Since being established in Taipei in 2006, the number of Gong Cha chain stores has gradually increased to over 1,000 and now extends to more than 10 countries. In September, the tea shop launched its latest shop in the Harajuku/Omotesando area.

Housed in a glass-fronted terrace that always catches the sun nicely, the Cafe d’Art also boasts several outdoor tables with secluded garden views. The set-lunch menu (from ¥1,050) is always attractive and tasty.

The cafe is kitted out in self-consciously cheap-ish, hip-ish DIY decor; seating is divided between counter seats and long tables. You can peruse any reading material you find in the bookshop as you while away the minutes or hours.

Cafe 104.5, though, is a very different type of operation -- and not just because it's a lot less starchy and a lot more affordable than the others in the group. The dinner menu is built around small dishes, many inspired by Spanish tapas, ...

Keats is not a vegetarian restaurant -- there are several fish and meat dishes each day -- though nonmeat-eaters and vegans will feel at home. It follows the macrobiotic ethos of shunning artificial additives and refined sugars, and incorporating very little dairy food. That ...

The tea canisters on the shelves of the ground-floor retail store barely hint at the sheer number of teas stocked here. There are hundreds listed in the catalog, many of them exclusive, handpicked, single-estate, first-flush varieties. All are available for you to choose from ...

The famous scrambled eggs are made with free-range, organic eggs and certainly live up to their reputation. The savory sweet corn fritters are light and colorful, prepared from fresh corn from the cob and topped with a creamy avocado salsa.

Cassoulet; choucroute; confit de canard; riz de veau; pot-au-feu: all the traditional brasserie staples are there. It is solid fare, with all corners of France represented, cooked impeccably and served in large portions best enjoyed at long, leisurely meals, with lots of wine.

The main influences are Cantonese, but allegiance is also paid to Shanghai. The shark's fin soup is bulked out with plenty of king crab meat and egg white in a thick chicken broth. The sliced fillet of beef is sauteed soft in black bean ...

You don't have to be hip to enter Cafe Independants, but it helps. Located in the basement of the old Mainichi Shimbun Kyoto bureau, Independants is the kind of cafe frequented by the artsy set. There is a version of this cafe in every ...

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