Today, we would like to introduce delicious cafes in Tokyo, where you can spend a relaxing teatime with Japanese traditional sweets!
① Azabu Aono Sohonpo
Ayabu Aono Sohonpo is a confectionery shop founded in 1895. It was (and is) loved by both locals and the daimyo. The shop is located 8 minutes from Roppongi Station, near Roppongi’s famous Don Quijote.
Azabu Aono has a lot of Adzuki bean sweets: Monaka, Mochi, Manju … plus seasonal delicacies: Namagashi (sweets for tea ceremony), Yokan, Zenzai and so on. Here are all wishes fulfilled!
Since spring is coming soon, there are already some sweets with “Sakura” (cherry blossoms) as a motive. A true “eye candy”!
The most famous sweet of Azabu Aono is “Uguisumochi”. It is a mochi for which only the finest beans are carefully selected!
At Aono, you can also order custom-made Dorayaki! As a design, you can choose from smileys or calligraphy. However, you need a reservation one week in advance.
You can buy sweets either individually or in a box as a set. There is also a large table on the right side where you can eat the sweets inside the shop. A great place for a relaxing teatime with delicious tea!
Our Korean writer ordered Sakura-Dorayaki, Sakura-Mochi and green tea. At first, she thought that the Dorayaki only had the shape of cherry blossoms. But in fact, they are filled with a cherry paste! Overall, the sweets were not too sweet and tasted very tender. A perfect match for the slightly bitter matcha tea.
It’s strange: sometimes you get the feeling that Japanese sweets with tea feel more relaxing than tea or coffee in the afternoon. Why? You have to try this yourself !!
“Azabu Aono Sohonpo”
3-15-21 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays from 9:30 to 19:00
Saturday 9: 30 ~ 18: 00
Closed on Sundays
② Amanoya (Azabu-juban)
Showa-style teatime with Zenzai soup and Dashi egg sandwich
Did you know that there is a special candy in Japan that is perfect for cold weather? It’s “Zenzai” made from sweet red beans (adzuki). I searched the internet for delicious Zenzai somewhere in the center of Tokyo … and I found the perfect cafe! You may remember my article on the “hidden backstreets of Azabu-juban”. That’s exactly where I found a wonderful cafe that I became a big fan of.
“Amanoya” is a cafe founded in 1927 in Osaka. At that time, Kabuki and movie actors often visited this store. “Amanoya” moved to Tokyo in 2002. The location is very close to my favorite donut shop “DUMBO Doughnuts and Coffee”.
As you enter the store, you will notice the simple, elegant Japanese-style décor. In addition to western tables, there is one low Japanese table on tatami mats in one corner. Stylish! Of course, I sat down at the Japanese table.
All the dishes I saw on the internet looked delicious. In addition to Zenzai, I also ordered pudding, egg sandwich, and a matcha latte. (As there are only Japanese menus without a photo in the store, I recommend you just show photos from the website when ordering.)
When you order Zenzai, you can choose either “Mochi” or “Shiratama” (small rice balls) as a topping. I chose Shiratama. When the waitress brought the food, I was surprised! My Zenzai came as a set with tea and seaweed. As I once read in a book, in old times, seaweed was always served with a sweet Zenzai soup. If you feel overwhelmed by the sweetness, have some seaweed to reset your taste buds.
And the taste is also delicious! The sweetness of the red bean sweetness is just right and the heat of the soup calms the stomach. In contrast to the soft mousse-like pudding that you eat in Germany, the pudding in Japan is slightly firmer. You could taste the taste of the eggs used – delicious. Also on the pudding was a big strawberry. I felt like in paradise. The egg sandwiches were made from traditional dashi-tamago (which is often used as a topping for sushi). Everything was tuned by some mustard and mayonnaise for a punch. Very exquisite!
Next time I will definitely order the same again. By the way, Okonomiyaki, which can be found on the menu in the evenings, was rated by the famous “Michelin Guide”. So I have to go there in the evening for dinner! I can only recommend the traditional teatime to you!
3-1-9 Azabu-juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(1-minute walk from Exit 1 of Azabu-juban Station on the Namboku Line and Toei Oedo Line)
Lunch break: 12:00 – 15:00
Dinner: 18:30 – 22:00
Closed: Every Tuesday
Other Japanese style cafes:
1) Nana’s Green Tea Takanawa EAST Store (Shinagawa)
Keikyu Shopping Plaza Wing Takanawa East,
3-26-26 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2) Kawashima (Gaienmae)
2-7-20 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(Note: Smoking is allowed inside the cafe)
3) Toraya Café (Roppongi)
Shin-Aoyama Building West Building 1st Floor
1-1-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
4) Azabu Sabo Takanawa shop (Shinagawa)
Takanawa WEST 4 – chome Takanawa Minato – ku, Tokyo
5) Shop × Café (Roppongi)
Tokyo Midtown Galleria Side,
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo (Next to the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo Midtown)
6) Oshiruko Imori (Sengakuji)
Takanawa 2-16-39, Minato-ku, Tokyo
7) Kagafu Fumuro-ya (Roppongi)
Tokyo Midtown Garden Side, Suntory Art Museum,
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo