The Best Cafes in Minato Ward, Tokyo

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House | © City Foodsters/Flickr
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

Tokyo’s central Minato Ward covers a vast area, from Akasaka, Roppongi and Aoyama in the north down to Shinagawa in the south. These are the top cafes in the area.

1. Cafe Kitsune

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Pastries, Japanese

Exterior of Cafe Kitsune in Aoyama
© bm.iphone/Flickr (cropped)

Named after the Japanese word for fox, Cafe Kitsune in Aoyama is housed in an antique house which lends it a special charm. In addition to coffee and light snacks, you can pick up some signature souvenirs, as well.

2. Royal Garden Cafe

Cafe, European

Royal Garden Cafe in Aoyama is a European style cafe surrounded by greenery and lush landscaping. It’s popular with locals looking for a change of scene and is most busy during lunchtime.

3. Ginza West Aoyama Garden

Pastry Shop, Cafe, Tea Room, Japanese, Tea

Ginza West Aoyama Garden is a cafe and tea house with spectacular terrace seating. They serve light pastries and desserts alongside an impressive selection of coffee and tea. They’re renowned for their extra thick pancakes, rumored to be some of the largest in the city.

4. Be A Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk

Cafe, European

Be A Good Neighbor specializes in quality espresso and espresso based drinks. Their espresso has a thick, every distinct texture that sets it apart from its competitors. The kiosk is quaint and perfect for grabbing a cup on your way to work, but they also have space for a few sit-ins.

5. Maruyama Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European

Maruyama Coffee Nishi Azabu brews high quality, single origin blends with the help of something called a Steampunk machine. But if you’re just here for the coffee, they’ve still got the drip and French press styles the brand is known for. Domestic and imported teas were also recently added to the menu.

6. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

Tea Room, European

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is truly unique, even in Tokyo. It’s located inside a flower shop and stays true to the theme throughout, with their floral decor and live greenery peeking out from underneath the glass tabletops. Sip on hot herbal tea while inhaling the fresh scent of flowers.

7. Coutume

Cafe, European

The Parisian craft cafe and roaster Coutume has arrived in Tokyo. The cafe recently renovated and expanded their menu, and now offers a wide selection of desserts and light meals. They have some patio seating but inside is just as alluring.

8. The Sun and The Moon

Cafe, French

The Sun is the cafe half of the Roppongi Hills dining duo, The Sun and The Moon. This recently renovated and reopened space is located on the 52nd floor and gives diners one of the most impressive views of any cafe in the city. The only way to access The Sun is after a trip to Mori Art Musuem or Tokyo City View.

9. Q-Pot Cafe

Cafe, European, Japanese

Q-Pot is a famous Japanese brand and jewelry maker. Their accessories are ultra kawaii and look good enough to eat, and you can expect the same level of cuteness from their cafe.

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