Sipping exclusive Hawaiian-Japanese coffee, tasting delicious and exquisite homemade tarts and cakes, admiring colourful little birds and surrounded by their beautiful singing and chirping. This very blissful scenario took place at a cosy “little birds” themed cafe called the Kotori Cafe in Omotesando. Even a non-aggressive bird lover like myself was totally smitten by these little chirpy characters at the end of the café’s visit.
Kotori Cafe Omotesando started operations in 2013 and to date, they have 30 colourful birds, with species ranging from Budgerigar, Cockatiels, Rosy-faced Lovebirds, Barred Parakeets, Red-rumped Parrot, Java Sparrows to Cockatoo. Let’s start with a little background on Kotori Cafe Omotesando:
The cafe aims to create a cute, delicious and fun paradise for people to spend time with birds, and at the same time, commits to providing a well-managed and affectionate breeding grounds for their birds. Well, I think they have succeeded in both aspects as their birds seem happy, well-groomed and healthy!
Kotori Cafe Omotesando is located at one of the quieter lanes in Omotesando, with a quaint and welcoming cafe front. A closer examination revealed that efforts were put into personalising their outdoor decorations.
The welcoming signage displayed their menu items and collaboration partners. During my visit, they were collaborating with Kanahei (a LINE Chat popular sticker that illustrates a rabbit and a bird), so the characters are used on various items in the cafe, such as food and stationaries.
Look at the line of birds standing on the railing! How adorable!
I was so engrossed with the outdoor decorations that I almost missed the main characters peering out the glass panel right at me.
I was truly excited to enter the cafe after such warm welcome from so many little birds. They look so pretty and well-groomed.
Upon entry, you will be greeted at the cashier counter with a backdrop of many signed autographs by famous personalities, as well as artworks by bird fans of Kotori Cafe Omotesando.
This is the autograph display corner.
Generally, all the birds are kept together in two indoor aviaries within the cafe space where patrons are free to admire their interactive activities: singing, chirping, flying around, playing with each other, sleeping or simply dazing in blank space. You are allowed to take photographs and videos. However, flashlights and actions that will startle or frighten the birds are prohibited, such as poking or banging on the glass panels.
These are the birds I spotted from outside.
Namelist of birds.
Over at the other aviary, I managed to catch a love moment of a pair of rosy-faced lovebird!
At the corner of the cafe, there is the Mofu Mofu Room. With a small fee of 500 yen, cafe patrons can gain entry into this petting zone in Mofu Mofu Room, accompanied by a cafe staff. Here, you can have a 5-minute interaction and photography session with a white-crested cockatoo, rosy-faced lovebird and a Java Sparrow. Do take note that this Mofu Mofu Room experience is only available from 11 AM to 5 PM, and is limited up to 3 persons per group entry. I would think it is a popular activity as I observed several group sessions taking place. The birds were generally gentle and affectionate during their interactions with people.
Besides the friendly birdie environment, another highlight of the cafe is the impressive cafe interior setting and menu. Despite not serving hot deli food in this cafe outlet, Kotori Cafe Omotesando has an attractive menu of beverages and pastries. It prides itself as the only cafe chain in Japan which serves the aromatic Royal Kona Coffee, a coffee product jointly developed by the Hawaii Coffee Company and Karani 1555 Coffee Factory. Each beverage comes with a piece of bird-designed cookie specially imported from Hokkaido. The cafe also serves homemade exquisite mousse tarts and cakes that look simply kawaii and irresistible. In fact, I had such a tough time deciding on which tart to buy. I eventually went for the signature cake set (1,500 yen) that comes with one drink and a cockatiel mango mousse tart.
The details of the enhancing cafe environment and connecting the relationship between people and little birds in Kotori Cafe Omotesando is indeed impressive. Everywhere, including the toilet, has bird designs or displays of birds. You can see it from the table top set-up, the mini-library with books about birds for both the old and the young, children birds’ muppets gloves, wall decors, motifs, and even the wide range of bird-designed merchandises.
Do not leave the cafe without browsing through their merchandises and stationeries. You will find many pleasant surprises, hidden gems, unique and cute designs. Some merchandises are even specially designed by fans of Kotori Cafe Omotesando!
Kotori Cafe Omotesando
Address: Japan, 〒107-0062 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Minamiaoyama, 6 Chome−6−3−7
Telephone: +81 3-6427-5115
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Address: Japan, 〒181-0013 Tokyo, Mitaka, Shimorenjaku, 1
Telephone: +81 422-29-9224
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Address: 3 Chome-18-13 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0002, Japan
Telephone: +81 3-6903-5084
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Telephone: +81 06-6253-8698