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Aoyama Kawakami-an – Tokyo, Japan

img_food_aoyama03_1above photo © Kawakami-an
(Large shrimp tempura bowl and bite buckwheat)

Aoyama Kawakami-an

(81)  35.411.7171
3 Chome-14-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato,
Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

www.kawakamian.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 04:30    Monday – Saturdays
11:00 – 17:00    Sundays

We walked by this Soba restaurant on afternoon – and remarked that it looked like quite a nice spot; and though we were hungry, we continued on to our original destination.  The walnut soba stuck in our minds and, fast forwarding a few days later, we wound up being brought to the very same restaurant by a local friend!

She explained that the Kabocha Tempurasoba (pumpkin) and  Iro Soba (walnut) were a specialty of Aoyama Kawakami−an, and it was quite famous for them!

We had quite a lovely lunch – and highly recommend this Soba-Ya for all who are wandering through the Aoyama district.

Aoyama Kawakami-an 003above photo, tamagoyaki with scallions and eggplant
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Isetan – Tokyo, Japan

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Isetan Department Store

(81)  33.352.1111
Shinjuku, 3−14−1
Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

www.isetan.mistore.jp

Open Hours:
10:00 – 22:00    Daily

In a city where Department Stores rule, the youthful and luxury Isetan, in the heart of the Shinjuku district, stands out.   Isetan is a wonderful place to see and shop for new and established Japanese designers; and most importantly, to eat!

The lower level of the building, as in most department stores in japan, holds a football pitch of food!   Supermarket, specialty food booths, tiny kitchens preparing delicious  dishes for take away, Liquor and wine sections, and a sprawling pastry area, create a food fantasy!  In the sweets,  It is very difficult to choose; each stand has the most seductive sweets and chocolates most of them french but with the Japanese touch of perfection.

The top floor of the building  is a green roof park with a children’s playground area, as well as benches and tables where one can consume the delicacies from the lower level.  This is a perfect way to start the day with a quick bite in a lovely setting 🙂

If You are visiting Japan, Isetan and Mitsokushi are the two best places to buy food to bring home.  It is definitely  worth visiting the 2 department stores  as they both sell supreme Japanese food, from all over the country.

    Isetan_055Noix de Beurre – Chestnut pudding
Isetan_059Noix de Beurre – Chestnut pudding
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Isetan_045Patiserie Aoki éclair, beer, Sandwich Magic – Brie mini Baguette
Isetan_048Patisserie Aoki éclair, Andersen’s Veggie quiche, beer
Isetan_043Noix de Beurre – Breads
Isetan_049Shredded turnip puffs
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  Isetan_073Patiserie Aoki – Green Tea Opera Cake
IMG_9142Patiserie Aoki – Green Tea Opera Cake
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Cha Cha Hana – Tokyo, Japan

chachahana4above photo © Cha Cha Hana

Cha Cha Hana

(81)  35.292.2933

Tokyo , Japan

www.commercial-art.net/wp/tokyo/chacha_hana/

Open Hours:
17:00 – 23:30    Daily

Hidden about 1/2 down the charming path behind the Golden Gai neighborhood sits Cha Cha Hana.  A charming restaurant that soon became our ‘local’ while staying in Shinjuku.

One of a series of restaurants across tokyo, sporting the same menu – a mix of thraditional , such as Yuba from Kyushu,  and modern japanese foods (like lovely shrubs).

It was the combination of cute, friendliness, price, location and menu that made Cha Cha Hana our go-to for a nice bite.

And of course, you feel a little special knowing about the secret entrance (that is only secret to tourists!)

chachahana3above photo © Cha Cha Hana

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abovephoto mochi © seventyoneplace
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