Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo | Nakameguro
Opened with an amount of fanfare that only few brands in the world can generate, Starbucks Reserve’s Tokyo flagship store opened its doors (or shall we say gates) in 2019 and was briefly hailed as the world’s biggest Starbucks before being overtaken by its Chicago sibling a few months later.
Stretching across 4 floors, you will find pretty much anything your caffeine-loving heart could possibly desire: Starbucks’ signature Reserve roastery bar on the ground floor, a Teavana tea bar on the second floor serving an eclectic range of tea blends, Arriviamo Bar on the third floor where you can enjoy Starbucks signature cocktails, as well as a lounge on the fourth floor which can be used for events, meetings and coffee tasting sessions. If you are a bread lover like us, then make sure to check out Italian bakery Princi on the ground floor, where you can pick up a loafs of sourdough bread, mortadella sandwiches, pasticcini, focaccia and many other baked delights to take away or enjoy in store.
Housed in an enormous building designed by none other than Japanese-architect-of-the-moment, Kengo Kuma, just tacking a stroll around the various floors of the roastery is in itself an experience that will be appreciated by both coffee and design-lovers alike.
In spring time, you will see crowds of sometimes hundreds of people eagerly queuing up to grab a seat on the roastery’s third floor terrace from which you have one of the best views of Nakameguro’s famous cherry blossom-lined river. But if you want to enjoy the grand atmosphere of this coffee palace away from Tokyo’s stressful crowds, perhaps it’s better you wait to visit until off-season when you can
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