Le Cafe Mamie is a quaint cafe in Meguro (itself a really nice area full of interesting shops and restaurants) that claims to be heavily inspired by French culture and cuisine, though to be honest I wouldn’t have guessed it was French themed had I not noticed some of the French movie posters and artworks on the wall.
The menu consists of your typical Tokyo cafe food choices such as pasta, salads, sandwiches and even a Thai curry with the only real French food on the menu being the ratatouille and croissant. The dessert and drink menus follow a similar pattern with the occasional French addition but for the most part quite standard selection.
This isn’t to say anything on the menu is bad, it’s just that if you’re after some authentic French culinary experiences you may be disappointed.
During my visit I ended up choosing the carbonara (900 yen) and followed it up with the “gateau au chocolat” (500 yen) and “hot coffee” (500 yen).
All were pretty good quality though a bit expensive when all put together.
The coffee was also quite generic though as strange as it sounds, the coffee isn’t the focus of the cafe, it’s the pastries and sweets which apparently have earned Le Cafe Mamie a bit of a reputation in Tokyo foodie publications as well as their customisable cookie service and different cooking and French language workshops.
Le Cafe Mamie is definitely a curiosity worth checking out if you’re in the area.
It’s craft cottage interior makes for a very comfortable visit as does it’s 100% no smoking policy though I wouldn’t necessarily plan a day trip around checking it out.
Features: 100% Smoke Free.
Menu Language: Japanese.
Hours: 9am – 8pm.
Address: 〒153-0064 東京都目黒区下目黒5-1-11
5-1-11 Shimo Meguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0064
Phone Number: 03-3716-1095
Website: www.le-cafemamie.com (Japanese, English & French).
Map: View on GoogleMaps
Directions: On foot, Le Cafe Mamie can be about a 15 – 20 minute walk from Meguro Station and is actually quite a nice walk especially if the weather’s fine. Simply take Exit 1 out of the West side of the station and walk along Meguro Dori on the left side. This rather large road should bend to the left almost immediately and take you across a river. After five minutes or so you should reach an intersection with the busy Yamate Dori. Cross this intersection and continue down Meguro Dori. When you get to the large school on your left, keep walking and you’ll find Le Cafe Mamie also on your left just two more blocks down the road.
If you don’t feel like walking, simply catch a 1, 3, 6 or 98 bus from Meguro Station and make sure to get off at the “Motokeibajyomae” stop (the third stop). Continue walking up the hill for a minute and you’ll see the cafe on your left.