A favourite of international style bible Monocle, the original Fuglen shop in Oslo, Norway is a blend of café, cocktail bar and vintage design boutique, where even the furniture is up for sale. Its Tokyo shop, which opened in May 2012, transplants the concept to a backstreet corner not far from Yoyogi Park, in the space formerly occupied by Koz Café. Fuglen Tokyo opens at 8am on weekdays, selling tea and some remarkably good coffee during the daytime (though not any food – if you're feeling peckish, bring your own). It switches to bar mode in the evenings, with Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and a menu of cocktails devised by champion bartender Halvor Digernes, which makes extensive use of infused spirits and bitters; try the ginger daiquiri: it's a winner. The uniqueness of the décor – even the Biri-straw wallpaper is '50s vintage – and outdoor seating make this a plum destination for caffeine addicts and the cocktail crowd alike, though be prepared to pay Oslo prices for your drinks.
|Venue name:||Fuglen Tokyo||Contact:|
1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue 8am-10pm; Wed, Thu 8am-1am; Fri 8am-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun & hols 10am-1am|
|Transport:||Yoyogi-Koen Station (Chiyoda line), Yoyogi Hachiman Station (Odakyu line)|
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We had a very nice experience. Even though the place was busy on a Sunday afternoon the atmosphere was relaxed. The Norwegian boyfriend felt at home. There were norwegian pastry and yoghurt for me even at 2pm. The coffee was great the staff superfriendly.
It's more of an expat hang out so if you're not into that, I don't really recommend it. However, a lot of Japanese locals do swing by to either enjoy a cup of coffee or cocktail. Super fast wi-fi and plenty of space for you to work. It's sort of modeled after the coffee shops you'd find in Brooklyn or Manhattan. The coffee is pretty good but what they do better are their cocktails. Their cocktails are more "affordable" than your typical speakeasies in NYC and deliciously strong. Japanese whiskey by the glass are also more reasonably priced if you're into that. I recommend the hibiki.