behind the famous Yoyogi Park, I like having my coffee to-go, and take it to one of the single-leg small tables around the exterior of the shop, where people-watching is an added item on the menu.
6. KOFFEE MAMEYA, OMOTESANDO
Prior to a major renovation, this was a farmhouse with a pocket of courtyard garden. The house of the super minimalist Omotesando Koffee, it’s located in the residential area just off the upscale Omotesando shopping street.
Fast forward to 2017, I am delighted to return — no doubt together with its diehard fans and coffee enthusiasts around town - to the just-opened Koffee Mameya, a daring, modern establishment that serves its coffee (single origin and hand drip only) by the level of roast (light, medium, dark).
The interior has zero embellishment, enabling visitors to focus on the neat bean shelves behind the counter, where two barista in white lab coats take orders and make coffee.
7. COUNTERPART COFFEE GALLERY, NISHI SHINJUKU
This coffee-shop takes me to Nishi (East) Shinjuku, a part of town that I wouldn’t have venture to if not for a promise of a good cup of coffee.
Conveniently located at an intersection (and shown on the local map at the subway station), Counterpart calls a triangular, narrow three-story building home.
With its industrial, unfinished look and similar logo painted on the wall, it operates with same concept as its sister shop, Glitch, in Kanda.
Striving to reflect the contemporary lifestyle of Tokyo-ites, Counterpart views cof-