The original Unomachi Coffee shop is in Uno, which is the downtown area of Tamano City. Tamano City is a small coastal city edging the Seto Inland Sea, and is known for its ferry port and shipbuilding factory. The main shop, however, is on the 2nd floor of a shopping center and doesn’t overlook the sea or the port area, but rather the street running in front of city hall.
The Okayama branch shop also is on the 2F of a small shopping mall in city center. You’d expect the bustle and noise of the city to bleed into the cafe, but it doesn’t: Unomachi Coffee is a quiet haven in the middle of the city. The entrance to the cafe is tucked back in a corner of the 2nd floor, across from a large book store, and since the design is somewhat minimalistic, it doesn’t stand out right away.
Unomachi is known for their Instagram-worthy parfaits and soda floats, but my business partner and I were just stopping in for a quick lunch before work. He was hungry and got a curry lunch set (which I failed to photograph, my bad), but I wasn’t very hungry and so decided to order a cheese toast & coffee set. Also, a friend had told me that when she’d recently visited Unomachi, her toast hadn’t been toasted at all–that it was served to her raw. So naturally, I wanted to see the toast for myself.
Cute, right? While not raw, my toast was definitely undercooked. I mean, the bread was just regular cheap sandwich toast and the cheese was processed sliced cheese, so nothing special at all, but the toast wasn’t crispy at all. I snapped this photo and showed my friend, but she said hers wasn’t even this cooked, so I can only imagine how…not delicious hers was. Instead of making cute pictures on the toast with veggie pieces, I’d actually have preferred to have well-toasted, crispy and bubbling hot cheese toast. But no….
My business partner said his curry was very good, and the coffee that came with my set was also very good. Maybe next time I’ll just stick with coffee and a dessert.
I suspect that people don’t go to Unomachi for the food. Maybe for the coffee, and probably for the atmosphere. There are loads of great books and magazines in both Japanese and English that customers can peruse while there.
The great thing about the books and magazines is that they’re all really interesting and well-chosen items. I’ve been to several shops that just have random stuff on the shelves just because it’s in English, but the books and magazines here actually seem curated. The furniture is also an eclectic mix of contemporary, custom, and retro pieces, but somehow everything works well together and the effect is a quiet, cozy space that you want to stay in for a few hours.
The other side of the cafe is made up of a series of large windows, so even though the cafe feels calm and quiet, it’s not gloomy.
+ What I like about this cafe: The interior feels sleek yet cozy; lots and lots of great books and magazines; good coffee and pretty dessert drinks
_ What I don’t like about this cafe: Undercooked toast, very limited lunch/meal menu.
Service was friendly but not especially notable.
Address: 〒700-0821 岡山市北区中山下1 丁目 8-45, CRED Okayama 2F / Okayama-shi, Kita-ku, Nakasange 1-chome 8-45, CRED Okayama 2F
Date visited: March 25, 2021