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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.


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.


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-

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