When it first opened, the Aoyama Flower Market and Cafe earned rave reviews for its unique dining space in the colorful interior of a floral shop. In recent years, however, its popularity has led to long waits for a table, especially on weekends. What many people don't realize, though, is that a few short blocks away, a similar venue welcomes diners with unique floral arrangements and delicious food.
Nicolai Bergmann opened his first flower shop in his native Denmark. Known for his avant-garde flower arrangements - no typical bouquets to be found here - his Tokyo flagship shop in Aoyama also boasts a relaxing cafe. As befits a Danish-born company, the menu at the cafe tends towards Northern European fare in its lunch offerings. Expect open face sandwiches (smorrebrod) with toppings like salmon and dill as well as paninis and large salads. The cafe menu lists a considerable offering of smoothies and juices to accompany the meal. I opted for the green juice, which was quite sweet despite the inclusion of a number of leafy vegetables.
At 3pm, the cafe switches from its lunch menu to its teatime offerings. Large sweets will more than satiate any appetite and the combinations can be quite unique. On a recent visit, the oversized blueberry muffins could be ordered with both cheese or chocolate chips and the hefty portion of "dream cake" was topped with a thick layer of caramel and coconut. Rather surprisingly, my gigantic muffin was only ¥350.
Most of the tables are for couples, though there is a comfy corner for three and a large communal table that seats up to eight. Orders are placed at the counter and then servers will bring your food or drink to the table. I did notice a table reserved on one of my visits, which is a good idea should you be visiting on a weekend or have a larger party. In nice weather, there is also a small terrace that diners can use.
The cafe is tucked back into one of the side streets to the east of Aoyama-dori. You'll find it around the corner from the Aveda Salon and Spa.