Travel Report: Nananamoe Coffee – Asakusa, Tokyo.
February 2019. Wonderboy and I were marching off to Oshiage Skytree Subway Station one morning, as per our daily ritual, when we came across a friendly Japanese man emerging from the entrance door of a little café. “Hello” he said with a polite nod, setting his chalkboard down. There was a further greeting from him the next day, at which point I saw that his café was called Nananamoe Coffee .“We should have breakfast there one morning,” I said. And so we did!
February 2019. Nananamoe Coffee is literally a stone’s throw from Oak Hostel Sakura in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. It was so nice to be able to just go straight to breakfast without the ordeal of working out which subway lines we needed and the clunkedy clunk of grappling with Google Maps. We were the only customers that morning so we ordered our coffees, settled into the corner and had a leaf through the menu. Take the time to explore the café’s little decorative touches and you’ll quickly pick up on a Hawaiian theme, from framed photographs and knick-knacks to the Hawaiian drip coffee in a jar at the counter.
February 2019. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Spam on a breakfast menu before! Ignoring my instinctive cynicism, something about the friendly owner and Nananamoe Coffee’s chilled vibe told me that whatever I ordered it was gonna be delicious. So I went for broke and ordered the Spam and egg mayonnaise on toast with a side bowl of grated carrot. It was fantastic, just like my creamy, cinnamon-topped Gingerbread Latte.
February 2019. From what we could gather Nananamoe Coffee is a one-man show. This guy was the reason we’d visited in the first place and his service didn’t disappoint. We had to wait a bit for the breakfast, but that’s because he put the time in to make everything just right. With nobody else to attend to he also had time for a chat, confirming that yes he was a huge fan of Hawaii and had been several times. He was also passionate about sumo (check out his calendar on the wall), which was very apt as later that morning Wonderboy and I were treated to an unforgettable live Sumo performance and duel.
February 2019. I’m so glad we took a chance of Nananamoe Coffee. If you’re making a visit to Tokyo Skytree or staying at Oak Hostel Sakura this is a wonderfully under-the-radar spot to come and have a drink and a bite. He’s open 08:00-19:00 on weekdays (closed Tuesdays), 10:00-21:00 on Saturdays, 10:00-20:00 on Sundays.
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