There is so much to explore in Japan and of course for many travelers, food is one of these things. However, many international travelers often have a hard time finding food if they are vegetarians or vegans. If this sounds like you, look no further! Even if you are not a vegetarian or vegan, you will definitely find Organic Café M2, an organic café in Akazawa, satisfying.
Find a little hidden organic caféOrganic Café M2 is located right in front of Akazawa Beach in Akazawa, Izu. The location is a little hidden, thus it might be little hard to find, but this café is always filled with locals and travelers who care about what they eat. (If you are new to this area, don’t worry. If you take a bus, it stops right in front of the cafe by Akazawa Beach.) Organic Café M2, is only open from lunch time to afternoon tea time (11.00 am - 4.00 pm) so if you definitely want to be able to have lunch here, make sure to go early! They can only serve a certain amount of lunch, so even if you get there after 2.00 pm, or even after 1.30 pm, you may not be able to order it.
Enjoy Izu local food & organic livingThe lunch menu at Organic Café M2 is simple. They have a seasonal lunch plate at 1,250 JPY with a choice of rice or bread, and Thai curry at the price of 1,000 JPY. Of course, they also have a desserts and drink menu, but most people only come to eat lunch and maybe a little bit of post-lunch afternoon tea. What is so special about Organic Café M2 is that all the vegetables used at the café are grown locally. In addition, all the spices used for cooking are also organic. They do not use any meat, dairy products, or white sugar. (Chiffon cake contains eggs so vegan people might like to check what is used in the desserts for the day.)
Get your daily 30 foods from this colorful and satisfying lunch!The picture above is the lunch plate for a September lunch with the rice option. Depending on which time of the year you visit Organic Café M2, they use different vegetables, thus dishes may vary, but this is generally what you can expect for lunch. 1,250 JPY is quite an expensive lunch for many, but it is totally worth it. Firstly, the taste is so rich and always satisfying, and secondly, it is visually fulfilling, and so much fun to see all these colors and shapes. Thirdly, this lunch plate holds almost 30 different foods, which is said to be an ideal amount of food to consume in a day in Japan for healthy living.
Stay warm with Chai after lunchThe choices for lunch may be limited at Organic Café M2, but you can totally spice things up with the drink you order before or afterwards. Of course, all the drinks and desserts are also organic. This chai also uses organic chai tea, cinnamon, and honey, a great mix of organic choices to warm you up on a cold autumn or winter day. The desserts are delicious too. The rice flour chocolate cake is so rich and gives you yet another piece of happiness after an already satisfying lunch. It is hard to decline a post-lunch drink and/or dessert at Organic Café M2 even though you are probably pretty full after such a large plate of organic goodies.
More than a café!Of course Organic Café M2 serves incredible food, but it is so much more! It also has a space where it holds yoga classes, massage therapy, and sells local artists creations. It is a café that is very close to the local community and acts as a hub where like-minded health-conscious individuals can come together. If you are a traveler, it would make a great place to visit not only for a fantastic lunch, but also for finding a local and unique handmade souvenir that cannot be found elsewhere.
Eat locally and stay healthy
Eating healthy and choosing local food is something that many people in Izu care a lot about. Because of its warm climate, a lot of people retire to Izu or move to Izu in a bid to soothe their ailments, so there are quite a few organic cafes and restaurants found in this area. Of those cafes and restaurants, Organic Café M2 provides some of the best food and makes eating healthy easy! If you plan to visit the Izu area, try stopping by Organic Café M2 before hopping in a hot spring afterwards.
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