Hours This Week
Six Japanese elms once marked the spot where Roppongi, one of Tokyo’s most boisterous neighborhoods, now stands. Literally meaning Six Trees, this district is also the location of our newest Tokyo cafe. In a place where businesses thrive in the daytime and revelers crowd the streets late into the night, our cafe is a respite on the first floor of a highrise. Just as every extrovert needs a quiet moment, this cafe strikes a balance—nestled into the back of the building, it opens onto a covered terrace with stone seats and a tranquil pond.
There are no cars, just the foot traffic of passersby. Perhaps they’re visiting the Dragon Light Temple, built in the 14th century. Walking under a small gate, ascending a stairway, they’ll see where, as the legend has it, a dragon flew from Edo Bay at sundown to set a votive light. Or, perhaps they’re on their way to the museum, 21_21 Design Sight, where a single piece of folded steel cloaks a seemingly endless sheet of double-glazed glass.
Our hope is that guests will stop in first to our new spot. Lured in, if not by the smell of coffee, than by the warmth of the linden wood interior that lines the space, top to bottom. We’ll have all our coffees on hand, as well as a few select items to eat. A sandwich made of six vegetables, in honor of Roppongi’s name, will satisfy the hungers of any fatigued office worker, while a pour over coffee will bolster the imagination of any young dreamer bent on a night of walking until dawn.