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Would you forgive us if we lost our heads for a moment and described eating this donut as being similar to eating a cloud? We hope so, because we're letting that description stick. There is absolutely nothing at fault with this cinnamon and raisin marvel, and it very nearly took the top spot on our chart. A good size, fluffy, delicately dusted in cinnamon sugar, and with the perfect level of oil, this is truly the work of a donut-making genius – and don't the locals know it. You'll be hard pressed to find a Haritts donut anytime after the early afternoon. Cinnamon and raisin donut. ¥157. Available from Haritts, Uehara
Haritts is so hidden, it's a surprise they get any custom at all. Luckily, their reputation is wide spread, and you're likely to find their donuts - made with loving care and entirely delicious - sold out by the early afternoon. Our advice: get there as early as you can. On our last visit, we arrived at 8.45am, enjoyed a quiet half hour sitting in the morning sun as it seeped through the fusuma, and left suitably breakfasted, feeling as though we had just spent time in a Hayao Miyazaki movie.
The street Haritts is situated on is more a side path, but it's extremely close to the station, making it a great spot to stop off at on your way to somewhere in town. Built into the hollowed out first floor of a nondescript Japanese house, you'll need to look closely at the name plates in order to distinguish it from the other buildings on the street, but the interior most likely differs in that it has done away with all mod cons, giving it the appearance of something from a bygone era. It seats no more than about 10 people at most, and it's largely known for its take out treats, but pull up a little wooden chair, a fresh coffee and (in our opinion) one of the best donuts Tokyo has to offer. You'll be really glad you did.
Bill (for one)
Cinnamon raisin donut, ¥157
Iced café latte, ¥350
1-34-2 Uehara, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Transport Yoyogi-Uehara Station (Chiyoda, Odakyu lines)
Telephone 03 3466 0600
Open Tue-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, national holidays, 11am-6pm / Sun-Mon
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