The asterisk (*) denotes mandatory group outings. Anything without it is completely optional.

COFFEE AT KOFFEE MAMEYA

A coffee bean store in Shibuya.

WHY GO HERE?

  • Their role is to search the globe in order to find the ultimate beans, have them roasted to perfection and then have their, self-described, coffee sommeliers advise customers on which to buy and how to brew the perfect cup. (source) (source)

  • Everything at the shop is designed to encourage customers to interact with the staff and ask questions about the beans they are buying, to make sure they get exactly what they came for. (source)

  • They don’t roast rather they work closely with a lineup of specialty roasters and map each flavor profile across a map of 36 squares—the shop’s logo. (source)

  • Founded by the same people behind Tokyo’s (now closed) most legendary coffee shop Omotesando Koffee. (source) (source)

WHAT SHOULD YOU GET?

  • Mameya only offers two drinks to go: coffee and espresso. (Hypebeast)

  • At the counter, a small glass case displays samples of the current beans on offer in an easy-to-read matrix from light to dark roast on the horizontal axis, and high to low mouth feel on the vertical axis. (Wallpaper)

  • After inquiring about the customer’s preference, Kunitomo suggests a bean that can either be had by the cup in-situ (brewed to perfection by the staff) or bagged up in 150g packages. (Wallpaper)

  • All beans come with a small leaflet with information on the roaster, comments by the barista and a handwritten recipe made to match the customer’s brewing equipment (V60, French press, stovetop, etc) detailing grams of coffee, measures of water, extraction time and coarseness of the grind. (Wallpaper)

 

LUNCH AT AFURI

A ramen shop, with 10 branches in Japan Roppongi, Harajuku and in America (Portland), that first opened in Ebisu over 10 years ago.

WHY GO HERE?

  • It’s different from any type of ramen you may have had in Japan before due to the fact that their ramen is made with chicken, "dashi" (fish broth), "konbu" (seaweed) and yuzu (a Japanese citrus). (source) (source)

  • They use natural spring water from Mt. Afuri. Other high-quality ingredients are all harvested in Japan, creating a healthy and refreshing taste. (source)

WHAT SHOULD YOU GET?

  • Their signature dish is the Yuzu Shio Ramen and the Yuzu Shoyu Ramen. The first is made with chicken and dashi broth, yuzu (a Japanese citrus), and the latter has shoyu (soy sauce) as well. (Favy)

  • The perfect accompaniment to ramen is, of course, beer! You should try the Kohaku no Toki Asahi beer. It's the perfect pairing! (Favy)

  • You can get a small rice bowl with different types of toppings, such as grilled pork or shirasu (tiny sardines). This practice is what the Japanese call "Japanese risotto" as after putting the rice in the remaining broth, the rice absorbs the taste and flavors. (Favy)

 

EXPLORE SHIBUYA CITY

Shibuya is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan.

WHY GO HERE?

  • Harajuku, a neighborhood renowned for colorful street art and youth fashion, with quirky vintage clothing stores is here.

  • Considered a haven of young fashion, design and more. (source)

 

DINNER AT GENKI SUSHI

A fun, welcome-to-the-future type kaiten sushi (conveyor built sushi) restaurant in Tokyo.

WHY GO HERE?

  • I visited this place myself in February and it was one of the highlights of the trip. A truly unique, fun, and delicious Tokyo experience.

  • On Culture Trip’s The Best Places for Cheap Sushi in Tokyo list.

  • Despite the rocking taste, it’s one of the cheapest of sushi places, especially when you consider the cool factor, the quality, and the location. (source)

WHAT SHOULD YOU GET HERE?

  • You can get salmon, shrimp, squid, etc. You can also get quirky ingredients such as cheese hamburger sushi or roasted pork ribs sushi. (Favy)

  • From the summer menu, you can get fried eggplant sushi, corn sushi, gyoza sushi (!!). It's a fun and wacky sushi, you'll definitely be happy you tried. (Favy)

  • Don't forget to try their tasty desserts too! They also have ice cream, fresh fruits, creme brulee, pudding, etc! (Favy)