Pepper Parlor

Robots x waffles

By Serena Ogawa    - 3 min read

Japan is no stranger to innovative café ideas and Pepper Parlor, by Softbank Robotics, is an exciting café for anyone to enjoy! Combining robotics and café foods, Pepper Parlor aims to bring guests a unique, one-of-a-kind dining experience.

With a menu of waffles, drink, and other delectable items, Pepper Parlor is a lushly decorated café. The interior is earthy and colorful with green plants scattered throughout. But more than its green mossy ceiling and light fixtures, Pepper Parlor impresses with its staff. This is the only place in the world where robots and humans work together to serve customers and offer entertainment.

The calming interior is perfect for guests and robotic staff alike (Photo: <a href="https://www.softbankrobotics.com/jp/set/data/news/press/20190912a/img/pepper_parlor_image.png" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Softbank Robotics </a>)
The calming interior is perfect for guests and robotic staff alike (Photo: Softbank Robotics )

Located in Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, this popular commercial landmark is convenient to get to and even more convenient once you’re inside. Have a robot—including the iconic Pepper—take your order or interact with you at your table, even offering to take a photo of you and your party. It’s certain to be a fun new experience in the world of robotics merging with daily life.

But Pepper won’t be the only robot face you’ll meet at the parlor. Nao, a robot much smaller than Pepper, will perform group dances as a troupe; these dances are delicate and precisely choreographed and sure to delight. There is even mention of special performances throughout the day. Also joining the crew of Pepper Parlor is Whiz. Whiz is an AI cleaning robot who drives itself to clean after hours with its state-of-the-art technology.

Pepper welcomes you to a waffle Utopia (Photo: <a href="https://www.softbankrobotics.com/jp/set/data/news/press/20190912a/img/pepper_parlor01.png" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener nofollow">Softbank Robotics </a>)
Pepper welcomes you to a waffle Utopia (Photo: Softbank Robotics )

The menu won’t be beaten by the robotics. Try any of the gourmet waffles, themed by country of inspiration; like the Italian Caprese waffles or the sumptuous French praline waffles. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, light or heavy, Pepper Parlor has the menu item you can enjoy best. Their amazing assortment of fruit and vegetable juices, coffees, and teas are sure to wash down any meal with a satisfied smile.

The Pepper Parlor is ready to welcome you and guests to their cozy tables with robots that will serve and delight you as you dine. Make it a part of your next trip to Shibuya.

Getting there

Located on the 5th floor of Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, a 1-minute walk from the west exit of Shibuya Station

More info

Find out more about Shibuya Fukuras.

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Serena Ogawa

Serena Ogawa @serena.ogawa

Travel Editor for Japan Travel by day, novel-writing cat lady by night.

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Kim B 7 months ago
What a unique experience this would be!
Sherilyn Siy 7 months ago
A glimpse of the future.