Wittamer, Osaka

Wittamer, Osaka

Everytime I spot Ugg Australia in Japan I can’t help but feel a stab of pride. I guess this was what it felt like to be Belgium when H spotted Wittamer. Wandering around the dessert floor (yes it’s an entire floor full of desserts) in Hanshin Departm ...

Tenkaippin, Osaka

Tenkaippin, Osaka

Before going to see the new Rurouni Kenshin movie in cinemas, we needed dinner first and one of the closest restaurants was Tenkaippin.  Tenkaippin founded in Kyoto, is a chain store with more than 230 stores around Japan. One of the coolest things ...

La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Kyoto

La Pâtisserie des Rêves, Kyoto

Japan Recommended in Japan I Only Eat Desserts / December 2, 2012 / 6 Comments La Pâtisserie des Rêves, “Pastry Shop of Dreams”, famous for reinventing the classics of French pastries. Everytime I’m in Kyoto I always pass ...

Taiho-An, Kyoto

Taiho-An, Kyoto

Japan Recommended in Japan I Only Eat Desserts / November 20, 2012 / 6 Comments Uji is the capital of green tea in Japan and one of the places that I visited was the Taiho-an tea house. You can experience a traditional Jap ...

Ippudo Nishikikouji, Kyoto

Ippudo Nishikikouji, Kyoto

I was fortunate enough to be taken here by Sako in Kyoto – the best recommendation I’ve had! Especially since there was no line as we went during an odd hour   So a little introduction to Ippudo – founded by Shigemi Kawahara who earned the title of t ...

Nijo-jo and Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto

Nijo-jo and Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto

Japan was a break from 4.5 years of gruelling hell that was engineering so I deliberately organised my timetable to have Friday’s off. Friday was forever called Adventure Friday where Hazelnut and I would explore somewhere new each week. One of the f ...

Manges La Tarte, Osaka

Manges La Tarte, Osaka

Manges La Tarte was a place I randomly stumbled upon when I got hungry shopping. I was expecting a basic food court but Japan does not do anything ordinary. Each store was a restaurant, walking from benches in an Italian setting to tatami mats in a J ...

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Tokyo

Dominique Ansel Bakery, Tokyo

For all the foodies out there you would have heard of Dominique Ansel as this is the guy that invented the cronut. He is the one responsible for the huge lines outside his store in New York and the one that had caused the cronut craze to sweep all ov ...

Kiyomizu-Dera, Kyoto

Kiyomizu-Dera, Kyoto

Going on exchange and stepping out of your comfort zone is scary terrifying but you do learn a lot about yourself – your strengths and weaknesses, how you handle under pressure and what you like/dislike. For better or for worse, I realised I’m actual ...

Hidemi Sugino, Tokyo

Hidemi Sugino, Tokyo

Japan I Only Eat Desserts / April 6, 2013 / 0 Comments A couple of years ago I had to do a presentation on what I would do if I went to Japan. No surprises here – I talked about needing to go to Hidemi Sugino’s shop. Who i ...

Gontran Cherrier, Tokyo

Gontran Cherrier, Tokyo

Tokyo changes so much in 3 years with many new stores popping up. Thanks to Pokemon Master S and A who gave me the tip to come to Gontran Cherrier, it was a place I did not miss when I exited the Shinjuku station. For the few days we were in Tokyo, ...

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, Tokyo

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, Tokyo

Also within walking distance of Dominique Ansel Bakery and Magnolia Bakery, you’ll find Aoyama Flower Market. Only the Aoyama Flower Market in Omotesando is where you will find a hidden away cafe out the back. This is a place that will transport you ...

Menya Musashi, Tokyo

Menya Musashi, Tokyo

We were reaching our ramen limit at this point but tsukumen was one of the things I really wanted to try. So we rolled up our sleeves, sucked in our tummy and made our way to Menya Musashi. Spoilers but this was probably C’s most favourite ramen dish ...

Magnolia Bakery, Tokyo

Magnolia Bakery, Tokyo

Magnolia Bakery has been on my to eat list for a long time and everytime I was looking for the perfect cupcake recipe Magnolia and The Hummingbird Bakery would keep popping up. It is one of the most popular cupcake bakeries I’ve heard of and they’ve ...

Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki, Tokyo

Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki, Tokyo

Sadaharu Aoki is famed for his incorporation of Japanese flavours into classical French desserts. He first opened his store in Paris but now has stores in Japan and Taiwan. It’s been a pretty poor effort on my part but the last time I was in Japan I ...

Wakkoqu, Kobe

Wakkoqu, Kobe

I bet you’ve all heard the rumours about Kobe beef – how the cows are massaged and are given beer to drink. Strict guidelines are present to be classified as Kobe beef. The cow has to have a pure Tajima-gyu breed lineage as well as being born and rai ...

Tsujiri, Kyoto

Tsujiri, Kyoto

When I was in Japan 3 years ago I would pass Tsujiri so often and it wasn’t until a Japanese girl said it is one of her favourite shops that I started taking notice. Everytime I passed it there would be lines from the top of the stairs all the way to ...

Nakamura Tokichi, Kyoto

Nakamura Tokichi, Kyoto

Nakamura Tokichi (中村藤吉) has been around for 150 years, well-known for not only their tea but also their desserts. I went to visit their main store on my trip to Uji (where the best quality green tea in Japan is from). This was our last stop in Uji wh ...

Sweets Paradise, Osaka

Sweets Paradise, Osaka

Wow I’ve actually been in Japan for 1 month, time passes unbelievably fast. It has been such an amazing experience – making friends from all around the world, travelling and exploring Japan and of course the food. I wanted my first post on Japan to b ...

Rikuro Ojisan, Osaka

Rikuro Ojisan, Osaka

Rikuro Ojisan is a store that sells Japanese cheesecakes in Osaka and Kobe. If you ever walk past it, it is always crowded with a massive ass line. You know it is the best when you see Japanese people wait ages for their cakes – just follow the local ...