6 Must-Visit Little-Known Good Cafés in Omotesando

15.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

Omotesando―The hub for the latest trends and fashion in Japan, home to iconic landmark stores and sites aimed at the country’s youth to cafés and restaurants that make you feel like a celebrity. Weekends are an especially busy time in the high-end avenue of Omotesando where shops and streets bustle with lines of locals and tourists out on shopping sprees.

 

Today we are joined by Japanese Instagrammer omao who’s in-the-know when it comes to cafes, something you can tell with just one glimpse of their page. For those of you who are left wondering where to stop off for a coffee break or some lunch during your visit to the Omotesando and Harajuku area, omao is here to show you some stylish and little-known good spots.

 

Bread, Espresso &

At Bread, Espresso &, you can enjoy some seriously bread and coffee. This café and bakery offers both dine-in and takeout services. It’s tucked away from the main street just a 5-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit.

 

On my visit this time, I ordered several different bread options. Everything looked so delicious that I felt spoiled for choice!

 

Red bean butter. There’s no way on earth that could ever be unappetising. The pastry is super soft. Each individual order is packaged in its own bag which left a good impression with me in the hygiene department.

 

Bread, Espresso &

Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 8:00-20:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.bread-espresso.jp/

 

 

CHAVATY

CHAVATY is a café specialising in milk tea. This one is also within just 5-minutes walking distance from the A2 exit of Omotesando Sation.

 

When I took this photo I ordered the tea latte and scone set. When you order an iced tea latte it comes in a cute bottle, but it was hot on this day so I got it hot. What surprised me from the get go was hot big the drink is! It’s hugely satisfying, you really get your fill.

 

The houjicha latte I tried once was tasty too, but I was interested in the uva milk tea this time around. The scones were scrumptious as well! I particularly liked the honey-like fruit that comes with them.

 

CHAVATY

Address: Minami-Harajuku Bldg. 1F, 4-6-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Information: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13224245/

 

 

montoak

montoak is a suspicious-looking building just an 8-minute stroll from Harajuku Station. It’s my favourite spot; I’ve been here so many times.

 

The menu is delicious and there are lots of seats. My weakness is the Gorgonzola cheesecake.

 

▼montoak

Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 11:00-03:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: https://www.montoak.com/

 

 

LATTEST

Another 5-minute stroller from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit is LATTEST which I place in my top three favourite cafés in Omotesando. It can be a little hard to find, but it’s a lot bigger than I thought.

 

I experienced their seasonal rose mocha. Simply amazing! Milk foam is just what I like. It’s smooth and moist, and there’s not a lot of it so it’s not heavy. I like the coffee beans they use too. Cafés that have tasty mochas are just the best, right?

 

▼LATTEST

Address: LATTEST 1F, 3-5-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: 10:00-19:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.lattest.jp/

 

 

The Local Coffee Stand

The Local Coffee Stand is sandwiched in the middle of Shibuya and Omotesando and about an 8-minute walk from Omotesando Station.

 

Their lattes are so, so good! First up, the foam is plump, and the sweetness of the milk really stands out. And the espresso, although it’s full-bodied, isn’t bitter and mixes deliciously with the milk. The coffee beans and food are both high-quality like that of a select shop, so I wanted to try eating and drinking everything they had.

 

I recommend the macadamia cookies. They have an eggy fragrance and are just mouth-watering.

 

I pretty much liked everything about this place.

 

The Local Coffee Stand

Address: 2-10-15 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo

Business Hours: Weekdays 8:00-20:00 / Weekends 9:00-19:00

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://thelocal2016.com/

 

 

Franze & EVANS London

This is a popular Italian cafe-deli based in London. It’s located away from the busy main street and can be reached in just 3-minutes from exit A3 of Omotesando Station.

 

During those awkward times when you want to eat a salad but want to eat cake too then this is the place you need to go. Their carrot cake is truly amazing, as is their salad. All the cakes they sell just seem to sparkle before you that it’s nearly impossible to pick just one. The lemon cake caught my attention too…

 

It doesn’t need to be said how great everything tastes, but the portions need to be mentioned as they are nice and hearty, and I love this place because of it.

 

▼Franze & Evans London

Address: Franze & Evans London 1F, 4-9-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Business Hours: [Mon-Sat] 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / [Sun & Holidays] 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)

No Fixed Holidays

Website: http://www.franzeevans.jp/#/

 

 

Did you enjoy these picks? omao has plenty of other recommendations and photos of coffee and desserts over on their Instagram page. If you’re stuck for choice on what café to visit while in the city then be sure to follow them on Instagram.

 

Photo & Text: omao

Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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  • Disney’s Aladdin Themed Cafe Opens Inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

    20.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Aladdin opened was released in Japan on June 7. To celebrate its release, two themed cafes were by OH MY CAFE in Tokyo and Osaka.

    The Tokyo cafe opened at Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku on June 14 and the Osaka one at kawara CAFE & DINING on June 15. Both will run until July 15.

    The MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON editorial team visited the Omotesando cafe with Japanese model Kanako to report on the cafe’s decor and design and food.

    The first thing to catch your eye when you enter is Jasmine’s gorgeous and intricate dress. Photos with the dress are permitted.

    Hanging from the cafe ceiling is an assortment of magic lamps while carpets are draped across the wall. Kanako went dressed up like Jasmine to enter this Aladdin-inspired world.

    There are plenty of places to take great photos throughout the cafe, such as these Jasmine silhouettes illustrated on pillars.

    Jasmine & Dalia’s Colorful Pasta: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    Magic Carpet’s Special Sandwich Wrap: ¥1,790 (Before Tax)

    The food of course is also based on the film. The menu includes a delicious and faithful line-up from the curry inspired by the magic lamp to Carpet’s sandwich wrap and a colourful pasta dish decorated with Jasmine and Dalia. It’s safe to say everything on the menu is Instagram-worthy.

     

    Kanako ordered the pasta dish. She gave it a rave review, saying, “It’s colourful and cute. It’s cute it has Jasmine and Dalia too♡” We recommend this dish for those who want to eat something light.

    Rajah’s Orange Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax) / Genie’s Yogurt Smoothie: With Coaster ¥1,690 (Before Tax), Without Coaster ¥750 (Before Tax)

    For drinks, enjoy the tiger-striped Rajah orange smoothie or the blue Genie yogurt smoothie. Both are super refreshing and perfect for the summer heat.

    The cafe also sells exclusive original merchandise including key rings, an iPhone case and much more. Visit the cafe to see the full line-up.

    There are also two lunch mats you can get your hands on by booking a table in advance. The design is chosen for you randomly. So if you’re planning a trip, don’t forget to reserve in advance.

     

    How did you enjoy your visit, Kanako-chan?

    “They had Jasmine’s dress on display. I felt like I had been sucked into the world of Aladdin. If you love Aladdin or you love Disney, please be sure to pay a visit.”

     

    Whether you have seen or have yet to see Disney’s new Aladdin movie, if you’re in Tokyo or Osaka this summer, don’t miss a chance to enter its romantic and oriental world at the official themed cafes.

     

    ©Disney

     

    Model: Kanako

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Espresso, Tapioca & Other Adult-Oriented Shaved Iced Flavours This Summer at Omotesando Hills

    03.June.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Eleven cafes and restaurants at Tokyo’s shopping complex Omotesando Hills will serve various “adult-oriented” shaved ice desserts from June 14 to August 31. The limited run is a continuation of last year’s adult flavoured shaved ices, but this year more establishments are climbing aboard.

     

    Check out these 5 flavours that are a must-try this summer.

    Frozen Milk Black Tapioca & Mango Shaved Ice: ¥1,404 (Tax Included) @ Kageyamarou (Floor 3F)

    *Limited to 20 per day

    Kageyamarou are whipping up a fluffy, Taiwan-style shaved ice seeped in the sweet taste of mango and topped with fresh mango pieces. Accompanying on the side are big chewy tapioca pearls as well as a mango purin.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-21:00 (Except 16:30-17:30) *Serving until all 20 orders have sold.

    Chai-Style Shaved Ice w/ Homemade Dates, Dried Fruits & Rum: ¥1,080 (Tax Included) @ Cosme Kitchen Adaptation (Floor B2F)

    This shaved ice is made in the image of chai tea. It contains agar of dates―a superfood―and vitamin C-packed berries making this a great choice for those looking to look and stay healthy. It contains alcohol but can be ordered non-alcoholic. For an additional ¥216 (Tax Included) it also comes with hot or iced tea.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

    Hokkaido Yamakawa Nouen’s Yamakawa Wasabi & Watermelon Shaved Ice: ¥1,512 (Tax Included)

    @ Yasaiyamei (Floor 3F) *Limited to 30 per day

    Yasaiyamei and bringing back this delight again which was popular last year. Served in a real watermelon, this upgraded version is packed with sweet watermelon and Yamakawa Wasabi made by Yamakawa Nouen in Hokkaido for a fiery punch. It comes with an original blend herb tea served hot.

     

    Serving Time: 15:00-22:00 (Except 16:00-17:00. Until 21:30 on Sundays) *Serving until all 30 orders have sold.

    Hazelnut & Espresso Granita: ¥1,296 (Tax Included) @ Fratelli Paradiso (Floor 3F) *Limited to 15 per day / Contains alcohol

    Sat on top of a dollop of ice cream is a rich and bitter espresso granita steeped in Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. This Italian-style shaved ice recreates the granita, a semi-frozen dessert with origins in Sicily.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Until 21:00 on Sundays)

     

    Daisy Mandarin Shaved Ice: ¥1,728 (Tax Included) @ 37 Roast Beef (Floor 3F) *Limited to 20 per day / Contains alcohol

    This citrus-packed shaved ice contains daisy mandarins, marmalade sauce and an orange liqueur for a refreshing and bitter mix. It’s also topped with crunchy meringue made with coconut oil.

     

    Serving Time: 11:00-22:00 (Except 16:30-17:30 on weekends and holidays)

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, be sure to plan a trip to Omotesando Hills to try them.

  • Popular Bean to Bar chocolate shop Dandelion Chocolate opens in Omotesando!

    17.May.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    There’s always a queue outside Bean to Bar chocolate specialist shop Dandelion Chocolate, Kuramae. Dandelion Chocolate has just opened in Omotesando with a new concept!

    Kuramae’s Bean to Bar chocolate specialist shop Dandelion Chocolate has opened in Omotesando with a new concept ー they sell chocolate, desserts, drinks and much more. Each one of these sweet treats is of a single origin that you can enjoy in the same area as it was produced. If you take a seat inside the cafe and order from the cade menu, you will receive a marshmallow!♡

    The cacao fruit smoothie is made from the exotic cacao fruit. If you break through a husk of cacao fruit, the insides are white. I bet there’s barely anyone out there who’s tried the hidden fruit of cacao!

    There are three kinds of chocolate eclair. Each chocolate is made with specially selected and prepared ingredients to fully embrace the unique origin of the chocolate and enhance its flavours. The flavors are; Zorzal Comunitario Dominican Republic​, Maya Mountain Belize andCahabon Guatemala!

    They also serve Omotesando-limited soft serve ice cream such as chocolate, the delicious and nutritious nibu milk, and mix! Please come try them!

     

    They also serve Omotesando-limited soft serve ice cream such as chocolate, the delicious and nutritious nibu milk, and mix! Please come try them!

  • Feast On High Quality Wagyu Meat at Omotesando Hills

    26.April.2019 | FOOD

    Ten restaurants in Omotesando Hills are set to serve up their own individual “ultra meat” dishes from April 26 to May 31. Each meal is aimed at meat lovers and serves to showcase each restaurants’ abilities and appeal.

     

    Domestic Wagyu Beef Topped With Uni & Ikura: ¥2,484 (Tax Included)

    Tsukiji Tama Sushi Sasashigure (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    This luxurious sushi is the ultimate fusion of meat and seafood-a combination which has been incredibly popular in recent years. The rich grilled Japanese wagyu beef sits atop a bed of perfectly cooked rice and is topped with sea urchin eggs and salted salmon roe.

     

    Japanese Black Hirekatsu Sandwich: ¥4,860 (Tax Included)

    GOLDEN BROWN (Floor 3F) ― Serving 14:00-22:00 (From 15:00 on Sundays / Last Orders 21:00)
    A sumptuous cutlet sandwich made from A4 grade Japanese black wagyu. The beef comes from cows raised in a lavish natural environment in Kyushu. The sandwich contains 180g thickly-cut meat cooked to a juicy rare, a perfect accompaniment to the fluffy bread and a must-try for any meat lover.

     

    Charcuterie Assortment: ¥1,944 (Tax Included)

    bar à vin PARTAGER (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    This assortment of French-farmed meat is coupled with a side dish of the day. The food selection changes each day and is best enjoyed with a glass of wine.

     

    Japanese Black Wagyu & Amela Tomato Black Chinese-Style Fried Rice: ¥2,138 (Tax Included)

    KAGEYAMAROU (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-15:30 / 17:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
    A hearty bowl of Chinese-style fried rice packed with Japanese black beef. The rice soaks up the delicious flavour of the meat and is enjoyed together with the fruity sweet Amela tomatoes and a grind of black pepper.

     

    Palma Prosciutto, Jamón Serrano & Jamón Ibérico Plate: ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    WINE SHOP ENOTECA & BAR (Floor 3F) ― Serving 11:00-21:30 (Last Orders 20:30)
    A selection of hams to taste and compare that all go well with wine. Enjoy the different flavours of each region the ham was farmed in.

     

    Specially Selected Hire & Foie Gras Poêlé in Truffle Sauce: ¥4,298 (Tax Included)

    Spätzle CAFE & WINE (Floor B3F) ― Serving 14:30-22:00 (Last Orders 21:00)
    Only 5 of these 200g dishes of specially selected Rossini-style beef are served per day. They are topped with A-grade foie gras from Hungary and coated in a rich truffle sauce.

     

    As Japan draws closer to the beginning of its new Reiwa era, use this special opportunity to treat yourself to a menu of tasty meat delights.

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  • Star Wars Theme Cafe Opens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido & Fukuoka

    25.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    With The Rise of Skywalker concluding the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars film franchise, fans are left craving more from the galaxy far far away.

     

    If you’re one of those people, and need a fix before season two of The Mandalorian, which is coming in late 2020, then you’ll want to hit up the all-new Star Wars-themed cafes now open for a limited time at branches of OH MY CAFE across Japan in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Fukuoka.

     

    We visited the Tokyo branch of the cafe which is located inside Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku. Here’s our report of this must-see cafe for Star Wars fans, a museum-like space chock-full of concept art.

    Ready to greet you as you walk into the cafe is none other than Darth Vader. This life-size recreation of the Sith Lord is really striking, but don’t worryーthough he is realistic, he won’t use his Force choke on you, he only wishes for you to have a nice meal.

    Plastered across the cafe walls are pieces of concept art used during the production of the Star Wars film series.

    Here’s a galactic showcasing of the cafe’s menu. There are 7 food items and 5 drinks to choose from, all inspired by the franchise and its characters.

    <STAR WARS> Far Far Away Galaxy Black Curry – ¥1,590

    A signature dish of the cafe, this black curry features the Star Wars logo which is actually an edible wafer. The space design is bamboo charcoal-cooked rice which is mixed with spicy sauce and topped with peanuts for stars.

    <BB-8> Seafood BB-8 Gratin – ¥1,690

    Fans of BB-8 won’t be able to resist this delicious gratin, served with salad and French bread for a full belly.

    <Yoda> Root Leaf Stew – ¥1,590

    This stew is inspired by Yoda living his final years in his little shack in Dagobah during Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It’s packed full of vegetables and will no doubt be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

    <R2-D2 & C-3PO> Buddy Burger Plate – ¥1,990

    This set of two chicken burgers comes with an R2-D2 seasoned with béchamel sauce and a C-3PO burger seasoned with meat sauce. You can take the flags home with you too. We recommend sharing this between two people.

    Portion Bread – ¥500

    This is the one I was most interested in personally, because I was curious to know from its appearance how it would taste. It’s the portion bread that Rey tries eating in the film. At first glance it looks crunchy, but to my surprise it was soft with a subtle sweet flavour.

    Lightsaber Drinks – ¥600 Each (w/ Coaster ¥1,300)

    From the left, the flavours are Darth Vader blood orange, Luke Skywalker ramune, and Yoda melon. When you draw your straw from the paper wrapping, it turns into a lightsaber!

    <STAR WARS > Jet Black Coffee – ¥600 (w/Bottle ¥1,750)

    These limited edition bottles of black coffee feature the famous Star Wars opening crawl credits. Which one you get is randomーa must-have for all fans!

    After enjoying some Star Wars food and drink, it’s time to check out the cafe’s exclusive merchandise. There are 13 types of merch in total all bearing artwork from across the film series.

    Folder – ¥350

    I recommend picking up one of these folders made in collaboration with the cafe. It has illustrations of the food and drinks being sold there.

    Tote Bag – ¥3,500

    This tote bag has illustrations of characters from Star Wars and how they are all connected.

    There’s plenty of other must-grab merch too, from music to stationery and more.

    Customers who spend over ¥1,000 (excluding tax) on any of these exclusive items will receive the above-pictured limited edition bag. These are limited in stock so are available while supplies last.

    There’s plenty of places inside for fans to take great photos, so make sure you snap lots.

    Also, if you book a table in advance and order something from the menu, you’ll receive one of these 25 possible A5 folders, so be sure to book before you go!

     

     

    © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

    *All listed prices are pre-tax. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

  • Capy Neko Cafe: Japan’s First Cat and Capybara Cafe Opens in Tokyo

    24.January.2020 | FOOD

    Capy Neko Cafe is the newest animal cafe to hit Tokyo. Located in the neighbourhood of Kichijoji, right by the station, customers are able to interact with both cats and capybara at the same time.

    Japan is famous for its host of animal cafes, from the ubiquitous cat cafes to more unique ones like the owl cafe. But Capy Neko Cafe stands out from the rest as being the first cafe in Japan to combine cats and capybara.

    You might wonder whether it’s actually safe to pet a capybara. They may be the largest rodent in the world, but they in fact loved to be pet by people. They are gentle creatures that get on with and can live alongside cats. At the cafe, you can take photos of the capybara who are sure to be chilling on the sofas as well as feed them. The comfy environment also means that they’ll feel like your very own pet capybara at home.

    ▶︎Tawashi (Male)

    Tawashi is a sensitive, affectionate, and gentle guy. He loves snacks, and he’s sure to flop down if you start petting him on the butt. Part of his daily routine is having an afternoon nap on the sofa together with the cats.

    ▶︎Dan (Male)

    The vice store manager of Capy Neko Cafe. He adores humans. He’s the kind of guy who’ll probably jump up onto you if you cover your lap with a blanket and sit on the sofa.

    ▶︎Emma (Female)

    Another member with a soft spot for humans, Emma is reserved kitty who lets everybody eat their food first. She’s a needy and spoiled girlーif she’s on your lap, you’re not getting up. She’s siblings with Dan.

    ▶︎Cream (Male)

    Cream is everybody’s idol. He’s unapologetically spoiled and a handsome guy with perfectly round black pupils.

     

    This list is just a small taste of the many cute residents to meet at Capy Neko Cafe. The cafe is also active in finding families for their rescued cats. The number of people who want to own a cat in Japan are looking to rescues now instead of pet shops. At Capy Neko Cafe, you get the best of both worlds: you can meet and interact with a cat and see if they’re a good match for you.

     

    If you’re interested in visiting Capy Neko Cafe, keep in mind that priority goes to those who have booked in advance. This can be done via their official website, so book first and look forward to kicking back and enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or soft drink before interacting with the cats and capybara!

  • PEANUTS Cafes and DINERs Are Holding a Joe Cool Fair For a Limited Time Only

    15.January.2020 | FASHION / FOOD

    PEANUTS Cafes and PEANUTS DINERs in Nakameguro, Minami-machida, Yokohama and Kobe are holding a Joe Cool fair from January 15, 2020.

    PEANUTS Cafes and DINERs across Japan have held quite a few Snoopy-themed events based on a number of his disguises. In the past, the master of disguise has made an appearance in PEANUTS Cafes and DINERs as Astronaut Snoopy, Flying Ace Snoopy and Beagle Scout Snoopy. For the fourth and final theme of the series, Snoopy will be taking to the scene as his alter-ego Joe Cool. 

     

    Joe Cool is the guy that everyone yearns for. The cool dude who is always hidden behind his signature jet black sunglasses. Although he’s got the cool looks, he doesn’t seem to have a knack for attracting girls. 

     

    During the fair, there will be hot drinks decorated with illustrations of Joe Cool and a lineup of fair-limited merchandise.

    Joe Cool Black Caramel Au Lait
    Eat-In: ¥800 *Comes with an original drink coaster/ Take Away: ¥600 (Prices Before Tax)

    The jet black caramel café au lait is topped with creamy milk foam and a dusting of black cocoa in the silhouette of Joe Cool. Enjoy the changing appearance of your drink as you take a sip. Even the label on the take out cup is decorated with a Joe Cool fair logo that you won’t be able to resist taking a photo of.

     

    Sold At:

    PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro: Eat-In/Take Away

    PEANUTS DINER Yokohama: Eat-In/Take Away

    PEANUTS DINER Kobe: Eat-In Only

    PEANUTS Cafe Kobe: Take Away Only

    *Not available at PEANUTS Cafe Snoopy Museum

    Original Joe Cool Eco Tote Bag: ¥1,600 (Before Tax)

    The popular Snoopy Eco Tote Bag has had a Joe Cool makeover. It has a simple design and is easy to use. The jet black colour makes it appropriate for anyone and it is large enough to fit an A4-size item inside. You can use it as your main bag or fold it up to store in your main bag so you’re always ready for that unplanned shopping trip. The merchandise lineup also includes original-design stickers, keyrings bearing a Joe Cool Snoopy design and a stainless steel mug. 

     

    All fair merchandise is available to purchase from the merchandise area of PEANUTS Cafes and PEANUTS DINERs or the online shop. 

     

    The special Joe Cool menu and merchandise is available for a limited time only – perfect for a special trip!

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  • CHAYA 1899 TOKYO To Open in February Serving Specially Made Tea

    10.January.2020 | FOOD

    With a history of 120 years in managing a number of old hotels and restaurants, the Ryumeikan Group will open a new café that sells Japanese desserts, pastries, tea and coffee called CHAYA 1899 TOKYO. The new café is set to open on February 21, 2020 and will embrace the delicious flavours of matcha, hōjicha and Japanese black tea. 

    The café will open on floor 1 of the boutique hotel Hotel 1899 Tokyo. The café interior is wood-themed with touches of black for a casual fusion of tradition and modernity. With a space of 120 square metres, the relaxing environment is spacious enough to seat 38.

     

    The original restaurant opened for business in December 2018. Now, CHAYA 1899 TOKYO specialises in Japanese beverages and intends to live its days as the tea shop that customers can visit as they please for a break from everyday life.

     

    One of the most appealing aspects of the new restaurant has to be the menu. There are 10 different drinks available. Each drink is carefully made with high-quality tea leaves that were carefully selected from all over Japan. The tea varieties include matcha, hōjicha, Japanese black tea made from Japanese tea leaves. 

    Rich Matcha Latte: ¥600 (After Tax)

    Each cup of tea is carefully made, one by one, by the café’s Japanese tea specialist. The rich matcha tea is made using traditional tools such as a bamboo whisk. From this, soy milk or milk is added to make the rich matcha latte. From three to six grams, you can choose the strength of your tea by the gram to create a more personalised matcha latte. 

     Other drinks on the menu include the Hōjicha Latte and the brand new inventions the ‘Matcha Soda and ‘Japanese Black Tea Soda’, which will tempt you their exquisite aromas. 

     

    The café even has a counter especially for the tea making and pouring procedures. The water for each drink is boiled in a traditional kettle by the tea specialist, who carefully regulates the water temperature and controls the brewing time according to the tea leaf. 

    Matcha Pan:  ¥600 (After Tax)

    As expected, the café also sells delicious sweet treats full of matcha goodness to go with your tea. The fresh green Matcha Pan are full of matcha goodness. They are made from 100% Japanese wheat, Hokkaido butter and milk. The mixture is left to rise at a low temperature over a long period of time. Afterwards, matcha from Shizuoka is added to the mix and then baked into muffins. This original and rare bread was developed with Baba FLAT – a café which sells very popular pastries and coffee in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. 

    Craving more matcha? Enjoy both matcha and hōjicha at the same time in the form of a healthy snack: the Omatcha Brownie. The brownies are made from gluten-free rice flour and enjoy a moist texture and rich flavour.

    Uji matcha, a high-quality and rich matcha used in tea ceremonies, is also used to make rich matcha ice cream (Koicha Gelato) and matcha cakes called “Sakecha Cakes” which combine tea and Japanese sake or brandy with cakes. The varieties of cake include matcha and Japanese sake, hōjicha and Japanese sake and black tea and brandy.

     

    If you’re looking for a unique tea experience, look no further than CHAYA 1899 TOKYO.

     

  • Relaxing Café by Day, Neon-Lit Bar by Night: Enjoy a Drink at Jinbōchō CAMPUS in Tokyo

    05.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hello everyone, this is MOSHI MOSHI friend Banako.

     

    Today I’ll be introducing you to an interesting place in Jinbōchō, Tokyo that is a café by day and a café & bar at night.

     

    From 9:00 to 17:00 it’s known as COFFEE CAMPUS  and from 18:15 to 22:00 it runs as CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar. It first opened its doors approximately 48 years ago, solely operating as a café. Its current owner is an avid American toy and pop culture-lover who started running the café & bar seven years ago.

     

    To get here, it’s just a five-minute walk from exit A2 of Jinbōchō Station. The café is located in a quiet place just one turn off Odori Street.

     

    Check out the menu:

    The toast here is really good, so I ordered the Egg on Toast. (¥500)

    To my surprise, an exceptionally large and thick slice of toast arrived at my table. The egg was evenly cooked and spread on top. I curiously sunk my knife into the toast to reveal the inside.

    The egg dripped beautifully like melted cheese. It tasted wonderful with the freshly toasted slice of bread and was very filling. I was in a good mood after my very first bite.

    Once the clock strikes 18:15, the café completely transforms into CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar which has a completely different atmosphere. 

     

    One step into the newly-transformed café & bar and…

    The calm undertones of the café were replaced with a cute pop-themed atmosphere illuminated by colourful neon lights. Rather than preparing a drinks menu, owner matz takes orders directly from customers, creating drinks catered to each individual customer based on what flavours and colours they like. 

    Waiting to see what kind of drink is going to be brought to you is very exciting. Ordering drinks with friends and taking photos of the outcome is the best way to enjoy your time here. 

    There are also lots of good spots to take photos for your Instagram so don’t hold back! From time to time, there is a small market here where the owner sells small fantasy-themed items.

     

     Make sure to check out CAMPUSTOY cafe&bar on Instagram for their latest updates and information on opening hours. Whether you want to enjoy a pop-themed American atmosphere or are simply looking for a relaxing spot to chat, this café is for you. Matz the owner is very friendly and is full of interesting stories that you just got to hear.

  • Enjoy a Luxurious Teatime Treat in The Characteristic Ginza Café ‘Tricolore’

    03.January.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hello!

    This is MOSHI MOSHI Friend Banako. 

     

    Today I’ll be introducing you to an old café in Ginza called Tricolore, where you can really feel the culture of Ginza. Tricolore has a rich history dating back to 1936. It is just a three-minute walk from exit A3 of Ginza station just off the main street. 

    From the outside, it looks like a gorgeous and luxurious hotel. 

    Considering its old, historic background, entering the café through a set of revolving doors was not expected. Once you enter, you will notice the grand showcase full of cakes beautifully arranged before your eyes. The neat pattern of brick walls filled the interior with character. Velvet chairs, sofas and trees created a beautiful atmosphere. 

    The smoking seats are located on floor one and floor two, which opens from 11:30, is for non-smoking. The entire interior was beautiful.

    I settled at a table and soon ordered the Cake Set for ¥1,520.

     

    From the selection of cakes, I chose the apple pie and for my drink, I ordered an iced cafe au lait. The drink prices are slightly cheaper before 11:30, making it more cost-effective to order a drink separately and not as part of a set. After 11:30, you can pay a little extra to order a different drink. 

    The thin and crispy pie pastry was stuffed with apples. Each delicious bite was filled with warmth. The cream was moderately sweet and perfectly balanced out sweet and tangy apple filling.

    When you order a cafe au lait, you can choose your ratio of coffee to milk and have it poured for you at your table. Being able to choose the strength of your coffee to this extent is very important to all coffee-lovers. Watching the drink being beautifully poured before your eyes fills you with a sense of luxury.

     

    The waiters and waitresses are always smiling and are very polite when serving customers. This is a very comfy place to enjoy breakfast or lunch. If you are looking for a spot to relax, this is definitely a good shout!

  • 5 Must-Eat Succulent Strawberry Desserts in Kyoto That Are Simply Kawaii

    31.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Winter is here, which means that the season of strawberries has finally fallen upon Japan. Today we are joined by Instagrammer Tiara, who enjoys posting their adventures around Japan’s Kansai region to try out all of the sweets and desserts. We are taking a look at must-visit locations in Kyoto for a taste of their tempting strawberry delights.

     

    LITT UP.KYOTO in Gion-Shijō

    At LITT UP.KYOTO, their “ichigoame” lets you enjoy strawberries in their original cute form.

    They are coated in sweet strawberry candy and served on sticks in cups reminiscent of something from a Japanese festival. Part of their allure is how perfect they are as a tasty treat for walking around with. There’s even popping candy attached to the strawberries for an even sweeter textural treat.

     

    ▼LITT UP.KYOTO Gion

    Address: 533 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litt_up_kyoto/

     

    Kissa Zou in Imadegawa

    The “Kisetsu no Babaroa” (Seasonal Baravois) at Kissa Zou has an springy texture and sits in a sweet and sour strawberry sauce.

    I recommend ordering one of the separate elephant cookies to place on top too to make this an even cuter dessert.

     

    ▼Kissa Zou

    Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kissa_zou/

     

    Chounohane in Fushimi

    At Chounohane they are serving strawberry barquettes as well as mini versions of them. The dessert itself is of course beautiful, but is made even more so by the antique plate♡

     

    ▼Chounohane

    Address: 791 Nishishujakucho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: [Tues/Sat/Sun] Shop & Cafe 11:00-17:00 / [Fri] Shop Only 11:00-17:00

    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chounohane/

     

    Utanekodo in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Utanekodo was renovated from a 100+ year old building and has its own cat cafe. The cafe space is located on the first floor.

    Their “Nyanko Strawberry Milk” speaks for itself, topped with adorable kitty ice cream and delicious with its subtly sweet taste.

     

    ▼Utanekodo

    Address: 155-4 Tachibanayanagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 13:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://utanekodo.com/

     

    MASHOLA in Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae

    Finally we have the “Strawberry Tiramisu Cube Cake” served at MASHOLA, a Korean-style cafe. This cake is made with refreshing homemade tiramisu cream, delightful sponge, and is packed full of sweet and sour strawberries which complement the entire thing.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 1-A MOVIX, 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Official Website: https://mashola.business.site/

     

    All of these cafes are wonderful, so if you’re in Kyoto for the strawberry season, be sure to visit as many as you can.

     

    Tiara has plenty of other recommendations over on their Instagram page, so if you’re a sweet tooth looking for something sweet to indulge in around the Kansai area, be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Irresistible Fruit Sandwich Shop “Futsu ni Fruits” Opens in Osaka

    30.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Popular Tokyo fruit sandwich shop “Futsu ni Fruits” has opened a branch in Osaka called “Futsu ni Fruits Tosabori Parlor”. With the help of Kansai’s expert dessert Instagrammer Tiara, we’ll be taking a closer look at the shop’s irresistible menu.

     

    Futsu ni Fruits is a sister branch of Omotesando’s popular café & bakery “Bread, Espresso &,”. Futsu ni Fruits at Tosabori Parlor in Osaka sells takeout sandwiches on floor 1 and has an eat-in café space on floor 2. 

    Fruit Sandwich

     The café menu varies according to the time of day. There’s a toast menu in the morning which sells toast with various fruit toppings. Futsu ni Fruits’ classic Fruit Sandwiches are available from lunchtime and onwards. The rich whipped cream embraces the flavour of the fruit filling perfectly, leaving a refreshing aftertaste. 

     

    The teatime menu is served from 3 pm which is your chance to try the Tosabori Parlor-limited Purin à la mode, parfaits and much more. 

    Seasonal Fruits Drink

    Purin à la Mode, Strawberry Milk and Coffee Milk

    The Tosabori Parlor-limited purin à la mode is a luxurious mountain of delicious fruit and purin. 

    If you’re curious to try a Japanese fruit sandwich then Futsu ni Fruits is guaranteed to give you an enjoyable experience. 

     

    If you’re a dessert-lover in Japan then you just have to check out Tiara’s Instagram which is a library of the most delicious desserts in the Kansai region. 

     

    Article Contents and Photos by: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information on the desserts mentioned in this article are subject to change at any time. For the latest updates, please refer to the links provided in this article.

  • Food Review: Q-pot CAFE.’s Afternoon Tea in Omotesando is a New Year’s Treat

    25.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    The afternoon tea is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little indulgence as you tuck into tea and sweets in the latter half of the day. It’s something surely everybody wants to try at least once.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    We recently covered the Christmas afternoon tea at Q-pot CAFE., so what on earth could be so special about this option that we just had to report on it?

    2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac, and so I was seated in the cheese area based on mice and rats’ favourite food.

    Seated with me at the table was Q-chan, a rat character created by Q-pot. which looks like a real rat eating cheese. The afternoon tea set I ordered is in fact based on this Q-chan character.

    “CHEESE” Afternon Tea Set w/ One Drink – ¥2,400 (Tax Included)

    The joyous and auspicious-looking afternoon tea set was adorned with a golden rosetta, fittingly festive for the New Year.

    The upper tier of the set is plated with servings of no-baked mousse, cupcakes, cherry scones, and lemon-flavoured cream macarons. Each and every piece was a work of art so beautiful they almost seemed a waste to eat!

    The red velvet cupcakes are topped with chocolate cream made in the image of our Q-chan. The flavours were a perfect match with the sweet and sourness of the red velvet and the subtly sweet chocolate.

    The no-bake mousse was in its own league: sensuously smooth and topped with crunchy streusel. Every mouthful was a treat to the senses―delicious with an incredible smell.

    The lower tier was packed full of filling savoury foods including a roast beef, tomato and broccoli croissant. There was also a rich potage made with onions, potatoes and melted cheese, as well as skewered baby tomatoes, olives and pickles which were perfect as a palate cleanser after the sweets.

    Hot “CHEESE” Tea – ¥750

    The afternoon tea set comes with one drink, so you can pick your favourite from the menu, but for an extra ¥100 you can get the New Year’s-exclusive drink: a hot cheese tea made with Q-pot CAFE.’s luxurious “Sweet Weekend” black tea . It has a smooth texture and a gorgeous subtle cheese scent.

    “CHEESE” Parfait w/ Drink – ¥1,850 (Tax Included)

    This parfait is also a New Year’s exclusive. It’s made formed of cute orange apricot layers, salty cookies, chocolate sponge, and topped off with cheesecake. Sat on the cheesecake having a munch is none other than Q-chan.

     

    Apricot and cheese is a rare combination, but it results in this parfait being like a refreshing no-bake cheesecake. As you delve lower into the depths of the parfait you can enjoy an assortment of scrumptious flavours.

    Q-chan’s tail is actually shaped like the letter “Q” too, and hidden behind him is a pile of nuts and at either side of him cookies with “2020” written on them. It really is a filling parfait.

     

    It was a very satisfying meal, from the sweets and drinks to the afternoon tea!

    Q-pot CAFE. Happy Bag 2020 – ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    Q-pot CAFE. is also selling fukubukuro in a cute cheese colour. This is the cafe’s first time selling fukubukuro lucky bags with rat motifs.

     

    Award-winning Japanese writer Mizuki Tsujimura also posted a story about Q-chan on the cafe’s website which can be read below in Japanese.

     

    ▼The Adventures of the Little Rat Known as “Q”

    http://www.q-pot.jp/news/2019/12/1159.html

    There are several other fukubukuro lucky bags you can get your hands on too filled with accessories centred around cheese. The items are limited-edition and exclusive and come in ¥10,000 (Before Tax) and ¥30,000 (Before Tax) options.

     

    If you’re in Japan for the New Year, why not spend it with Q-chan and a side of cheese at the Q-pot Cafe.?

  • Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review

    21.December.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” is set to open in Japan’s hub of kawaii culture Harajuku on December 21 where it will run until March 22 next year.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON received early access to the cafe, so we went together with Ruki from Spain.

    The cafe incorporates “interactive tabletop projection mapping” technology developed by Sony, which allows customers to enjoy their meals while playing together with the characters as they walk around their plates and tables.

     

    So what exactly does this look like…?

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is located along Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Enter Takeshita Street and walk just a little bit to find HARAJUKU AR BOX. The entrance is pictured above.

    The cafe operates on a “pair seating” system, making it the perfect spot to go with your best friend or special someone♡

     

    The theme of the cafe is “another me in the mirror,” which sees Korilakkuma meeting another Korilakkuma inside of a mirror. When seated at your pair table, you’ll notice all of the Korilakkuma artwork adorning the cafe.

    When we sat down, the staff came and gave us a dolomite coasterーa gift for all customers who visit the cafe.

    When you place the coasters down on the table, that’s when the fun begins. Trace your finger around the table to play with Korilakkuma and company.

    Here is Ruki having Korilakkuma move around.

    When we had finished playing, the appetisers from our course menu arrived. It costs ¥2,500 per person, and you both have to order when ordering this course menu. You can pick from clam chowder or minestrone.

     

    If you thought that was it for the projection mapping, think again! The fun was only just beginning, as a new display came on the table when the plates went down.

    Ruki was completely enchanted by the sparkling food. It makes you feel like you’re inside of a picture book♡

    The salad was Caesar, and the minestrone was packed full of veg and ingredients, making it nice and filling.

     

    The next dish that was brought was the main. You pick one each of a main dish and dessert and share between two people.

    We ordered the “Omurice – Let’s Draw Together” (in Japanese: 一緒におえかきオムライス). Korilakkuma was wrapped up completely in an omelette blanket. The projection mapping comes on when you set this plate down too.

    Korilakkuma draws around the plate, and we got to join in too by decorating Korilakkuma’s blanket with drawings of Rilakkuma and Kiiroitori in ketchup.

    The mapping helps you with drawing by projecting an outline you can trace. Ruki did hers really well!

    As we forked into the omurice we found a cheeseburger underneath! The combination of the juicy cheese hamburger with the soft egg was to die for, and it becomes even more delicious and smooth when you pour over the cream sauce.

    Last up was dessert. We got the “Spell-Cast Pancakes” (in Japanese: パンケーキに魔法をかけて). The projection mapping cast a mirror onto the pancakes. Even more animations happen when you wave the brush you’re given on the table.

    The fluffy pancakes are topped with a hearty serving of cream. You can enjoy them as they are, but they’re delicious if you top them with the fruits, iced cream and nuts scattered around the plate too!

    Twin Korilakkuma Strawberry Milk – ¥990

    Korilakkuma Cafe au Lait – ¥890 (Served Hot Only)

    As well as the course menu, there are also special drinks you can order separately which come with another free and exclusive coaster.

    Sliding Mirror (Pink or Purple) – ¥1,200 Each

    Acrylic Key Ring (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500 Each

    Korilakkuma fans can expect to sift through a whole range of cafe-exclusive merchandise too, so be sure to check out what they’ve got in stock when you visit.

    Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror is Harajuku’s hottest new spot where you can enter the kawaii world of Korilakkuma. Pull up a seat and enjoy and interactive meal experience.

     

    ©2019 San-X Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • PEANUTS Cafes and Diners Across Japan Release Christmas-Limited Snoopy Courses

    04.December.2019 | FOOD

    If you’re a Peanuts fan, you can’t miss out on the gorgeous Christmas menu which will served up at the PEANUTS Cafe Nakameguro, PEANUTS DINER Yokohama and PEANUTS DINER Kobe from December 2 – 25. 

    Order the Christmas Dinner course for a large angus beef steak drizzled with a sweet and tangy sauce made of berries and raspberry vinegar.

    After your dinner enjoy the luxurious Christmas desserts plate of bite-sized treats such as a soft and tender canelé and sweet madeleine. The plate is decorated with a Christmas Snoopy pick where Snoopy’s face can be seen peeking through a wreath. 

     

    You don’t have to book in advance but we recommend you do. This can be done via the links in the information section below.

    Order the Salmon Cheese Gratin Christmas Plate for a luxurious course of mains, salad and dessert all on one tray. The sautéd salmon is the steal of the show as it sits in a bath of creamy stew and is topped with a generous layer of cheese. This is served alongside fluffy bread branded with Christmas designs that will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. A Snoopy pick replaces the traditional cherry on the sundae that will leave you with a sweet aftertaste after your meal.

    The White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to ward off the cold of winter. Like a white blanket of snow, white chocolate milk fills the cup and is topped with the traditional colours of Christmas. Allow yourself to be soothed by the drink’s mild sweetness.

     

    Make the most of your Christmas with Snoopy and friends. 

     

    © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  • KIRBY CAFÉ to Release 15 More Café-Style Arrangements of Kirby Songs on CD

    27.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The KIRBY CAFÉ will be releasing its second CD soundtrack called Sound of Kirby Café 2 on December 12. The soundtrack will be available to purchase from the KIRBY CAFÉ and KIRBY CAFÉ THE STORE in Japan.

    The KIRBY CAFÉ has only ever been a temporary café that makes an appearance now and again. However, it is finally sticking around for good from December 12. To celebrate, the café has a whole lineup of new songs. 

    HAL Laboratory, Inc. is the official sound team behind the Kirby’s Dream Land game series They have carefully selected 15 original songs from the game and arranged them specifically for use in the café.

     

    A team of six musicians, some of which are new, got together to create a variety of Kirby song arrangements. From sophisticated yet relaxing cafe-style songs to cute songs which represent the pop colours of the mains and desserts, each song perfectly preserves the catchy features of the original. From the careful song selection, the sound direction was done by Kirby’s Dream Land’s general director Shinya Kumazaki from HAL Laboratory, Inc.

     

    ​The KIRBY CAFÉ and store are also giving away free stickers decorated with the special design on the CD. These stickers are in limited supply and can only be obtained by purchasing the soundtrack from the café or official store. Information on general sales and online sales will be announced in the future. 

     

    Whether you’re cosying up on the couch or on the way to work, let the ​KIRBY CAFÉ’s official soundtrack create the perfect atmosphere for you. 

     

    © 2019 HAL Laboratory, Inc. /Nintendo

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