Tucked away in the hodgepodge of shops and galleries in Koenji’s chaotic Kita-Kore Building is this quaint chai stand. Unlike most cafés in the city, Julay is open until 1am, catering to the late night crowds looking for something to nurse other than alcohol.
The shop's classic masala chai is made with an original blend of five spices including cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Each cup is made-to-order with spices freshly crushed every time. Aside from the classic masala chai, you can get variations like ginger chai, vanilla chai and even a spiked rum chai. A selection of refreshing lassi drinks are also on the menu including fruity concoctions like lemon and mango lassi.