[Nakameguro] A Complete Guide to the World’s 5th Starbucks Megastore – Exclusive Drinks and More!
Starbucks, a global franchise that holds over 20,000 stores worldwide, has plenty of stores scattered around Tokyo. One of them in Nakameguro happens to be one of the mere five concept stores with roasters that exist across the world. This article will introduce this store's varied menu and glowing charm in exquisite detail!
About Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo
Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo is situated in Nakameguro, a stylish and lively part of the city. They have over 100 types of limited edition coffee, along with fragrant teas, cocktails, and even an Italian bakery, Princi, the first of its kind in Japan. They even stock a nice range of limited edition goods! The snazzy building is made up of 4 floors, with floors 1 to 3 dedicated to food and drinks. They have a lounge space on the 4th floor that can be rented out for various events.
Try Their Freshly Ground Roast Coffee!
Step through the entrance on the 1st floor and you will find their main bar. Here, you can try the very same coffee that has been tested by the professional tasters at Starbucks, each of whom have sampled over 250,000 cups of coffee yearly. Taste and compare each of these different producers and regions through the coffee for yourself! They also have a large commercial roaster on this floor, which is used to roast beans for all their branch stores across the country. Take this chance to see the process of turning fresh beans into a cup of coffee, and don't forget to stop by their Coffee Scoop Bar to purchase some of their freshly roasted coffee.
Recommended menu example: Roastery Flight (from 2,000 JPY (excl. tax)). Enjoy their signature beverage, coffee made from three separate types of Starbucks Reserve Coffee, each originating from distinct regions. Starbucks Reserve Coffee are rare, high-quality beans that are only offered at select outlets.
Order Some Original Tea Blends at the World's Largest Teavana Bar
Walk up the broad staircase and you will arrive at the world's largest Teavana Bar, a place where you can try the latest teas! From uniquely Japanese ingredients to distinct flavor blends, they offer all sorts of interesting tea beverages. Challenging the Starbucks image, which is deeply associated with coffee, they even stock items other than tea leaves, such as accessories and utensils for tea.
Recommended menu example: Teavana Cream Soda Matcha (Iced 900 JPY (excl. tax)). Combining matcha made in Uji, Kyoto, with Starbucks' original ice cream to create this amazing cream soda.
Delight in Original Cocktails with Coffee as a Base
On the 3rd floor is the Arriviamo cocktail bar, a first in Japan, where they mix up various spirits to show off their impressive mixology skills and craft cocktails. Highlights include their Tokyo exclusive cocktails which use a variety of tea and coffee motifs. Other offerings include wine, beer, and mocktails.
Recommended menu example: Nakameguro Espresso Martini (2,000 JPY (excl. tax)). A Tokyo exclusive cocktail, it consists of a mix of espresso coffee and chestnut liqueur. Please enjoy this paired with extra soft chocolate from "green bean to bar CHOCOLATE", a local chocolate shop.
Savor Freshly Baked Pastries on the Terrace
You will also find an open terrace on the 3rd floor, where you can take in the seasonal scenery with the soft murmurs of the Meguro River flowing nearby. It can be particularly charming in the spring when the sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom. To really round out the experience, why not grab some fresh bread on the first floor along with your coffee on your way up here? The bakers at Princi use carefully selected ingredients to create traditional Italian bread, aromatic cornetti, pizza, focaccia, and more!
Recommended menu example: Cornetti (270 JPY (excl. tax)). Crispy and fragrant, a delight much like a croissant.
Access and Things to Keep in Mind
There are two stations close to Roastery Tokyo: Ikejiri-ohashi Station on the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line and Naka-meguro Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. Both will require you to walk for around 14 minutes to reach the store. If you are coming from Tokyo Station, either station will take you around 25 to 30 minutes to get to via train.
As a side note, please be aware that during peak operating periods when the store gets really busy, they will start handing out tickets to customers waiting to enter. You will need one ticket for each member of your party, so pay special attention to the instructions given at the store when you arrive.
Starbucks Roastery Reserve Tokyo was created while paying the utmost respect to Japanese culture and craftsmanship. Come and experience the atmosphere created from the care and dedication they have put into the delicious food, drinks, architecture, and interior design!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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