If you live or work close to Aoyama-itchome Station you might have already noticed that the number of fashionable cafes has increased a lot in the past two to three years. This time, we will take a closer look at three cafes offering takeaways, with the common theme: green.
Spinach coffee anyone? ー GREEN BROTHERS
Reopened in 2018, Aoyama Building has preserved the vibe of the era from when it was originally built in the 1970s. Besides the usual Starbucks, there is a nice new cafe which you have to check out!
Green Brother’s motto is “life with green”. The cafe offers healthy salads that can be customized to match your needs, and vegetable smoothies.
Well, sounds good, right? But the cafe still has an unusual special drink up its sleeve: spinach and kale coffee. Not healthy greens and coffee as a lunch set, but spinach or kale inside your coffee.
If you are new to these kinds of coffees, we recommend the spinach latte. Its unique taste is different from any coffee you had before. You could describe the taste as coffee with a hint of matcha powder. That doesn’t sound so bad, right? Please give it a try!
GREEN BROTHERS Aoyama-itchome Store
Aoyama Building 1F, 1-2-3 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jL53mV9REwC83ti88
Nearest stations: Aoyama-itchome Station, Gaienmae Station, Shinanomachi Station
A cafe overlooking a lush park ー CONNEL COFFEE
Connel Coffee is a hidden gem, not well-known even by many locals. To visit the cafe, exit Aoyama-itchome Station and proceed in the direction of the Canadian Embassy. After passing the embassy you’ll see a cute park. The big building with an impressive glass facade right next to the park is ‘Sogetsu Kaikan‘.
Sogetsu Kaikan, completed in 1977, was designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. It was built by the ‘Sogetsukai’, which is one of the most famous Ikebana schools in Japan. You can actually even take ikebana classes here. But it’s not all flowers. The art facility holds a big hall for theatric plays and other performances.
When you go upstairs and open the glass door, you will find the extremely stylish Connel Coffe. Take a break and feel refreshed while enjoying their delicious coffee and looking at the greenery outside the window.
Sogetsu Building 2F, 7-2-21 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jUcHYQRfCsmFjjTN8
Nearest station: Aoyama-itchome Station, Nagatacho Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station
An urban paradise surrounded by greenery ー SHARE GREEN MINAMI AOYAMA
A must-visit in the Aoyama area is Share Green Minami Aoyama. The large grounds include a cafe, a shop selling plants and flowers, a lawn area, and an outdoor chaise longue and table area.
The cafe is located in a big warehouse. This is also where the coffee beans are roasted, so it smells very good!
The coffee produced by Little Darling Coffee Roasters has a hint of acidity, making the coffee taste fruity. Besides your usual coffee, there are also a variety of options, such as almond milk latte.
Coffee, sweets, and snacks bought at the cafe can be enjoyed either inside or outside. The outdoor table seating area is the perfect location for nice weather!
The two flower shops on the premises offer a variety of indoor and outdoor greens, including beautiful flowers, rare dried flowers, cacti, and stylish flower pots.
Do you enjoy having a cup of coffee outside? If so, head to Share Green Minami Aoyama, an oasis inviting you to relax surrounded by beautiful nature.