Review excerpt: The food menu at Otto Knot is limited to a lineup of sandwiches and the restaurant’s dessert of choice: homemade waffles.

Review excerpt: Kyoto's Assemblages Kakimoto is a small alcove with pastries and an extensive selection of handmade chocolates with flavors such as vanilla, myōga ginger and rosemary.

Review excerpt: Chwf Shimada operated a bakery and patisserie in Kobe for 20 years before making the move to Osaka with Louis Blanc. Without doubt, Shimada makes some of the most memorable and magnificent cakes.

Review excerpt: If you’re in Umeda and in need of an escape from the crowds, head for Taneya’s shop at the back of the cavernous confectionery hall in the Hankyu department store.

Review excerpt: The core of the menu at Esquisse Cinq is his “Grand Dessert” selection. Every day there is a choice pancakes, macarons, souffles and more.

Though Naniwa serves kakigōri (shaved ice), which is as much a part of summer in Japan as the relentless shrieking of cicadas, the cafe is best known for its fish-shaped taiyaki hot cakes. These are baked the traditional way, with a filling of sweet ...

Gokan is located in an office building refurbished in the European style that flourished in the Meiji Era (1868-1912). It’s more roomy than Kitahama Retro and has a genteel doorman who wouldn’t be out of place outside a hotel on Fifth Avenue. It also ...

The lunch menu is limited but offers French staples such as quiche, croque-madame, similar to the croque-monsieur but topped with an egg. I started with the brightest cake on the menu, tarte rouge, a raspberry tart or tarte aux framboises, and followed it with ...

This patisserie serves only cakes and water, but what a sweet line-up it is: these could be the supermodels of the cake world, except loaded with calories. After much deliberation — after all, half the fun (and frustration) is in the choosing — we ...

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of “cooing” girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

At the Kyoto cafe (there are 12 outlets spread around the country), you are greeted by a selection of cakes inside a museum-like glass vestibule. And like a star attraction, it draws crowds (mostly, of "cooing" girls). You pick first, then order, then wait. ...

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