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Indulging in delicious treats at Marbre Vegan and exploring Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo

About Marbre Vegan


Marbre Vegan is a small vegan patisserie with the most amazing cakes including gluten-free and low-carb ones and therefore offering something for everybody!


The small and cozy café is located in Shinjuku, right next to Shinjuku Gyōen. They have some seating inside and right in front of the café, but you can also do take-out our pre-order whole cakes. The inside was quite cramped though, filled up with as much seating as possible, so it was hard to squeeze through to my seat. In case you want to go with small children, consider leaving the baby car at home.



The vitrine was full of mouth-watering and beautiful options, including different kinds of strawberry tarts, chocolate tarts, apple tarts, blueberry tarts, tiramisu and more! For the strawberry one they even have a low-carb option with less sugar and calories for those conscious about that.



You can also enjoy hot and cold drinks, including for example coffee, lattes, and teas.

When you enter, the staff will show you where to sit and brings you a menu. They will then take your order at the table. In the end you need to pay at the counter.


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My Thoughts


As I love strawberries, I had to try the strawberry short cake and I must say, it probably was the most delicious cake I ever had! It had several layers of dough, cream and strawberries. The dough was super soft and not as spongey as other cakes I had before. I could bite through it like butter and it was very sweet, whereas the cream had only a very light sweetness, which was a perfect balance. Furthermore, the cream was very soft as well, creamy and buttery. All in all the cake had just the right sweetness and was very filling. I would say even though it seem expensive, 715¥ was a fair price for what I got.



As in Japan it has become a tradition to eat strawberry cream cakes on Christmas, I think this would be a great option for vegans, so consider ordering one.


The cakes are on the pricier side, but in my opinion worth the money for the quality you get! Also the size was quite good compared to other vegan cafés in Tokyo.



Prices:

650¥ - 4000¥

Opening hours:

11:00 - 19:00

Nearest Station:

Shinjuku Gyoen Mae

Address:

〒160-0022 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Shinjuku, 2 Chome−1−5, Parkside Square, 1階


Tel.:

0363806898


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Tip: Why not also visit Shinjuku Gyōen on the same day?

Right now is the season for watching autumn leaves and Shinjuku Gyōen is one of the best places for that in Tokyo!


Shinjuku Gyōen


Shinjuku Gyōen now is a huge garden open to the public, but actually was built on the grounds of a private residence owned by a daimyo (feudal lord) named Naito in 1591. In 1872, the government transformed the area into an agricultural experiment station. Subsequently, it evolved into an imperial estate and was fully established as an imperial garden in 1906. Initially serving as a diplomatic palace garden, it was redesignated as a national garden following World War II and made accessible to the public.



Now it is popular for families to go there with their children, friends to play there or couples to take a walk or lay down on the grass.


Shinjuku Gyōen is 58.3 ha large and has a circumference of 3.5 km and was supposed to be a modern western-style garden in the Meiji era (1868-1912). There are three distinct styles of gardens, which are a French formal garden designed by a French landscaping designer, an English landscape garden and a beautiful and - my favorite - a breathtaking traditional Japanese garden.



But there are also historical buildings such has the former Goryotei Pavilion presented as a memorial for the Emperor Hirohito.


I personally also love the greenhouse where tropical and subtropical plants were grown. It used to be the oldest Western-style greenhouse and you can still see the remains. However, it was rebuilt in 2012 and now is an environmental conservation greenhouse preserving and displaying endangered plant species.




The park is especially beautiful during sakura season in spring and autumn leaves season in fall with special light-up events being held.





Admission:

adults: 500¥

Children under 15: free

Students (senior Highschool or older): 250¥ (international student IDs work as well!)


Hours:

09:00 - 16:00

Closed on Mondays


Address:

11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0014


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