【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #5: “café Benisica” – The Birthplace of Pizza Toast

21.February.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

“A café that has continued to be loved for 60 years”

 

In this entry to my café series, I visited the familiar Yurakucho, the center of modern Tokyo culture. This year, long-standing café Benisica turned 61-years-old. I stopped by to have my fill of their amazing pizza toast. The café is a 2-minute walk from Hibiya Station via Tokyo Metro lines, and 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR lines, making it an easy place to get to.

 

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The café opened all those years ago in response to the large number of cinemas and theatres dotted around Yurakucho. They wanted to create place where people could relax on their way back from seeing a show.

 

Upon arrival, you can still observe stylish older ladies strolling into the café. The scene hasn’t changed one bit which I found to be wonderful.

 

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Café Benisica is famous for being the birthplace of original pizza toast. They even have a sign at the entrance telling you that! Eye-catching!!!

 

Without further ado, let’s head on in♪

 

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I take one step into the café, and… Huh? What’s this?!

 

That’s right. At Benisica, you can enjoy vacuum brewed coffee. This was the first time I had seen a vacuum coffee maker up close, so I gazed at them with a keen interest.

 

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Inside, I gazed at the café décor and objects scattered around of Hibiya, a town which changes with the times. You can feel the weight of the times instore – all the wonderful items look stylish simply by being placed in there! The café interior is a collection of warm colours. It’s a place where you can relax and feel comfortable.

 

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This is Benisica’s famous pizza toast, costing ¥950 (tax included). They have plenty of set menus, and drink menus are ¥1,350. The story behind the pizza toast was how if you didn’t go to an Italian restaurant back then, you couldn’t eat pizza. So, they took pizza and turned it into something you can eat casually – toast. Since then, it has continued to be a much-loved menu item with customers for almost half a century.

 

 

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After hearing the story, I took no time at all ordering my own pizza toast! To drink, I chose a strawberry shake. Just so you know, the shake doesn’t come in set orders, so be careful.

 

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Thick servings of cheese and put onto chunky slices of toast. “The soul of the pizza toast is in the cheese!” is what you’ll be saying at its presence on the toast. Its generous serving makes this pizza toast suitable not just as a light meal, but even a whole lunch. As well as the standard ingredients like salami, onion and bell peppers, I was happy that there were mushrooms too.

 

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The bread’s texture is fluffy! I was hungry, so I made short work of it. Thank you for the meal.

 

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This is the owner of Benisica, Setsuko Murakami, who told me the story of the café. She’s a very wonderful person who loves her husband very much. Not only did she tell me about the café – I got to hear about her husband’s way of living and thoughts too. The words of people that have walked the road of life longer than me are deep and enlightening.

 

I stored the owner’s story safely onto the shelves in my heart. The next time something happens, I’ll rely on those special words she graciously taught me and work hard.

 

■Information

Café Benisica

Address: 1-6-8 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Opening Hours: 9:30-23:45 (Open from 9:00 on Weekends & Holidays)

No Fixed Holidays.

Access: 2-minutes on foot from Hibiya Station via the Hibiya Line, Chiyoda Line, and Toei Mita Line / 4-minutes on foot from Yurakucho Station via JR Lines

Webpage:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13002146/

 

Model : Ema Tanioku

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Profile: “Emaeri” is the nickname for models Ema and Eri Tanioku, who are Aomoji fashion model twins. Ema and Eri Tanioku specialise in twin fashion coordination. Over the years their fanbase has increased due to their cute looks. Ema Tanioku spreads Harajuku culture within Japan as well as overseas and works as a Harajuku Tourism Ambassador. Starting off as a model, Ema has broadened her talent range from fashion magazines to TV, and from playing the lead role in dramas to movies.

Instagram:@ematanioku

 

Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

Editor&Writer:Ryoichi Komaba

Design:Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

 

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】 The café that you want to visit to see someone #4 Cats working at Shinjuku-sanchome’s Café Arles

    21.December.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    “Good service, a jolly owner and cute cats – this café is sure to heal you!”

     

    I’m Ema Tanioku and today I’ll be introducing you to yet another café in Tokyo as the fourth edition of my series “The café that you want to visit to see someone”. Today I’ll be reporting about my visit to Café Arles which can be found at Shinjuku-sanchome. Ever since hearing that there were cats at this café, I’ve been set on going 〜♪♪

     

    The café is very easy to access. To get to there, you can take the Toei Shinjuku line to Shinjuku-sanchome. From here, you can get to the café within a five-minute walk. Walking around the Shinjuku Suehirote theatre, the café soon came into sight. Somehow, I could sense the presence of cats just from the atmosphere…

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    There it was! The entrance to the café was decorated with many ornaments of cats and dogs. I don’ know why but I was filled with excitement before even having entered.

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    As soon as I entered, I immediately spotted a cat.

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    I was then greeted by the cat’s master who had a sweeping grin across his face and was wearing a hat with a cat broach. I could really feel his love for cats ♪♪

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    I took a sweeping glance over the café – cats, cats and more cats – there were so many cat-themed goods everywhere! Apart from cats goods, the master also collects clown goods and displayed everything all huddled together to decorate the café.

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    Although this was my first time at Café Arles, I immediately felt right at home as a warm feeling grew within me. I asked the master what got him into the café business and I was surprised by his response. It all started when the master was working at a mahjong parlour, where a person they knew asked them to start up a café.

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    The master then thought about the numerous paintings he had collected and how he was in search of a place to display them. The idea of choosing his own music, menu and decorating a café interior to his own taste really struck a chord with him.

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    There are many paintings displayed in the café. Amongst these are some by modern artist Tomomi Kondo, who made the paintings “please your master” and “cool your thighs”, which feature the kaban neko (café cats) Ishimatsu and Jirocho, who are “working hard” by lazing around.

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    Café Arles is fun and draws in even more fun. The atmosphere is filled with the love and enjoyment of the customers. That’s why I immediately felt so at home as soon as I entered. You can easily spend a long time here.

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    I asked the master what he recommends from his menu. His response? “My recommendation is what you want to eat the most!” he said wisely. I felt like eating Napolitan spaghetti and so that is what I ordered! (Price: ¥720 including tax)

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    It came with banana and giant corn ❤ – this excellent service made me so happy!

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    The gentle flavour of this homemade dish was delicious and I could really taste the Showa-retro Napolitan flavour to it. The drink, soup and salad services available gives this meal a perfect score for portion size satisfaction!

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    The master allowed me to take his café cat Jirocho-kun out for a walk. This was the first time I’d ever walked a cat – a new, fresh experience!

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    Jirocho-kun is a very calm and obedient cat, so we had a lovely stroll together. Speaking of which, Jirocho-kun loves his owner so much that he runs to meet him whenever he hears his car pull up at the shop.

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    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the café. “I enjoyed every minute of it” explained the master happily. The master created a place where everyone can be happy and in return everyone supports him. Perhaps this cycle is the motivational force that has kept and will continue to push this café to live and thrive.

     

    I’m glad I came to this café today and met such a special person.

    I want to come here again and have another chat with the master!

     

     

     

    ■Information

    Cafe Arles

    Address:1st floor, 5-10-8, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Opening h0urs: 11:30 〜 22:00

    Regular holidays days: Sundays, New Year’s period holiday period

    Access:398 metres from Shinjuku Sanchome station (reach via Toei-Shinjuku line/ Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line

    URL:https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13087540/

     

     

    Model & Writer: Ema Tanioku

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    Instagram:@ematanioku

     

    Photographer:Haruka Yamamoto

    Editor:Ryoichi Komaba

    Design:Yuko Abe (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translated by: Samantha Fernandes

     

  • Eight cafes in Tokyo with an at home and retro feel to them

    24.October.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The objective of going to a Japanese “kissaten” (tea/coffee house) or a “cafe” is basically the same – to go to drink a cup of tea or a cup of coffee. However, there is something different. In Japanese “kissatens” of course, they are particular about how their tea and coffee tastes, but they also pay particular attention to the eating and drinking utensils and the décor of the shop. They often have a very retro and Showa Era feel to them. “Kissatens” in Japan have been in business for a long period of time and so they have a very down to earth and comfortable atmosphere. Here, we are highlighting eight such “kissatens” in Tokyo.

     

    1.“Nanatsu no mori” in Koenji

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    From the outside, it looks like a Showa, retro-style coffee shop. Upon entering, you can see the interior of the café has weathered. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Showa era, like you’ve just stepped back in time. Inside, is filled with Showa era ornaments and goods. The highly recommended menu item is “Omu gohan” (rice omelet). The flavor of the rice is not ketchup but rather Japanese broth. The rice was mixed with beef, burdock, and enoki mushrooms, as well as a salty-sweet seasoning that tasted like shigureni.

    Time passes slowly and restfully at “Nanatsumori,” with its retro atmosphere. You can spend a happy time here surrounded by the shop’s gorgeous interior that makes it seem as if you’ve stepped back in time.

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #2 “Nanatsumori”—An Attractive Cafe in Kōenji

    ■Information

    Nanatsumori

    Address: 2 Chome-20-20 Kōenjiminami, Suginami, Tokyo

    Business Hours: 10:30-24:00 (Last orders at 23:30)

    Holidays: None

    Access: 3-minutes’ walk from Shin-Kōenji Station / 7-minutes’ walk from Kōenji Station

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1319/A131904/13000675/

     

     

     2.“Sabouru” in Jinbocho

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     “Sabouru” is a café we could say is a representative retro cafe. This 62 years historical café was established in 1955. The shop is multi-floored, first floor, semi basement and mezzanine inside. It is a little dark inside, but you can still enjoy reading books.

    Sabouru’s most popular menu item is Spaghetti Neapolitan. It is cooked with many ingredients including mushrooms, onions and bacon. It is cooked quite simply with ketchup.

     

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Stroll】The cafe that you want to visit to see someone #1 The popular cafe in Jinbo-cho called “Sabouru” that has retro interior and nostalgic food.

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    Sabouru

    Address:1-11 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

    Hours:9:00AM to 11:00PM

    Holiday:Sundays & Holiday Irregular

    Access:

    0 minutes’ walk from A7 exit of Jimbocho train station, Toei Subway Shinjuku Line • Mita Line

    0 minutes’ walk from A7 exit of Jimbocho train station, Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line.

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1310/A131003/13000609/

     

     

    3. “Kissa Housekibako” in Chitose Karasuyama

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    Here is a shop which displays items related to the 1970s and 1980’s pop idols. Many girls from all over Japan come here to get “drinkable jewelry.” It is a space which overflows with nostalgic items from this time.

    The most popular item on the menu here is their “drinkable jewelry” as known as “cream soda” which was everyone’s favorite food when they are little. The standard color of cream soda is supposed to be green, but the ones in “Kissa Housekibako” appear in very girly colors. They are offered in cute and shiny spring colors. This shop is popular not only with Japanese guests but also with tourists from abroad.

    Detailed information:【Tokyo Cafe】Visit the café which has a menu that gives you great impact Vol,6 “Kissa Housekibako”

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    Kissa Housekibako

    Address:4-18-18 Oyama Mansion102, Minorakuyama Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

    Tel:03-5969-8577

    Hours:10:00AM to 6:30PM

    URL:http://housekibako.wixsite.com/2009

     

     

    4.“Kissa You” in Ginza

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    “Kissa You” which is located in Ginza, next to Kabukiza has been making kabuki actors’ stomach full for the last forty-seven years. “Kissa You” which is located next to Kabukiza is now a part of the Kabukiza scene. Many gourmet actors who crave for the food in this café are always waiting in line before the café opens. The main reason why most people come here is to order their “soft and melty omelet-rice” which represents Japanese food nowadays.

     It is a very good combination of creamy and rich tasting omelet and simply cooked rice. You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is so smooth and light in texture. In one word it could be described as being like a “soup.”

     

    Detailed information:【Tokyo cafe】Visit the café which has a menu that gives you great impact Volume5 Ginza”You”

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    Kissa You

    Address: Takano Build. 1F 4-13-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: 10:00 (meal start time 11:30~) ~ 21:00 (L.O. 20:00)

    Holiday: none

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002318/

     

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  • From Kabuki to Shopping: 7 Must-Visit Spots Around Ginza

    21.February.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Ginza is a district in Tokyo lined with sophisticated stores and countless shopping spots. It’s a famous town for not only delivering Western style cuisine and fashion, but for continuing to hand down Japanese tradition from Kabuki-za to Tsukiji. We have compiled a list of recommended spots to visit during your trip to Ginza.

     

    Tokyu Plaza

     

    If it’s Japanese souvenirs and mementos you’re looking for then Tokyu Plaza is a very location. This shopping complex is filled with shops and famous brands selling items made in Japan, from “SAKE LABO” where shelves are lined with Japanese alcohol, to stores selling traditional Japanese crafts. You should also check out the duty free “LOTTE DUTY FREE GINZA” on the 8F and 9F.

     

    ■Information

    Tokyu Plaza

    Address: 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3571-0109

    Homepage: http://ginza.tokyu-plaza.com

     

     

    UNIQLO

    UNIQLO has branched out and made its name around the globe now, but the Ginza branch is the world’s biggest, boasting a staggering 12 floors. There are English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Korean speaking staff there, so you can enjoy your shopping free of worry.

     

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    UNIQLO (Ginza Branch)

    Address: Ginza Komatsu 1F-12F, 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 11:00-21:00

    Telephone: 03-6252-5181

    Webpage: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/store_news/store.php?poi=10101397

     

     

    Dover Street Market

    Dover Street Market is a cutting-edge store that was first brought to London by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawabuko. Ginza now has its own branch in “ZOZOTOWN” and towers 6 floors lined with an array of brands from LOUIS VUITTON to Celine, Thom Browne, and even Comme des Garçons themselves.

     

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    Dover Street Market

    Address: 6-9-5 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Open: 11:00-20:00

    Telephone: 03-6228-5080

    Homepage: http://ginza.doverstreetmarket.com

     

     

     GINZA SIX

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    GINZA SIX recently opened on April 20th earlier this year as Ginza’s biggest shopping complex. The building is elegantly dotted with 241 individual stores both domestic and international offering a range of cuisines, fashion and lifestyle brands and more. It’s a fantastic spot for overseas visitors who can also enjoy seeing a traditional Noh performance and gazing at Ginza’s gorgeous scenery from the rooftop.

     

    More Information: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/39111

     

    ■Information

     GINZA SIX

    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Opening Hours: Shops – 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants – 11:00-23:30

    *Select shops have different opening and closing hours.

    Telehone: 03-6891-3390

    Homepage: https://ginza6.tokyo/

     

     

    Kabuki-za

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    Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre with a history spanning more than 400 years. One location still thriving is the Kabukiza Theatre in Ginza. If you purchase a copy of a play’s outline there’s an English explanation at the end along with an English subtitle guide. If you want to enjoy a short session of kabuki then you can purchase a special ticket called “hitomakumiseki” (一幕見席) that enables you to see just one part of the play, since kabuki plays tend to be quite long.

     

    ■Information

    Kabukiza

    Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3545-6800

    Website: http://www.kabuki-za.co.jp

     

     

    Tsukiji Fish Market

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    The Tsukiji Fish Market is the kitchen of Tokyo. Out of all 11 wholesale markets in Chuo, Tokyo the Tsukiji Fish Market is the oldest. It’s a hugely popular tourist spot for its fresh seafood and souvenirs. There’s plenty to see including the famous Tuna Auction as well as a chance to experience making nigiri sushi.

     

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    Tsukiji Fish Market

    Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo

    Telephone: 03-3542-1111

    Homepage: http://www.tsukiji.or.jp

     

     

    Hibiya Park

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    If you’re exhausted from all the shopping and sightseeing then we recommend stopping by Hibiya Park just a 10-minute walk from Ginza. The park was made more than 100 years ago and is home to two outdoor music domes – one big and one small – as well as a public hall and more. There are also flower beds bloomed with various flowers that change with the seasons. There’s also a Japanese-style garden tucked away in the park where you can experience a Japanese aesthetic.

     

    ■Information

    Hibiya Park

    Address: Hibiya Park, Chiyoda

    Open: 24 hours, 365 days a year.

    *The service centre and other establishments in the park will be closed during New Year’s.

    *Please contact the service centre for business hours and further information.

    Telephone: 03-3501-6428

    Webpage: https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index037.html

     

    We hope you liked our recommendations and hope you enjoy your Ginza sightseeing to the very fullest.

  • How about some pancakes during your shopping spree! 7 recommended cafes which sell pancakes in Ginza

    04.January.2018 | SPOT

    There must be many people who want to eat something sweet after enjoying shopping in the Ginza.

    In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended pancake shops in Ginza.

     

     

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    Shiawase no Pancake Ginza Shop

    This pancake shop located in Omotesando, Tokyo which always has long waiting lines, will open a new store in Ginza on the 23rd of December 2017. The shop is located in front of the A5 Exit of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line’s Gina Station. The décor inside the shop has a relaxing atmosphere. They have an open kitchen in front of the shop so that customers can observe the cooking process. It will no doubt be exciting to seeing the making process of their pancakes.

     

    ■Information

    Shiawase no Pancake Ginza Shop

    Address: 5-8-5, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo – 7F, New Ginza Building 10th Building

    Business hours: weekdays 10:00 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:15) / Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 20:30 (L.O. 19:40)

    Fixed holiday: random

    TEL:03-6255-1111

    URL:http://magia.tokyo

     

     

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    Yukino Shita Ginza

    Yukino Shita is a shop which uses strictly selected ingredients and makes hand-made pancakes. The sweet scent of the pancakes and the scent of coffee fills the natural-styled interior of the shop. Their popular pancake, “Yotsuba Cream Cheese Jikasei Rennyu (home-made condensed milk) Ice wo Soete” is a simple pancake without any topping so you can taste the rich texture of the dough. The coffees they offer goes well with their pancakes.

     

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    Yukinoshita Ginza

    Address: 3F, Tomato Building, 1-20-10, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Tuesday to Friday / 11:00 to 21:00 (L.O. 20:20), Saturday / Sunday and holidays 11:00 to 19:00 (L.O. 18:20)

    TEL:070-5517-9506

    URL:http://yukinosita.net/

     

     

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    Eggs ‘n Things Ginza Shop

    You can enjoy some “old-fashioned” pancakes topped with lots of raw cream inside this open-air, bright shop. Sitting on their terrace on a warm day is recommended. The pancake is not too sweet although it uses lots of raw cream and is recommended for women. You can enjoy eating at this shop since they sell a la carte breakfast/lunch menus and dinner menus (from 18:00).

     

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    Eggs ‘n Things Ginza Shop

    Address: 4F, Kiraritoginza, 1-8-19, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 9:00 to 23:00 (L.O. 22:00)

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-6264-4949

    URL:https://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/store/ginza.html

     

     

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    DAVID MYERS CAFÉ

    This café introduces Californian-style, body/environment-friendly menu items. You can enjoy a dessert which uses wheat flour produced in Hokkaido with bananas and bitter caramel sauce put on top of a soft dough. It is a thick-flavored pancake using caramel sauce with the scent of bourbon and fresh bananas. This pancake is recommended for women.

     

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    DAVID MYERS CAFÉ

    Address: 6F, Ginza Mitsukoshi, 4-6-16, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 10:30 to 20:00 (L.O. 19:30)

    TEL:03-3561-7052

    URL:

    http://www.ginzadining.com/restaurant/detail/davidmyers/index.html

     

     

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    MOKUOLA DexeeDinerUILANI

    This shop has a Hawaiian atmosphere and their standard menu pancakes use lots of yoghurt inside the dough. Their crispy pancakes are created by pouring the dough into a frypan and then baking it in an oven for a long period of time.

     

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    MOKUOLA DexeeDinerUILANI

    Address: 8F, Yurakucho Marui, 2-7-1, Yurakucho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 21:00, Sunday and holidays 10:30 to 20:30

    Fixed holiday: randam

    TEL:03-6269-9554

    URL:http://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130102/13157140/

     

     

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    café & books bibliotheque

    They sell more than 10 kinds of home-made desserts and their most popular item is their pancakes which are very healthy since they use yoghurt. You can put lightly bitter coffee sauce on top of the pancake which has a topping of tiramisu cream made with mascarpone and cream cheese, so the product is recommended for those of you who are not familiar to sweet desserts.

     

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    café & books bibliotheque

    Address: 3F, LUMINE, LUMINE Yurakuchoten, 2-5-1, Yurakucho, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

    Business hours: weekdays 11:00 to 21:30 (L.O. 21:00), Saturday, Sunday and holudays 11:00 to 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL:03-5222-1566

    URL:http://www.cporganizing.com/bibliotheque/tokyo/

     

     

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    Ginza Coffee Shop Ginza Sukiyabashi Shop

    A coffee shop located on the second floor of the building where BIGECHO is located. The building is located at the Sukiyabashi Intersection. The interior of the shop is chic with stylish decorations so this shop is recommended for not only women but also men. Their original maple butter pancake is very soft although the dough is thin so that customers can enjoy a unique texture.

     

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    Ginza Coffee Shop, Ginza Sukiyabashi Shop

    Address: 2F Ginza Building, 4-2-14, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Business hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 23:00, lunchtime 11:00 to 16:00, Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:00 to 23:00, lunch time 10:00 to 16:00

    Fixed holiday: None

    TEL: 03-3562-7232

    URL:http://www.clubdam.com/dkdining/shop/ginza_coffee/index.html

     

     

     

    How did you like our introduction to some cafes and shops which sell wonderful pancakes. Why not relax and enjoy some pancakes in the Ginza area.

  • Five highly recommended shops in Ginza to have lunch and/or have a sweets break at

    28.October.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    While shopping complexes such as Tokyu Plaza and GINZA SIX are on the rise, Ginza itself is a city that has been bustling with energy for a long time. It’s packed full of traditional and new shops and brings in people from all ages, young and old, and prides itself as the place to go during everyone’s days off. In this article we want to introduce to you some highly recommended shops and restaurants in Ginza.

     

     

    Soft and “melty” omelet-rice “Kissa You”

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    “Kissa You” is located in Ginza, famous for Kabuki. The main reason most people come here is the soft and “melty“ omelet-rice which represents Japanese food nowadays. 29892-170207_ks_00071

    You can hardly encounter this type of omelet-rice which is this smooth and light in texture. I recommend you drink “Kobu-tea” after the meal as the “Japanese way.”

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/34449

     

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    Kissa You

    Address: Ginza 4-13-17 Chuo-ku, Tokyo

    Hours: 10:00(food order 11:30)~21:00(L.O.20:00)

    Holiday:New Year’s holiday

    TEL:03-6226-0482

    URL:https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13002318/

     

     

    A wonderful meat cutlet burger at “Ginza Sato”

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    “Ginza Sato” is famous for a circular “meat cutlet burger”. They are offering an “original meat cutlet” from Kichijoji, dipped in special sauce then made into a burger.

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     They make only 50 of these burgers a day. (¥380 for one) You can choose either a sweet or spicy sauce. You can enjoy the meat juice on a very soft bun.

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/37898

     

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    Ginza Sato

    Address: Ginza 1−14−1 Chuo-ku Tokyo

    Opening period:11:00〜

    Holiday:Sunday / public holiday

    URL:http://shop-satou.com/shop/ginza/index.html

     

     

    If you want to try one of Japan’s “soul foods” go to “Kommeraku”

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    Dashi Chazuke (rice in soup stock) is one of Japan’s soul foods. It is an easy and simple meal, but the soup or tea in this dish is sure to warm you up.

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    Komeraku’s set menu includes either soup and rice ball or rice in the soup stock and rice bowl. You can get the soup and rice ball set as a takeout. Just one mouthful of this dish and your whole body will be warmed. If you want to enjoy Japanese food in Ginza, you should go to “Komeraku.”

    Related article:http://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/26438

     

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    Komeraku

    Address: Ginza 5-2-1 Chuo-ku Tokyo, Tokyu Plaza Ginza B2F

    Hours: 11:00~23:00(L.O.22:00)

    TEL:03-6264-5222

    URL:http://www.tub.co.jp/

     

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    Panda Crepe

     

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    Panda Float

     

     

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    In 2021, the Gelato Pique Café announced two rounds of animal themed sweets, proving hugely popular on social media. For Easter they released “Bunny Sweets” with rabbit ears motifs, while a series of “Polar Bear Sweets” was released during the Summer. Now, a selection of “Panda Sweets” is the latest to join the animal collection. 

     

    The chocolate and banana Panda Crepe is filled with a healing ganache and banana,  while the Panda Gelato has cocoa biscuits studded around the pandas neck, along with rounded eyes and ears. The “healing monotone” Panda Float combines the Gelato Pique Café’s original Guatemalan coffee blend with Royal Blue Bourbon.

     

    Along with this “everyday PANDA!” Fair, we have a large lineup of panda goods that will make you happy just by having them.  Goods that are perfect for presents, souvenirs, and rewards for yourself can be purchased at each gelato pique cafe store and EC site, so please look forward to that too!

    There is a huge lineup of panda goods that will brighten your day releasing alongside the “everyday PANDA” fair, which make perfect gifts for friends – or yourself! You can view the goods lineup in store and on the Gelato Pique website.

     

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