After having brunch at Mercer Cafe with Miss E, we decided to walk to Roppongi Midtown since it was only 3 mins away. I usually end up having coffee at Dean & Deluca or Starbucks when I go to Midtown but this time we decided to walk around and explore the upper floors since we never do that. On the 3rd floor, we noticed that one of the interior design stores I like, IDEE SHOP was there. We walked in and noticed that there was a cafe attached to the shop in the back! With excitement, we decided to tea there since it had such a nice open space with balcony seating. We were happy that the smoking and non-smoking section was divided too. Miss E got the herbal tea and I got a latte that came in a cute mug. This cafe is totally a hidden gem, lets see how long we can keep this place a secret :)
Opened on December 6, 2012, this Moomin Shop is the first official brand shop to open in Japan. Located inside of Dogwood Plaza in Futakotamagawa, it’s located on the 2nd floor right off the escalator. For those of you who don’t know Moomin, it’s a central character in a series of books and comic strip by a Swedish-Finn illustrator and has been very popular here in Japan for a long time. The shop has the cutest items along with a small coffee corner where you can order lattes for 550yen with a choice of your favorite Moomin character on top of the foam drawn with coco powder. The coffee was surprisingly good so I wasn’t dissapointed despite having to pay 550yen for a latte. This is a great place to come for Moomin fans.
Streamer Coffee Company is owned by Hiroshi Sawada, who was crowned “The World’s Best Latte Artist” in Seattle’s free pour latte art championship back in 2008. This coffee shop is located slightly off the main area of Shibuya but it’s definitely worth checking out since it’s a cozy & hip place for anyone who enjoys a good latte and the art of beautifully drawn latte art. Unfortunately the champion himself wasn’t there when we came here for coffee, but the barista still drew the pretty latte art pictured above. Their coffee menu is very small but they definitely do it well. I very much enjoyed my latte and I plan to come back to get my coffee fix whenever I’m in Shibuya.
Found a good coffee shop. “On the corner” is literally on the corner of a quieter part of Shibuya. Unlike the scramble cross-walk which is constantly filled with people, this is located in a quiet place where hipsters and young adults come to sip on good coffee, chit chat, and get some work done on their laptops. Their coffee is great and they have free wifi as well so it’s a nice spot to hang out. I don’t know why but the vibe of this place really reminds me of Portland Oregon, a city that I love.
PS: I’ll have to try their food and do a post on it in the near future
You’d never think of going into this coffee shop if you were just passing by, but it’s the quintessential traditional Japanese coffee shop that you can imagine seeing in the movies. Nothing fancy, it’s just a small coffee shop but it serves the perfect cup of coffee. The best thing about this place is their master/owner and his wife. They have run the shop for over thirty years and they haven’t let the waves of different trends in Japan influence it. For thirty years they’ve kept their menu simple and only serve three items: Hayashi Rice, cheese cake, and Tarte Tatin (Apple Pie). They make them all from scratch fresh daily and it’s really an impressive dedication to their craft. Go for lunch, you can get Hayashi Rice, coffee, and a small dessert for only 900yen.
This kind of old school coffee shop is very rare in Japan nowadays with Starbucks taking over everywhere, but I hope it doesn’t disappear because it’s not just the food and coffee that makes it special, but the character and dedication to quality that the master and his wife bring to it. If you’re wondering why their coffee is so good, it’s partly because all of their coffee beans are sourced from local growers and he doesn’t serve any beans that are more than a week old.
PS: The owner named this place Yokohamaya because that’s his hometown :)
Address // B1F, 1-11-2, Azabudai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3586-7486
Website // n/a