Stars & Sweets: Milky Way Cafe, Ikebukuro
As I mentioned in my last post about cat cafes, I returned to Tokyo this past summer for another round of research, which meant… more visits to my favorite Tokyo eateries and introductions to some great new ones as well!
Any of you who’ve been to Tokyo know that its cafes often feature a fabulous mix of cuteness and sugar. At the invitation of an informed friend, I was introduced to the Milky Way Cafe in Ikebukuro in June. Ikebukuro is located in the northwest part of Tokyo, and besides being a bustling urban neighborhood, it’s also often thought of these days as a sort of Akihabara for girls, a female otaku town. This is due in large part to the presence of Otome Road, a collection of anime shops that cater more to feminine tastes.
We were greeted at the entrance by a preview of the amazingness to come. Restaurants in Japan often have plastic models of their dishes in the window (which is very useful for foreigners, in case some of you don’t speak Japanese). Anyway, you can imagine how our mouths were watering at these adorable delights!
First came coffee. Look at the precious star-shaped sugar holder, complete with tiny blue sugar stars inside! I (and several of my companions) ordered a “blend” coffee, which came in an adorable star-shaped pot, which you can see in the photo below.
Of course, the parfait was the star of the show. I choose the parfait for my sign (Libra, 天秤宮, tenbinkyuu), which turned out to be an amazing concoction of vanilla ice cream, custard, chocolate cookies, whipped cream, corn flakes, and satsuma oranges. Corn flakes and fruit are classic ingredients of Japanese parfaits, though it may seem a little odd to Americans. This parfait was exactly what I wanted, so maybe there’s something to this astrology business after all! ;)
And of course, part of the fun of eating in Japan is TAKING PICTURES OF EVERYTHING. You can see a couple of my companions’ selections above. Totally cute, right? Their desserts came with various flavors of ice cream, wafters, chocolate straws, and even a little mini piece of pie in one case. And star cookies were a given, of course.
If you find yourself in Ikebukuro, I recommend stopping by to check out this cute and tasty spot. If you read Japanese, you can check out the cafe’s official website for more information and directions. If you don’t read Japanese, check out this handy post from Otaku and Fit, which has some pretty good directions to help you find your way.
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