The iconic, renowned Omotesando Koffee (オモテサンドウコーヒー) 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.
Minimalist, inviting interior
Of course…the coffee itself was and is delicious.
The Doc Is In
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 shops overseas, like in Hong Kong and Singapore.