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Specialty Coffee with Japanese Style at Omotesando Koffee

The original Omotesando Koffee was an oasis in bustling Tokyo with its relaxed vibe and excellent coffee. Read on to see the origins of the global coffee enterprise.

Entrance to Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Entrance to 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

Coffee Shop Oasis at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Coffee Shop Oasis

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.

Kashi Treat at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Kashi Treat

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.

Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Minimalistic Omotesando Koffee

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

Our First Visit

On our first visit, we both chose iced cappuccinos.

Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Dusting the Iced Cappuccinos

In an aesthetic twist, Kunitomo lightly dusted the foamy drinks with espresso powder to create a fun fuzzy layer at the top.

Iced Cappuccino at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Iced Cappuccino

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.

Our Second Visit

On our second visit, we shared an iced mocha latte.

Finishing Touches at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Finishing Touch

We had to try this drink after watching Kunitomo prepare one on our first visit.

Iced Mocha Latte at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
Iced Mocha Latte

The drink is a work of typical high Japanese design craftsmanship, and it’s delicious too.

A True Gem at Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo Japan
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.

Matcha Frappuccio at Starbucks in Tokyo Japan
Matcha Frappuccino

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 Frappuccino. We did get to sample the new seasonal Tiramisu Frappuccino flavor, though we preferred the Matcha.

Yum! at Starbucks in Tokyo

Prices were comparable to Starbucks in the states, so we shared several throughout the week. Yum!

Important Update
Omotesando Koffee is now permanently closed in Tokyo. However, Kunimoto has opened locations in cities like Hong Kong, London and Singapore. This may be bad news for Tokyo, but it’s good news for the world of coffee.

About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Monday 10th of April 2017

What a stunning cafe! I have heard so much about the coffee culture in Japan. Can't wait to explore it!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 10th of April 2017

Although you will love the coffee culture in Japan, you will have to visit Hong Kong to experience Omotesando Koffee. As we noted at the bottom of this article this coffee shop has relocated to Hong Kong.


Friday 13th of January 2017

OMG this just killed me. I was just freaking out about how much I used to love this place and then came here for the read... only to see that it's been closed?!?! So sad. And so scary to think that it's been that long since I was last in that part of Japan. But thanks for the memories.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 13th of January 2017

We'll have to find new coffee shops when we return to Tokyo, though it will be hard to beat Omotesando!


Sunday 12th of October 2014

Love this! I literally get excited to drink coffee the night before as I'm going to sleep. Love hearing about new flavors around the world too!


Monday 29th of April 2013

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.


Sunday 28th of April 2013

Omotesando looks really different. I love it! Great photos. Thanks for sharing.