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AtoZ Cafe
Posted on: May 8, 2006

AtoZ Cafe
If you find yourself in Tokyo, one thing you'll quickly realize is that there is no lack of stylish cafes, and so new ones are now trying to push the creative envelope in order to stand out. Enter the recently opened AtoZ Cafe, a collaborative project between artist Yoshitomo Nara and design unit Graf. An unlikely rustic setting -- especially unlikely when you consider that the cafe is found on the fifth floor of a building in Aoyama -- welcomes you in what comes off as a sweet and homey environment, with the majority of the tables surrounding a "house" that acts as a sort of showroom/exhibition space for some of Nara's works. Add a well designed menu (decorated of course by Nara, and which you can keep as a souvenir) and tasty selections, and you get a new Aoyama winner in the cafe sweepstakes.

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Plusminuszero Cafe 03.5778.5380
Posted on: Nov 29, 2004

plusminuszeroaoyama_cafe_small_nov_29The Plusminuszero site now features some new pictures of their recently opened Aoyama shop (see previous post), including a nice look at the in-store cafe. You'll also find some Plusminuszero branded chocolates.

LINK: Plusminuszero
LINK: Plusminuszero Aoyama

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Montoak 03.5468.5928
Posted on: Oct 23, 2004

montoak_oct_23Sure, Omotesando is not lacking in style, but cafe/lounge Montoak is a standout. Featuring 3 floors, with a terrace on the second, it definitely feels like the type of place you want to show off to your jet-setting Wallpaper-reading friends when they're in town. The food is so-so, but that's not why you go there.

LINK: Montoak

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Office 03.5786.1052
Posted on: Oct 9, 2004

office_small_oct_9Stylish, cozy, with an always appreciated music selection (and DJs on most nights), the original Office in Aoyama (a second one opened last year in Meguro) is a favorite outing destination in the city. Produced by the Transit group, also responsible for the also-stylish Sign (the original one in the same building as Office, as well as the more recent Daikanyama branch), Caminetto, Office in Meguro, and Claska Hotel Lobby, it features an office inspired design, but one that works as a positive. Design-related reading material is on display, and some of the tables can actually function as desks, with fax and internet available. The look of the place makes it a popular choice for young urban fashion shoots.

LINK: Transit

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Cafe Pause 03.5950.6117
Posted on: Oct 6, 2004

pause_small_oct_7Cafe Pause is a stylish oasis in Ikebukuro. You'd really expect this type of environment to be in Aoyama. Also acting as the office and showcase for designer toys company Roughtoyz, Cafe Pause features custom-made furniture - at just the perfect height for a leisurely sip of a drink from the varied menu - and is also a bit of gallery, as seen with the Shu-Thang Grafix images that adorned the walls a few months ago (the Shu-Thang Grafix designed Captain Porno was turned into a figure by Roughtoyz). Not to be missed when in the area. Also features wireless internet, and a small collection of books.

LINK: Cafe Pause
LINK: Roughtoyz
LINK: Shu-tang Grafix

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