Omotesando Koffee is a little coffee shop within a quiet Omote-sando residential district in Tokyo, Japan. Now that I’ve started my Café Tour in Singapore, I make it a point to visit some cafes overseas – just like my dear theme parks and attractions.
Well, Omotesando Koffee is well-known for many reasons. It’s unexpected – coffee shop in a machiya, a traditional Japanese wooden house. And it’s in the middle of a quiet street.
Lush plants surround the entrance and its beautiful garden.
Not much seating around here, except for benches in the middle of the garden. It’s a nice, picturesque spot for photos.
Inside though, is a traditional Japanese interior. It’s so clean.
The barista spotted me taking photos of the exterior and was probably relieved when I finally decided to walk in. He gave warm greetings and took my order.
Anyway, only cash is accepted here, so please bring enough notes and coins along.
Here’s the price list for hot coffee. Add about ¥90 more to have it iced.
Omotesando Koffee also bakes these cute custard cubes, known as Koffee Kashi. ¥170 (~S$2.10) a piece, or ¥850 (~S$10.50) for 5 pieces in a box set.
It was a rainy, chilly morning, so I ordered the Baileys Cappuccino – ¥630 (~S$7.50).
All I can say is, it was definitely worth the walk here.
I spent the next few minutes snapping away as my beverage was being crafted. Thankfully, the cafe was okay with that.
Even if taking photos isn’t your thing, the garden itself is a nice place to have a peaceful, contemplative moment. I was all alone during my encounter at Omotesando Koffee (a thunderstorm just passed the area).
I left the wooden house and stood across the road, facing the empty field. Drank most of my cappuccino here.
Then I was off to another cafe around the area.
Some people say that Omotesando Koffee is hard to find – but I got there within minutes, walking from the main road.
How to get there
This little place is a 5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Omote-sando station, which is an interchange station for three Tokyo Metro lines:
Chiyoda Line (C-04)
Ginza Line (G-02)
Hanzomon Line (Z-02)
1. From the Metro Station, head to Exit A2.
2. Once out from Exit A2, turn right and walk along that street.
3. At the end of the street, turn left. (You may witness some madness at the Flying Tiger Copenhagen store)
4. Walk all the way until the intersection with calvari hair salon (white building with 3 levels). Turn right at that intersection.
5. Walk down that block, and cross another intersection and go straight again. Omotesando Koffee is just a few steps ahead, at your left.
4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open daily from 10:00am. Closes at 7:00pm.
For more information refer to their official website (Japanese).
Solo Tokyo 2014 is a short series documenting that one day I spent in Tokyo alone. It was a spontaneous walkabout during a spontaneous trip.