These Tokyo cafés work hard to set themselves apart from your average neighborhood coffeehouse.
Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.