Perfect brunch in Tokyo's Flowery Oasis

Restaurant Guide

Perfect brunch in Tokyo's Flowery Oasis

by: Nanuli Betts | Stripes Japan | March 22, 2016
Aoyama Flower Market Tea HouseCuisine: European
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Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11:00-20:00
Sunday: 11:00-19:00
5-1-2 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku
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In the country where meticulously manicured zen gardens adorn the landscape it comes to no surprise that Japanese would excel at creating beautiful places and spaces which astound with their impeccable sophistication. You’d be particularly amazed by the ability of Japanese designers to harmoniously marry concepts which result in an incredibly pleasant ambiance, ideal for a relaxing pastime.

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is a perfect example. Here a flower shop has been effortlessly paired with a tea house creating a café so wondrous you would never want to leave.

Even though it looks like a hidden secret tucked away behind a flower shop, the tea house needs no introduction. It has become a pilgrimage for locals and tourists alike seeking to spend a relaxing afternoon over a heavenly cup of tea and delectable dessert.

Walk through the aisles of lush flowers towards the back of the florist shop where you’ll find yourself in a real flowery oasis. As soon as you step inside the café, you will be taken by the tranquility and sheer exquisiteness of this beautifully arranged verdant space reminiscent of an indoor garden or a greenhouse.

The interior is lavishly decorated with fresh and colorful seasonal blooms and plants which are either artfully scattered around the room in the forms of hanging flower baskets and mini flower arrangements, or effortlessly hug the liana vines and drape down the pillars to create a cascading natural curtains.

An absolutely enchanting and cozy ambiance is enhanced even more by the soft lighting in the room thus creating a delightful scene, while exposed brick walls and wooden counters add a rustic feel. Your senses will be further stimulated by the sounds of the trickling water in the background and the marvelous fragrance coming from the mix of gorgeous flower arrangements surrounding you.

Besides a dreamy atmosphere of a floral wonderland, the tea house offers a wonderful selection of aromatic herbal teas and desserts alongside a menu of food including open sandwiches, salads, and absolutely delectable and highly-praised French toasts.

If you have hard time deciding between all the wonderful choices on the menu opt for the unique blends and sample Ispahan tea, a delicate infusion of black tea, rose, jasmine and violet.

Each sip is incredibly flavorful and decadent, and seems to sooth and relax every fiber in your body. Other equally remarkable option is Spring Green Tea, a seasonal blend of green tea, orange blossoms, strawberry leaves, raspberry pieces, and petals of calendula. It is equally lovely and aromatic, with a well-balanced combination of flavors of citrus and berries.

If you can allow yourself more than one treat order The Rose Parfait as well.

This spectacular light dessert is a gorgeous mélange of rose jelly, vanilla ice-cream, strawberry shortcake, foam, custard, wheat flakes, nuts and berries. It is not only beautifully put together, but is a delightful ensemble of textures and refreshing delectable flavors.

The ambiance, tea and dessert are so perfect together that you’ll almost certainly find yourself planning your next visit. This spot is a truly charming place with a unique, naturally blooming interior ideal for a solo retreat, a romantic date or a lovely girly chat with your bestie. Either way you are guaranteed to unwind, rejuvenate the mind and soul, and wile away your afternoon over a delightful tea and desserts.