Omotesando Koffee – closed as of Dec. 30, 2015


Note, Omotesando Koffee has closed. See note here:

Omotesando Koffee, while known for its good coffee, it is perhaps more famous for its “ko-hi- kashi” or coffee sweet. Kunitomo-san at the shop said it is a baked purin, which is like a creme custard, but that flour is added to the mixture. It has a crispy crust and is soft and eggy inside. Dangerous if you come hungry as one could easily go through several of these.

The quality of the coffee is excellent here. My girlfriend’s latte had a nice proportion of milk to espresso. I indulged and got a Bailey’s espresso. The aroma of the Baileys reminded the both of us of our days at Midwestern liberal arts colleges. Amazing how just smelling the Baileys brought back memories from 25 years ago. Next time I will get the Baileys with some milk.

The shop card are coffee filters that are also used for serving the ko-hi- kashi. Brilliant. I teased him asking if I could recycle these at home as coffee filters and he said we could.


Here is the exterior of the shop. It is on the first floor of a residential home, which could explain why the shop does not open until 10 a.m. We got there a bit early and it was fun to watch the rituals of preparing the small garden in front of the shop before opening the gate.

The handsome Kunitomo-san in a light blue lab coat is very friendly. We spoke only in Japanese but on our way out some Americans came in and we could hear him speaking English. It was raining this morning so we stood inside and had our coffee tachi-nomi style. If the weather is good there are two small benches in the narrow garden in front of the shop. But, this is not a place you want to linger for long at.

Omotesando Koffee

Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-15-3


10:00 – 19:00 daily

* Omotesando Koffee is right behind Maisen tonkatsu. The perfect spot for a coffee after tonkatsu.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeff Gordon says:

    Thanks for these posts. I love the images you take of wonderful outsides of older places you visit. Anyone doing a Japanese take on Passover dinner?

  2. Arigato for the kind words. Good question about the Passover dinner. I don’t know the answer to that.

  3. Sumi says:

    I love this place and ate way too many of the purin, which reminded me of cannelés. Hope you’re well Yukari – I’m enjoying all the great posts. Just returned from a week in Hong Kong, in search of baked goods and excellent coffee!

  4. I wish they (and many other coffee shops) would open at an earlier hour. 10 a.m. is so late for a shop that is all about caffeine. 🙂

    1. Sumi says:

      I totally agree Yukari! The same was true in Hong Kong – a lot of coffee places didn’t open until 11 (!).

  5. Hope you found what you were looking for in Hong Kong!

  6. annie says:

    That latte looks really silky!

  7. Kavey says:

    We went for coffee after tonkatsu at Maisen, on our first trip to Japan in 2012. I’m not a huge coffee drinker but my husband and our friend were more so. Me, I appreciated most of all the cuboid coffee sweet, utterly delicious.

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