The Best Cafés in Shinagawa, Tokyo

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Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

If it weren’t for Shinagawa’s proximity to Haneda Airport, most visitors wouldn’t give it a second thought. But Shinagawa is home to a number of historic landmarks and examples of traditional architecture worth visiting. So next time you’re in the area, stop by one of these top cafés in the ward.

1. KD Cafe & Bar

Cafe, European

KD Cafe & Bar is a trendy, modern establishment at the edge of Togoshi Park. “KD” stands for Kaja Design, the architectural and design firm that built and operates the business. Kaja Design focuses on building custom resort-style homes, so a visit to KD Cafe & Bar is also a lesson in design.

2. ARTnSHELTER Café & Bar

Cafe, European

ARTnSHELTER is a unique art and culture hostel with a gallery and exhibition space built into it. The place has an international vibe and aims to connect artists from around the world. Grab a coffee at the café before checking out the art on exhibition at the gallery.

3. Amameria Espresso

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European

Amameria Espresso is a small but hip local coffee shop. In addition to coffee, espresso favorites, and light meals, they sell their specialty beans and coffee-making supplies to ensure your coffee at home tastes as good as it does in the shop.

4. KAIDO Books & Coffee

Cafe, European

Founded by an octet of book lovers, KAIDO Books & Coffee is a “book cafe” home to nearly 50,000 titles. The ground floor is mainly a modest café and reading space, with featured titles being occasionally rotated. Upstairs doubles as an event space, and it’s there that you’ll find the majority of volumes.

5. Le Capi

Cafe, French

La Capi is a quiet, homey café located in the historic Kita-Shinagawa neighborhood. Their homemade French and Japanese-style desserts are a draw and are available for takeout. On nice days, you might just be lucky enough to snag one of the second floor terrace seats.

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