7 Must-Visit Bubble Tea Shops in Harajuku

03.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Hello, everybody! It’s Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

 

Harajuku is a bubble tea battleground! A new bubble tea shop opens every month, and all of them enjoy huge lines of customers. I’ve tried most of the bubble tea in Harajuku, and so I’ve compiled the perfect list for those of you who don’t want to take a gamble and choose the wrong place, or those of you not planning to do a bubble tea crawl to taste test.

 

Gong cha – The standard bubble tea shop


Gong cha has multiple stores here and there, but the one in Harajuku is extremely busy on weekends, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s the one people line up for the most.

 

In spite of the many subtle customisations you can have with your drink, whether it’s the ice and sweetness levels  or the toppings, the staff here are extremely skilled in what they do. This might explain the long lines of people.

 

You can’t go wrong with this place, so I recommend it to newcomers of bubble tea.

 

■Information
Gong cha Harajuku Omotesando
Address: Harajuku Bell Pier 1F, 6-6-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: 03-6427-7543
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Exit 7 of Tokyo Metro Meiji-Jingumae Station
Seats: None
Business Hours:
[Mon-Thur] 11:00-21:30
[Fri] 11:00-22:00
[Wknds & Hols] 10:00-22:00

 

THE ALLEY – Where they have chic cups!

Chic cup server THE ALLEY is close to Gong cha. Its location can be difficult for people to explain, and yet this place too is bustling on weekends!

 

In addition to the standard bubble tea options, this shop also sells unique drinks, like its “Bonsai Tapioca.” Personally, I prefer ordering this drink “mild hot” rather than the normal cool or hot. I’ve burnt myself drinking hot tapioca through a straw before, so mild hot is great for me.

The tapioca balls are relatively small so I think those people who’ve never had tapioca before will find it delicious. I recommend it on a chilly day!

 

Review: Trying the New Cheese Tea at The Alley in Omotesando

 

■Information
The Alley
Address: 6-6-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 03-6712-5185
Website: http://www.the-alley.jp/

 

KOI Thé – For those of you who want to try something a little different


KOI Thé serves golden tapioca balls instead of black!

 

The shop has a simple interior design and enjoys more male and adult and adult customers compared to other places. When compared to Gong cha and THE ALLEY it may seem as if not many people line up for this one, but their flavours are great, and the small golden tapioca balls can be sipped smoothly.

 

I recommend going to KOI Thé if you’re a little embarrassed about going into an overly ‘kawaii’ looking shop or if you don’t want to line up for long.

 

Visiting Harajuku’s Newest Tapioca Drink Store KOI Thé

 

■Information
KOI Thé
Address: 4-27-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 03-6434-5753
Website: https://koithe.jp/

 

NONARA PEARL – Their pink kitty is so cute!


NONARA PEARL is located on the second floor of Laforet Harajuku. As of now this is the only branch, so if you’re looking to try Harajuku-exclusive bubble tea then look no further. Since it’s located indoors, you don’t have to worry about the heat, cold or rain when lining up. It’s nice to have a leisurely chat with friends when lining up.


The shop also has this big piece of wall art which is perfect for an Instagram steal. In any case, I recommend visiting if you want to drink some Harajuku-style cute bubble tea.

 

■Information
NONARA PEARL
Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
TEL: 03-6432-9627
Access:
1-minute (54m) on foot from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station via the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
4-minutes (310m) on foot from the Omotesando Exit of Harajuku Station via the JR Yamanote Line
9-minutes (700m) on foot from Exit A1 of Omotesando Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

 

FORTUNER tea box – A little-known good place where you can drink cheese tea!


FORTUNER tea box sells cheese tea topped with cheese foam that’s like a bubbly cheese cake. Though their beverages are rich and delicious the shop is a little far from the station. But that means you don’t have to line up to get your drink.

 

Their bubble tea is addictive, so I recommend it to anyone who has already tried regular bubble tea and those who don’t want to stand in line.

 

Drink Tea in Style With FORTUNER tea-box’s Cheese Tea Tapioca in Harajuku

 

The building it’s in also has a shop that sells really cute bottled drinks. Check it out via the link below.

 

Anyone Can Become an Instagrammer With Drinks Sold at Harajuku’s Popular ‘cafe no.’

 

■Information
FORTUNE tea-boxAddress: 3-27-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoOpening Hours: 11:30am-11:00pm (No Fixed Holidays)

TEL: 03-5755-5708

Website: http://fortuner.co.jp/index.html

 

Si an ju – Seahorse tapioca!


Si an ju opened just recently, you’ll know it by their seahorse logo!

 

Their brown sugar tapioca has a coral-like design as pictured above. The tapioca here is chewy and very filling. It’s also conveniently close to Harajuku Station.

 

Their large-grained tapioca are freshly-made and you don’t have to line up as much as Gong cha or THE ALLEY. I recommend this shop to those who want to try out the newest tapioca in Harajuku.

 

Food Review: Seahorse Bubble Tea at Sin an ju in Front of Harajuku Station

 

■Information
Sin an juAddress: 1-19-14 Jingumae, Shibuya, TokyoTEL: 03-5843-0229

Official Website: https://sin-an-ju.

 

Chakasho – Famous flavours on Takeshita Street


The last entry to this list is Chakasho which also just opened recently!

 

It being along Takeshita Street means you can also get some shopping in too. Their drinks may be less “Instagrammable” than other shops, but their tapioca are chewy and large-grained, and the drinks are rich but easy to drink, delicious, and very satisfying.

 

If you’ve made the effort to go to Harajuku and want some extraordinarily tasty tapioca then I recommend Chakasho. They have lots of staff working there so the lines move quickly.

 

Harajuku’s New Bubble Tea Shop Chakasho―Review

 

■Information

Chakasho – Harajuku Takeshita Street

Address: 175 Honkan Bldg. Floor B1F, 1-7-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Website: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/

 

Many shops are crowded on the weekends, some where you can be waiting over half an hour! But all of the drinks sold at these shops are tasty so you’ll soon come to realise why the lines are so long. Since you’ve made the effort to visit Harajuku, why not try lining up at one of them?

 

The shops are very busy at noon on weekends so I recommend heading to a shop around opening time to avoid that.

 

I hope this article is helpful to both those making their bubble tea debut as well as local bubble tea masters!

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    Party Monster (Hors d’oeuvre)

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    Choose Your Main

    or MANGA MEAT

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    Colourful Birthday Cake (Chemical)

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    Harajuku KAWAII Home Party Set (Takeout/Delivery Only)

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    Coin Pouch – ¥36,500 (Before Tax)

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    Compact Wallet – ¥55,000 (Before Tax)

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    Be sure to stop by Tiffany @ Cat Street the next time you’re in Harajuku.

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    The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.

     

    Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456

     

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    Food

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    Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690

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    Desserts

    Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590

    Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)

    Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)

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    Drinks

    Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990

    Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890

    Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.

     

    Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items

    Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400

    Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500

    Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.

    Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)

    Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!

     

    You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.

     

    ©2020San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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    A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever

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    Birthday Menu

    Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)

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    Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)

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    Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts

    Lunch Mat Design

    Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.

    Coaster Designs

    And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.

     

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  • MUUN SEOUL: Harajuku’s Korean Cafe Serving Instagrammable ‘Fatcaron’ Macarons

    19.March.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    MUUN SEOUL is a cafe located along Tonchan-dori Street in Harajuku that serves Instagram-worthy South Korean food.

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    Photo by Nagisa Kobayashi @popo_318

    The cafe sells “fatcarons,” a South Korean-style macaron which have proven very popular with young women in Japan.

    Photo by Taeco @taecostagram

    Fatcarons are larger than the standard macaron. They are topped with things like strawberries, given marble textures, and more to give them a cute appearance. MOON SEOUL serves many different varieties, all of which are standout compared to normal macarons.

    Photo by Sara @__sar310

    But the fatcaron experience at MOON SEOUL isn’t complete without ordering the drink above. It’s strawberry milk flavoured, but the milk is whipped until it’s fluffy, giving it a taste like no other strawberry milk you’ve tried. It also has sliced strawberries inside and on top, so if you love strawberries, you’ll love this.

    Photo by Yuina @popochan726

    You can order your fatcarons for takeout too in a clear takeaway box so you can go have a dessert picnic with your friends, and get a great photo of them all together too.

  • Harajuku’s KAWAII MONSTER CAFE Begins Spring Fair ‘KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020’

    16.March.2020 | FOOD

    If you’ve never heard of the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE in Tokyo, then you’re going to want to visit by the time you see what they’re cooking up for spring.

     

    This year, the cafeーwhich is based on the idea of customers being inside the stomach of a giant monster that’s eaten Harajuku wholeーis holding a spring fair entitled “KAWAII×Sakura×Easter 2020” which is running from March 13 to April 26. The menu line-up incorporates elements of Japanese spring with a colourful Harajuku twist, from Easter to cherry blossoms.

     

    *Menu item names have been translated from Japanese

    Colourful Pop Burger Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Monster – ¥1,680

    This new chicken monster burger is stuffed full of delicious goodness, including sukiyaki.

    Cherry Blossom Bloom Rice – ¥1,300

    The year is 2020, and spring has arrived in Japan. This Earth-inspired blue rice has cherry blossom coloured cheese fondue dolloped on top of it which is sat on a bed of black curry. The spicy curry has delicious burnt caramel inside it.

    Tropical Bibimbap – ¥1,200

    Bibimbap, the soul food of South Korea. This colourful version is topped with edible flowers and cherry blossom wheat-gluten bread, giving it that springtime feeling. The specially-made monster furikake gives the dish a real spicy kick.

    UFO Doughnut Pancakes – ¥1,200

    These chewy in-house made doughnuts are filled fat with strawberries, mikan, lemon mousse, and strawberry ice cream. Doughnut pancakes are the latest gourmet indulgence in Harajuku.

    Sakura Mousse Piyo Piyo Cake – ¥980

    Aka-chan is the name of this newborn monster chick, whose cute face is made from cherry blossom mousse.

    Pastel Easter Sakura Rabbit Parfait – ¥2,400

    Wearing a cute pointy hat and a colourful dress, this sakura Easter bunny is caked in strawberry, orange, and melon flavoured cream, strawberry ice cream, panna cotta, Japanese pudding, fresh strawberries, and raspberry sauce.

     

    A trip to Harajuku this spring isn’t complete without a visit to the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE, so don’t miss out on their spring fair.

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