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With 14 shops across the country, Doughnut Plant New York City certainly looks like a chain, but it comes with something special that sets it aside from the likes of Starbucks: donuts to die for. You'll find other branches in Tokyo; we like the one in Jiyugaoka for the simple fact that it gives us an excuse to visit Jiyugaoka, one of Tokyo's pleasant but overlooked neighbourhoods. The shop has a nice wood deck, making it an ideal for an al fresco 'nut and coffee, and it's close enough to the station to make it worth getting off the train for - though that kind of thinking may be the start of a slippery slope. ('Why did you go and get yourself all fat on donuts?' 'Because they were there...')
Bill (for one)
Vanilla beans donut, ¥380