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The 10 Best Cafés and Coffee Shops in Tokyo

Picture of Corlena Bailey
Updated: 20 February 2018

Japan is well known as a drinker’s paradise and as a country that takes pride in providing one of the most popular cuisines around the world. But what about its cafes and coffee shops? Coffee-lovers will be happy to learn that Japan is one of the biggest consumers of coffee in the world. For those who are new to the Japanese capital, we recommend these 10 spots.

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Brooklyn Pancake House

Brooklyn Pancake House is a charming little café set up like a New York-style diner. Choose from more than 10 different combinations of sweet and savory pancakes. These delicious fluffy pancakes are topped with authentic Canadian maple syrup and whipped butter. For such high-quality pancakes, the prices are reasonable, especially considering they use real fruits. If you desire something more filling, you could order a burger. Their menu also has an extensive variety of beverages. Try the mint berry lemonade squash to complement your meal.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$$
Lattest Omotesando

On the backstreets of the shopping community of Omotseando is a fascinating little coffee shop known as Lattest Omotesando. The shop is fairly new and its location in an off-beat area of the city, making it desirable for those who want to relax. The coffee baristas are professionally trained, and the coffee is to die for. Lattest Omotesando is ideal for a quick business meeting or to catch up with old friends. Free Wi-Fi is available so you can bring your laptop along and get some work done.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Budget
$$
L’Occitane Café

Conveniently located across the road from Shibuya Station, L’Occitane Café is owned and operated by the world famous cosmetic brand L’Occitane. The store itself is located on the first floor, while the cafe occupies the second and third floors. The sophisticated French-inspired establishment provides a clear view of the famous Shibuya Crossing through its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The café serves healthy and wholesome food and is famous for its desserts. Try one of their fruity cakes with herbal tea. You can also visit other branches in Shinjuku and Ikebukuro in Tokyo, close to the stations.

Shibuya Crossing | © Spaztacular/Flickr

Shibuya Crossing | © Spaztacular/Flickr

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Steamer Coffee Company

Owned by the latte art champion Hiroshi Sawada, Steamer Coffee Company is one of the most popular coffee shops in Tokyo. Even though Steamer is a good 10-minute walk from the train station, the coffee shop is always crowded – proof of how good the coffee is. Every cup of coffee comes with beautiful latte art, Sawada’s specialty. The décor is not elaborate but coffee is the most important thing here. Moreover, the venue has free Wi-Fi, so you can catch up on work while indulging in the wonderful coffee. The star attraction is the Streamer Latte, served in a soup bowl-sized mug.

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun :
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Budget
$$
Suzu Café

Enjoy a nice dining experience at the fashionable Suzu Café. Suzu Café has two locations in Jinnan and Udagawa, Shibuya, which are in close proximity to each other. The interior is stylishly decorated with appealing neon and pastel colors. Enjoy a wide variety of simple comfort foods that go well with their delicious coffee, all at reasonable prices. You can order rice dishes, pizza, pastas, desserts and salads. You can also order full meals if you desire something more substantial. Don’t miss afternoon tea from 2pm to 6pm.

Coffee art | © Catriona Ward/Flickr

Coffee art | © Catriona Ward/Flickr

Opening Hours
Fri - Sat :
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Nalu 76 Café

Nalu 76 Café is a trendy coffee shop and hair salon, the perfect stop if you want to blend in with the locals. The incredibly popular establishment covers two levels, the ground floor and the basement. The décor is appealing, with creative touches, and their coffee is one of the best in the area. What makes this place stand out is that they allow pets. However, if you are disturbed by smoking, this might not be the best place for you.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat :
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun :
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Mojo Coffee

On the backstreets of Kagurazaka, directly behind the Akagi Shrine, is Mojo Coffee. Mojo Coffee store and roastery opened its doors in Tokyo in 2012, serving premium quality New Zealand coffee. Here, you can enjoy a variety of espresso drinks – piccolo, macchiato, cappuccino and New Zealand flat white with soy milk or extra shots of espresso. Order the coffee and add delicious homemade scones and cakes. They also offer a few savory options. You could alternatively order your choice of New Zealand wine or microbrewery beer from the bar. The friendly English-speaking staff are more than happy to assist with any request.

Mojo Coffee | © John Gillespie/Flickr

Mojo Coffee | © John Gillespie/Flickr

Opening Hours
Mon :
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tue - Thu :
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri :
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sat :
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sun :
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Budget
$$
Little Nap Coffee Stand

Situated across from the Yoyogi Park you’ll find a charming little coffee shop with a few token stools that serves delicious coffee in a paper cup. At Little Nap Coffee Stand the friendly owner will be more than happy to engage in conversation with visitors. The owner roasts quality beans and serves single-origin drip coffee along with the typical espresso-based drinks, which are prepared on a Synesso machine.

Little Nap Coffee Stand | © Jonathan Lin/Flickr

Little Nap Coffee Stand | © Jonathan Lin/Flickr

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Budget
$$
Sarutahiko Coffee

Sarutahiko Coffee was established in 2011 by the actor Tomoyuki Otsuka. Since then, it has become a popular spot for professionals who enjoy good coffee. The intimate shop can seat up to 25 people.  Enjoy drip coffee, available from five varieties of beans, or order an espresso drink prepared from the Synesso machine if you prefer. The latte made with Colombian beans is delicious. The high-quality service and quality coffee will ensure you return for more.

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun :
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Budget
$$
Lo Spazio

Lo Spazio is an Italian bar and coffee shop fusion in the suburbs of Tokyo where you can order your favorite espresso drink. The owner was trained in Italy and operates a barista school while also running seminars. His staff are skillfully trained, and only the finest Alberto Verani beans from northern Italy are used to make the best coffee. Order yours with one of the hearty meals from the food menu.  Al dente pasta, risotto, Neapolitan pizzas and other sumptuous options are all available.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Budget
$$