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Christmas in a cup: Apple chai latte at Cerfeuil Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a perfect place to spend Christmas. This year we went there a bit earlier, just after an abnormally warm day in December. Artificial snow on the slopes of Karuizawa has almost melted; moreover, it was raining. In the morning we had to walk in the fog, which made me completely lose the feeling of time and space. Spending most of my time in the onsen added some more feeling of serenity and relaxation. We were fully immersed in the beauty of Karuizawa, with its ponds, trees, ducks, and Japanese carps. CerfeuilI remembered cafe Cerfeuil near the pond from our last visit, and was looking forward to eating their pancakes with a selection of additive-free jams once again. However, this time we didn’t get a window seat as the cafe was pretty crowded on Saturday. But this time we had another pleasant surprise: apple chai latte that tasted (and looked) like Christmas!CerfeuilIt cost around 700 yen, which is a bit over my usual budget, but was totally worth every yen. The latte foam was decorated with some kind of pepper, and there were apple slices on the bottom. Our pancake set came with a cup of black coffee, so we were competing for the right to drink the latte with my husband. Cerfeuil

Cafe Cerfeuil specializes on jams and confitures, which go very well with toasts or pancakes. Many people come here to buy a jar or two. I didn’t remember all four kinds of jam we were served with our pancakes, but there have definitely been strawberry and satsumaimo (sweet potato) mentioned.CerfeuilActually, you don’t necessarily need to go to Karuizawa to try their jam. There is a Cerfeuil branch in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Cafe Cerfeuil Karuizawa is conveniently situated in Prince Shopping Plaza, and for some very tired shoppers it may become a little paradise. This time we were not that excited about the pancakes, but certainly loved their latte.Cerfeuil


Cerfeuil Karuizawa Cafe

Address: Prince Shopping Plaza, Karuizawa, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano
Telephone: 0267-41-3908
Opening hours: 9:30 am – 8 pm
Access: 3 min. walk Karuizawa Station
Official website: http://www.cerfeuil.jp/
Distance to airport: 189 km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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