Before coming to Tokyo, you might be thinking, everywhere is tight, crowded, and difficult to find. While that may be completely true for a lot of places in Japan’s capital, cafes like Koé Cafe in Shibuya may surprise you by not being any of those things. Koé Cafe, is a vibrant and ultra modern cafe that also holds a clothing store and hotel.
Walking into the cafe’s wide doors, customers will adore the stylish spotted tables, the booth overlooking the non-stop saunterers in the streets, comfy sofas, slick and fancy looking drink mugs, and elaborately displayed food. The cafe is also surprisingly spacey with plenty of room to walk around.
Their menu can be easily read since they literally have a table showing all of their bread and sandwich dishes which include paninis, sandwiches, bagels, rolls, and baguettes. However, their meal menu changes every season. This season it was curry and pasta. The drink menu included alcohol, coffee, smoothies, soft drinks, and Japanese teas. For dessert, crepes, pies, Chinese pudding, and cheesecake.
Their most recommended drink was the hoji tea latte. The latte was served on a custom mug and plate. While completely white and made using a tea bag, the drink tasted exactly like hoji tea. With just the right amount of sweet flavor, the hoji tea was an excellent blend of thick milk and earthy tea leaf flavor.
On Koé’s seasonal dessert menu, there were only 2 crepe selections. The specialty was the pistachio crepe. Served in a custom wire tray which allows customers to eat it with a spoon, the pistachio crepe tasted great and was also fun to eat. In the crepe, on top of a pile of whipped cream, there was pistachio paste, pistachio flavored macarons, and berry jam sprinkled with pistachios. This, inside of a smooth crepe was rich and satisfying dessert.
Walking inside Koé Cafe, you can see this is a cafe meant for everyone. Visitors will be welcomed to the open space and comfortable atmosphere amidst Tokyo’s crowded streets.
Where’s the most interesting place you have ever had coffee? How about in a laboratory? The Shibuya cafe Roasted Coffee Laboratory is where you can enjoy your cup, not in an actual lab, but in a place run by people who genuinely care about coffee. At this cafe, you can see the grinding and brewing technology at work and how it’s made.
The Roasted Coffee Laboratory has a very coffee themed atmosphere. With tables that have bodies that look like bean grinders and using beakers to serve coffee in. There were many 4-person tables, one large group table, and a booth near the window. The floor was hard concrete. On the walls were pictures of the process of how coffee was planted, cultivated, harvested then dried with actual African farmers. Lots of merchandise was for sale including homemade treats and coffee sold in beer bottles. Customers make orders at the front register and Wi-fi was available.
The highlight of the cafe’s design was the coffee roasting machine on display. Behind a glass door, customers could see the whole process of how the restaurant grinds large amounts of coffee and serves it into their everyday mug.
The coffee available included home blends, pour over coffee, cold brew, and lattes all served in paper cups with the cafe name on them. Their signature one, the roasted blend, was smooth, tasted of medium strength, with an easily digestible content.
All the food was made at the cafe with the food menu including sandwiches and hot dogs. The dessert menu included cakes, donuts, and coffee pudding.
Their specialty dish, the cheesecake in a jar, was very delicious. A cheesecake flavored pudding served in a small glass jar. Topped with a berry jam. It gave a massively sweet cheesecake taste with a smooth texture that melts in your mouth much the same as you would get from Greek yogurt. It had a wafer cookie crust which complimented the cheesecake taste well.
Roasted Coffee Laboratory is an excellent cafe for people who love to think or learn. Customers coming here will get delicious coffee and food, a high-tech atmosphere, and lots of experimenting with the world’s favorite drink.
Shibuya Coffee, located near Shibuya Station, is one of the more modern cafes in Tokyo, and is an excellent hang out spot especially for young people. By giving customers a mix of nature along with a diverse menu of delicious food and beverage including tasty desserts and seasonal drinks it becomes a delightful relaxation hub for Tokyo’s high school and college demographic. Visitors coming here will get to spend some time out of the big city to enjoy the excellent food on offer as well as an inviting touristy, feasibly Hawaiian, atmosphere. Customers pay and order at the register. Wi-fi was available and there was also a ChargeSpot mobile phone charging device that can charge phones without cords.
Inside Shibuya Coffee, there were tables for 2 and a group table in the center, Hawaiian imagery, and fake leafy plants under the table tops, on the walls, the ceiling...absolutely everywhere giving one the impression of either a being in a beach or tree house. The majority of customers were young females giggling and chatting or taking selfies the whole time while they sipped their coffees or ate their ice cream and cakes.
The desert menu included a variety of ice cream dishes, waffles mixed with croissant dough, and cakes. There was also a lunch menu which had sandwiches, hot dogs, and soups.
As the restaurant’s title suggested, a large selection of coffee was available including lattes and cold-brews. Other drinks were available including ice cream floats, iced milks, and smoothies.
The cafe’s specialty drink was the caramel latte. Served in a 200 mL size mug, the latte was filled with foam until it barely fell off the top with a healthy topping of whipped cream. The caramel taste was not too strong, fit well with the coffee and was just sweet enough to enjoy in regular gulps. Also, for some interesting reason, the cup had a map directing people how to get to the cafe on it.
The specialty dessert was waffles with cookies and cream ice cream. The dish included waffles, ice cream, and a small fruit salad garnish. The waffles had no sugar added and were served warm but that made it mix better with the ice cream.
Shibuya Coffee is a great cafe to be with friends or go out on a date. Your sweet tooth will be nurtured by the excellent coffee and waffles.
On the seventh floor of the Tanaka Building, the Attic Room Cafe delights customers with it’s dim lights, antique-looking furniture, and antique toys and books on the shelves from bygone eras. Customers coming here will get a delicious meal with their favorite beverage along with a healthy helping of nostalgia all over the walls and tables.
One unique thing about Attic Room is that, because of its older looking decor, furniture that looks bought from Craigslist, and old toys, books, and board games on the shelves like the ones found in a child’s bedroom, it feels properly titled. In a positive sense, the cafe looks like the inside of an attic. Dark walls and dim lights add to that feeling. Inside the ‘Attic’ Wi-fi was available.
The menu contains a variety of Italian dishes including pasta, risotto, and pizza. The drink menu included coffee, alcoholic drinks, flavored milks, and soft drinks.
Their signiture dessert was the caramel custard danish pudding. It was a bread pudding served beautifully with vanilla flavored ice cream on top and caramel and chocolate syrups spread around. The taste was smooth and creamy. The flakyness of the pudding mixed well with the ice cream. Combining both created a fantastic fusion of flavors. Inside the pudding was a nice surprise, apples baked inside.
The drink was particularly special as flavors like this exist in few places outside Japan. It was a sweet bean and black sesame seed flavored iced milk. You can certainly taste the sweet beans which compliment the black sesame seed taste, additionally with milk, it felt slightly thicker almost like drinking a whole meal. It definitly gave the impression of a dessert in a drink.
The Attic Room is a great cafe for not only enjoying a delicious meal and drink. It also works well as a date spot or relaxing locale where one, regardless of age, can wind down after an exhausting day at work. Come to Attic Room not only for the delicious food, but to remember the nostalgia.
This cafe in Shibuya has several locations around the area and is even named after the address it was built on. Udagawa Cafe is not a typical Tokyo cafe. It was spacier and more exotic with lots of plant pictures on the walls, lights, and furniture. Customers, once inside, will be treated to the cafe’s trendy, stylish decor along with some delicious food and drink.
Inside Udagawa Cafe there were all kinds of decorations on the walls and most of the furniture had some kind of design on them. This was truly a spot for young people to hang out for dates or group gatherings.
On the food menu is a variety of Italian food like pizza, pasta, and salads. The drink menu included alcohol, coffee, ice cream floats, and seasonal drinks. Since it is open most hours of the day (11 a.m. to 5 a.m.), there is a menu for dessert, lunch, dinner, and even a midnight menu for late night snacks. It included bar food like french fries, olives, nuts, and chorizo.
Desserts were different cakes and ice creams. The most signature dessert was the Udagawa cheesecake. Served in a palm-sized portion, with a berry jam on top the cake was thick and rich. Not a smooth, over sweetened typical cheesecake but a more layered one with more cheesy flavors. The crust had little flavor which complimented the cake well.
Next was the cafe’s specialty coffee, the Udagawa blend. Japan is certainly gaining a reputation as a coffee loving country and people who drink coffee this strong will understand why. It was really strong with huge coffee flavor with every gulp. If you order this, it is recommended that you sip it.
Because of it’s long business hours, Udagawa Cafe will be a great place to visit at any time of the day. Whether you want a delicious Japanese style coffee in the afternoon, or a tasty meal at 1 A.M., this cafe will supply you well.