There’s probably more Family Mart convenience stores in Japan than McDonald’s so if you’re looking for a place to pass time while waiting, or to study, there’s a high chance that a Family Mart Cafe is nearby! Be warned though, not all Family Mart branches carry the cafe concept. But if you are lucky, you’ll understand why Family Mart Cafe is one of my budget choices for coffee and snacks in Japan.
1. Quirky Snacks
I’m a sucker for trying out new flavors or new kinds of food! If it looks interesting, as long as it’s not disgusting, I’ll get my hands on them when I can. Take this mint and chocolate pancake with whipped cream from Family Mart’s Famima Bakery line: sinful but delicious.
2. Cheap and delicious coffee
Nothing can replace artisanal coffee but these days I just can’t tell. 😅
Whether you opt to have it in the cafe or to go, you’ll have several choices at a relatively low price (as low as 93 yen). You can have your coffee iced, hot, or even as a slushie! They offer your usual sugar on sticks and gum syrup. If you don’t mind the sugar, you can opt for the flavored sugar, too!
3. Matcha-flavored treats
Japan is overflowing with matcha and Family Mart has taken this concept in their bakery. Take this matcha-flavored scone with white chocolate, for example:
How about you? What do you love about Family Mart Cafe? Do you have any other suggestions for budget coffee in Japan? Hit us up in the comments section below!
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