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A Traveler Exchange Cafe With High-Quality Coffee in Asakusa ― The Substantial Facility Also Supports English

A Traveler Exchange Cafe With High-Quality Coffee in Asakusa ― The Substantial Facility Also Supports English

Takakuni and Akiko Honda

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ABACAXI (abakashi) CAFE, near Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station (Taito Nishi-Asakusa 2, TEL 03-6802-8508), opened three months ago. There are 22 seats available.

The cafe was opened on March 10th by coffee-lovers Takakuni and Akiko Honda. ABACAXI means "pineapple" in Portuguese. The cafe is named for the deliciousness of the pineapple they had when eating the Brazilian skewered barbecue dish churrasco. Directly in front of the entrance, there is a huge window which gives a sense of spaciousness and connectedness with the outside. In the center of the cafe, a big wooden table is set up. This makes it easy for customers to chat together.

The cafe was developed bearing in mind a desire to create a place where people could exchange ideas while relaxing, much like the common room of an overseas guest house. Catering to the local demographic, which includes many foreign travelers, the cafe offers computers free of charge, along with free Wi-Fi and charging equipment. There are also travel guidebooks in English lining the bookshelves.

In the future, Takakuni hopes for many kinds of people to come and for the space to become more lively and joyful. Akiko smiles, saying, "I want visitors to have their own time here, communicate with each other, and relax here for a long time."

The main menu consists of drip coffee, iced tea, green tea, rooibos tea (500 yen), chai tea, iced coffee, cafe latte (550 yen), ginger ale, apple juice (400 yen), lemonade, and beer (600 yen). The lunch menu consists of a vegetable sandwich set (900 yen) and a chicken curry set (1,000 yen).

The hours of operation are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Open from 11:45 a.m. on Thursdays). Closed on Wednesdays.

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