The Roastery by Nozy Coffee is a new ‘Single Origin Coffee’ shop that opened in collaboration with TY Harbor (which owns restaurants and cafes such as Ivy Place, CICADA and Breadworks among others). Since I’ve enjoyed many of those other places, I had high hopes for this new coffee shop and I must say they did a great job with the ambiance and decor. They really got the hip and cool vibe nailed for this coffee shop and it’s in the perfect location right on ‘Cat Street’ where all the fashionistas walk by. It’s like the place you want to be seen at.
They have a very simple menu and their coffee beans change frequently from all around the world such as Ethiopia, Brazil, Indonesia, etc. We ordered a latte (450yen) and they gave us a choice of coffee beans from their daily selection. Both of the coffee bean options smelled amazing so we chose one and then waited about 5 minutes until it was ready. Unfortunately we weren’t huge fans of their coffee since it was too strong on the acidity + bitterness even with milk in it. If you’re a big coffee drinker perhaps you may like it so I suggest giving it a shot if you’re in the area.
Address // 5-17-13, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6450-5755
Website // http://www.nozycoffee.jp
This restaurant is located on the 3rd floor inside of Omotesando Hills. We visited during lunch time and quickly realized this was a popular spot for lunch as we had to wait a little before we were seated.
Yasaiyamei is famous for their fresh vegetable lunches and the restaurant is mostly filled with women. They have several lunch sets and the photos on their menu make their lunch sets look way better than the actual dishes themselves when they come out.
Ordered the seasonal rice set for 1690yen and the tempura lunch set for 1390yen. Considering how highly rated this place has been, we thought the food was a little underwhelming but still decent enough to post in case you’re looking for a place to dine inside of Omotesando hills. The portions are large but the dishes are a little pricey.
Address // 4-12-10, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5785-0606
Website // http://eat-walk.com/mei/
Hawaii + pancakes are both booming in Japan right now so you can imagine that Hawaiian pancake places are basically assured success here. Island Vintage Coffee is another one of these which opened at the end of August in Aoyama/Omotesando area and serves Kau Coffee from Hawaii. The Hawaiian coffee and the Acai bowl seem to be the 2 most popular items here. When we went, about 80% of the guests were eating the Acai bowl. We were hungry, so we opted for the chicken pesto sandwich instead for 1200yen and the Iced Hawaiian Honey Latte(L) for 650yen. The coffee was expensive but I’d have to say it was pretty good and the sandwich wasn’t bad either. The side salad was nothing special.
Come here for a light snack and Hawaiian style coffee if you’re in the neighborhood.
Address // 5-52-2, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6418-2416
Website // http://www.islandvintagecoffee.co.jp/
“KITTE” is a new mall produced by the Japan Postal Service which opened this past Spring. Kitte means ‘stamp’ in Japanese and this building/mall is one of the most happening places right now especially opening right in front of the newly renovated Tokyo Station. It’s been a few months since the opening and the long lines have calmed down a bit so now might be a good time to go check it out.
Marunouchi Reading Style is located inside KITTE on the 4th floor. It’s a cafe/book store/shop all-in-one. The cafe serves small meals, desserts and refreshments so it’s an easy spot to take a break. The best part of this cafe is, you can read any books from the store at your table while you are dining at the cafe. There’s even an area to return your books to when you’re done reading them.
Might be fun to check out both Tokyo Station and KITTE on the same day and enjoy a nice afternoon here since they’re so close to each other.
Address // KITTE 4F, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6256-0830
Website // http://jptower-kitte.jp/shop/409.html
Sadaharu Aoki is known as one of the Top 3 pastry chefs in Japan. He is based in Paris but has a few store locations in Japan and one of them is inside of Shibuya Hikarie.
Ever since Hikarie opened in April of 2012, Sadaharu Aoki’s “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Chocolat” has been the most sold dessert inside of Hikarie ShinQ’s sweets floor. People stand in long lines to purchase this limited edition item since the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron” is only sold at the Hikarie ShinQ location.
Last year they sold the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Chocolat”(381yen) which had a chocolate macaron on the inside covered by a matcha cake on the outside.
This year, it’s reversed, selling the “Tokyo Yaki Macaron Matcha”(381yen) which has a matcha macaron on the inside covered by a chocolate cake on the outside.
I was expecting it to be uber sweet but it wasn’t as sweet as I expected. Give this popular item a try if you’re near by Shibuya Hikarie. Since the initial buzz has died down a bit, you probably won’t have to wait in a line anymore which is nice.
Address // Hikarie ShinQs B2F, 2-21-1, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6434-1809
Website // http://www.sadaharuaoki.jp/