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Fancy a Cuppa? Check out the Famous Coffee Shops of Gifu and Aichi

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Fancy a Cuppa? Check out the Famous Coffee Shops of Gifu and Aichi

John Asano

Gifu and Aichi Prefectures are famous for their coffee shops which offer great value for money. Breakfast morning services or ‘morning sets’ as they are also known range in price from 300 – 500 yen with a basic set providing you with a coffee, slice of thick toast, salad and a hard-boiled egg. For the price of a coffee, you can have a simple and easy breakfast on the go.

A great place to experience ‘morning sets’ is in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture, which is home to over 700 coffee shops. Ichinomiya is one of the birthplaces of the breakfast morning service in Japan and has a great coffee culture.

Aichi Morning Set

Aichi Morning Set
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Breakfast morning service started in Japan during a time of economic growth in the booming 1980’s. They provided on-the-go Japanese salarymen a quick bite to eat on the way into work. Coffee wasn’t enough, so toast, eggs and salad were quickly added and the rest as they say is history. The ‘morning sets’ of Gifu and Aichi have grown in status over the years to where they are now well known and famous all over Japan.

Nagoya and Gifu City also have a great variety of coffee shops that offer the breakfast morning set service providing free bread, hard-boiled egg and salad with the purchase of a drink. Two types of morning set service are usually offered, Japanese style and Western style. Each coffee shop has its own unique menu items, so it is fun to explore the different coffee shops around the Gifu and Aichi area.

Nagoya Coffee Shop

Nagoya Coffee Shop
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A typical Japanese style ‘morning set’ might contain coffee, onigiri (rice ball), egg, salad, yakisoba and soup. Western style ‘morning sets’ include such items as coffee, toast/sandwich, hard-boiled egg, salad and a dessert.

Gifu Morning Set

Gifu Morning Set
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Gifu Morning Set

Gifu Morning Set
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These coffee shops are a great meeting place that connect people of all walks of life. They are comfortable and relaxed with a warm, fun, friendly atmosphere.

The local coffee shops scattered around Gifu and Aichi are all uniquely different with their own unique charm and atmosphere. You can also find chain stores such as Komeda’s Coffee and Motomachi Coffee, which while they don’t offer the amazing value for money of the family run local shops, do have a bigger menu, more variety of choices and high-quality coffee. These chain stores have begun gaining in popularity in Tokyo and all over Japan due to their relaxing atmosphere, making the customers feel right at home, and high-quality coffee.

A favourite of mine is Motomachi Coffee, which is a coffee chain originally from Gifu. My local Motomachi Coffee has a choice of western style seating with tables or booths, or Japanese style with zabuton (cushions) on tatami floors. Their standard breakfast ‘morning set’ costs 420 yen and comes with a blend coffee, thick slice of toast and a hard-boiled egg. For an additional 250 yen you can up your breakfast to a more gorgeous set with the ‘Motomachi Premium Morning Set’, where you can choose the type of bread (toast, muffin, safuju), type of egg (hard-boiled, scrambled, etc.) with a slice of bacon, salad and dessert. For a more Western style set, an additional 280 yen gets you Eggs Benedict on toast with a salad and dessert.

Motomachi Coffee Gifu

Motomachi Coffee Gifu
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Motomachi Coffee Morning Menu

Motomachi Coffee Morning Menu
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Motomachi Premium Morning Set

Motomachi Premium Morning Set
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Motomachi Eggs Benedict Morning Set

Motomachi Eggs Benedict Morning Set
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Another popular local coffee chain is Komeda’s Coffee, which originated in Nagoya and now has more than 400 branches all across Japan. There are 263 branches in Aichi Prefecture alone, which outnumbers even Starbucks!

Komeda's Coffee

Komeda's Coffee
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Coffee at Komeda's Coffee

Coffee at Komeda's Coffee
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Basic Morning Set

Basic Morning Set
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Morning Set with Salad

Morning Set with Salad
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The coffee shops of Gifu and Aichi are cheap and offer great value for money with a relaxing atmosphere. If you are after more than just your regular can coffee for breakfast, check them out on your next visit.

Have you experienced Japanese coffee shop morning service in Japan? Please leave your comments below.

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