Jiyūgaoka is a special little area in Tokyo. I think it's probably one of my most favorite places to visit while in Tokyo for shopping. They have the cutest little boutiques and the best places to have tea and coffee.
I've had Lupicia Tea many times, but mainly in Hawai'i. I've received their teas from Japan, but never had the opportunity to visit their flagship store in Jiyūgaoka. I had no idea it was going to be this huge! The only Lupicia shop I've had the pleasure of visiting is in the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. They recently renovated their shop too! What's great about the Ala Moana Shopping Center location is that they sell exclusive Hawai'ian inspired tea blends that you can only purchase there. I also picked up some tea blends Lupicia made especially for their San Francisco stores. Couldn't resist the Te de Frutas and Napa Blanc. The shop in Japan has some exclusive items only sold there as well.
You can't tell from this picture, but they actually have a garden terrace on the top floor where you can dine. If you want to see what it looks like, take a look at this video. It is very family friendly and I was told it is a popular spot for women with little children.
What they also have is a restaurant on the 2nd floor where you can enjoy Afternoon Tea!
There are tea samples in great abundance throughout the store (1st Floor) and all the sales associates are super friendly and knowledgeable about tea. What you probably didn't know about Lupicia is that they also have a tea school for people interested in learning more about specific teas from different regions of the world. Pretty comprehensive, but at a hefty price of 120,000 Yen! Yowza!
A quick ride in the elevator and we're seated at a great table after waiting for 25 minutes. We didn't make reservations, but one of their sales associates is happy to call you when the table is ready if you're browsing the teas on the 1st Floor.
We had a great corner table. The walls are covered with a huge display case of tea pots and samovars. So impressive.
They're pretty strict when it comes to taking photographs nowadays so I managed to sneak in a couple of quick ones.
I ordered Tea # 7421 Nyodogawa (blended green tea) and
Clarissa got the Yorokobi, an iced green tea rooibos blend.
Mom's quiche and baby lettuce salad was delicious!
My fish was light, delicious and very filling!
All the hot teas are served in a tea pot with a tea cozy. They steep it for you and bring it to you without the leaves, but if you want refills, they're free! Free refills on any of the teas from the four that they are offering that day. Same goes for the iced version.
We all ordered lunch sets which includes an entree, pot of tea and dessert.
The place was packed with ladies in the middle of the afternoon.
The flagship store in Jiyūgaoka sells some exclusive items that are only sold in Japan. Shown above are their jars of pickled white asparagus and below...
are the Gelee de The in three flavors: Green Tea & Grapefruit, Taiwanese Oolong Tea & Peach, and Darjeeling Tea & Apple! I didn't get to try them (one can only eat so many desserts), but I knew Kathy would love and appreciate something like this.
So many places to see and so much tea to drink while in Tokyo! Who can decide?
1-25-17 Jiyūgaoka, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Happy Tea Time!