Yesterday, RiRi and I hit the gym in the morning (yay!), then had a fun lunch with our university friend CC in aoyama (青山). I can’t believe it had been over a year since RiRi and I last saw CC. We all wanted to eat something fresh and healthy so we decided on Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe.
1. The Nicolai Bergmann building is all glass and houses a flower boutique, school of floristry, and nomu cafe. Nicolai Bergmann is a well known Danish florist who has found success in Japan by appreciating the japanese eye for details and fine craftsmanship and incorporating that with his european design principals and scandinavian sense of style. 2. His most popular item is his flowers in a box, which was inspired by the peculiar fact that Japanese men were too shy to walk around with bouquets of flowers. with these boxes, men could carry flowers without feeling embarrassed or awkward.
It’s like a secret garden in the middle of the city waiting to be discovered. With the sweet smell of fresh flowers, gorgeous vivid flower arrangements placed strategically and beautiful greenery, this is a pleasant place to dine.
At nomu cafe, you order and pay at the counter. There were various fresh fruits and veggies in boxes along the wall.
They had deliscious looking salads, sandwhiches, and desserts.
1. I had 2 smorrebrod (スモーブロー) which are traditional danish open-faced sandwiches, served with the salad of the day. One sandwich had chicken salad with apples, cranberries and walnuts. The other had smoked salmon topped with egg salad. 2. I also had an espresso banna smoothie which was made with a shot of espresso, banana, honey and milk. It sounded like a weird combo so I decided to try it, and I’m glad I did because it was delicious. RiRi had the hirata horse power smootie made of banana, strawberry, almond, honey and milk–it was the most popular smoothie of the 4.
RiRi and CC both had the chicken on turkish bread (チキン ターキッシュ ブレッド) . It was a hot sandwhich with chicken breast, avocado, egg, roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomato, cucumber, red onion, cheese & organic seeded mustard. it also came with today’s salad. Next time i will try this.
We spent close to 3 hours there eating tasty food, drinking leisurely, admiring the flowers and doing what girls do best, talking! It was an enjoyable lunch. Then it was on to the next cafe. Before deciding on the next place we met up with Mr T and Fee, so our girl group of 3 turned into a fun mixed group of 5. Mr T took us to A to Z Cafe (エー トゥ ゼット カフェ ) which was right around the corner.
1. Even though A to Z Cafe was off a small side street on the 5th floor of a building, it was surprisingly really crowded. Once you entered the cafe, you couldn’t help but notice all the Yoshitomo Nara artwork scattered about. 2. It turns out this cafe was designed by him. there was a small house inside of the cafe which displayed more of his artwork. Too bad you couldn’t go inside there. just looking from the outside.
For those of you who don’t know, Yoshitomo Nara (奈良 美智) is a famous pop artist that arose in the 90s. He uses simple subjects for his sculptures and paintings, and has become well known for depicting small cute children and animals with little to no background. He has shown in MoMA in NYC and Moca in LA, and continues to have a huge cult following.
We were seated in a non-smoking room, behind the house. It was funny because the hostess apologized and said sorry we only have non-smoking, as if it were a bad thing. But even though it was non-smoking i could smell the smoke creeping into the room slowly. There were more of his paintings on the wall. I wanted to take one home–wishful thinking. 2. The coffee table at a different seating area in the same room was even painted. It was soooo cute. I love pictures of this little girl!!
Quick fashion check. (realized I didn’t snap a pic of my outfit today) but you can kinda see my dress in the group pic above. LONG SLEEVE DRESS//Custo-Barcelona CARDIGAN// J.Crew LEGGINGS//Danskin BOOTIES// Tory Burch
Anyways we debated over ordering dessert, but since we were all stuffed from lunch, we only ordered coffee. I ordered a hot honey cream tea latte (ホット ハニー クリーム ティー ラテ), it was delish. But because the cafe was so crowded it took around 30 minutes for us to get our drinks. I guess it was okay since we enjoyed each others company in the mean time.
We chatted it up for a couple of hours, then called it a day. I loved both of the cafes we went to, one was earthy and natural while the other was filled with elements of pop-culture. What are some of your favorite cafes?
ms fancy pants tokyo
- Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe
- 5-7-2 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku Tokyo
- Mon-Sun 10:00-20:00
- A to Z Cafe (エー トゥ ゼット カフェ )
- 5-8-3 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku Tokyo
- 5F Equbo Bldg
- Mon-Sun 11:30-23:30