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A cafe with a green view and reasonable buffet: ‘CONNEL COFFEE’

Continuing from last week, this article is all about Tokyo’s most stylish cafes. This time I visited CONNEL COFFEE, a cafe located in an art facility near Aoyama-itchome Station.

Left: Sougetsu Kaikan; Right: The Canadian Embassy

Even here in Tokyo CONNEL COFFEE is a hidden gem that you won’t find in any tourist guide book. 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‘.

The entrance lobby

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. That is why you can take an ikebana class here. But it’s not all flowers. The art facility holds a big hall for theatric plays and other performances.

However, the most impressive part about Sogetsu Kaikan is the huge stone garden in the entrance lobby. This is the huge sculpture “Heaven” by Isamu Noguchi and can be visited for free.

If you are lucky, you get the chance to see one of the special exhibitions that are sometimes held in this stone garden.

Coffee and Buffet

Go upstairs and through the glass door to find the stylish CONNEL COFFEE. In addition to delicious coffee and cakes, the cafe offers a breakfast buffet in the morning and a lunch buffet after 11:45am.

Connel Coffee

Since I arrived just around noon, a lot of the staff working in the theater had already gathered for lunch and seemed to enjoy chatting with the cafe staff.

The healthy lunch buffet is 1000 yen. Lunch drinks, such as a cafe latte, can be added for an additional 250 yen.

The buffet consists of many healthy options, from an array of vegetables, to rice, bread, and soup. You can eat in or take your lunch out in a bento box.

I asked for an iced cafe latte and sat down at the counter seat. What a beautiful view! The greenery outside the huge window felt relaxing and calming.

The trees belong to the neighboring Takahashi Korekiyo Memorial Park

CONNEL COFFEE is still an insider tip. It’s a nice cafe where you truly feel connected to the city and the people living here. I enjoyed the calm and architecturally interesting cafe very much. Next time, I’ll try the breakfast buffet. How about you?

Nearby attractions:

  • Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square – shop Japanese traditional crafts and souvenirs (link)
  • Toyokawa Inari Tokyo Betsuin Temple (link)
  • German Cultural Center – Goethe Institut (link)
  • Toraya – Superb Japanese sweets (link)


Sogetsu Building 2F, 7-2-21 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9: 00-18: 00
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/jUcHYQRfCsmFjjTN8
Nearest station: Aoyama-itchome Station, Nagatacho Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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