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(Self-guided tour of Tokyo) Enjoy great food while overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree in the most popular cafe, "Cielo y Rio" at Kuramaei!

(Self-guided tour of Tokyo) Enjoy great food while overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree in the most popular cafe, "Cielo y Rio" at Kuramaei!

July 29, 2019
Not far from Asakusa, there is a famous handicraft street "Kuramae" from the Edo Period, which combines the scenery of the coast of the Sumida River, Tokyo, and the downtown atmosphere. It features the preservation of many handicraft art shops from the past and the infusion of the rising fashion of gourmet coffee.

Because it's close to Asakusa, many kinds of hotels and restaurants have delevoped here. In addition, foreign tourists often visit here, which has brought about a lot of wine houses and bars at night.

There are different features hidden in a quiet town in this city, one of which is the coffee shop "Cielo y Rio" viewing the Tokyo Sky Tree, which is what this article is going to talk about. Please follow us to enjoy the gourmet coffee and the unique downtown flavor of "Kuramae!"

The Brooklyn Downtown—"Kuramae"

The Brooklyn Downtown—"Kuramae"
Recently, among the most famous baked coffee streets, Kiyonari Shirakawa and Kuramae are the most characteristic and popular. Japanese media say that if Kiyonari Shirakawa is an artsy coffee street, then "Kuramae" is the downtown Brooklyn.

In addition to being similar to Brooklyn in New York in terms of being classical and modern, having lower and upper levels, being traditional and trendy, having handcrafters, and the street landscape intermixed with both hotels and warehouses, it is also close to the city center, within 20 minutes to Ginza. There are also common features in the geographical location of the riverside street view.

There are many special, popular cafes in the so-called downtown Brooklyn—"Kuramae," among which the most popular one is the Cielo y Rio, which overlooks the Tokyo Sky Tree.
 

Overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree by the Sumida River

Overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree by the Sumida River
Overlooking the Tokyo Sky Tree by the Sumida River
There are hotels, bars, and diners in the building MIRROR on the bank of the Sumida River. From breakfast time to night, the bars are very hot. Located from the first to the third floor, the cafe Cielo y Rio has outside balcony seats where you can watch the Tokyo Sky Tree.

When the weather is good, it's wonderful to enjoy relaxing, delicious time with breeze and sunshine near the Sumida River! Like its names Cielo and Rio, it is a place where you can enjoy the sky and the river.

There are already guests waiting in front of the door before it opens at 11: 30 every day. It is recommended that you come early to enter among the first batch. Otherwise, there will be a flood of people at noon and afternoon. You might have to wait quite some time.
 

Bountiful dishes and desserts

Bountiful dishes and desserts
Bountiful dishes and desserts
Many of the ingredients used in the shop are from Awaji Island, the "Food Treasure Warehouse". There are the famous Awaji wagyu, onion, tomato, basil, lemon, and other local branded produce. Plus the pride of cooking techniques, the chefs create a rich variety of food of foreign styles.

From the lunch specials on weekdays, holiday lunches, to gorgeous dinners, they are all attractive in their own way. Even the house special desserts provide a taste of happiness for the customers. There are a lot of delicious single items served at dinner. It's perfect for ordering a few European style dishes to share with a few friends or family members. Moreover, there is mouth-watering BBQ of national black-haired wagyu, pork, chicken, and lamb chops.


Cielo y Rio is a diner, restaurant, and bar that can meet the different needs of customers from noon to night. It fits very well at any time.
 

Limited BBQ beef sandwiches

Limited BBQ beef sandwiches
Limited BBQ beef sandwiches
BBQ beef sandwiches limited to 20 per day and basil cold spaghetti limited for summer are on a popular lunch list. Adding 100 yen, you can drink all you want in the store. What a deal!

It costs only 980 yen to have tender and soft roast beef slices served with fresh and smooth yogurt cream sauce, with a whole lot of fresh spinach inside, plus, crispy slim fries, and a green garden salad. The basil cold spaghetti has a unique flavor. The juice left can also be used to dip the bread into, and it will soon be eaten up.
 

Dining space of unique atmosphere

Dining space of unique atmosphere
Dining space of unique atmosphere
The moment you enter the cafe, you will be attracted by its spatial design. The bright light on the bank of the river and the faint pink color series in the shop spread a comfortable and charming environment. The sense of openness created by the height and the pattern of the building are eye-catching.

The Tokyo Sky Tree in front of you and the hip but elegant air in the cafe are the best seasonings for the meal. It will be lively sitting here with your friends or lover the whole afternoon, and the night provides another rich flavor.
 

How to get to "Kuramae Cielo y Rio"

How to get to "Kuramae Cielo y Rio"
How to get to "Kuramae Cielo y Rio"
Take the Toei Oedo Line and get off at Kuramae station. Walk out of Exit A7 and continue for about two minutes.

If you take the Toei Asakusa Line, please walk out of Exit A2 at Kuramae station, then you can get there in five minutes. Cielo y Rio is right in front of the lane leading to the street. There is also a famous backpack hotel with coffee and bar "Nui.HOSTEL&BAR LOUNGEJ" on the same street, which colors the street with some exotic flavor.
 

Epilogue

There are many more interesting people and things in the lanes of Kuramae, the downtown Brooklyn of Tokyo. After enjoying the sky, river, gourmet coffee, and the Tokyo Sky Tree in the most popular cafe Cielo y Rio, don't forget to save some time to visit the alleys. I am sure you will have unexpected discoveries!

「シエロイリオ」Cielo y Rio(CIELO Y RIO)

「シエロイリオ」Cielo y Rio
Address東京都台東区蔵前2-15-5 MIRROR 1F
Directionshttps://www.cieloyrio.com/
Business Hourslunch: 11:30-15:00 (holiday: 11:00-15:00), dinner: 17:30-22:00, cafe: 11:30-22:30
Shop HolidaysOpen all year round