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Japan: Tokyo/ Setagaya (Lupopo Cafe & Gallery)

The Setagaya ward in Tokyo has a reputation for being an upscale district and is home to the popular shopping district known as Sangenjaya. Here you will find a diverse gathering of affordable eating establishments, small boutiques and thrift stores selling everything from household items to clothing and just about everything in between. The area is easily accessible from Shibuya via the Tokyu Den-en-Toshi line, exit at Sangenjaya Station.

Just a short walk from Sangenjaya Station is a little café and gallery known as Lupopo. The shop is incredibly small but the Japanese are renowned for fully utilizing any space no matter how small.

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Upon entering the café you will notice a wall of wooden boxes containing tastefully displayed arts and crafts for sale. These items include jewelry, candles, stationary and small items created from felt. Certainly a great place to pick up that unique omiyage to bring to the folks at home. Overall the café offers a cozy, cottage-like atmosphere and depending on when you arrive, you could quite possibly have the café to yourself!

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The menu includes wonderful latte drinks, teas, lunch set items, salads, noodle dishes and desserts. You can also order a beer or a glass of wine for only ¥500. The latte drinks are served with a small container of brown sugar cubes and a little wooden spoon.

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On each table there is a small notebook and a container of various colored pens. Patrons to the café leave notes to the owners in these notebooks, messages like, “Thank you, the latte was oishii!”

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Maguro/ tuna salad

Maguro/ tuna salad

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Noodle dish

Noodle dish

So after browsing through the shops at Sangenjaya, won’t you take a moment to stop off at Lupopo Café & Gallery? You can just kick back and enjoy a nice cup of latte and browse the various wooden boxes and discover what they have to offer. The café is open from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM. They are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Address:          1 Chome-35-20 Sangenjaya, Setagaya, Tokyo

Web page:       http://lupopo.net/

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