|Entering Commune 246, Minami Aoyama, Tokyo|
The fairground look of Commune 246 is only what meets the eye. Besides the great-tasting - and often vegetarian/vegan - fare on offer is a big clear plastic dome that makes for a very fun place to eat inside, the prefab-style Midori.so2 Gallery that hosts cutting-edge art exhibitions, a "free university" talk space, and even Caravan Tokyo, a trailer home for hire as a hotel, that make it truly "community" as opposed to just commercial. Commune 246's catchphrase is "Curate the City."
But, for the casual - and especially the non-Japanese speaking - visitor, Commune 246's food options will be the main attraction.
|Commune 246 entrance, Minami Aoyama, Tokyo.|
Antenna< >WIRED CAFE (there's another one in Shinagawa) is more of a regular cafe than a stand and is a place where you can hang out for a while. It has its 600 yen "open dogs": White Gravy Dog, Guacamole Dog, Indian Curry Dog, Kitsune Dog, and more, with tea or coffee for just 200 yen more, as well as smoothies, chocolate drinks, draft beer etc for around the 500 yen mark. Antenna< >WIRED CAFE hours 11 am to 10 pm.
|Schmatz German food stall, Commune 246|
Hours 1 pm - 9 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Ichimame is all about soy: non-GM organic soy grown without agricultural chemicals, for delicious 700 yen soy milk smoothies like komatsuna and banana, strawberry and raspberry, mango and pineapple, and ginger and orange.
|Brooklyn Ribbon Fries, Commune 246|
for organically produced vege soups, and more.
True to it's catchphrase "Curating the City," Commune 246 holds a string of events throughout the year from book launches, to starlight markets, to loft parties, so check out the Commune 246 website to stay tuned.
Finally, all good things must come to an end, and Commune 246's days are precisely numbered: 159 days left as of today: clearly displayed at the top of the website. But 159 days is still plenty of time to enjoy lots more of this funky, happening - and welcoming - village inside the city.
|Commune 246 is in Minami Aoyama 3-13|
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