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"Serious" Coffee Shops in Japan

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"Serious" Coffee Shops in Japan

prasantrin | Oct 5, 2013 03:06 PM

There is a thread about espresso to go, one about coffee supplies, and another about coffee beans, but I couldn't find one about coffee shops.

During my next visit to Japan (whenever that may be), I'd like to add a coffee taste test to my list of things to do (to date, I've done croissant, Neapolitan-style pizza, and macaron taste tests)--can be espresso-based coffee shops, or "regular" coffee shops. Chain shops (one of my favourite shops in the Kansai area is Hiro and it's a chain) are OK, too (except for Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Doutor and the like).

In Tokyo, of the "serious" shops, I've only been to Omotesando Koffee which I quite enjoyed. Also on my list (for Tokyo) are:
Bear Pond
Kitsune
Streamer
Nozy
Sarutahiko
Fuglen
February Cafe
Cafe de L'ambre
Yanaka
Irukaya (reservation only--one of the owners of a local-to-me coffee shop told me about it)

If I get back to Kurashiki, I'd like to visit Coffee-Kan again.

Don't know where to go in the Kansai area (other than Hiro).

Any suggestions to add to my list?

Or are there any you would delete?

I'm particularly interested in hearing about Irukaya. Sounds interesting. http://travel.cnn.com/fine-art-perfec...

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