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Behind the Museum Cafe

1229 SW 10th Ave. Portland
503 477 6625
Mon 08:00 ~ 15:00
Tue 08:00 ~ 20:00
Wed 08:00 ~ 20:00
Thu 08:00 ~ 20:00
Fri 08:00 ~ 20:00
Sat 08:00 ~ 20:00
Sun 09:00 ~ 19:00
National Holidays
$3 ~ $10
Takes Reservations
Accepts Credit Cards

Behind the Museum Café is a café introducing Japanese culture, located behind the Portland Art Museum. The bright café space lit by direct sunlight is attached to a gallery that displays and sells crafts, antiques, kimonos and artwork. It also hosts a small flower arrangement Ikebana class once a month (reservation required in advance).

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The owner, Tomoe Horibuchi, who welcomes customers dressed in a kimono every day, has practiced at the Omotesenke School of Tea Ceremony for more than 15 years. She is confident that the matcha used in the café is of the best quality. She believes that to make a delicious cup, not only the ingredients, but also the temperature and how it is mixed are important. When a customer orders the Matcha Set, which consists of matcha and homemade Japanese sweets, she personally prepares the tea in the Ryurei-style with a heartfelt sense that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Also popular are the Matcha Latte and Matcha Brownie, which offer a casual way to enjoy Japanese ingredients, and Mochi Parfait, with ice cream and warabi mochi sprinkled with kinako (roasted soybean flour). The snack menu includes Japanese flavors like miso soup, with each cup of soup carefully made to order with bonito, kombu, and shiitake mushrooms, and five-grain rice onigiri with a choice of fillings. The café also actively comes up with new menu items, and a sweet drink CoCo-Koji, made using homemade koji (rice malt) and coconut milk, has been a big hit.

The reason why this café, where the owner “has collected her favorite things and treasures,” is always crowded is probably because it breathes the “spirit of hospitality” that allows everyone to relax.

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