Awestruck. That was how we felt when we stepped into Aoyama Flower Market Tea House in Tokyo. It combines a florist with a tea house, and the result is the dream café for every girl.
Like an indoor greenhouse but with an impeccable sophistication, the tea house is lavishly decorated with fresh flowers of the season. Scattered, lined, tied on vines, sprouting from under… we were lost in the splendiferous floral world with all kinds of richly-coloured species blooming in their unique forms, and filling the space with a wondrous mix of scents so delicate. Decorative mini lights span across the ceiling and drape down the pillars, creating an illumination so dreamy that it enraptures your soul; soft instrumentals looping, quite like a choir of nightingale serenading every dreamer in the room. Nothing quite as beautiful, nothing quite as enchanting.
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House serves several unique blends, and our pick is the Refresh Blend (¥787), which is a blend of five different herbs – rosemary, lemongrass, lemonbalm, spearmint, and pineapplemint. There are also other options like Rose Tea (¥735), Rooibos Tea (¥735), and the popular Ispahan (¥735), which combines tea, rose, Jasmine and Violet.
The food menu is small and concise. A simple Salad (¥1050) and Sandwich (¥1050) with bacon, tomato and tartar sauce are available. For something more hearty, go for the Beef Stew (¥1575). Don’t expect much from the food, though. After all, it is a tea house where people step in to rejuvenate the mind and soul, and unwind over tea and desserts.
And we insist you order the The Rose Parfeit (¥892) – a gorgeous ensemble of rose jelly, sorbet, crumbs and foam. Else, go for the Flower French Toast (¥892) – a party of fruits, fresh cream and vanilla ice cream atop a nicely toasted brioche.
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is just a 5-minute walk from Omotesando station. If you ever find yourself in the area, a trip to the tea house is very highly recommended. Because whatever you are feeling, the sheer beauty and tranquility will complete your day.
Words by Melody Yap, photographs by ladyironchef
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
5-1-2, MinamiAoyama, Minato-ku
Tel: +81 3 3400 0887
Nearest Station: Omotesando