Looking for a blast of Nordic cool in Tokyo? Hailing from Oslo, Fuglen (which means “the bird” in Norwegian) is a stylish blend of coffee bar by day and a cocktail bar by night. Located in a small alley near Yoyogi Park, Fuglen Tokyo is decorated with vintage furniture – every piece is for sale!
Night owls may wish to drop by in the evenings for the cocktail menu developed by champion bartender Halvor Digernes and the unusual mix of both Japanese and Norwegian craft beers. (Digernes is the co-owner of Fuglen, together with vintage design expert Einar Kleppe Holthe and Peppe Trulsen, who runs one of the oldest coffee companies in Oslo, Stockfleths.)
There has been some cultural cross-pollination even before Fuglen arrived in Tokyo. Its original shop in Oslo, Kaffefuglen (established in 1963), was declared a cultural heritage site by Widar Halén, the senior curator at the Norwegian National Museum, due to its showcase of Japanese influence on 1950s Scandinavian design. The walls — covered with 1950s-style Biri-straw wallpaper — demonstrate this amply.
Coffee lovers, though, will do well to come by during the day for some delicious brews made from seasonal single origins, ranging from the sweet and chocolaty La Folie from Guatemala to the Kiunyu from Kenya, which has notes of raspberry and dates. Espressos are impeccable too; however, a filter brew might be a better choice for lingering over with a good book. Relax, and enjoy…
1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Open Mon-Tue 8am-10pm / Wed-Thu 8am-1am / Fri 8am-2am / Sat 10am-2am / Sun 10am-1am