Japanese-Inspired Drinks and Desserts at Momo Cafe in Midtown Atlanta

Located in Midtown Atlanta, Momo Cafe is a Japanese-inspired cafe that offers specialty coffee, tea, pastries, and other desserts. Located within Momonoki restaurant, Momo Cafe is located on two levels, with the second floor overlooking the nearby I-75/I-85 exchange. I had the chance to visit Momonoki and Momo Cafe twice in the new year and my impressions are below.

Photos from my visit are below.

The Space

Momonoki (Momo Cafe) is located at 95 8th Street NW, Suite #100 in Midtown Atlanta—about three blocks away from Georgia Tech’s Technology Square. The front door takes you inside Momo Cafe and Momonoki; the cafe is on the left and the counter from which you order at Momonoki is on the right (Momonoki is a counter service restaurant, where you order up front and then can take a seat anywhere you would like inside the restaurant).

During my first visit, I ordered both from Momo Cafe and from Momonoki—the barista brought out my cappuccino to the main dining area of Momonoki. I ordered the Filet Mignon bowl (served with shallot ponzu, fried garlic, poached egg, scallions, mix green, wasabi, and rice)—it was a delicious lunch.

On my second visit, which I had pre-arranged with the staff at Momonoki, I focused on Momo Cafe. During this visit, I was able to sample a couple of the specialty coffee drinks on the menu at Momo Cafe as well as chat with the General Manager of Momonoki, McKenzie, about the cafe’s service offerings, what’s in their pipeline (hint: dedicated lunch offerings from Momo Cafe are coming in March 2019), and more.

The front of Momonoki/Momo Cafe. An outdoor patio is seen at left, but it was not occupied during my visit because of the cold weather.

Another view of the front of Momonoki. Highway I-75/I-85 is seen in the background.

The interior of Momonoki. Since there is no place to sit inside Momo Cafe on the first level, you’re welcome to bring your coffee/tea/desserts here. There is also a dedicated second floor for Momo Cafe customers.

Front counter of Momo Cafe.

Momo Cafe features beautiful design elements throughout its space. For example, the gorgeous table display at Momo Cafe, seen below, features porcelain china. At top, a gold-colored triangular pot. At the edge of the table are coffee beans for sale from one of the roasting partners of Momo Cafe, Methodical Coffee. I think this partnership meshes well, as Methodical Coffee also has a beautiful design aesthetic (both on its coffee bags and in its brick-and-mortar presence). Momo Cafe also has rotating partnerships with other roasters, which include or have included in the past: Verve Coffee, East Pole Coffee Company, and Stumptown.

A table at Momo Cafe. Bags of Methodical Coffee are available for purchase.

Wide view of Momo Cafe. Behind the glass pane in the back is the seating area of Momonoki.

The front counter of Momo Cafe.

Details from inside Momonoki.

Details from Momo Cafe.

Details from Momo Cafe.

Detail of tea leaves on the front counter of Momo Cafe. Though I have not tried the teas on my visit, the menu consists of three Japanese-sourced teas and three Taiwanese-sourced teas.

A view of the Momo Cafe/Momonoki space on the way to the second floor, reserved for Momo Cafe customers.

View from the second floor of Momo Cafe (looking south).

Details from inside Momo Cafe, looking through the window pane toward Momonoki.

Momonoki means Peachtree in Japanese, which, of course, is unique to Georgia and the city of Atlanta (fun trivia: there are 71 variants of the word “Peachtree” in street names in the city of Atlanta).

Building on the Momonoki name, the logo at Momonoki is a representation of a peach with the Kanji character “wood” written in the interior. This logo represents Atlanta’s I-285 (perimeter) with the I-75/I-85 through Atlanta’s middle and I-20 bisecting the city east and west:

Momonoki’s logo is a nod to the Peach State and a representation of the major highways that are found in Atlanta.

The Drinks

Momo Cafe offers specialty coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, as well as teas that are sourced directly from Taiwan. During my visit, I watched as the baristas prepared three drinks: the black sesame latte, an iced strawberry matcha, and the iced Okinawa brown sugar latte. I want to thank Dorothy and Summer, baristas who were working at Momo Cafe the day of my visit, for preparing the drinks and guiding me through the preparation process of these drinks.

Grinding the beans in preparation for the black sesame latte. Methodical Coffee was used on this day.

A brief video of the latte preparation at Momo Cafe, with Dorothy the barista behind the espresso machine:

 

Preparation of the iced Okinawa brown sugar latte.

The iced strawberry matcha drink at Momo Cafe—prior to mixing.

Latte preparation in the works while the iced strawberry matcha enjoys the spotlight on top of the espresso machine.

The iced strawberry matcha latte after thorough mixing was quite delicious. It’s hard to describe its taste profile, except that the sweetness of the strawberry syrup complemented the less sweet matcha; no additional sugar was needed to be added, per recommendation of the barista, with whom I agreed after tasting. Highly recommended.

The strawberry matcha latte after mixing.

Dorothy, the barista, in the latte art process.

The black sesame latte at Momo Cafe is like a work of art. I love the final presentation, including the use of the elegant porcelain cup in which the latte is served:

The black sesame latte at Momo Cafe.

Another view of the black sesame latte.

The iced Okinawa brown sugar latte at Momo Cafe.

A section of the coffee, tea, and dessert menu at Momo Cafe.

The Sweets

One of the co-owners at Momonoki/Momo Cafe, Ching Yao, is the baker at Momo Cafe who whips up the light and fresh-baked pastries daily. As with the coffee drinks, sesame and matcha play a key role in the ingredients of some of the pastries available daily at Momo Cafe.

The homemade matcha croissants are one of the most popular dessert items at Momo Cafe (and, I think, in the Atlanta area).

Desserts at Momo Cafe. At front: the black sesame croissant. At left: the chocolate citrus croissants. At back right: the matcha croissants.

The chocolate citrus croissant at Momo Cafe.

Homemade cookies at Momo Cafe. Flavors include matcha, dark chocolate, and chocolate chip walnut. Yum!

Finally, another unique element at Momo Cafe is the soft-serve ice cream. There are two popular flavors, as you may have guessed: matcha and black sesame. I tried the combination and it was fantastic:

Soft serve ice cream at Momo Cafe. You can’t go wrong with the matcha and sesame combination.

Conclusion

Momo Cafe is a wonderful addition to the specialty coffee shops in the Atlanta area. The drinks are prepared with precision and are elegantly presented. The staff are very welcoming and knowledgeable. If you go, you could combine your visit to Momo Cafe and Momonoki (as I did previously, getting coffee and lunch). Certainly, if you are a coffee aficionado, Momo Cafe deserves a spot on your to-visit itinerary for the unique Japanese-inspired drinks that you can taste there.

Finally, in some exciting news, Momo Cafe will begin to have lunch offerings of its own beginning in March 2019 (i.e., these lunch options will be separate from what is already on the menu at the adjoining Momonoki restaurant). Keep an eye out on their Instagram page for details of the announcement.

Thanks again to Momo Cafe and its staff for the visit and opportunity to profile them here on the Atlanta Coffee Shops blog.


Momo Cafe
Web | Facebook | Instagram

Address
95 8th St. NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30309
Google Maps link
ph: 404-390-3025

Hours of operation:
Monday-Saturday: 8AM to 9PM
Sunday: 9AM to 9PM

When Harry Met Atlanta: Exploring Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market in Midtown Atlanta

Today’s spotlight is on Harry Bakes Cafe, a unique coffee shop located inside Caravaca Market Hall in Midtown Atlanta.

The owner of Harry Bakes Cafe is Harry Pagancoss, a Puerto Rican native. Harry is a celebrity chef who’s traveled the world widely in search of culinary adventures. Harry's culinary training began when he was just 8 years old and has taken him around the world to countries like Peru, Italy, and France. Harry’s first book, Pure Pleasure: Spellbinding Recipes is available on Amazon.

Harry’s career in television began as a guest chef on Telemundo's international morning show, Levantate, which was seen in over 26 countries. From there, Harry appeared as a guest on the Morning Show on the CW Network, followed by being a host on TV Azteca’s Mananeando. Harry has also collaborated with MTV Tr3s, with audiences in all of Latin America and the United States. Most recently, Harry was host of Turner's Latin American travelogue called GPS: Guided by Flavors. This latest venture is what brought Harry to Atlanta.

For the curious, there are many videos on Harry’s YouTube channel; below are highlights of Harry enjoying coffee in Puerto Rico and one of Harry’s talent videos.

 

Harry Bakes Cafe in Atlanta

Harry Bakes Cafe in Atlanta is actually a continuation of Harry Bakes Cafe which first opened in Miami, FL in 2008. After Harry moved to Atlanta about five years ago to work with various media, he began thinking about opening up a restaurant of his own in Atlanta. Harry expanded on the Harry Bakes concept with Harry Bakes Cafe integrated into Caravaca Market, alongside World Taste Bar and Remember Billiards & Lounge (an event space from which you can order food from World Taste Bar or Harry Bakes Cafe).

Today, Caravaca Market is a “culinary sanctuary of the city of Atlanta boasting restaurants, bars, and the best world cuisine around.” In case you are curious, Caravaca Market is named after Caravaca de la Cruz, a holy city in Southern Spain. Harry Bakes Cafe, World Taste Bar, and Remember Billiards & Lounge are separate branded entities within Caravaca Market, but they are all located under one roof and seamlessly connected with each other. When I spoke with Harry, he explained that all of his worldwide travels and culinary experiences have led to this culmination for the creation of Caravaca Market.

The day I visited Harry Bakes Cafe, I didn’t have a set plan to meet Harry. However, as I sat down to enjoy a cup of cappuccino and a Mallorca sandwich, Harry saw me with my camera gear and came by to say hello. Coincidentally, during my visit, a food blogger named Kristen Dior Abdus-Salaam (better known as Atlanta Food Guy, or AFG) was also visiting Caravaca Market / Harry Bakes Cafe / World Taste Bar. I saw Atlanta Food Guy getting a tour of the space and during a short break, I introduced myself. This introduction led to Harry chatting with us for about an hour, talking about his travels and culinary experience, how Caravaca Market came to be, and more. During this time, Harry also pointed out some special items on the menu and asked if we wanted to sample anything. I opted to try one of the cocktails on the menu at World Taste Bar—the drink I chose, “Berry Peaceful,” was light and refreshing. (Thanks, Harry, for this tasting!).

I then went on a mini-tour of the space with Harry, who explained the concept of Caravaca Market, Harry Bakes Cafe, and World Taste Bar. Caracava is meant to be a one-place stop: a small grocery store for items like wine, cheese, and pasta; a coffee and pastry stop at Harry Bakes Cafe; a lunch/brunch and/or cocktail spot at World Taste Bar; and finally, a place to relax and/or play pool at the far edge of Caravaca Market (it’s called Remember Billiards & Lounge). It’s an amazing concept and I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. The slogan “Eat. Drink. Play. Shop” is apropos for this space.

Photos from my visit are below. I highlight the spaces within Caravaca Market in the captions.

The counter and menu at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

A chicken sandwich on Mallorca bread, topped with powdered sugar, at Harry Bakes Cafe.

Cappuccino at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

The tables at World Taste Bar inside Caravaca Market.

Various cheeses for sale inside Caravaca Market.

Canned items, juices, and other goods on sale inside Caravaca Market.

The interior of Caravaca Market—there is plenty of space to enjoy a meal or to drink coffee to start your day.

The counter at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

Tea for sale at Caravaca Market.

Wide view of the tables at Caravaca Market—the front of World Taste Bar is to the back of this scene.

Desserts in the counter at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

Desserts in the counter at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

Taking in the surroundings at Harry Bakes Cafe inside Caravaca Market.

Details from Caravaca Market.

The Bodega inside Caravaca Market has wine and other goods for your shopping convenience.

Comfortable chairs next to the Harry Bakes Cafe. Note: Harry may be seen in the background of this image at left.

Wide view of the Caravaca Market interior.

Front of the World Taste Bar inside Caravaca Market. Come here for lunch, brunch, or cocktails.

The Beer Bar and pool hall inside Caravaca Market. The pool hall inside Caravaca Market is a separate space called Remember Billiards & Lounge.

On the scene: Atlanta Food Guy conducting a live Instagram interview with Harry Pagancoss, owner of Harry Bakes Cafe and Caravaca Market.

Keep Calm and Caravaca Market.

If you’re in Midtown Atlanta, I definitely recommend checking out Caravaca Market and its various offerings: from the coffee and delicious pastries/snacks at Harry Bakes Cafe to the cocktail and lunch offerings at World Taste Bar. And if you happen to meet Harry during your visit, say hi. Harry is one of the friendliest persons I have met in the Atlanta dining scene.

NOTE: Parts of Caravaca Market are still under development, and in fact, a larger Harry Bakes Cafe is currently under construction just a few feet away from where the pool hall/Remember Billiards & Lounge is located inside Caravaca Market. This new front of Harry Bakes Cafe is slated to open in late February 2018.

I’ll update this post with an update when the new Harry Bakes Cafe is unveiled!


Harry Bakes Café (Inside Caravaca Market)
Web | Facebook | Instagram

Address:
782 Peachtree Street NE Suite B
Atlanta GA 30308
(inside Caravaca Market)
Google Maps link
ph: 404-565-0580

Hours of operation:
Monday: 8AM to 5PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 8AM to 10PM
Friday: 8AM to 11PM
Saturday: 10:30AM to 11PM
Sunday: 10:30AM to 6PM