A walk around ‘Your name’ real-life locations and related places in Yotsuya, Tokyo (Part 2): Garage Coffee, an old-style café with vegan and gluten-free desserts

After visiting Suga Shrine and other ‘Your Name’ locations,, how about a little rest in a nice old-fashioned coffee house? Garage coffee is a good place to relax and it’s less than 5mn on foot from the sanctuary.
It does not appear in the movie, but if you’re a fan of ‘Your Name’, you will want to pay a visit as the movie director Makoto Shinkai himself sat there for an interview. Well informed fans also make this place part of their pilgrimage.

2018-05-23   Araki-Cho, Food & Drinks, Araki-Cho, Tokyo,


If you refer to the suggested walking route map from my previous article, you can see where Garage Coffee is exactly in Yotsuya. (If you have missed it, click on the link to discover the locations for the movie Your Name in Yotsuya).

To tell the truth, I discovered Garage Coffee out of luck on my way back from my first visit at Suga shrine. It was winter, I was freezing cold and looking for a rest when I noticed its ‘coffee’ flag from afar. When I got closer, I immediately liked the old fashioned styled building. At the time, I didn’t know it was also related to the movie.

A nice atmosphere

A nice retro atmosphere

Garage Coffee does not just looks like an old coffee house: it is a genuine old coffee house! When the building was constructed 43 years ago, the wife of the building’s owner decided to open a café on  the first floor. Such cafés were very fashionable at the time, and the setting has remained the same: antique furniture, wooden or blue and white tiled floor, charming windows. It looks so nice and cozy that it has been used as a set for several Japanese TV series! It’s no wonder why it was chosen as the decor for famous directors Makoto Shinkai and Shunji Iwai for their interview/dialogue in a magazine. Of course, you can sit at the exact same table!

Nowadays the place is mainly used as a bar at night, but two days per week (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) it goes back to its origins and serves good quality coffee.

You can consult the magazine in which Makoto Shinkai is interviewed right here in Garage Coffee!

Great Coffee and other delicacies

A delicious chocolate pie and coffee

The menu at Garage Coffee is a little unusual for Tokyo. By this I mean it will delight  your inner hipster: its products are either local, fair trade and/or organic. It has all the basic drinks you will expect from a café, and their ingredients are carefully chosen by the owner. It also serves a small range of vegan and gluten free cakes and cookies, which is still quite rare in Tokyo. Among the other special features of the menu, there are toasts made with the Balmuda toaster. The Balmuda toaster is very trendy in Japan right now because it keeps the tenderness at the core of the bread.

The owner is a very friendly Japanese woman who does not hesitate to have a chat even with her first-time visitors. She speaks only a little English but will quickly make you feel at home just as if you were one of the locals! And if you ask her, she will happily share her favorite addresses in Arakicho to end your day.

The shop also sells Japan-made gluten-free cookies

For smartphone users, please click here to go to the Tadaima Japan website which includes detailed location information.

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Amelie

Amelie

Writer / Translator

I’m French but I’ve been living in Tokyo for many years during which I had a lot of meaningful and thrilling experiences. I’m curious and I love learning new things. My hobbies are kick boxing, scuba diving, Japanese traditional painting, etc… As a writer, I’d like to share information about less touristic, more authentic places. I will also write about all the fun and cultural activities unique to Japan.

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Address アパルトマン四谷, 1-17, Samoncho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 〒160-0017
Hours Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-18:00
Price About 1000 yen
Close Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Access 2mn on foot from Yotsuya Sanchome station (Marunouchi line)
4mn on foot from Suga Jinja
7mn on foot from Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
Phone None
Language Japanese
English
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