Take-out Paradise: These are the best sweets for take-out in Azabu-Juban!

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 is a hipster-style donut shop in Azabu-Juban

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.


The shop usually offers about 10 different flavors.

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.

DUMBO donut shop in Azabu-juban

I personally recommend the sweet and sour passion fruit donuts and the matcha flavor donuts with cream cheese topping!

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)

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/XxDokGQVh3nr8U4h8

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!

The shop’s menu in Japanese only with no pictures. So, if you are worried about ordering, just show the picture of the food you want to order on the shop’s website to the staff!



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!

Zenzai set

The salty seaweed helps to reset your tastebuds after eating something sweets. Therefore, have some salty seaweed, eat some sweet zenzai and then have a little bit of seaweed again

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.



The take-out menu includes adzuki bean toast, Daiginjo sake cake, and egg sandwich. The famous egg sandwich features Japanese omelets with dashi bonito-stick and spicy mayonnaise. It tastes wonderful!

Japanese retro pudding

Amanoya (3-1-9 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/EG6tAtiJEa5X4AJdA

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

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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