And it's not just Starbucks - I often feel like that special cafe experience is hard to find around here. That's why I love going to Japan - independent cafes, bakeries, and pastry shops are all over, each offering a unique experience.
One of the best ways to learn about what's out there is with cafe sweets magazine. Each month's issue features a new collection of cafes - one month it might be those with the most amazing cake decorations, another month those offering the best traditional sweets. I can't pretend to understand all of it (reading Kanji is not my strong suit), but the pictures speak a thousand words. Carefully handcrafted lattes served on a cozy deck overlooking the ocean, cups of fine tea served at a sleek counter - whatever the setting may be, cafe sweets captures some of the best cafe experiences in Japan.
Image @ http://www.shibatashoten.jp
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