Akatsuki Coffee is my new favorite coffee shop, and\u00a0given that I generally use cafes\u00a0as my office, labeling a no-laptop policy spot\u00a0as my favorite is kind of a big deal! Located out the way in a quiet suburb of North East Kyoto, this isn't the kind of establishment vulnerable to the marauding hordes of tourists. And this is a good thing. Akatsuki has a beautiful minimalist, white interior, world-class coffee and\u2014with no music (or laptops)\u2014a heavenly serene atmosphere. I'm fully aware that the previous sentence reads like a pretentious artisan hipster review, but take it from me, it's true! The coffee is among the best I've tasted in Japan, beans provided by the\u00a0local roaster Weekenders Coffee. And not only is the coffee exceptional, they bake their own bread and cakes.\u00a0On my last visit I had their soup + bread + salad lunch set, which for 990 yen including coffee of your choice (latte\/cafe macchiato, etc.) is more than my cheapo sensibilities could handle\u2014SUPER tasty and super good value. If you need justification to make the trip to this out-of-the-way location, you\u00a0could consider\u00a0a visit with Akatsuki Coffee as a waypoint on a hike in the nearby Kyoto hills.