If I ever had awards for cafes in Tokyo—I should actually make that a thing one day—this place would win prettiest of them all. The Aoyama Flower Market is a flower shop (as you might expect), and they have a few chains in Tokyo that come with a cafe. In Japan a lot of brands come with their own cafe; even Giorgo Armani has one in Omotesando.
Back on topic, the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is beautifulAt the risk of being mistaken for a gardening blog, I’m going to post a lot of pictures of the place and its floral glory.
I’ve been to the Tea House twice! The first time I went to its more popular branch in Aoyama itself and waited for an hour out in the cold (nothing unusual for the average cafe visitor in Japan, really). The second time I went to the Akasaka branch on a weekday afternoon and sailed right in
The inside of the cafe was even more gorgeous than the sneak peek from outside. Inside there were flowers and plants everywhere! A lot more than there were humans. It really was a classic tea house; a lot of people were just sitting there and drinking tea and enjoying their own company.
Okay, most importantly, food.
So many flowers everywhere, it even gets in their food. This was from my first trip, when I ordered that flower parfait I’d been seeing in all the pictures online. It was a bowl of rose jelly, berry mousse, fresh cream and vanilla ice cream (and some rose petals thrown in to make it extra fancy). I wasn’t sure about eating bits of dried flowers at first, but the parfait was really good(Everything’s good with ice cream. You could probably eat grass with it and it’d taste acceptable)
Rose jelly, similar to the flower parfait but this time consisting of nothing but that lovely pink stuff. And of course more rose petals over the top, with vanilla ice cream on the side again (in my hypothetical cafe awards this ice cream would likely win Best Supporting Ingredient).
Until now they’d been sprinkling petal bits into the food so maybe this time it’d be a good idea to eat an actual whole flower with my dessert, right? Wrong. Whatever you do, don’t eat the flower. I did it for the Snapchat and instantly regretted it. Apart from that the french toast was divineHoney, cinnamon and berries made it perfectly sweet and extra pretty (oh, and can’t forget the ice cream).
They worked hard to create such a charming ambience, so it’s not surprising how popular it is.
Even the customers here fit in so well with the scene. Like this elegant couple having an elegant date (probably making conversation about classical music and the latest wine trends).
I don’t typically have much interest in flowers, but I found all these flowers placed around the cafe incredible. The cafe is attached to the florist side where people can buy flowers, which is a good move after making their customers look at their products during their entire meal.