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Top Trends in Tokyo Cafes

Recently, a new wave of cafes has come along offering unique experiences. Today we visit some Tokyo cafes on the cutting edge!

Highlights

1) Rengetsu This cafe in Ikegami occupies a renovated 90-year-old traditional Japanese house that was home to a soba noodle shop for decades. Retro decor evokes the good old days.
Address: 2-20-11 Ikegami, Ota-ku

2) Iced green tea with amanatsu citrus Seasonal menu item at Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience. A flavor that's bursting with refreshment. This cafe has eight counter seats, where you can watch a tea artisan preparing ultra-premium green tea before your very eyes. Also has a full takeout menu.
Address: 3-16-28 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku

3) Pillar Cafe A cafe that offers free bicycle rental, the length of which is tied to the size of your tab. (A 540 yen cup of coffee gets you an hour, for example.) The cafe has ten bicycles in total.
Address: 2-22-3 Higashi, Shibuya-ku

4) At Kiln Aoyama A cafe where even total beginners can get hands on with pottery. Advance reservations are required for the pottery, but not if you just want to grab a drink or a bite.
Address: 6-6-22 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku

5) Sausages and champagne on the Riviera Sausages browned to perfection with 20 minutes of grilling over grapevine wood. Nibbling on them as you gaze out over the white sand, you'll feel like you're on a beach in the south of France, without ever leaving Tokyo!
-The Beach 55
Address: 6-1-14 Toyosu, Koto-ku

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1) Old soba shop renovated into a cafe: Rengetsu
Address: 2-20-11 Ikegami, Ota-ku
2) Japanese green tea shop: Sakurai Japanese Tea Experience
Address: 3-16-28 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku
3) Bicycle rental cafe: Pillar Cafe
Address: 2-22-3 Higashi, Shibuya-ku
4) Pottery cafe: At Kiln Aoyama
Address: 6-6-22 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
5) Mediterranean style cafe: The Beach 55
Address: 6-1-14 Toyosu, Koto-ku

Reporter

Felicia Gonzalez

Nationality:
USA
Occupation:
Event producer, band /artist management, English language curriculum development and Instructor
Length of residence in Japan:
8 years
Reason for coming to Japan:
Having always been a bit adventurous and ready to embark on new things, the thought suddenly came to me to go to Japan and see what adventures might await. The very next week, I had bought my one-way ticket, basic phrasebook and was one my way!