Thursday, August 10, 2017

TRAVEL TOKYO | Cafés & Restaurants

Coutume café in the stylish Aoyama district, Tokyo

Hello friends,

I will close up the series of blogposts on my last Tokyo trip with two posts dedicated to cafés & restaurant I was lucky to visit. As mentioned in a previous post, this trip was not much for leisure but I discovered 1-2 places that were totally new to me and that could easily become my favorites if I were still living in this beautiful city.

1. Coutume café, Aoyama district

A Parisian coffee shop first founded in Paris in 2011, Coutume Aoyama opened its doors in Tokyo in 2014. Here you will not only find excellent coffee but lovely food as well. Their crêpes looked delicious and I would like to try them out next time I visit!
Coutume is located a short walk away from the Omotesando station.

Coutume Aoyama
5-9-15 Minami Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Hydrangea are in full bloom in June

2. Pretty Things Coffee, Setagaya

A cute locale coffee shop in the lovely Komazawa area - there is a big park nearby where to wander, practice a sport or admire the sakura in Spring. The perfect place to hang around if you have kids!
You won't be able to order an espresso at Pretty Things coffee shop, but you will love to spend time among the collection of vinyls and books. Long home-brewed coffees are the rule. Pet-friendly.

Pretty Things Coffee
5-19-10 Komazawa Koen dori
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Pretty Things Coffee, Komazawa, Tokyo

3. Tamana Shokudo, Vegetarian Restaurant, Aoyama district

I had already eaten at this vegetarian restaurant nestled in a little hidden street off Aoyama dori, and just a short walk away from Omotesando station. It was a pleasure to celebrate the end of the exhibition with Akima-san with a healthy (and delicious) dinner. I can't exactly remember the description of each dish but we had tofu, grilled baby corn, gaspacho, miso soup, nato, brown rice and homemade ice-cream. Perfect with a glass of red wine!

Note: it's recommended to book a table, especially at lunch time

Tamana Shokudo
3-8-27 Minami Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Healthy vegetarian cuisine at Tamana Shokudo

4. Ove, Vegetarian Restaurant, Aoyama district

Ove is the restaurant where I usually have lunch with my students attending a full day workshop at Gallery Palette. It's a good 10mins walk from the gallery but it's totally worth it!
For about 1,000 - 1,500 yen you are served a very healthy meal that also includes a drink (herbal tea or coffee). The service is excellent and the restaurant spacious and stylish.

Note: the restaurant is closed on Monday (or Tuesday of Monday is a public holiday) only opens for lunch

Ove restaurant
3-4-8 Minami Aoyama 1F
Minato-ku, Tokyo

5. Tsukadanojo, Izakaya Restaurant, Nakameguro

A little izakaya (Japanese style pub) located near the Nakameguro station. Here you can enjoy an array of dishes that Japanese people will usually eat when going out with colleagues & friends after a hard day at work. We had gyoza, flame grilled chicken, seaweed salad, yakitori beef, asparagus and of course DRAFT BEER! Very friendly service.

Tsukadanojo Nakameguro
1-20-5 Kamimeguro

Dinner at Tsukadanojo

6. Mr. Farmer, Café & Restaurant, Komazawa park

Another great place to stop by while at Komazawa Park is the new Mr. Farmer café that opened earlier this year at the park's entrance on Komazawa Koen dori. The restaurant gets really packed at lunch time, so you must arrive early or wait for a little while. The space is beautiful, the service impeccable, the coffee is excellent as well as the food. It may be a little pricey, but it really is a relaxing place!

Note: children & pet friendly 

Mr. Farmer at Komazawa
1-1-2 Komazawa Koen
Setagaya, Tokyo

I must share one more space with you in one more post, about an intimate tea house located nearby Komazawa Park. I was introduced to this peaceful place by my friend Hiki of Uguisu, the little shoppe. Check the post here.

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