciting underwater world. 

    Seeing all the images of the characters, memories of the film will come floating into your mind. Just how many wonders can one cafe hold?

    There are five delicious meals and five delicious drinks on the menu. Everything was so cute that it was difficult to decide what to order. Time to dive in!

    Ariel Vegetable Pasta with Genovese Sauce: ¥1990

    This dish particularly caught Kanako’s eye. A graceful print made of powdered spices and sauce depicts Ariel gliding through the sea. It went perfectly with the salad. Feel free to take the beautiful paper mat home with you as a souvenir. 

    Cream Beach Risotto: ¥1,990

    This creamy risotto depicts a beautiful beach. Look closely and you will spot Ariel’s most prized treasure: a dinglehopper.  Feel free to take the dinglehopper home with you and add it to your collection of treasure. A layer of shrimp sauce lies hidden between the rice and mountain of salad. Can you spot Sebastian keeping a careful eye on Ariel? 

    Seven Princesses of Atlantica Colourful Tartine Plate: ¥2,290

     This plate of tasty tartines depicts the seven sisters and will send you on an exciting flavour journey. The fruity tartine will fill your mouth with a fresh fruity burst of blueberries and strawberries. Next on the plate is a luxurious cream cheese tartine, followed by a chunky vegetable tartine and finally, a filling boiled egg and potato salad tartine. The tartines are surrounded by colourful sauces such as blueberry sauce, pumpkin sauce and carrot sauce. 

     Sebastian’s Strawberry Smoothie: ¥890 (with themed drink coaster: ¥1,790)

    This yoghurt smoothie is dedicated to King Triton’s royal court composer Sebastian. Mix in the strawberry sauce before tucking in to enhance the flavour. You can also take the decoration on the glass back home with you. 

    Upon noticing the coaster that came with her drink, Kanako’s eyes were sparkling with desire. The drink coaster is a sure way to add some magic to all your drinks at home. Unfortunately, they are in limited supply, so make sure to get one before they are all sold out.

    Next, the curious Kanako explored the merchandise corner. The illustrations on the merchandise have been specifically designed for this special cafe.

    Canvas Art A/B  (two designs): ¥3,500

    Now you can decorate your room with your own collection of whose-its, whats-its, and thingamabobs.

    Letter Writing Set with Case (1 design): ¥800

    BIC Ballpoint Pen (2 designs): ¥500 each (Flounder/Seahorse)

    The pink-themed gadgets and gizmos are very cute too.

    Spend over ¥1000 (before tax) in the merchandise corner and you will receive a special Little Mermaid 30th anniversary shopping bag. There are a limited number of these and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, so we recommend you go to the cafe as soon as possible if you want one.

    This cafe is a whole world waiting to be discovered. Reservations cost ¥500 per person (before tax). Just ordering from the menu will grant you the special gift of an A5 clear file and you can even pick your favourite from 30 designs. Make sure to reserve your spot in advance and get ready to plunge straight into the fun!

     

    ©️Disney

  • 6 Sailor Moon Cafes Opening Across Japan Including Tokyo and Osaka

    01.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    LEGS COMPANY, LTD. has announced that it will open six Sailor Moon cafes for its Sailor Moon Cafe 2019 event across Japan this year. The opening dates differ from branch to branch, but the first two will open in Tokyo and Osaka on October 3. See all the opening dates in the Information section below.

     

    LEGS held the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 event back in September 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sailor Moon. The event’s theme focused around adulthood imbued with a hint of cuteness. The cafes were so popular that they had a second “encore” run in December of the same year.

     

    This year, LEGS has created an entirely new concept.

    The theme this year is “Girls Night Out,” and the menu line-up stays true to it, featuring food and drinks all ladies are sure to enjoy on a night out.

    5 Sailor Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches – ¥1,590 (Not available at the Saitama cafe)

    Pretty Girl’s Brunch Pancakes – ¥1,590 (Available at lunchtime only)

    Girls Night Out (Chicken Steak Plate) – ¥1,990 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Cosmic Heart Berry Sandwich – ¥1,690

    Moon Night Parfait – ¥1,490 (Available at dinnertime only)

    Girls Night Out Drinks (10 Flavours) – ¥890 Each (Usagi Tsukino/Ami Mizuno/Rei Hono/Makoto Kino/Minako Aino/Chibiusa/Haruka Tennou/Michiru Kaiou/Setsuna Meiou/Hotaru Tomoe)

    This is just a select look at what’s on the menu―there are many other themed foods and desserts too!

    Acrylic Key Ring (12 Designs Chosen Randomly) – ¥650

    Clear Bag (1 Design) – ¥1,800

    Plate (1 Design) – ¥2,200

    The artwork for select cafe-exclusive merchandise was done by popular creator Etoile et Griotte who makes items for girls who love cute things, and Japanese illustrator Jenny Kaori, who creates cute, fashionable and alternative works.

    Every person who books a seat in advance (¥650 before tax) at the cafe will receive one of the 5 above-pictured ticket holders chosen randomly.

    If you dine at the cafe, you’ll get one of the 4 above-pictured lunch mats chosen randomly.

    And if you order a drink, you’ll get one of the 10 above-pictured coasters chosen randomly.

     

    *All prices are pre-tax prices. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

    ©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

  • Hokkaido Confectionery Makers Ishiya Open New Cafe in COREDO Muromachi Terrace

    30.September.2019 | FOOD

    COREDO Muromachi Terrace is a new shopping complex in Nihonbashi, Tokyo that opened its doors on September 27, 2019. Confectionery company Ishiya, which is known for its Shiroi Koibito cookers that are considered a souvenir and speciality of Hokkaido, opened its first ever cafe outside Hokkaido entitled ISHIYA NIHONBASHI at the shopping centre.

    ISHIYA NIHONBASHI is the first cafe managed by Ishiya outside of Sapporo, Hokkaido. The cafe’s concept is to treat the people of Tokyo to the wonderful flavours of Hokkaido. This includes a selection of popular sweets and desserts, including the Shime Parfait―a common accompaniment to the end of any drinking party in Sapporo.

     

    During the day, the establishment offers a sumptuous cafe menu whipped up by the chefs, such as pancakes and parfaits. Let’s take a look.

    Strawberry Ishiya Pancake (Fluffy) – ¥1,400 (Tax Included)

    The Ishiya Pancakes are fluffier than clouds, made lavishly with cream cheese and fresh cream. They’re topped with even more fresh cream and strawberries and are finished sweetly with condensed milk and a sweet and sour raspberry sauce. The pure white cream and raspberry sauce make these pancakes look cute and tempting♡

    Shiroi Koibito Blend Coffee – ¥400 (Tax Included)

    This original blend of coffee was crafted so it goes perfectly with a Shiroi Koibito biscuit. When you order a cup of this coffee you get one biscuit to enjoy with it.

    During the evening and late night, the cafe serves snacks made to pair with alcohol as well as exclusive parfaits drizzled in Japanese sake. They also sell the “Shime Parfait,” a classic post-drinking dessert in Sapporo.

    Parfait Nihonbashi – ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    This Nihonbashi-exclusive parfait is topped with alcohol which you drizzle sake over. The parfait includes rich jelly. You can create even more delicious flavours with the accompanying matcha pudding or brown sugar syrup.

    The cafe also sells Saqu, colourful high-class biscuits normally only sold in Hokkaido. They make for a perfect souvenir.

     

    Taste the flavours of Hokkaido in Tokyo at Nihonbashi’s newest hot spot.

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