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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  • Review: Meeting Pixar Characters in Japan at PIXAR FEST in Omotesando

    20.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is now running a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which will run in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story’s 25th anniversary, and more. There’s lots to see, so we follow MIOCHIN to the Tokyo event in Omotesando.

     

    PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is packed full of exciting things for both kids and adults alike. Here’s our report.

    The fun begins even before you enter the cafe, as at the entrance, you are met with a wall poster of numerous popular Pixar characters.

    The moment you step inside, Sully is there ready to greet you! You can even take a picture with him, so if you visit, don’t miss the chance.

    You’ll find familiar faces scattered all around the cafe, like Woody, Buzz, Mike, Nemo. The decorations and designs are really wonderful.

    The original menu has a cute lineup too, with dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by characters from the animated movies.

    The food tastes really good too, so be sure to pick out a menu item based on your favourite movie.

    Until October 9, you can order the special Onward and Lightning McQueen menu items. This includes ‘Ian & Barley’s Pink Sunset Blue Mallow Tea’ and ‘Lightning McQueen’s Kachow Lightning Hamburger Sandwich.’ You can see the full menu lineup here. It makes you want to watch Pixar movies all day then grab some Pixar food!

    Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear from Toy Story 3 will have his own special menu items too: the ‘Lots-o’s Strawberry Chicken Hamburger’ and ‘Lots-o’-s Strawberry Drink.’ These will be served from October 10 to November 24.

    The cafe has its own collection of PIXAR FEST merchandise in three different types: the “PIXAR FEST Series” which uses the cafe’s main visual for its design, the “Vintage Series” which uses a cute purple, and the “Alien Mix” which has a pop design with the Little Green Men from Toy Story.

     

    Customers can also receive a limited-edition OH MY CAFE sticker if they order something from the menu, buy some merchandise, and post their thoughts about the cafe and their items on Twitter with the hashtags #キャンペーン #PIXAR FESTカフェで最高の思い出を作ろう #OHMYCAFE. Be sure to get involved if you’re in Japan this summer and autumn.

     

    PIXAR FEST at OH MY CAFE is a dreamland for Pixar fans, and is best experienced in person.

     

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  • Review: The 30 Year Old Cafe Chatei Hatou in Shibuya

    18.September.2020 | FOOD

    Hi, everyone. It’s Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS. Today I’m reviewing Chatei Hatou, a long-standing cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo.

     

    Shibuya is a place that bustles with youth culture and fashion. It’s also home to many eateries, but there aren’t many places around that you can go to to get away from the busy streets for a quiet break.

    Chatei Hatou opened in 1989 at Miyamasuzaka Shita in Shibuya, where it has gone unchanged and welcomed customers for the past 30 years. It’s very easy to get to, being just a 3-minute stroll from the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

     

    When opening the door to the cafe and stepping inside, the first thing to jump out at you are the rows of coffee cups lined up along shelves behind the counter.

    The coffee cup collection features a selection of works by many different makers. There’s even a cup in there valued at ¥200,000!

    The antiques littered here and there around the cafe elevate the vibe of the cafe. There’s a number of seating areas, including the counter seats as well as tables for two, four, or big groups.

     

    I felt the faint tasty scent of the Japanese pudding calling to me so I went and ordered a pumpkin pudding along with a hot chocolate.

    Cafe Chocolat (Hot) ¥950 / Pumpkin Pudding ¥500

    The pumpkin pudding was nice and moist and rich in flavour. Nothing short of delicious. It’s made even sweeter when eaten together with the fluffy whipped cream―which also elevates the flavour of the pumpkin too.

    I was inspired by the cafe owner to go for the cup I chose for my hot chocolate. There is so much variety between the cups; it’s fun getting to see rare ones. Be sure to check their Instagram page where they have more detailed write-ups about their coffee cups and coffee varieties.

     

    The cafe has a selection of original coffee blends which they make fresh with the utmost care and consideration. You can buy their coffee beans, take cake away from you, and even order whole cakes, so you can enjoy their delights at home.

     

    Chatei Hatou has stood together with Shibuya these past 30 years. According to the owner, the most important thing about running a cafe is making sure its doors are always open. It’s been tough as a result of the pandemic this year, but the cafe is still there as a part of people’s lives.

     

    The next time you’re in Shibuya, why not enjoy a drink and a sit down at Chatei Hatou?

  • Tokyo Stroll: The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone #14 – ‘Kayaba Coffee’ in Yanaka

    17.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    In this edition of The Café That You Want to Visit to See Someone, I visited Kayaba Coffee, a coffee shop in Yanaka, Tokyo, which is a perfect example of the old and traditional shitamachi neighbourhoods.

    Kayaba Coffee is just a 10-minute walk from both Nezu Station and Nippori Station.


    This is a place I’ve visited in my private time out of work and I’m always excited to go. Kayaba Coffee was established in 1938, and actually closed in 2006. But due to public demand, the cafe reopened just two years later in 2008. It’s a popular coffee shop loved by people of all generations.

     

    Time to head on in.

     

    The first floor houses the counter and table seats, while the seating on the second floor is traditional zashiki style on tatami flooring. Although it’s a cafe, you I feel so relaxed in there that it’s like I’m visiting my grandma’s house. The sun shines through the big windows, making you all warm and want to take a nap.

    I ordered their super popular egg sandwich! The menu was changed in May this year, and a new and improved version of their egg sandwich was put on there. It’s made using sourdough bread from VANER, a local bakery in Uenosakuragi not far from the cafe.

    Breakfast Menu – Egg Sandwich | ¥1,000

    The chewy, sour bread is the perfect combination with the fluffy eggs.

    Lemon Squash | ¥600

    The lemon squash has a cinnamon aftertaste. Everything on the menu is made with love and perfection; before I realised it, I was hooked on going there.

    Strawberry Shaved Ice | ¥800

    This was my first shaved ice of the year! I went with the classic strawberry flavour. The syrup is super juicy and nearly collapsed the fluffy shaved ice the moment I put it on. It has a syrupy texture and the strawberry juice has a sweet and sour kick that’s just simply delightful♡

     

    And you can make it even sweeter by pouring over your desired amount of condensed milk. It was really tasty.

    Kayaba Coffee is the same as it was back in the day, and continues to be loved dearly. I think even people who visit it for the first time will feel a sense of nostalgia. If you have a place you can go to relax on bad days or when you’re feeling down, it’s sure to give you the strength to work hard again. This cafe is a wonderful place that’s close to people’s hearts.

     

    I want to visit there again already.

     

    Writer/Model: Ema Tanioku
    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto
    Design: Yuko Takayama (ASOBISYSTEM)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Anime Film Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes Promoted With Themed Cafe in Saitama

    15.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes was released on September 11, 2020 as the 28th animated feature film in the Crayon Shin-chan series. To promote the film, a themed cafe is set to open at BOX cafe&space in the city of Koshigaya in Saitama Prefecture from October 1 to November 1.

    The cafe originally opened at TOKYO PARADE inside Shibuya PARCO back in March for a limited time, and now it’s headed north of Tokyo to Saitama.

     

    Shin-chan fans can look forward to a menu lineup of dishes, drinks, and desserts inspired by the film’s theme of “drawing.”

    Rakuga Kingdom Cafe Crayon Shin-chan Curry | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    The Shin-chan curry is a spicy yellow curry combined with coconut milk. The white sauce is inspired by the light blue colour of the smocks worn at Futaba Kindergarten in the series.

    Rakuga Kingdom Cafe Buriburizaemon Curry | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    This one’s a spicy black masala curry centred on Buriburizaemon.

    Uki Uki Da Zo Crayon Shin-chan Pancakes | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    Pancakes toped with cream and a cute Shin-chab illustration. It’s served with a wafer featuring pictures of other characters from the film.

    Minna Suki ni Kakeba? Rakugaki Pudding Plate | ¥1,390 (Before Tax)

    Two pudding tarts and a crepe which you can draw on with a chocolate pen to create your own cute illustrations like Shin-chan.

    Shin-Chan’s Miracle Colourful Jelly Soda ¥890 | Shiro’s Cotton Candy Strawberry Milk ¥990 (Before Tax)

    A soda served with jelly in five different colours and a strawberry milk topped with Shiro who’s made from cotton candy. It becomes a sweet strawberry milk as soon as the cotton candy hits and melts into the drink.

    Pin Badges (8 Designs) | ¥400 (Before Tax)


    Canvas Art | ¥3,500 (Before Tax) *Limited edition

    Bonus Items

    The merchandise lineup features items with original artwork. There’s also bonus items for customers who book a table in advance as well as order a drink.

     

    Enter the Rakugaki Kingdom of drawing at the limited-time Crayon Shin-chan cafe.

     

    ⒸYoshito Usui/Futabasha・Shinei・TV Asahi・ADK 2020

  • Kyoto Neko Neko x eXcafe Kyoto Arashiyama Collaborate On Breakfast Dishes

    12.September.2020 | FOOD

    eXcafe Kyoto Arashiyama is collaborating with Kyoto Neko Neko to release a new breakfast menu order on September 15, 2020.

    eXcafe Kyoto Arashiyama sits in an alley off the main street of Arashiyama, one of Kyoto’s most famous sightseeing spots. The cafe is home to a spacious 400㎡ modern Japanese garden.

    Hoku Hoku Dango Set

    The cafe is open from 10am-6pm and is so popular that it’s common to always see a line of people waiting to go in. Some of their most popular dishes include the “Hoku Hoku Dango Set” which has you frying your own dango using a traditional Japanese shichirin BBQ, and the “Kuromaru Roll” roll cake.

    Ikusu Cafe Breakfast | ¥1,280 (Before Tax)

    The cafe’s collaboration with Kyoto Neko Neko comes with cute thick-cut cat-shaped bread that you fry on a charcoal shichirin.


    Toast toppings include red bean paste, butter, whipped cream, and fruits which you are free to use to create your own topping combination. The breakfast also comes with two mitarashi dango for dessert.

  • KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE Reveals Halloween Themed Menu

    10.September.2020 | FOOD

    Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody have taken over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time until October 31, 2020.

     

    The cafe has been split into two separate themes, with the second theme arriving on September 16, turning the cafe into a cute Halloween experience.

    The menu, including the popular afternoon tea set, will transform into spooky Halloween inspired food, with Jack-o’-lanterns and bats decorating the plates.

    The Kuromi Kimagure Omelette Curry will be sold in limited quantities on weekends at dinnertime. This cute plate features a pink curry topped with Kuromi’s favourite leeks as well as seafood, souffle omelette, and Kuromi herself who is made out of rice.

    There’s also cute pancakes drizzled in berry sauce, My Melody and Kuromi drinks, and more.

    Customers who order anything from the Halloween menu will receive one of these coasters free too!

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

  • 5 Character Themed Cafés Running in September 2020 – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    08.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Character cafés are an exciting experience in Japan which sees a café collaborate with well-known anime series, game series and various franchises by decorating the café interior with designs and illustrations based on them and meals and drinks inspired by them. Let’s take a look at 5 must-visit cafés in September 2020.

     

    KUROMIMY MELODY CAFE @ EGG&SPUMA, Shinjuku Lumine EST

    Sanrio’s beloved characters Kuromi and My Melody are taking over EGG&SPUMA in Shinjuku this summer with the new KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE which is open for a limited time from August 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 and is split into two separate phases.

    There is an adorable menu line-up including two-tiered afternoon tea set with lots of sweet treats, like waffles and ice cream, all topped with Kuromi and My Melody.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/340782

     

    KUROMI♡MY MELODY CAFE

    Location: EGG&SPUMA

    Address: Shinjuku Lumine EST 8F, 3-38-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    Running: August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    TEL: 03-6273-0255

    Official Website: http://salt-group.jp/shop/egg-spuma/

    © 1976,  2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611679

     

    PIXAR FEST @ OH MY CAFE, Harajuku Tokyu Plaza

    OH MY CAFE, a chain of cafes in Japan, is holding a special Pixar-themed food event called ‘PIXAR FEST’ which is currently running in Tokyo and Osaka from August 28 and will open in Nagoya on September 4.

    “Keep On Smiling” is the the concept of the event, which will serve up a whole range of different foods including a Lightning McQueen exclusive on September 5, a special drink inspired by Disney Pixar’s Onward which released earlier this year, a collection of strawberry desserts centred on Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear to celebrate Toy Story‘s 25th anniversary, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/351140

     

    PIXAR FEST OH MY CAFE

    Tokyo

    OH MY CAFE TOKYO / August 28, 2020 – November 15, 2020
    Address: Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku (Floor 3F), 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

     

    Osaka

    kawara CAFE&DINER Shinsaibashi / August 28, 2020 – November 17, 2020
    Address: Shinsaibashi OPA (Floor 9F), 1-4-3 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture

     

    Nagoya

    kawara CAFE&KITCHEN Nagoya PARCO / September 4, 2020 – November 24, 2020
    Address: Nagoya PARCO South Building (Floor 5F), 3-29-1 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

     

    Pixar Fest OH MY CAFE Official Website: https://pf2020.ohmycafe.jp/

    ©Disney/Pixar

     

    Sanrio Character Collaboration Café @ POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    POWDER ART CAFÉ HARAJUKU is collaborating with Sanrio until mid-January 2021.

    At POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU, customers can draw their own designs on their orders, like latte art. They can also look forward to a super cute menu line-up inspired by the adorable character roster.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/338947

     

    POWDER ART CAFE HARAJUKU

    Address: IMON Bldg. B1F, 6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

    TEL: 03-6450-6037

    Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)

    Official Website: https://k-tanuma.com/company#04

    © ‘76,‘79,‘89,‘96,‘01,‘05,‘20 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO.L611638

     

    Miffy Café @ Tokyo Solamachi®

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the themed Miffy Café will open on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi from September 11, 2020 for a limited time.

    The menu will serve a healthy lineup of Netherlands cuisine—in line with the heritage of Miffy’s Dutch creator Dick Bruna—and customers can get their hands on a selection of original Miffy merch.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/356067

     

    Miffy Café

    Address: TOKYO BOX cafe&space, Tokyo Solamachi 1F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

    Running: September 11, 2020 – November 3, 2020

    Reservation Fee: ¥500

    Official Website:  https://miffy-skn-65.cafe.jp/

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

     

    Hello Kitty Café @ Narita Airport

    KADOKAWA opened a Hello Kitty themed cafe on the Narita Anime Deck—which is located on the Main Building second floor of Narita International Airport Terminal 2—earlier this year which will be open for limited time until October 2, 2020.

    As well as themed food, drinks and merchandise, customers can take a Hello Kitty quiz, learn the history behind Hello Kitty, and more.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/336417

     

    Narita Anime Deck – Hello Kitty Collaboration Cafe
    Running: July 3, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Location: Narita Anime Deck Entertainment Cafe
    Address: Narita International Airport Terminal 2 Main Building Floor 2F (1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba)
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Food Last Orders 19:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Narita Anime Deck Official Website: https://www.animedeck.jp/en/narita/

     

    © 1976, 2020 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. L611439

     

    Did you enjoy this list? If you’re in Japan for the end of summer and start of autumn, then be sure to visit all the character cafes you can.

  • KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU Celebrates 5th Anniversary With Monster Size Portions

    04.September.2020 | FOOD

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU turned 5-years-old in August, and to celebrate the quirky cafe’s anniversary, it is now serving monster-size portions until the end of September.

    Livening up Tokyo with some Harajuku-style cuisine

    Autumn is right around the corner in Japan, a time of outings and travel for many people. Due to the effects of COVID-19, however, people have had to cancel their plans. The KAWAII MONSTER CAFE wants the people of Tokyo to still enjoy themselves this autumn, and so is giving 39% off to all residents of Tokyo. All they need to do is show proof of address.

     

    Super-sized burgers, parfaits & more

    Giant King Chopper Burger | Regular Price: ¥12,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥7,320 (Before Tax) | Serves: 4-6

    You and your friends are invited to challenge yourselves to a gorge on the Giant King Chopper Burger, based on the cafe’s mascot character chopper. Served in five-colours in line with the cafe’s 5th anniversary, this beast of a burger is a hearty mix of BLT, menchi-katsu, teriyaki chicken, the “MEAT MEAT MEAT” main dish from the dinner menu, and more. It’s finished with colourful eggs around the side, and plenty of other hidden treats.

    Giant Colorful Parfait | Regular Price: ¥10,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥6,100 (Before Tax) | Serves: 3-4

    This piled-up parfait combines five of the cafe’s popular desserts into one towering delight: “Chemical Cake,” “Pink Cat Food,” “Melty Pancake,” “Little Monster,” and “Colourful Poison Parfait.”

     

    Enormous, decorated servings fruits

    Harajuku Decora Mango Parfait Bowl | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Where do you even start? There’s mango-loaded ice cream, fat waffles, colourful gummies, chocolate, mango sherbet, panna cotta, cornflakes, fruit granola, mango sauce—the list goes on! If you’re mango-mad, you’ll definitely fall for this one.

    Fluffy Marshmallow Watermelon Frappe | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Wrapped with marshmallow foam that’s fluffy like a cloud and topped with chopped watermelon, pineapple, and assorted fruits, this is similar to shaved ice. It’s also topped with nata de coco.

    Frog Melon Cream Sods | Regular Price: ¥5,000 (Before Tax), Resident Discounted Price: ¥3,050 (Before Tax)

    Celebrating 5 years of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, this frog’s tongue is made of milk mousse, melon balls, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi, which are just tumbling out of its mouth. It’s served with a side of jumbo soft serve ice cream and melon soda. Arrange the beverage as you like to create your own fruit cocktail.

     

    KAWAII MONSTER CAFE is also collaborating with YouTubers Briana Gigante and RinRinDoll on drinks and desserts.

  • Miffy Café Opening in Tokyo Solamachi to Celebrate Miffy’s 65th Anniversary

    03.September.2020 | FOOD

    In commemoration of Miffy’s 65th anniversary, the themed Miffy Café will open on the first floor of Tokyo Solamachi from September 11, 2020 for a limited time. The café will also see a collaboration with Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine

    The cafe is being produced by LEGS COMPANY, LTD. and will feature a casual yet grown-up feminine design. The menu will serve a healthy lineup of Netherlands cuisine—in line with the heritage of Miffy’s Dutch creator Dick Bruna—and customers can get their hands on a selection of original Miffy merch.

     

    Food

    Terrine-Style Open Miffy Sandwich: ¥1,499

    A cute open sandwich made to look like Miffy and served with a side of potato salad and avocado dip sauce, both of which go well with the salmon.

    Stammpot Salad Plate: ¥1,499 | With Plate ¥2,499 *From September 19

    Inspired by the traditional Dutch dish of stammpot, this plate is topped with sausages, salad, and a gravy sauce to mix.

    Balloon Pannenkoek Pancakes: ¥1,599

    Pannenkoek pancakes are a staple of the Dutch cuisine. These Miffy versions are topped with balloon-shaped mini tomatoes, eggs, and blueberries.

     

    Desserts

    Miffy & Giant Tree Mousse Cake: ¥1,299

    Miffy is made from sponge cake and mousse, while the giant tree is a tower of cotton candy, granola, and assorted fruits.

    Carrot Dessert Plate: ¥1,299 | With Plate ¥2,299 *From September 19

    Served on a café-original plate, this dessert features a cream puff made to look like a carrot. It’s served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and an assortment of fruits.

    Miffy Colourful Oat Milk Bowl: ¥1,299

    A colourful serving made using fibre-loaded and low-calorie oat milk and a bunch of different fruits.

     

    Drinks

    Miffy’s Orange Float: ¥899

    Made using orange and Grenadine syrup and topped with a Miffy lemon sherbet.

     

    Takeout

    Carrot Cream Puff: ¥899

    The same cream puff made to look like a carrot is available as a separate takeout option.

    Acrylic Key Rings (6 Designs): ¥650 Each / Acrylic Magnets (8 Designs): ¥600 Each (All Before Tax)

    Plush Toys (Floral/Blue): ¥3,000 Each

    The stylish original and exclusive merchandise was made in collaboration with popular Japanese illustrator Shogo Sekine.

     

    Illustrations Dick Bruna © copyright Mercis bv, 1953-2020  www.miffy.com

  • 4 Must-Try Kawaii Parfaits in Kyoto – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

    01.September.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Though autumn is not far off, the summertime heat of Japan has yet to let up, and so what better way to keep cool than treating oneself to a parfait? Here are 5 must-try parfaits that are popular in Kyoto, with photos and descriptions provided by Instagrammar Tiara who posts and reviews desserts around Japan’s Kansai region.

     

    CAFE YAMANEKO / Ryōan-ji, Kyoto

    Orange Parfait

    CAFE YAMANEKO is located along Kinukake-no-michi, a road that connects the Kinkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji, and Ninna-ji temples. Their Orange Parfait is made with a delicious jam that uses all of the orange right down to the peel, and is topped with a Japanese-style pudding, vanilla ice cream, and orange and caramel sauces.

     

    ▼CAFE YAMANEKO
    Address: 39-6 Tōjiin Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 11:00-17:30
    Official Instagaram: https://www.instagram.com/kyoto_cafe_yamaneko/

     

    CAFE attmos. / Shichijo

    Ichijiku Parfait

    CAFE attmos. serves super sweet desserts made with choice seasonal fruits. I ordered the ‘Ichijiku Parfait’ which is made with lots of figs harvested in Kyoto. It was really delicious.

     

    ▼CAFE attmos.
    Address: ELLA490 1F, Shimoumacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafe_attmos/

     

    Chocolat BEL AMER Kyoto Villa / Sanjo Sakaimachi

    Peach & Chocolate Parfait

    This kawaii parfait has a whole mix of ingredients from peach to white chocolate ice cream, sweet white bean paste mousse, crunchy meringue, and more♡ The meringue really adds something different to the parfait.

     

    ▼BEL AMER Kyoto Villa
    Address: 66 Sanjodori Sakaimachi Higashi Iru Kitagawa Masuyacho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00

    Official site:https://www.belamer-kyoto.jp/

     

     

    La Klassique / Demachiyanagi

    Cherry Glass Dessert

    La KLASSIQUE is a cafe close to Shimogamo Shrine. Their “Cherry Glass Dessert” parfait is loaded with ingredients, including cherry sorbet, whipped cream, milk ice cream, fruity red wine sauce, cinnamon crumble, rosehip, blood orange, cherries, meringue, red bean paste, and more. The red wine sauce makes this one for the grown ups to enjoy.

     

    ▼La Klassique
    Address: 13-9 Shimogamo Morimotocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
    Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laklassique/

     

     

    These parfaits are available until the end of August and are limited to 15 servings per day. Visit the cafe’s official Instagram to find out about reservations.

     

    For more recommendations on desserts to try around the Kansai region of Japan, follow Tiara over on Instagram.

     

    Original Japanese Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

     

    *The information about the items on this list are correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please visit each cafe’s official websites and social media pages.

  • Scrumptious and Spooky New Mousse Cakes Haunt The Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café Menu

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Scrumptious and spooky mousse cakes are set to arrive on the Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu on September 12, 2020.

    Pikachu Sweets Tomodachi Ippai Assortment: ¥2,600 (Before Tax)

    The café’s popular mousse cake collection is now welcoming two new friends – Gengar and Litwick. The two spooky cakes will be included in the Pikachu Sweets Tomodachi Ippai Assortment set shown above. This surely is the perfect gift for any Pokémon-lover.

    Pikachu Sweets Eraberu Cake Set: ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    You can choose two cakes from the six shown above and pay just ¥1,300 to purchase them as a set.

     

    The Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Café menu changes from season to season. You just have to try these adorable Halloween mousse cakes.

     

    *Names of desserts have been translated from Japanese

     

    ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
    Pokémon, ポケットモンスター, and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.

  • Egyptian God Anime Series To-totsuni Egypt Kami to be Narrated by Tomoya Nakamura

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Some new information has finally arrived for Frontier Works’s upcoming web anime series To-totsuni Egypt Kami.

     

    Synopsis: To-totsuni Egypt Kami

    Who would have thought that the Egyptian gods could be kawaii? Well, that’s exactly what they’ve become in To-totsuni Egypt Kami, a series set in Ancient Egypt where the Egyptian deities, like Anubis, Thoth, Bastet, and Ra live laid-back and relaxed lives. The series is adapted from a popular line of character mascots of the same name.

    Japanese actor Tomoya Nakamura has been confirmed as the narrator for the web anime series, whose warm and gentle voice will convey the chilled lives of the Egyptian pantheon of gods.

     

    Tomoya Nakamura – Comment

    “I think we’ll see a domino effect with the number of people who will find themselves healed by these adorable and mysteries Egyptian gods. I hope you’re sat back, relaxed, and looking forward to it.”

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami main voice cast

    The full voice cast for To-totsuni Egypt Kami has finally been revealed, along with comments from the members. Here are some words from the main cast.

     

    Hikaru Midorikawa – Comment

    Medjed | Hikaru Midorikawa

    “Everything about [Medjed] is riddled in mystery. His movements are bizarre , and nobody can predict what he’s going to do next. And for his finishing move, he can… shoot a laser beam from his eyes? I think for an anime series, the movements of the gods make them that much more charming.”

     

     

    Nobunaga Shimazaki – Comment

    Horus | Nobunaga Shimazaki

    “Horus is a very powerful god with the head of a falcon. He’s also a hard worker who works a busy part-time job day and night. He doesn’t get along with Set who he fights with a lot. The world of ‘To-totsuni Egypt Kami’ is really pop and cute, but somewhat mysterious. It would delight be if you enjoyed it in a laid-back manner.”

     

    Hiroyuki Yoshino – Comment

     Set | Hiroyuki Yoshino

    “The god of destruction. He doesn’t get along with Horus and always tricks and harasses him. But his appearance makes you feel calm… I guess you’ll have to look forward to the anime series to see!”

     

    Kenjiro Tsuda – Comment

    Ra | Kenjiro Tsuda

    “Ra, the god of the sun. He’s the father of everyone. He likes to sail a lot and bring back souvenirs for everyone, but there’s something more to him… Sit back and look forward to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese by MMN

     

    Initial Broadcast: December 2020

    The series will began airing online this December, including on YouTube. It is being directed by Katsuya Kikuchi (The Royal Tutor), with series composition by Yūichirō Higashide (Fate/ApocryphaFate/Grand Order – Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia), and character designs and animation direction by Suzuna Okuyama (The Royal Tutor). Check out the promotional video below.

    Themed cafe in collaboration with Animate Cafe Gratte

    Gratte cookie design

    Several branches of Animate Cafe Gratte in Japan are collaborating with To-totsuni Egypt Kami to serve themed food and drinks.

     

    To-totsuni Egypt Kami x Gratte

    Running: September 19, 2020 – November 8, 2020

    Participating Branches: Animate Cafe Shibuya / Kichijoji PARCO / Sendai / Osaka Nipponbashi / Okuyama

     

    ©yuka/To-totsuni Egypt Kami Project

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