Omotesando Koffee

Omotesando Koffee – Coffee with Japanese Style in Tokyo

In Japan, Wine and Beverage by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch3 Comments

Omotesando Koffee was an oasis in bustling Tokyo with its relaxed vibe and excellent coffee.

Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Omotesando Koffee

While in Tokyo, we were pleasantly surprised by the city’s love of coffee.  Japan certainly has wonderful teas, but coffee is clearly popular with Tokyites of all ages.  There are great coffee shops everywhere, even in the train stations.  We really liked the coffee chain Beck’s for a quick latte on the go, but we fell in love with Omotesando Koffee.

Omotesando Koffee

We had read about the tiny coffee shop in the Omotesando neighborhood, so we headed there for an afternoon pick-me-up on our way to Harijuku.  We wandered through the streets laced with hair salons and boutiques until we found the coffee oasis.  The coffee shop is so small that we almost walked by it, but we found it with the help of google maps and Daryl’s eagle eye.

Entrance to Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Entrance to Omotesando Koffee

Without question, the coffee shop is an exercise in Japanese minimalism.  It pretty much consists of a La Cimbale espresso machine, a few items for sale and a tastefully manicured garden with two benches.  The cafe’s stylish yet tranquil vibe provided us with an oasis in the Tokyo megalopolis.

Coffee Shop Oasis at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Coffee Shop Oasis

Kashi Treat at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Kashi Treat

The owner, Eiichi Kunitomo, expertly crafts each coffee without assistants.  Kunitomo honed his barista skills in Italy and Osaka, and Omotesando’s beans are specially roasted in Kyoto.

Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee

Stylish Atmosphere at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Stylish Element

Our First Visit

On our first visit, we both chose iced cappuccinos. In an aesthetic twist, Kunitomo lightly dusted the foamy drinks with espresso powder to create a fun fuzzy layer at the top.   The quality of the drinks was enhanced by the serene garden where we drank them, and the drinks energized us for the rest of the day.

Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos atOmotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos

Iced Cappuccino at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Iced Cappuccino

Our Second Visit

On our second visit, we shared an iced mocha latte. We had to try this drink after watching Kunitomo prepare one on our first visit.  The drink is a work of typical high Japanese design craftsmanship, and it’s delicious too.

Crafting the Latte at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Crafting the Latte

Finishing Touches at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Finishing Touch

Iced Mocha Latte at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Iced Mocha Latte

Liquid Art at Omotesando Koffee Tokyo Japan

Liquid Art

Omotesando Koffee is a truly a gem.

A True Gem at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo

A True Gem

Starbucks Disclosure

As a disclosure, we must admit that we also enjoyed Starbucks several times on this trip, though more for the free wi-fi and refreshing frappuccinos.  There are like a thousand Starbucks shops in Japan, and they have different flavors compared to Philadelphia.  We fell in love with the Matcha frappuccino which is made with green tea powder, milk, ice and whipped cream.  (Sadly, we  just missed the seasonal Candy Orange frappucciono.  We did get to sample the new seasonal Tiramisu frappuccino flavor, though we preferred the Matcha.)  Prices were comparable to the states, so we shared several throughout the week.  Yum!

Matcha Frappuccion at Starbucks in Tokyo

Matcha Frappuccion

Yum! at Starbucks in Tokyo


Important Update

Omotesando Koffee is now permanently closed in Tokyo. However, Kunimoto’s new location has just opened in Hong Kong. This may be bad news for Tokyo, but it’s good news for Hong Kong.

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  1. I also enjoyed the Shibuya coffee lab, which seemed to produce its coffee in chemistry beakers, and Ogawa coffee found somewhere in the maze that is the Kyoto railway station.

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