Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cafe Renoir

I went to Akihabara on my way back from Asakusa, and dropped in at this cafe called "Cafe Renoir". It has been in business for more than 45 years, and I think almost all people in Tokyo know this expensive cafe. The cheapest coffee that Doutor serves is about 2 us dollars, but you have to pay about 5 us dollars for the least expensive coffee at this cafe.

The official name of the company that operates this chain is called "Ginza Renoir", and Ginza is an area in Tokyo where everything is expensive. You wouldn't see many very young people in Ginza since they couldn't afford things sold there. And the name "Ginza Renoir" reminds us of something luxurious.

There are three Renoir's in Akihabara, and this one is just in front of Yodobashi Akiba, which is a huge complex where you can buy any electric appliances from TVs to computers.

Usually you'd see many salarymen in their 30s or over, since they often have enough money to buy expensive coffees and cake. But in return for the high prices, you can recharge your cellphone by plugging in, and also wi-fi connection is available at every outlet.

I was going to show you an iced coffee, but I ordered this iced Matcha milk for a change. As you can see the chair has very soft cushions, so you might want to stay here for a very long time.

After you finish having your drink, the waitress would serve you a green tea for free. You might think this is included in the price, but let's think this was given out of their wholeheartedness. 

Please visit a Renoir when you come to Tokyo. The taste should be beyond your expectation. =)