Toraya Confectionery Kyoto

Japanese confectionery is a world of its own and Toraya seem to be holding a special place in the hierarchy of high end sweet makers. Before coming to Japan, the only Japanese sweet I knew were the Pocky  sold at a Korean import shop. I think Toraya was one of the first quality wagashi I tried.

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Caffe Verdi

Caffe Verdi is a little bit out of the way but you get the distinct feeling when you get there that it’s actually a place for the locals to enjoy a really good cup of coffee. Kyoto is packed with coffee shops and among all these choices, I decided to go for the one that was among the highest ranked on the  “tabelog” website.

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Witches

About two years ago, my wife took me to a restaurant called Always on the border of Kurashiki and Soja and I was simply blown away by the quality of their bread. On my way to the bathroom, I saw a poster for a bakery and I dragged my wife to see the poster, this is how I found Industry Bakery which lead me to Witches coffee shop which are both located in Soja almost in front of each other.

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Coffee Club in Marugame

Finding an address in Japan is difficult at the best of time, but finding Coffee Club in Marugame proved to be an epic drive complicated by the fact that there were two route 205 running parallel to each other. Beyond this major urban planning faux pas, Coffee Club is well worth driving around in circle for 30 min.

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Rec Coffee

It was snowy in Fukuoka and my ever lasting quest for coffee had suddenly came to a dead end when I came upon the closed doors of Honey Coffee roaster. One of the worker at Honey coffee was nice enough to recommend that we walk toward Yakuin station and try a place called Rec Coffee which are using their coffee beans.

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