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Where to Eat: Azabu-Juban, Japan

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Azabu-juban was one of my favourite towns in Tokyo. Although there isn't nearly as much to see as places like Shibuya or Shinjuku, as a town to stay in, it's perfect. There is a small section where all the restaurants reside, creating a lively atmosphere without the huge crowds or lines. There were so many places to eat, we had such a hard just picking a few. Below are my must visits if you're ever in the area.

This was our very first meal in Japan and it really set the bar in the sky. They serve soy-based ramen and, my god, it is the best tasting ramen soup we have ever tasted. There was no research involved in finding this shop – it was our first night and after a long flight, we just wanted something local to our Airbnb location, Azabu-juban. We headed downstairs and the look of the shop was what inspired me to go say with confidence that I wanted to eat there. It was just like those small food shops with very few seating and mostly at the bar where you can watch the chefs prepare your food. Confused as hell, we successfully operated the ordering vending machine out the front of the store. We learnt that once you get your tickets from the vending machine, you pass them over the chef, and they start cooking. Probably less than five minutes later, our ramen was served. The soup was delicious, the noodles were the kind I like – straight and not too thick. Everything about this dish was perfect and if I could, I would’ve ordered another. This place is definitely worth making a trip to Azabu-juban for.

About a five minute stroll away from our Airbnb was Oslo Coffee. Here, we tried our first cakes and they did not disappoint. They only cost around 400-500 yen a slice (cheap in comparison to some other cake shops I saw in Japan). We bought two types: the ‘Cheese Cake with North European Berry’ and the ‘Strawberry & Lingonberry Sponge Cake’. The cheesecake was for bae so I only had a bit of it – it tasted good, just kind of like any other cheesecake. However, the sponge cake. This kicked off our motto of ‘everything is softer in Japan’. The sponge was so much softer and fluffier than any other sponge cake I’ve ever had. It was like eating clouds, but cream clouds with perfectly sweet strawberries in it.

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