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Memories of Omotesando Koffee

The iconic, renowned Omotesando Koffee in Tokyo closed last December. But at the same exact location they’ve opened up Koffee Mameyama – which focuses on selling beans (with coffee or espresso to-go). I haven’t yet had a chance to visit this reincarnated shop – pictures will come!

This article pays homage to the original Omotesando Kofee, the old house that once stood there.

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - SignTucked away in a residential backstreet and nestled in an old Japanese house, Omotesando Koffee made you feel at home.

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - ArtYou could sit and sip your coffee in the garden, surrounded by pruned pockets of greenery.

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Outside

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Bonsai

Minimalist, inviting interior

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Inside

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - MenuOf course…the coffee itself was and is delicious.

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Creation

The Doc Is In

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Countertop

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Happy Scientist

All Smiles

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Coffee Outside

Memories of Omotesando Koffee - Baileys Cappuccio

Baileys Cappuccio

In Tokyo, beautiful old buildings are often torn down to make way for shiny new ones. Tokyo is in a constant state of reconstruction. But now there’s a louder call to preserve older buildings – whether traditional houses (like Omotesando Koffee), or larger complexes (like the recently renovated Tokyo station).

Among the older, uninhabited houses that do survive, you’ll find more and more are converted into trendy shops like Omotesando Koffee. Although Omotesando Koffee re-opened as a more modern building, it’s nice that they’ve reopened. But I hope that converting houses into shops will inspire many other Tokyo shops.

Here’s their website: http://ooo-koffee.com/

Note that they have “Toranomon Koffee”, located in Toranomon, Tokyo. They also have new shops overseas, one in Hong Kong and one in Singapore.

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