After a day of shopping and people watching we snuck into the Bakeshop for a coffee/tea break.
Located in one of my all time favorite areas this place has an awesome indoor and outdoor eating area on the 4th floor. It was a little too windy for us to sit outdoors that day so we decided to move indoors.
The also offer coffee, pastry and accessory workshops there.
On November 10th they're holding a Chemex workshop. Wish I could be there! (Photo from site)
Plenty of sweets and savories...
I noticed a lot of interesting things about their tea selection. Like how most of their teas are from the UK, Ireland and Sweden. Two out of the three are pretty old companies dating back over 200 years. Teapigs is a tea company based in the UK. I recognized their cute packaging when I was exploring the tea section near our apartment. Campbell's Perfect Tea is made in Dublin, Ireland and was originally established by J & G Campbell Company back in 1797. They use mainly East African teas. Kobbs is a Swedish tea company established in 1809 by Martin Samuel Kobb in Gothenburg. His sons, Pontus and August Kobb, joined their father's firm shortly after. Notice how they also have a special tea selection for Kids & Baby--Babycino and Kid's Cocktail. So there's really something for everyone!
I'm always amazed at how many cafes and tea rooms there are in Tokyo. I could probably spend a lifetime trying to discover them all.
As I was exiting the Jiyugaoka train station one day I noticed this adorable sign. Alas, it is for the TWG Tea Salon & Boutique. TWG Tea Company was established in Singapore in 2008 by Manoj M. Murjani and Taha Bouqdib.
So what's with the misleading year (1837) on their logo? The company claims it is a tribute to the "year when the Chamber of Commerce was founded in Singapore". They have many locations throughout the world including Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates.
TWG stands for The Wellness Group. I was kind of hoping it stood for something that sounded a bit less corporate.
They also sell hand made tea-infused sweet and savory items.
They have a very large assortment of loose leaf teas available to purchase behind the counter as well as teabags that come beautifully wrapped and packaged.
Their tea salon was packed with ladies in the middle of the day.
They sell very ornate, expensive silver and gold teapots and cups. I didn't sit to have tea, but I did have just enough time to pop in and snap a few pictures before the lady behind the counter asked me not to take any photographs.
1-9-8 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku Tokyo
Tel. +81 (03) 3718 1588
Monday through Sunday 11 am - 9 pm
Here is another gem in Jiyugaoka. I noticed it as we were entering Lupicia, but had recognized it from a Japanese magazine I subscribe to. My photographs do not do this charming two story English style cottage justice. It was really cloudy that day and I just couldn't seem to get the lighting right.
I had read about St. Christophers Garden in a coffee and tea magazine I love and it was definitely on my list of places to check out while I was in Tokyo. I knew I was going to love it right from the get go. The iron steel gate, the inviting tearoom sign and all the lush greenery. They have flowers 365 days of the year, with variations for every season.
St. Christophers Garden holds seminars for the public on traditional English tea (2nd and 4th weeks of the month on Thursdays). Hisayo Shibasaki is the instructor in charge of the seminars. In 1998 she won the award for International Table Decorator and is also a Licensed Tea Master in Japan. The seminars cost 5000 Yen which includes tea and cake.
Just to give you an idea of the topics they cover month to month, I'll list the seminars for the past few months.
This is what their typical Afternoon Tea looks like. This photo is from their web site.
There is a sign near the garden that states children under 6 not allowed. It was very quiet inside and more of an adult gathering place.
So quaint and coy...it's the perfect place for tea on a rainy day.
This is the entrance to the tearoom. It is quite formal.
They have a little boutique on the side where you can purchase gifts after you're all done with tea.
Happy tea time!