A Dog-Themed Café Near the Beach (Enoshima, Kanagawa)

My husband and I recently bought a house in Enoshima, a ten-minute walk from the beach and slap-bang in the middle of surfers’ town in the Shonan area, Kanagawa, less than an hour from Tokyo. It’s amazing. I love my new home.

Though due to being busy with writing and editing work, settling into a life of cycling everywhere, maintaining a household (previously a one-bedroom apartment and now a multi-bedroom house), as well as many places being currently closed, we haven’t done much exploring. However, a few days ago we found a couple of hours to visit a local restaurant, DOG DEPT + CAFE. It was a little on the pricey side, but worth it for the delicious food and being able to see people’s dogs.


There was an adorable black French bulldog splooting and two gorgeous labradors on the deck. The whole cafe was dog-themed; this was clearly a place for dog owners and dog lovers to enjoy a meal.


I had the taco rice, a popular dish from Okinawa comprising mostly of meat, lettuce, egg, tomatoes, and crunched up tortilla chips. It was bliss to sit in the sun with a beer and good food. They also had dog merchandise so you and your pet can wear the same clothes!


They also had tapioca tea and smoothies, a little on the pricey side at around 600 yen. I had the French toast with berry sauce for dessert and let me tell you, that was G O O D.


Although there was never an official lockdown here in Japan, still many places are closed and people often choose to stay at home rather than venture out. However I’m glad we came here and experienced this place. If you’re in the Enoshima area and you love dogs, be sure to check out this eatery.

Opening Hours

Lunch  11:30-15:00
Dinner 17:00-22:00 (last order 21:00)

11:00-22:00 (last order 21:00)

11:00-21:00 (last order 20:00)

Click here for the Google Maps link

3 Stars Pancake in Musashi-Kosugi, Kanagawa

Today I found out that there’s a charming little pancake shop just a short walk from my apartment! It’s funny how you can live somewhere for a while and yet never know something exists until it’s introduced to you. 3 Stars Pancake is a ten- or fifteen-minute walk from Musashi-Kosugi Station, a little farther on from GrandTree, the nearby department store.

Since we arrived on a Sunday, it was insanely crowded. It took a while for the six of us to squash our way in; from the outside, it had looked bigger, but there were just a couple of tables.

It had the simultaneous feel of a chilled out European café and a trendy American lunch spot. It had a really nice, relaxed vibe which contradicted the long line of customers waiting outside.

3 Stars Pancake serves, as you might be able to guess, pancakes. I ordered the February special: chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. They’ll stop selling it after the end of this month, and the theme likely stems from Valentine’s Day, where women buy chocolates for the men in their lives.

It was monstrous!

The strawberries and the sharp, tangy berry flavoring in the ice cream granted respite from the potentially overpowering chocolate in the pancakes and cream. I couldn’t finish it by myself. This chocolatey delight is more than enough for one and would probably be able to satisfy two people (that being said, my twelve-year-old student next to me ordered the same thing and demolished it on her own).

Other types of pancakes include a classic-style fluffy type with cream and a fruity delight for those looking for a healthier, lighter dessert.

The drinks were cute, too; cold ones are served in glass jars, American style. From left to right: orange juice, grape juice, ice café latte, ice coffee, and iced tea. My hot café latte (as seen in the featured image) had a cute drawn heart on top of the cream.

The weekend was busy, but going for lunch on a weekday would mean getting in much faster. Certain soft drinks are also free between 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday.

Important Information

3 Star Pancakes is a cute café, perfect for visiting with friends for a treat. If you order a plate of pancakes and a drink, expect to pay around 2,000 yen. Children and kids are welcome and it’s a non-smoking establishment.

Access link