The German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz (a division of German company Daimler AG) is well known for its luxury vehicles, buses, coaches and trucks.
A history that started as far back as 1901 with the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft 1901 Mercedes and the first gasoline-powered automobile, the 1886 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the Mercedes-Benz brand is known globally.
But to show how the brand connects to people in Tokyo and Osaka, in July 2011, the Mercedes-Benz Connection was established in Roppongi.
A place where people can see, touch and ride a Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Connection is a fascinating concept.
The first floor features Downstairs Cafe, a cafe featuring drinks produced by Hiroshi Sawada, 2008 Free Pour Latte Art Champion.
So, popular is his company Streamer Coffee Co. and known for his Hario coffee equipment, Sawada Coffee USA which opened its doors in Chicago in 2016. He is also the author of the book, “Hiroshi’s Latte Art and Barista Style”.
The cafe opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m. and latte’s, espresso and soft drinks are affordable at Y510 and under. Meanwhile sandwiches go for Y710.
Breads for the cafe sandwich are produced by Shuichiro Kimura, who learned from one of Paris top artisan boulangers’ Eric Kayser and is a CEO of the Maison Kayser location in Minato (the location was voted the #1 bakery by non-Japanese in Japan). And Shuichiro is the son and heir of Ginza Kimuraya – the creator of the an pan and Japan’s most famous bakery.
Also, on the first floor is the gallery which showcases the latest model of Mercedes-Benz and limited edition models. You can touch and also test drive a Mercedes-Benz at the location. And you can admire the location with its various seating (chairs and sofas) around the area. Click here to see which models are being featured in the gallery.
And if you are a Mercedes-Benz aficionado, you can purchase many goods such as Mercedes-Benz branded watches, cups and bags, briefcases, key chains, golf bags, USB sticks, mini car models, polo shirts, wallets, hats and much more.
On the second floor is the Upstairs Restaurant. Lunch is affordable as one can purchase a smoked salmon and lemon pizza with mustard greens for Y1,380 or a Japanese style Vongole Bianco with Asparagus pasta lunch for Y1,480. You can also get other pizza and pasta dishes, a salad or even a Mercedes Burgers lunch under Y1,500.
And you can get various pizza or pasta dishes for dinner for under Y1500. Or splurge for Foie Gras dish for Y5,550, steak dish or a seasonal course under Y7000.
The restaurant opens between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner.
And last but not least, you can see what cool things are being offered at both the Tokyo or Osaka Mercedes-Benz Connection locations by clicking here for their blog.
Overall, the Mercedes-Benz Connection is definitely worth checking out if you appreciate Mercedes-Benz and want to experience the cafe or restaurant in the area.