Antico Caffe Al Avis is obviously an Italian inspired cafe and has other locations in Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama and even another in Tokyo within the Atre shopping complex within Ebisu Station.
This Futako Tamagawa cafe looks absolutely stunning with it’s Italian design aesthetic, wooden features, stone tables and delicate lighting via the chandelier.
I was actually a bit wary of ordering here as it definitely looks like a place that would break someone’s budget though surprisingly not only did the food look as good as the interior design but the pricing was shockingly average.
I did have a bit of trouble ordering however as while I can read Japanese, I don’t know any Italian at all so trying to understand the Japanese reading of the Italian food and drink names was inconvenient to say the least. There was no English menu so if you can’t read Japanese, be prepared to bring someone who can. The staff were very friendly though couldn’t really explain what the Italian foods were without using, well, the Italian names for them.
Having said that though, the food looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t believe I got a coffee, cake, salad and sandwich that looked this good for under 1000 yen (cheaper than getting a tall coffee and reheated sandwich at Starbucks!)
This place is definitely the best value for money that I have seen. Make sure to check it out if you’re looking for some place to eat in Tokyo. Futako Tamagawa may not be on everyone’s must see travel list but there’s some great shopping to be had here and some nice views of the Tamagawa River and surrounding area that’s just fifteen minutes on train from Shibuya.
Station: Futako Tamagawa
Train Line: Denentoshi Line and Oimach Line
Features: 100% smoke free
Menu Language: Japanese
Hours: 10am – 11pm
Address: 〒158−0094, 東京都世田谷区玉川２−２１−１, ライズショッピングセンター１F
1F Rise Shopping Center, 2-21-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0094
Phone Number: 03 6805 7841
Website: www.AnticoCaffe.ne.jp (English and Japanese)
Map: View on GoogleMaps
Directions:After walking through the main exit, turn right and enter the new Rise Shopping Center. Walk along the main outdoor walkway on the ground floor that runs between the two main shopping buildings. Antico Caffe Al Avis is on the left hand side just past an entrance opposite a McDonald’s.