Updated: November 07, 2018
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Fukuroshosabo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo: A Cafe in an Elegant Library

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Do you know about Doutor, the famous coffee chain's new incredible project? The new type of cafe displays around 3,000 books so it's no exaggeration to call it a library! We were curious about this new genre of cafe so we went to check it out for ourselves.

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Doutor's new cafe is almost like a library!

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Directly connected to Ikebukuro Station, you'll find Esola and on the 4th floor is Fukuroshosabo.
Japan's famous coffee chain, Doutor, has now started a new type of cafe!
The cafe is one floor large and its atmosphere is completely different from a traditional Doutor cafe.

You'll find any kind of book!

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When you walk in, you'll be amazed at how many books there are. You'll probably wonder where you are too, am I in a bookstore? in a library? or in a cafe?
There are just so many books!
All the books are covered with book covers so you won't know which book you're choosing, apart from a short introduction.

How about spending some time in a quiet space with a nice book?

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In this corner, you can have lunch or dinner while enjoying a nice book.
The atmosphere is perfect for relaxing, and it's not really the space to have a conversation, in fact, they asked them to be kept at a minimum.

You can borrow one of their books and bring it back to your seat

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Pretty much every corner in the cafe is prepared so that it can be a reading spot. You can choose from thousands of books which you can read for free. There are many tables for people who came by themselves to unwind for a bit with a good book.

If you don't know which book to choose from, you can also choose the book that was placed under the table and discover something interesting.
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The window seat is a particularly nice spot to sit as you can come with friends or a date and sit by side and read a book. The atmosphere is also quite nice for a date.

The coffee is slowly prepared one by one in a siphon

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Doutor is a famous coffee chain in Japan so of course, their speciality is coffee!
Each order is prepared carefully one by one in a siphon.
Since it takes some time, I suggest you go looking for a book in the meantime.
By the time you'll start reading your book, they'll probably be coming over with your coffee.

There's a lot of delicious food to choose from too!

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One of their popular menu items, French Chiffon Cake, ¥756 (taxes included).
Of course, Fukuroshosabo is specialized in coffee, but they also have many other delicious menu items to choose from.
For a light meal, you can have cake or a sandwich, or if you have quite an appetite, you can have pasta too. At night, you can also have some alcohol to accompany whatever you're having.
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The French Chiffon is served in a piping hot iron plate with maple syrup and whipped cream.

The outside is crispy and the inside is deliciously fluffy. It's a nice and light cake.
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The cake isn't too sweet and the banana, whipped cream and caramel add a nice deeper taste.

The melted butter on top gives it a richer taste! What is nice is that you can adapt the sweetness and the taste according to your taste.
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Book Chiffon (plain), ¥540 (taxes included)
This cute cake is prepared to look like a book!
You should definitely try this cake if you want something light to go with you coffee!

Finally...

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This cafe has a stylish and beautiful retro vibe. If you go visit it once, you'll definitely be back before you know it.
If you want to enjoy some good coffee while having a nice and relaxing time, be sure to check this cafe out for yourself!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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