Kitayama is five stops on the subway from downtown Kyoto, but it might as well be a million miles away for the tourists who trudge around the city in search of Kyoto tropes: temples, shrines, teahouses and geishas who are more than likely tourists ...

I was there for the French toast: voluminous, coquettish, accompanied by a twirl of soft-serve ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.

On the subject of sausage, another German friend recommended Chozumeya Kamakura, a takeaway counter that does a brisk trade in hot-off-the-grill handmade sausages.

The cafe is designed to let in as much light as possible, hence the name Greenhouse. The best seats are by the windows, which stretch up to the vaulted ceiling and offer expansive views of a modern Japanese garden with a fabricated waterfall.

The pancakes at the Tokyo outpost of Oahu’s popular Cafe Kaila are indeed very good. They are light and fluffy but not at all vapid; they’re incredibly filling and include a surprisingly generous amount of fruit.

On Wednesdays, the cafe closes to devote the whole day to baking and, if you order in advance, you can pick up large quantities of cinnamon rolls to go.

Cafe Poro also serves pyttipannu, a sausage and potato scramble topped with a sunny-side-up egg that is Finland’s favorite late-night takeaway.

Cafe Papins has four new flavors that can only be enjoyed in these cold winter months, such as shaved ice drizzled with hot kabocha squash sauce, adzuki beans and caramel — all homemade — with a scoop of vanilla Haagen-Dazs on the side.

In addition to its usual kakigori, it offers a special winter menu from November to April that includes cream stew that is simmered on the stove for at least two hours, gratin that will be served in the store from January and French toast ...

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