One of the most famous shopping streets in Tokyo is Azabu-juban. In this shopping street with its international flair, shops with new health trends meet old-fashioned shops. The summer festival in Azabu-Juban is also very popular. No matter when you come from, there is always something new to discover.
I heard it should be hidden far behind in the shopping streets with delicious coffee and donuts. I did not hesitate and went straight to the search!
From the subway station “Azabu-juban” go first into the shopping street. The Azabu-juban shopping street is not a single street, but consists of a series of streets that run parallel to each other – like the rings of a tree cake – from west to east. There are numerous restaurants and shops in the streets. Normally I can not resist the many temptations and go to one of the many cafes. This time, I tore myself together and went farther south to the back of Azabu-Juban.
If you reach a place with tall trees, you are soon there. From here begins “Deep Azabu-Juban” (the name I have devised myself). Near the Amishiro Park with a large children’s playground you will find the coffee shop “Ayabu Kobo” where you can buy freshly roasted coffee. It is my favorite roastery in Tokyo. The coffee beans here are extraordinary!
If you are not sure which coffee beans you should try, I would go for the “Azabu blend” or the “Junan blend”. The shop owner Mr. Tanaka told me that he starts roasting the beans right after receiving an order. By doing this, you’ll always get freshly roasted, nice smelling beans. It takes about 30 minutes to roast beans..
But, even people who do not have time to wait 30 minutes can buy something. The shop sells small packages of drip coffee (with an included filter). All you need is a cup and hot water. (This type of coffee is also great as a souvenir or gift for a friend!)
Right next to the coffee shop there is a shop that only sells kaleidoscopes. When I visited, I was the only customer. The owner and I started chatting. He told me that kaleidoscopes were invented by the Scotts in 1816. Kaleidoscopes gained great popularity in Europe, but – according to the shop owner – kaleidoscopes became really interesting after they found their war to the United States. People there started to create new shapes and types of kaleidoscopes, which are now the most fun ones in the world.
I was amazed by all the different types of kaleidoscopes in the shop. There are over 100 kinds of kaleidoscopes in the shop, so if you are interested in finding the perfect kaleidoscope, this is the place to go!
Two blocks away from the coffee shop, there is a bakery called “Pointage”. When there is a magazine or a book introducing “the best bakeries in Tokyo”, this bakery will surely appear. It is not only a great shop with delicious bread, but also a very convenient place to eat lunch. There is an eat-in area where you can rest.
“DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee” is a donut shop just one block away from “Pointage”. It is a very small shop, but is has some chairs to sit and eat. However, the seats by the windows are always taken. Actually, that’s what made me curious when I walked by the shop. “This place has to be delicious!”, I thought.
This time, I finally went inside and had a look. The menu is simple. It’s basically just donuts and coffee.
The donuts were quite big. They had about 10 flavors – each with a different topping. I had a donut with delicious looking yellow passion fruit sauce.
It had a bite and…WOW! It was super tasty! The donut was not too sweet (even tough it looked VERY sweet). Just the right balance between the donut’s sweetness and the sourness of the passion fruit sauce. And the coffee was delicious, too!
A coffee and a donut are around 400 yen each, which is – in my opinion – worth more than the price. Since “DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee” is always busy with (mostly young female customers), you might have to eat your donut somewhere else. Since the Amishiro Park is right around the corner, this is be the place I would recommend you to sit down on a bench and enjoy your donut and coffee.
“Deep Azabu-Juban” has a lot to offer. I will definitely revisit! There are so many “gems” to discover and so much tasty food to eat! How about coming to “Deep Azabu-Juban” to discover your new favorite “hidden shop”?
Placebo Azab 1F, 2 -13-7 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2-13-8 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
3-3-10 3 – chome, Azabu Juban Minato-ku, Tokyo
(closed on Monday · Tuesday)
DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee
2-17-6 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo