Located in an area with many embassies, the historic Azabu-Juban Shopping Street is a fusion of an international vibe with traditional Japanese features, creating a unique atmosphere. The NYC-style donut shop and Japanese sweets cafe you can read about in this article are a perfect sample of the eclectic vibe of Azabu-Juban.
New York-style donuts born in Japan
DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee, which opened in September 2016, is well-known among locals living in the area. It’s a small cafe in the back of the famous shopping street but customers frequent this shop nevertheless. The menu is very simple: it’s donuts and coffee.
DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee offers NYC-inspired donuts made in Japan. Maybe that’s why the donuts aren’t overly sweet but rather have a sophisticated sweetness. Also, the donuts are well-matched with the dark roast original blend coffee using coffee beans from the popular “ARABICA” in Kyoto.
If all seats at DUMBO are occupied, something likely to happen, just order a take-out and enjoy your coffee and donut combo on a bench at the nearby park ー or take it home!
DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee (2-17-6 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
A Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winning Japanese cafe
Founded in Osaka in 1927, Amanoya is a cafe popular among Kabuki actors and entertainers who frequented the cafe. In 2002, Amanoya relocated to Tokyo.
The refined Japanese-style interior fits perfectly with the shop’s menu. The warm red adzuki bean ‘zenzai’, Japanese retro pudding, exquisite egg sandwiches, and Daiginjo sake cake are all delicious!
When I tried the delicious zenzai before, I thought I would only get the zenzai in a bowl. I was wrong. The set includes hot tea and seaweed. Everything I had at the cafe was really delicious! No wonder the cafe got approved by Michelin’s Bib Gourmand!
Amanoya also has a take-out menu. You can either order a take-out by visiting the store in advance, or by calling (https://amano-ya.jp/contact/) one day before you pick the delicious treats.
Amanoya (3-1-9 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
The deeper you proceed into the Azabu-Juban shopping district, you will come across more and more fascinating and memorable cafes. If you have the chance, please stop by these hidden gems!
*Please note that the facilities introduced in this article may not be open due to measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please refer to each facility’s website for the latest business hours.
*All photos are taken before 2020