After Hours: Urth Caffe in Tokyo a boon for the health-conscious
The Urth Caffe, which started as an organic coffee bar near California’s Manhattan Beach in 1991, landed in Tokyo in 2013, bringing with it an assortment of organic dishes and beverages for health-conscious eaters looking for a quick blast of caffeine and a snack.
Located in Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, the cafe offers both indoor and terrace seating and has tables large enough to accommodate highchairs and strollers. The outdoor dining area is pet friendly, so patrons who would like to bring their furry friends are more than welcome.
Urth Caffe offers everything from apple and raisin oatmeal to tostadas, listing a cup of chicken soup as the lowest-priced item on the menu at 700 yen (about $7). The prices top out at 1,850 yen with the lox pizza.
The beverage list rivals that of any coffee chain worth its weight in organic grounds, offering nearly 60 drink options to take hot, cold, iced or blended. Aside from the teas and coffees that the cafe is known for, there are also organic beers available by the bottle.
Though each menu item is accompanied by a picture, there are English menus available upon request, and the staff can assist with any language hiccups.
Located only a five-minute walk from Daikanyama station, the Urth Caffe is a great option for those in Shibuya who want quick fare but don’t want to sacrifice healthfulness.
Address: 8-9 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.
Station: Daikan-yama, main exit.
Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9 a.m-9 p.m. Sunday (last order at 8 p.m. all week).
Prices: 700-1850 yen