Thursday, 12 June 2014
It's rainy season here in Tokyo, not my favourite season that is for sure. The rain from last night continued till the morning only the plants on my balcony are looking so green and happy. It was supposed be another kind of gloomy June morning but I was saved by this video Pandora Live at 25th Street Recording: Priscilla Ahn ! Just finished watching it through and am all feeling bright and happy ready to start tackling the deadlines! (Thank you Priscilla!!) The sky outside is looking brighter and rain has stopped too. Wonderful.
Happy Thursday to you, rainy or not!
Monday, 2 June 2014
Tokyo's coffee boom doesn't seem to stop and there has been so many new places opening here and there every month (actually I just heard another new place opened in Shibuya on Saturday!). I've been feeling I need to do an update post for my Tokyo Coffee Guide but here is a quick one with my instagram pics for now!
Two new good ones are now in my shop neighborhood which instantly became my regular coffee stops en route to the little shoppe.
One is pictured above IMA Cafe produced by Obscura Coffee Roasters which is inside a beautiful IMA Concept Store that opened in April on the third floor of AXIS in Roppoingi (only a few minutes walk from my shop ;) ). Staff are really kind and friendly and I just love the beautiful light that comes through this space in the afternoon. Also it's great that they are open till 10pm, not that I want to drink coffee late at night so often but when I feel like a good cup of coffee after good dinner with good friends it's a perfect spot for it, and it's not so easy to find a lovely and quiet anywhere to find in this area on a weekend evening.
Another one from this area is BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK at Akasaka Ark Hills B1 in South Tower. It's actually a part of a new and wonderful Fukushimaya Natural Foods Market (now my big favourite) and food they serve at the coffee kiosk here comes from this premier supermarket. It's connected to the Roppongi 1-chome station on Namboku Line (Tokyo Metro) so is very easily accessed.
I always wished someone will open a new coffee place in my home neighbourhood (Gakugeidaigaku/Yutenji/Meguro area) and now they have! Streamer Coffee Company has just opened their fourth and new (and their biggest) store in Gakugeidaigaku. Coffee was good though it was slightly disappointing that it was not hot enough for me. But I will certainly be going back soon.
I never knew about this place called Switch Coffee Tokyo that opened in Meguro not long ago until I saw it on @luismendo 's instagram, once I saw it I thought I have to try and I'm glad I did!
So now I have two new favourites for both my home and shop neighbourhood and I'm quiet happy about it :)
But I must say AMAMERIA Espresso which had been the best coffee I could get closest to home for a long time would still stay on top of my list. It's not such a fancy or hipster kind of place at all but is friendly and is loved by locals, many older people are also enjoying coffee here and creating a kind of kissaten like atmosphere especially on a weekday, which makes this place different from other new ones and that is why I like it I guess.