Food/Drink | Avg price: ¥500 | English Available: None (Unknown)
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A Melbourne-ish cafe in the heart of Tokyo!
Frankie is a small cafe located minutes from Shimokitazawa station. Its key feature is its claim to offer Melbourne-style coffee, i.e. coffee that is prepared and served in the manner typical of that found in the city of Melbourne, (arguably) Australia’s coffee and cafe capital. As a Melbournian myself, I’m happy to see that Frankie more than lives up to expectations. It’s tiny but atmospheric, and the staff and the menus alike are bilingual. Coffee is served in a range of styles, with a good variety of espressos available as well as some creative chai offerings. Whether you’re after a particularly Australian flavor such as a flat-white, or you’re looking for something more general, there’s plenty available for you to try. The mocha that I tried was good, a lovely balance of cocoa and bitter espresso. To be honest, for me, the main attraction of Frankie is the sweets on offer and their decidedly Australian theme. There are lamingtons (including a matcha-flavoured one!), pieces of hedgehog slice and large chocolate-dipped Anzac biscuits. The one I couldn’t go past, though, was the lemon slice and it’s exactly the way a lemon slice should be, dense, moist, and sweet. Aside from transplanting Frankie to somewhere a bit closer to where I actually live, the one thing that would make Frankie better would be a size increase. It fills very quickly with customers both local and foreign, and it can be hard to actually get a seat. I don’t get to go to Frankie as often as I’d like. It takes a long time to reach this cafe from where I live out in Chiba and as a result, I’m unlikely to ever be able to describe myself as a regular customer. If I could, though, I most certainly would (and I’d have better worked my way through the baked sweets menu by now). It’s just a fun place to visit, and it’s a perfect antidote to any homesickness as well!