The Japanese love for sweets and cute food becomes immediately apparent walking down Harajuku’s Takeshita-dori past the dozens of cake shops and crepe stands. Even savoy foods like オムライス (omelet rice) are molded in some specialty shops into the shape of a chick or a sleeping bear. The search for a place to sit and eat that has that perfect balance of light food, coffee, but also that touch of sweetness that makes Japanese pastries and other desserts oh so irresistible is difficult to find. Its a good thing that one cafe with a location in Omotesando Hills has been creating and carrying on that balance since it originated about 500 years ago. In the heart of Omotesando’s shopping district and not far from the Tokyo Metro’s Omotesando station and JR’s Harajuku station is Toraya Cafe on the first basement floor of the super stylish multiplex of Omotesando Hills. Here you’ll find just what you need whether it be a little something to calm a sweet tooth or something light to eat with a friend over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Whatever it is Toraya Cafe is sure to please.
The interior of Toraya Cafe sets the tone for a relaxing but modern cafe experience. The unique design of the signage outside the cafe is innovative and the rounded yet concave light fixtures make looking at your atmosphere just as appetizing as the food that you are about to enjoy. No matter what time of day or what it is that you are craving, there is something to satisfy everyone at Toraya Cafe. If you arrive early enough for breakfast time, you can order one of their specialty breakfast sets which range from the classic bagel with cream cheese to a more Japanese style あんペーストトースト(sweet bean paste on sandwich style toasted bread). If you have arrived to the Toraya Cafe later in the day, you will not be disappointed in the least! The Toraya’s claim to fame are their Japanese style pastries and sweets with a worldly twist. Choose from a variety of options such as a maccha pound cake, or a chocolate brownie yogurt parfait, or maybe go out on a limb and dry the dango submerged in a traditional style sweet Japanese soy sauce. The Toraya Cafe is also a prime location for a later evening sit down snack on you own or with a friend for the Toraya Cafe offers more savory items like a pesto pasta tossed with fresh veggies or a personal pizza cooked on a piece of flat bread. Choose from a variety of wines to go with your meal or select a tea that peaks your interest!
No matter what it is you are looking for to nosh on, the storied and experienced Toraya Cafe will be sure to please! If you are in the Omotesando area, be sure to stop by the Toraya Cafe for something delicious.
Address:Omotesando Hills B1F, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo