You’ll find this unassuming café in Higashi-Nagasaki, a sleepy little neighbourhood along the Seibu Ikebukuro line that’s slowly becoming a hot spot for cool cafés and trendy shops. At the centre of it all is Mia Mia Tokyo, a friendly coffee joint run by husband-wife duo Vaughan and Rie Allison. Well-versed in Tokyo’s third-wave coffee scene, the duo have created an inviting space that’s not just about the coffee, but also about welcoming you into the local community.
Coffee beans are sourced from roasters in Japan and Australia, including Scandinavian mainstay Fuglen, Australia’s Padre Coffee, and even a special blend from Tokyo kissaten Chatei Hatou. Mia Mia also serves up a handful of goodies including cinnamon rolls, cardamom rolls and sourdough bread from Yanaka bakery Vaner. The bread can be ordered as simple toast and jam or as a hearty ham and cheese sandwich. You can even purchase loaves to take home with you as well as some of the café’s delicious canelés and banana bread.
A handful of seats are available inside the café, but there are also benches that spill out onto the street, where you can people-watch while you enjoy a cuppa. Don’t be surprised if you run into Vaughan or Rie on your visit, as they often strike up conversations with many of their visitors, sharing tips on the best spots in the ‘hood.