Few cafés in Omotesando can rival the atmosphere at this verdant tea shop, which sits inside the Aoyama Flower Market shop on the corner of Aoyama-dori. Flowers and plants crowd the greenhouse-like interior, where customers can sample herbal teas alongside a menu of food including open sandwiches, parfaits and French toast.
5-1-2 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Transport Omotesando Station (Ginza, Hanzomon, Chiyoda lines)
Telephone 03 3400 0887
There really is nothing cooler than crushed ice in summer, but it can seem a little childish. The garish colors can bring to mind crayons and club nights rather than the fruits they’re intended to imitate. Fortunately, The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo’s bar has a more sophisticated solution. Located on the 26th floor of the hotel in the originally named The Dining Room, this upscale watering hole will be serving a Special Patissiere’s Kakigori summer cocktail guaranteed to cool you down and get your spirits high. Sweltering customers can customize the icy treat by choosing from five base-flavor syrups including peach, matcha, green apple with herb, tropical curry and cassis—all garnished with a layer of fresh fruit and topped with champagne. The “adult” afternoon tea set includes one kakigori cocktail, a plate of biscuits and is accompanied by coffee or tea.
¥1,800, available daily 2:30-5:30pm until Sep 16. 26F The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo, Shinagawa East One Tower. Nearest stn: Shinagawa. Tel: 03-5783-1111. www.intercontinental-strings.jp
Taiwan‘s bubble tea experts make their Japan debut on July 27 with the opening of this branch in Dainkanyama. There’ll be a full 17 different drinks on the menu at Chun Shui Tang, all prepared by a qualified ‘tea master’ and flavoured with the chain’s in-house, no-additive syrup. Grab a straw and cool off this summer.
20-9 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Transport Daikanyama Station (Tokyu-Toyoko line)
Telephone 03 6809 0234