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The chalkboard at Lattest Omotesando Espresso Bar | © Alicia Joy
The chalkboard at Lattest Omotesando Espresso Bar | © Alicia Joy
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10 of the Most Hipster Cafés in Tokyo

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 22 March 2017
These Tokyo cafés work hard to set themselves apart from your average neighborhood coffeehouse.

Lotus

Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Lotus is located in a quiet neighborhood between Omotesando and Gaiemmae Stations. It’s brightly lit, perfect for cozying up with a book, and their low prices attract a youthful crowd until the wee hours of the morning.
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Sun - Mon:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Mon - Tue:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Tue - Wed:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Wed - Thu:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Thu - Fri:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 4:00 am

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Arise Coffee Entangle

Cafe, Japanese, $$$
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This bright and sunny café is located in Koto Ward, next to the scenic Kiyosumi Garden. Arise Coffee Entangle is decked out in eclectic décor and has a small but innovative menu.
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Mon - Sun:
9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Hiki Cafe

Cafe, European, $$$
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Hiki Cafe has a spacious interior, free Wifi, and patio seating in nice weather. With plentiful greenery threatening to take over the front windows, it isn’t hard to spot this place from the street.
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Sun:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

4/4 Seasons Coffee

Cafe, Japanese, $$$
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4/4 Seasons Coffee is a stark white space punctuated by minimalist black furniture. The café is located in Shinjuku and is the perfect respite from the busy streets outside.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Café Kitsune

Cafe, Pastries, Japanese, $$$
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Exterior of Cafe Kitsune in Aoyama
Exterior of Cafe Kitsune in Aoyama | © bm.iphone/Flickr (cropped)

The Paris fashion brand’s foray into the world of coffee and light pastry, Café Kitsune is predictably situated in the upscale Aoyama neighborhood. The building is a repurposed antique Japanese house and is filled with traditional Eastern influences.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

The Roastery

Cafe, French, $$$
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The Roastery is Nozy Coffee’s attempt at hopping onto the hipster bandwagon. The café is located right off of Cat Street in Harajuku and always has a steady stream of devoted clientele. They have a simple, no nonsense menu and proudly serve only single origin blends.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Mocha Coffee

Cafe, Middle Eastern, $$$
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This cozy spot in Daikanyama may be tiny, but they know their stuff. Named Mocha after the Middle Eastern seaport Mokha (not the coffee-chocolate blend), their specialty is coffee beans from Yemen, which offer a unique flavor profile unlike anything you’ve tried yet.
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Ballon D’essai

Cafe, Japanese, Tea
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Found in Tokyo’s hipster capital, Ballon D’essai serves delicious coffee. But they’re mostly known for their art, whether it’s on the lattes (ranging from adorable to incredible) or on the walls.
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Sun:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Lattest

Cafe, Japanese, $$$
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Lattest signboard
Lattest signboard | © Alicia Joy

Just down the street from Lotus with another branch in Minato, Lattest has an industrial-meets-modern interior and a more serious vibe. The café is spacious and welcoming, offers free WiFi and, of course, knows how to make a great cup of coffee.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Fuglen

Cafe, Cocktail Bar, Japanese, $$$
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Lemon poppyseed donut and coffee from FUGLEN Tokyo
Lemon poppyseed donut and coffee from FUGLEN Tokyo | © Alicia Joy

Tokyo’s original hipster, Fuglen’s offbeat Nordic décor would look out of place anywhere else. They offer free Wifi, bake delicious pastries, and the coffee is so good they’ll be insulted if you add milk to it.
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Sun:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri:
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual