In Short: Saturdays NYC in Osaka blends an elegantly restrained aesthetic with a fashion vibe and a typically modern Japanese approach to contemporary coffee culture. Go for the coffee and funky space, stay for the fashion and urban street vibes.
Osaka is becoming a destination for specialty coffee geeks the world over. Actually, Japan as a whole is quickly rocketing up the coffee superpowers chart. Every trip we make to the land of the rising sun reveals another leap forward in the evolution of coffee and café culture throughout the country.
Tokyo, and in particular Osaka, have become epicentres for the advance of truly spectacular specialty coffee spreading across the Japanese archipelago. And so, we find ourselves wandering the coffee-soaked backstreets of Osaka’s Chuo Ward, where café bejewelled laneways strike off in all directions.
With a melange of vibes echoing aspects of Melbourne, Manhattan, and London, the café space that is Saturdays NYC draws us with clean, cool concrete and warm wood tones. While Saturdays NYC is also a notable boutique clothing brand, its approach to binding funky wardrobe wares with accessible hipster-worthy coffee culture is commendable.
Sampling the barista’s talent with an iced brew and flat white is a perfect start to the day. Seeing how the roast holds up over theses two executions of the coffee artform reveals a rich, chocolate baseline with a peak of crisp cherry flare. It’s a very accessible roast that will please many who walk through the door.
Saturdays NYC is yet another solid brick in the strong and ever-evolving foundation of Japan’s burgeoning coffee scene. It expertly blends fashion, chic street vibes, and contemporary coffee, with an unmistakably Japanese attention to every aspect of this mosaic’s execution.