Bodega meets bar at Harajuku’s moody Burnside Tokyo restaurant

All-black interiors strike a futuristic note

The corner stores of New York and the conbinis of Tokyo combine at this all-black cafe and restaurant – which is Snøhetta’s first project in the Japanese capital.

The practice worked with local firm kooo architects as well as NY food collective Ghetto Gastro to create Burnside Tokyo – a ‘sleek intersection’ of the two cities. The space is located above a Harajuku Family Mart and functions as a cafe, dining room and lounge.

Snøhetta left Burnside’s kitchen open to view, raising it on a plinth so it takes centre stage in the Tokyo restaurant. Guests can watch its chefs at work from a long, central dining table, or take a seat beneath a flower installation by Makoto Azuma – one of several the artist has designed for the restaurant’s interiors. Furniture folds away at night to make space for a dance floor.

Burnside Tokyo plans to host a rotating roster of chefs, each of whom will be able to adapt the kitchen to their needs. Snøhetta describes the space as ‘a flexible, creative destination for Harajuku’s artistic milieu’.

4 Chome-29-9 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

The corner stores of New York and the conbinis of Tokyo combine at this all-black cafe and restaurant – which is Snøhetta’s first project in the Japanese capital.
Photography: Keishin Horikoshi /SS
The corner stores of New York and the conbinis of Tokyo combine at this all-black cafe and restaurant – which is Snøhetta’s first project in the Japanese capital.
Photography: Keishin Horikoshi /SS
The corner stores of New York and the conbinis of Tokyo combine at this all-black cafe and restaurant – which is Snøhetta’s first project in the Japanese capital.
Photography: Keishin Horikoshi /SS

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