Just a short walk from the Omotesando intersection is ‘COMMUNE’ ー a relaxed “camping site”-style outdoor facility squished in an open space between office buildings. Here you’ll find stylish food stalls, an art gallery, and a booth of the UN farmers market.
Eating inside a “secret base”
The entrance area of COMMUNE consists of a cluster of food stalls and trucks. Walking further into the center of this labyrinth, you reach an area that provides tables and chairs where you can enjoy the food and drinks bought from the surrounding food stands.
Since I am a big curry fan, I chose chicken curry with a soft-boiled egg topping. The herbs and spices made this curry a fantastic choice as it not only tasted wonderful, it made me feel a bit warmer in the chilly weather.
If you are adventurous, try the silkworm dishes I found at a unique food stand. I couldn’t do it…but I respect everyone who would try!
An encounter with a “book sommelier”
After my yummy lunch, I explored the deep end of COMMUNE and found yummy books. Not eatable books (which wouldn’t surprise me – it’s Tokyo after all!) but an outdoor bookstore called “yummy books”.
The owner, Yamamoto-san, is a “book sommelier”, meaning that he only displays books selected by himself. So if you are looking for a good read, you can ask the book sommelier to find the perfect match for your current mood or needs.
If you enjoy outdoor dining and art, Omotesando’s “COMMUNE” is the place to go. As the name already implys, it’s a relaxed community space where people come together. If that’s the vibe you enjoy, it’s a must-go!
Please note that the facilities introduced in the article may be closed due to measures to prevent the spread of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). But we hope this article will inspire you for your future travel plans!