I am a huge fan of latte art, from the simple heart to the more complex designs. It makes me happy when the cup is set down in front of me and there’s a cute design on top. This art-form is brought to a new level in Japan.
Reissue- Latte Art Café
At Reissue in Harajuku, artists create amazing art on and with the foam of a latte, cappuccino and even hot chocolate. You can choose either 2D or 3D latte art added as an extra cost. Reissue is easy to walk to from the main toursity street in Harajuku called Takeshita. Located on the second floor of a narrow street, walk up the stairs to enter.
Reissue is a hip cafe with mid-century furniture mixed with record sleeves and afghans from the 70’s. It felt to me like someone living in the 70’s, whose apartment was furnished with hand-me-down furniture from their parents. It is a funky mix that works.
On the Menu
We ordered two lattes and one hot chocolate latte. The waitress asked if we wanted a specific design and our daughter asked for a dog. Josh and I asked to be surprised, and were very happy with the outcome. The creations were almost too good to drink…almost. The drinks didn’t let us down on flavor, they were delicious.
You can see from this menu that there are quite a lot of options on which to have the latte art created.
3D Latte Art
The creator of the 3D lattes, Kohei Matsuno, brought our drinks to the table. It was great to meet him and he was very nice.
The 3D art is impressive, but don’t discount the 2D art. Check out Matsuno’s instagram to see his 3D work and also his 2D masterpieces (really, he takes classic art and recreates it on top of a latte).
How to Visit Reissue
Reissue is located just off the main street of Takeshita in Harajuku.
Take the Yamanote Line (free if you have the JR pass) to the Harajuku Station. On exiting the station, look straight ahead to the start of the very crowded, but fun, Takeshita street. Enjoy your walk and people watching. Once you reach the end of the street, follow this map a short distance to the café. The entire walk from the Harajuku station to Reissue is 7 minutes, but that doesn’t include the time to stop and eat a HUGE cotton candy.
If you are in Tokyo, check out this café. The drinks aren’t just works of art, they taste great, too!