Most people who have spent a longer time in Tokyo are probably familiar with Almond Cafe in Roppongi. With its distinctive pink facade and a location just next to Roppongi Crossing, the cafe is an obvious meeting place, and I have often used Almond Cafe as a navigational reference point.
The cafe opened back in 1964, but closed for renovation in 2009. In 2011 Almond reopened in a new building, so when Poul and I were Tokyo in May, I decided it was time to take a closer look at the place. A late evening (Almond is open until late) we therefore braved the pouring rain outside and walked the short distance from our hotel and over to Almond for a late cup of tea and a pastry. The interior of the café is just as pink as the outside and the glass counter revealed an impressive selection of cakes and pastries.
After careful consideration, we chose each our beautiful cake from the display, and went upstairs for a table near the window. After a short while, a very polite waiter arrived with the pastries, which were served on pretty pink plates. The cakes had lots of cream, marzipan and chocolate, and tasted amazing. We felt as if we were at a tea party in a dollhouse; elegant and cozy, and in stark contrast to Roppongi’s busy streets and wild nightlife outside.