This tiny cafe is located on the grounds of the museum dedicated to the avant-garde painter and sculptor, Taro Okamoto, in Minami-Aoyama in Tokyo, not far from the iconic Prada store in Omotesando, and off a lane way just across the road from the Blue Note Cafe. The cafe is self-contained so you don't have to pay into the museum to access it. It looks onto the museum's garden, a verdant, almost tropical, setting adorned with some of Okamoto's sculptures. You can sit outside the cafe on the small terrace that leads to the museum's entrance and ticket booth. In chilly weather, the staff will provide you with snug blankets.
The inside of the cafe is tiny, with seating for no more than 12, I'd say. A range of very tasty cakes is available along with freshly roasted coffee, herbal teas and hot chocolate, and in summer the house's own freshly made lemonade.
This is very much a cafe in the continental European sense, only, it benefits from exquisite Japanese attention to detail and refinement. With typical Japanese observance of social etiquette, there is a sign requesting that patrons refrain from using mobile phones. The space is very bright thanks to the glass windows which front it and the yellow and white-painted decor. Of course, the staff are very attentive - where in Japan are they not?
This is a great place to come to on a Sunday afternoon after a stroll through Omotesando or any time you fancy feeling cut off from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city life, although the stream of visitors to the museum in the peak season can challenge that impression.
My favourite cafe in Tokyo - small, personable and far from the madding crowd, it is well worth the effort taken to visit.
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