Claude Monet was famous for referring to flowers as the raison d’être for many of his masterpieces. As he once said, “I must have flowers, always, and always.” Stepping into Nicolai Bergmann‘s store in Aoyama would convince anyone that is true. I don’t have much experience with flower arrangements but it’s easy to be awed by Nicolai Bergmann’s signature flower boxes and contemporary floral arrangements.
A short walk from Omotesando Station, NOMU Cafe is a popular weekend brunch and afternoon tea spot located right in Nicolai Bergmann’s flagship store. Not only do you get to peruse gorgeous arrangements before your meal (check out his signature flower box if you’re looking for a nice gift), you’ll also get to dine amidst all the vibrant blooms! Alternatively, outdoor seating is also available in the flower-pavilion if you want to soak in the Tokyo sun on a good day.
Mizuha and I met up again to go have a light brunch this Sunday–having explored Kagurazaka last weekend, we opted for the Scandinavian-style NOMU Cafe in order to explore the Aoyama area afterwards. Walking into Nicolai Bergmann, we instantly fell in love with its vibrant flower arrangements. In particular, its signature flower boxes looked like the perfect gift for a housewarming or birthday, so I’ll definitely be back to buy one next time!
The connected NOMU Cafe was very popular when we walked in midday so for 30 minutes we perused the shop’s various flowers, cards, and decorations. Once we were seated at the communal-style table, Mizuha and I decided to share NOMU Cafe’s Danish open sandwiches with some soup and freshly pressed juices. I love juice bars so finding cafes that have fantastic smoothies and juices is a definite plus! The rye bread sandwiches were really yummy too if you enjoy light sandwiches with a fresh salad on the side. Mizuha’s soup of the day came with two slick slices of rye bread and looked very hearty if you prefer something hot instead. Lastly, for dessert, NOMU Cafe’s cake selection looked delicious for afternoon-tea goers. I’ll definitely be trying a thick slice of their Carrot Cake next time since I saw many tables ordering it after their meal.
If you’re in the Aoyama/Omotesando area, I’d definitely recommend dropping by Nicolai Bergmann and NOMU Cafe for some juice and sandwiches. It’s a perfect place to escape the summer heat and to just soak in some lovely blooms. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
Address // Japan, 〒107-0061 Tokyo, Minato, Minamiaoyama, 5 Chome−7-2
Telephone // +81 3-5464-0743
Website // http://www.nicolaibergmann.co.jp/en