Chilling In Tokyo: Omotesando/ Gaienmae

"Chilling in Tokyo" bar and cafe listings for the Omotesando/ Gaienmae area.

Bizuri (Omotesando - Cafe). 5766-5715
Tasteful lighting highlights the sleek design at this sophisticated dining bar. Bizuri serves unusual drinks like shochu mixed with green tea and modern pan-Asian cuisine. Popular with the ladies.
mapShibuya 1-6-10. Open 11:50am-11:50pm. Closed Sundays.
Cozmo's Cafe (Omotesando - Bar). 3407-5166
A small, friendly little bar that offers lots of live music and art events, including belly dancing.
mapShibuya 1-6-3. Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Zoogunzoo (Omotesando - Wine bar). 3400-1496
The smart interior here is a very Tokyo-exotic mix of baked-mud walls, heavy wooden furniture, and organic-looking extra-terrestrial lighting fixtures like something from the set of "Alien". But you're really here for the wine - over 100 different varieties, from all regions of Australia and New Zealand. [See FULL REVIEW.]
decormapShibuya 2-9-11, Aoyama City Bldg. B1F. Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
!Beacon Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 6418-0077
The front bar area of the popular Aoyama steak house is a worthwhile destination in its own right, with excellent original cocktails, a good wine list with many choices by the glass, a casual food menu and outdoor seating on the patio if you're so inclined.
open-airSunmapShibuya 1-2-5. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Marzac (Omotesando - Izakaya). 6418-5063
Charcoal-grilled meaty snacks and good-value wine by the glass are the draw at this casual late-night bar. There's a selection of around ten decently drinkable wines from France, Italy and the New World for just Y500 a glass, along with a big selection by the bottle. The chalkboard menus list plenty of daily specials, along with simple vegetable dishes and grilled lamb, chicken, pork and beef.
lateSunmapShibuya 2-2-3, Luca Bldg 2F. Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Berry Parlour (Omotesando - Cafe). 5774-9142
If you're in the mood for a luxurious dessert, this gorgeously decorated basement cafe serves "haute couture parfaits" from fresh seasonal fruit (Y1400-) and fruit teas (Y950-). Upstairs is Comme Ca Cafe, the very artistic cake shop on the first floor. Open from noon on weekends.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-10-19, Masahiro Aoyama Bldg B1F. Open 2-10pm (LO) daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama (Omotesando - Bar). 5778-2090
This elegant, very relaxed bar features gigantic fishtanks filled with exotic tropical fish from Okinawa and environs. The menu includes tasty original cocktails and light food items. There's a Y700 per person table charge.
latedecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-13-3. Open 6pm-2am daily.
Bar Rage (Omotesando - Bar). 5467-3977
Fancy fresh-fruit martinis are all the rage here, and owner Tomoyuki Kitazoe makes his own herbal and fruit syrups to use in them. The bar itself, located at the Nishi-Azabu end of Kotto-dori, is quite stylish and features an outdoor terrace area.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 7-13-13, Aoyama Jin & IT Bldg 3F. Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Nezucafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 3400-2536
The Nezu Museum's cafe looks out onto a beautiful wooded garden - a lovely, serene setting for a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. The menu offers coffee, matcha latte and desserts as well as light meals - pastas, sandwiches, meat pies and salad Nicoise.
viewdecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-5-1. Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
Two Rooms Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 3498-0002
Attached to the Two Rooms Grill, the bar and lounge area offers cocktails and a wide choice of wines from around the world in a lovely setting, with a big outdoor terrace looking out over Harajuku and points north. 10% service charge, but no table charge.
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 3-11-7, AO Building 5F. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
A to Z Cafe (Omotesando - Cafe). 5464-0281
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are cute. A joint project with the Graf design firm, A to Z Cafe, with its original artwork, mismatched furniture, and liberal use of worn wood and corrugated iron, is a cool place to spend the afternoon. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-8-3, Equbo Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe (Omotesando - Danish). 5464-0716
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the food and drink aren't so very different from a dozen other area cafes, the lovely, plant-filled setting and the lively atmosphere set it apart. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-7-2. Open 10am-8pm daily.
A Piece of Cake (Omotesando - Cafe). 5466-0686
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
open-airSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-1-19. Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
!Radio Bar (Omotesando - Bar). 3402-2668
If the walls of Radio Bar could talk, they'd sing like Chet Baker and laugh like Marlene Dietrich. The indigo interior combines elements of traditional Japanese design with Art Deco ornamentation, and exudes an air of Hollywood in the fifties. The space is seductively dim, conducive to tete-a-tetes and true confessions. [Show more]
mapMinami-Aoyama 3-10-34. Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Le Pain Quotidien (Omotesando - Bakery). 6721-1173
The conveniently located third Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery serves coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese.
SunmapKita-Aoyama 3-5-15. Open 8am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Nalu (Omotesando - Cafe). 5786-1642
Far off the beaten path, on a backstreet between Omotesando and Gaienmae, Nalu Cafe packs a little something for everyone into a tiny space. It's a smart cafe/art gallery that serves take-out during lunchtime, located above a groovy hair salon in the basement. You could, theoretically, pop in for a drink or a slice of cake while you're waiting for your perm to set downstairs. [See FULL REVIEW.]
petsSunmapJingumae 4-9-2. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Architect Cafe (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5771-2570
This stylish design-centered cafe offers architecture magazines to browse through while you sip your coffee. They serve a small breakfast buffet (Y1200) from 7-10am.
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower 2F. Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Office (Gaienmae - Bar). 5786-1052
For those who hate leaving work, this popular DJ bar is decorated like an office, with file cabinets, bookshelves, and copier machine. Different DJs nightly, a young crowd, a full food menu, and a good nighttime view down Aoyama-dori.
viewlateSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 5F. Open 5pm to 3am daily.
Sign (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5474-5040
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
petsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-7-18, Yamazaki Bldg. 1F. Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
!Aquavit Bar (Gaienmae - Bar). 5413-3300
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve home-made aquavit (Scandinavian schnapps) in eye-opening flavors like coconut-espresso and mango-lime-chili. The small food menu includes Swedish nibbles like roast beets with goat cheese (Y1750); and duck confit with lamb ragout (Y2400).
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-5-8, Aoyama OM Square 1F. Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Gaienmae - Cafe). 5414-6170
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
open-airpetsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Shizen (Sendagaya - Cafe). 3746-1334
Perched on top of a very tasteful store selling pottery and plants, this is a stylish cafe during the day and a casual bar at night, with simple but well-prepared food - salads, grilled fish, onigiri, etc.
decorSunmapSendagaya 2-28-5. Open noon-midnight daily.
Good Morning Cafe (Sendagaya - Cafe). 5775-4800
Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. In the evenings there's a casual cafe menu plus a range of cocktails, herbal liqueurs, inexpensive wines and microbrew beers from Kona Brewery in Hawaii. [Show more]
open-airSunmapSendagaya 1-20-3. Open 6am-11pm daily.