Hit up a couple of interesting coffee shops over the weekend. I was in Shibuya at the Tower Records checking out some of the books, and looking for something in the way of a Mike Tyson biography. Don't know if he or anyone ever wrote a...
Hit up a couple of interesting coffee shops over the weekend. I was in Shibuya at the Tower Records checking out some of the books, and looking for something in the way of a Mike Tyson biography. Don't know if he or anyone ever wrote about something like that, but just thought it would be an interesting read. Couldn't find anything like that.
Seems like Tower Records Shibuya shrunk their English reading material, which is a bummer cause was pretty good size, and could find a lot of stuff to read, but they moved all the books down to the second floor and added a cafe, so the books section in essence shrunk by half. Oh well. So I email my friend who has a thing for cafes around Tokyo about the "new" Tower Records cafe, and she asks if I want to go find Omotesando Koffee. I've heard about this place from various places on the internet, and since I'm more a Frappucino kind of guy I never really went looking for it. To be honest I couldn't tell the difference between a cup of Folgers and a perfectly brewed reverse siphoned, through test tubes and gold mesh, or whatever those contraptions are cup of coffee. But if it's one thing that Japanese are good at, it's going overboard into the realms of perfctionism, so there is no shortage of perfectly Japanese versions of everything in the world. Seriously.
So I walk the short fifteen/twenty minutes or so from Shibuya to Omotesando, and meet my friend. She guides us through the backstreets following her trusty smartphone, and we get lost several times, but leave it to technology to put us on the old school coffee joint. This place, Omotesando Koffee (read this timeouttokyo article about it) is trippy. It's a shop, or I should say a kitchen in the living room of a house. Here are tons of pictures from our friend google. I didn't take any cause I knew the internet was littered with tons way better than I could take. I had an Ice Mocha, which I don't know if that's sacrilege to a cup of coffee to drink it with ice, but it was hot yesterday.
We walked around a bit more, and then I remembered that there was another coffee shop that was supposed to be like one of "the" coffee shops around Tokyo just around the corner. Tokyo has been going through this coffee phase for I don't know how long, but it seems that within the past couple years or so there has been a move towards authentic hipster coffee, and I keep seeing articles about these coffee shops around. Like I said I'm happy with my strawberry Frappucino, so I've never tried. But my friend was game, so we walked a bit through the neighborhood and came upon Streamer Coffee Company with Omotesando Koffee cups in hand. Junkies. I got a mint mocha. It was good.
So another weekend spent exploring the mass that is Tokyo, Japan. Well spent, I say.
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