Kyobashi is not a typical tourist destination in Tokyo, as the neighboring Ginza, Marunouchi and Nihonbashi districts offer much more, but a visit to the 100% Chocolate Café is well worth the trip.
Located in the Meiji Company Headquarters building, this dessert café is a beautifully designed space dedicated to all things chocolate. The interior, designed by the architectural firm Wonderwall, known for several Bathing Ape clothing stores and the Uniqlo megastore in Ginza, is stylish and modern with a ceiling resembling molded chocolate bars and a wall showcasing 56 different varieties of chocolate that can be bought by the square. Small groups are more easily accommodated as there are only counter style seats. The atmosphere is relaxed and on a weekday morning, getting a table was not difficult.
Chocoholics can find something here to suit their taste in any form. The menu is extensive, with various kinds of chocolate cake, hot and cold chocolate drinks, frozen fresh chocolate and the 56 different flavors of solid square chocolate, including single-bean variants from around the world, fruit and herb varieties, and more. Among the more interesting blends are the cheese, basil or black pepper. There is also a daily chocolate rotating for the 365 days of the year. The frozen fresh chocolate dessert is a delicious sundae with frozen white and strawberry chocolate in place of ice cream, raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries, and corn flake bits added for crunch. There are even various flavors of chocolate milk. Most menu items and gift boxes can be purchased to go. A sampling of the solid squares, each in its own colored and simply labeled package, makes an esthetically pleasing and unique souvenir.
If you’re in the area and looking for a unique space to get a chocolate fix, head over to the 100% Chocolate Café. It’s a short 5 minute walk from Tokyo Station. Another shop with an open "chocolate kitchen" has opened up recently in the Tokyo Sky Tree Solamachi complex. The 100% Chocolate Café is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.