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You must’ve heard the news: It’s just been announced that Tokyo‘s popular hipster coffee joint, Omotesando Koffee, will be coming to Singapore this June 2017. Everyone’s super excited, but what is all this hype about? Here’s everything you need to know about the Japanese coffee place, and where else you can try it before it hits our shores. (P.S. They have outlets in Japan and Hong Kong!)
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Omotesando Koffee: The Background Story
Omotesando Koffee made its debut in Shibuya in 2011, as an indie coffee joint located in the heart of a residential estate. With shrubs covering its exterior and wood as one of the unit’s staple design materials, the coffee shop looked just like a traditional Japanese home. Although originally meant as a one-year pop-up concept, it was an immediate hit. The quality coffee drew both local and foreign fans, and ended up staying in business for 4 years. It shut its doors in December 2015.
Huh, so it closed down?
Yup, that’s right. The original Omotesando Koffee in Shibuya is no more, but don’t be disheartened. The brand still has several outlets in Japan and Hong Kong, so you still have a chance to try the caffeinated beverage that shot Omotesando Koffee to fame. Read on to find out where.
#1 Toranomon Koffee in Toranomon Hills, Tokyo
Address: 1-23-3 Toranomon,Minato-ku,Tokyo 2F Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 105-6302 Japan
Following the success of Omotesando Koffee, founder Eiichi Kunitomo opened a next outlet in the business district of Toranomon (2014). With two coffee counters (one for expresso, another for other brews), this store is much bigger than its original predecessor in Shibuya. In true quirky Japanese fashion, you can expect servers in lab coats and very Instagram-able coffee beans in test tube displays.
#2 Omotesando Koffee in Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Address: Shop no24-25,G/F., Lee Tung Avenue, No.200 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, HK
The only store retaining the brand’s original name (aside from the Singapore one opening in June) is the Omotesando Koffee in Wan Chai, along Lee Tung Avenue. Previously known as “Wedding Card Street” by the locals, the tree-lined stretch underwent an overhaul in 2007 to become the hip cafe street it is today. The store opened in 2016, after the first one closed in Shibuya.
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#3 Koffee Mameya in Shibuya, Tokyo
Address: 4-15-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo 150-0001 Japan
The newest of the three outlets mentioned, Koffee Mameya is the original Omotesando Koffee’s second lease of life. It is located at the same unit in Omotesando, but this time, it sells the famous coffee beans so you can try to recreate the magic at home.
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