Written by Chiara Mischke
BROOK'S ME-BYO café - Harajuku's Healthy And Delicious Oasis
Harajuku is mainly known for fashion, shopping and a vast amount of crazy sweets. If your stomach and body crave relaxation, BROOK'S ME-BYO café is a great place to enjoy some nutritious food that is nothing short of tasty in a quiet atmosphere.
BROOK'S ME-BYO Cafe - Harajuku's Little Oasis
Harajuku is an extremely popular place for shopping, pop culture as exploring the latest fashion trends. It is also one of Japan's biggest sweets haven. With all the excitement and sugar you might want to take a break that is good for body and mind. BROOK'S ME-BYO café is the perfect place for this.
BROOK'S ME-BYO café is a health-oriented café located in Harajuku. They offer vegan and gluten-free beverages and smoothies, food options, sweets, and even bentos. Here you can fully indulge while still doing something beneficial for your body.
The interior resembles a green oasis with many real plants and greenery. There are even hanging chairs that can be used freely by diners.
Most items on the menu are handmade with a focus on ingredients that are good for your health. BROOK'S serves a variety of beverages and food suitable for many different kinds of dietary preferences and restrictions.
Delicious Coffee and Matcha Lattes
BROOK'S offers many variations of coffee and tea beverages. Any kind of dairy can be switched out with almond milk to make nearly all beverages available for vegans.
They also have many varieties of coffee grounds for purchase. Even flavored varieties like vanilla and hazelnut are available to be enjoyed at one's own home.
Amongst the freshly prepared beverages, we highly recommend the Matcha Latte. It is not too sweet and has a rich matcha flavor.
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BROOK'S smoothies are also highly popular. Simply pick up a glass filled with all the ingredients from the open fridge and they will freshly blend the mixture into a delicious smoothie.
At the time of our visit, there were two choices: Acai and Berry Beauty Smoothie and the Veggie Amazake Smoothie. Amazake is a sweet beverage made with fermented rice which is known to have a variety of advtanges for health. The "zake" in the name suggests it is alcoholic, but it does not actually contain alcohol.
Eat-in - 3 Sweet and Savory Suggestions
BROOK'S café is a great place for a quick relaxed lunch or dinner. Many people also like to work here for a while as the store does offer free Wi-Fi. Here are three of the most popular dining options.
Vegan Burger - The Healthiest Burger in Harajuku
The Vegan Burger is not only delicious but also the healthiest burger you will find in the Harajuku area. It is completely homemade with fresh lettuce, lotus root, tomato, and a vegan meat patty made from tofu. It is a great option if you are in the mood for some fast food.
Pasta - Gluten-Free with Vegan Options
Gluten-free options are still not very common in Japan. BROOK'S ME-BYO uses gluten-free pasta made with rice flour. The flavors change due to seasonal ingredients being used but you can always choose between a vegan and a non-vegan option.
Komeko Chiffon Cake - Gluten-Free Delight
Komeko is finely milled rice flour. It makes BROOK'S popular chiffon cake extremely light and airy. The cake and the whipped cream are sweetened with brown coconut sugar. The cake and the whipped cream are not vegan.
BROOK'S also offers a couple of gluten-free snack options that are available for take-out. You can purchase the whole chiffon cake to take out as well. How about sharing it with friends?
In a Hurry? Try the Vegan and Gluten-Free Bento
If you don't have time to eat in we recommend the Vegan and Gluten-Free bento. It is filled with seasonal vegetables, vegan meatballs, and quinoa. Quinoa is a gluten-free seed with many health benefits.
This bento is a great healthy on the go option. It is also perfect for taking to the nearby Yoyogi Park for a picnic.
Besides the bento, all of BROOK'S ME-BYO's sandwiches can be ordered as take-out as well.
BROOK'S ME-BYO café and Well-Being
BROOK’S ME-BYO café is connected to ME-BYO Valley BIOTOPIA, a wellness center in Kanagawa. BIOTOPIA has established a friendly relationship with the same name facility in France
Diners at BROOK'S may also enjoy a visit to BIOTOPIA, where you can explore and experience healthy ways of living close to nature. They offer workshops, cooking classes, and nature walks to help your body stay in balance.
ME-BYO is the concept that health and sickness can not be separated. The human body is believed to be naturally in-between health and ailments, and changes between the two conditions depending on our lifestyle habits. The menu at BROOK'S is reflective of these concepts with healthful, nutritious choices.
BROOK'S ME-BYO café - A Delicious and Healthy Place in Harajuku
Trying out all the unique sweets in Harajuku is fun, but if you are in search for something good for your body or have dietary restrictions it can be a difficult place to eat out. BROOK'S ME-BYO café is the ideal place for a short time-out, refueling or simply warming up with a nice hot coffee before you continue exploring.