I saw lots of photos of Japanese 3D latte art on Instagram before my trip to Japan. There are several different cafes that do amazing 3D “foam art” in Tokyo.
I ended up visiting Reissue cafe in Shibuya.
Reissue is a small inconspicuous cafe that can be easily overlooked from the outside. Their interior is quite plain and their dessert and cake selection small.
What Reissue cafe really stands out for is their amazing latte and foam art.
How it works
At the cafe, you can order almost every drink with a customized picture painted on top of your beverage of choice. If you opt for a 3D foam figure you have to order the cappuccino, though.
For the picture, you can choose anything from a portrait of yourself or pet, to an Anime or Manga figure. All you have to do is show what kind of picture you want to the waiter/waitress. They will then forward it to their latte artist.
If you come with friends it should be noted that everyone has to order at least one drink in order to sit in. That’s a pretty common theme in Japanese restaurants or cafes.
I ordered a honey latte and chose a Sailor Moon portrait for my latte art. The waitress didn’t understand me at first. When I showed her the picture of the character she squealed and got really excited, though!
Since we had to order two coffees we also got a “classic” foam cat cappuccino.
If you order a latte with 3D art or a picture on your coffee, be prepared to wait a bit longer.
It took around 20 minutes for our coffees to get served. Granted they only have one latte artist who has to do quite a lot of coffees!
The Honey Latte was really tasty and probably one of the best coffees I had in Japan.
As for the art itself, I really loved it and thought it was worth the wait. I was honestly so impressed by how good it looked! I didn’t even want to drink the coffee and mess up the picture.
The only downside to a fun latte art is the price, really. We ended up paying around 2500 Yen (25 pounds) for the coffee… which is quite a lot.
The prices stated on the menu don’t include any sort of latte art and are just the standard coffee price s (which are already quite high).
I checked several reviews after our visit and it seems people get charged a lot of different prices. So I can only assume that the difficulty of the “drawing” equals the price of the coffee?
Expensive but worth it?
It’s a novelty experience.
I showed the photos to some friends and they didn’t really agree with my excitement over 13 pound Coffee art. Sure, it’s expensive but it was such a fun experience (for my mum and me at least). I wasn’t too bothered by the price.
It might not be for everyone but if you’re into a good coffee and a unique experience then I can only recommend giving Reissue a try 🙂