Tucked away on a small street off of Aoyama in between Omotesando Station and Shibuya lies a petite-sized tea room that’s undeniably fashionable. Omotesando, a times square for chic fashion and branded stores, is one of the home of Alfred Tea Room. Recently they opened in two area: Aoyama & Shinjuku, and I happened to be at their Aoyama site after a long day of cafe-hopping day trip.
To put simply, if you love tea and the color pink, this is where you need to be. Alfred Tea Room does a great job of marrying a sense of luxury with to-go tea culture, that happened to be quiet biggie in Asia, not always the easiest combination to pull of.
A number of posh and eclectic shops can be found within walking distance, so I see this is as a place to recharge in between indulgent shopping bouts. I also like that the tea menu here is broad and modern without being too complicated.
Their milk and sweetener options are a nice touch and can be suited to very specific preferences. Packaged loose-leaf teas are also available next to the merchandises, thoughtfully labeled and ideal for picking up if you happen to discover a tea that you enjoy.
Be prepared to encounter a host of bloggers snapping photos and every turn. The shop isn’t very big albeit the two storeys building, but every inch is highly grammable and picture perfect. With neon lights and plants scattered around the space, combined altogether symbolizing the harmony of trend and nature all at once.
And how about these adorable trinkets? Among others, the store has coined some catchy expressions, like Tea, Yes. You, Maybe, or I Love You So Matcha, or Can’t We Just Get Oolong?, and You’re My Cup of Tea. High points for the copywriter!
In honor of all things pink, I ordered a warm Chai Milk Boba Tea on the day I visited and it was delightful. A mix of soybean and white rose teas, it had the touch of floral without being overly sweet. Here it is, with a fresh layer of bubbles from just being poured inside a pretty pink paper cup.
Also my Tokyo Trip friend who ordered Ice Rose Milk Tea with Boba.
And how about those adorable lip-smacked napkins, complete with hashtag? This is a tea shop where social media works in full force!
This isn’t your everyday tea shop but a charming place to visit at least once for novelty or as a treat while you’re in this trendy area of Aoyama. And don’t forget to hashtag all your tea photos on your way out–a trip to Alfred Tea Room doesn’t quite seem right without it! 😉
So, my final verdict?