14 Jun 2009, 9:48am
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Daibo Coffee

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This will be the first of several posts on my Japan trip from May ’09. I was there for a week and a half, staying mostly in Tokyo, but with a brief side trip to the Hakone hotsprings. Japan’s got some of the best food to be had in the world, and this trip certainly did not disappoint on that front!

Today’s post is on Daibo Coffee shop, a place in Aoyama that my Tokyo Time Out guide highly recommended. My brother and I had been wandering around Harajuku/Aoyama that day and after a long day of walking, we desperately needed a place to sit down and cool off.

Daibo is located on the second floor of a rather nondescript building near Omotesando station. It’s a real hole in the wall, a tiny little space covered in wood and (on the day we went) smoke. I’ll never really get used to the public smoking in Japan, but I would say that this place is well worth sucking up that second hand smoke…and the price! I had the iced cafe au lait, pictured here with the handy syrup (sugar water) for easy sweetening. This bowl of icy goodness set me back a whopping 700 yen, but it was probably the best cafe au lait I’d ever had in my life.

This coffee shop also offers liquor…and desserts. An odd combination, but no complaints here! The menu was filled with funny Engrishy wording. Pics under the cut.


daibo menu

My brother actually made corrections to the menu and handed it to our server when we were leaving. Guh! Although, I’m rather curious now whether they made any changes as a result.

daibo front

The front of the shop, as seen from the stairwell. The sign on the street is also in Japanese, FYI.

The coffee looks lovely, and great for when it’s hot!

Wow, what about the coffee made it the best cafe au lait you’ve had in your life? Ingredients? Situation? How common is it in Japan to serve coffee in a bowl? I love the idea of the sugar water.

 

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