The Best Cafes in Shinjuku, Tokyo

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Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

All the bustling energy in Shinjuku has to come from somewhere. Grab your next pick me up from one of these top cafes in the Tokyo district.

1. Cafe La Boheme

Cafe, European

A European style café with a bright and spacious interior. The floor to ceiling windows look out towards Shinjuku Park, giving it a light atmosphere that keeps customers coming back for more.

2. 4/4 Seasons Coffee

Cafe, Japanese

4/4 Seasons Coffee is a coffeehouse with a simple menu. They focus on quality beans from a variety of exotic locales, as well as a rotating roster of delicious baked treats.

3. Blue Bottle Coffee

Cafe, European

Hailing from San Francisco, Blue Bottle Coffee has quickly become a Tokyo favorite. One of the company’s trademarks is their commitment to freshness. To ensure every cup at Blue Bottle tastes as it was meant to, they never hang on to roasted beans for more than a couple of days.

4. Verve Coffee Roasters

Cafe, European

This is the first outpost of Verve Coffee Roasters in Tokyo. The company supports sustainable farming initiatives and promises to pay their coffee suppliers more than what is required to be considered Fair Trade.

5. Counterpart Coffee Gallery

Cafe, European

Counterpart Coffee Gallery is a small cafe with high standards. Relatively new on the coffee scene, this cafe is now a favorite in the neighborhood. They serve excellent coffee alongside baked treats sourced from Sasa Bakery.

6. Sarutahiko Coffee

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European

Sarutahiko Coffee is perfect if you’re looking for a coffee on the go. In fact, you don’t even have to go inside – they have a takeout window for passersby.

7. Tajimaya Coffee

Cafe, Japanese

Tajimaya Coffee has been around for over 50 years. This classic kissaten, or cafe, roasts their beans in house. They carry a wide variety of beans from around the world, including rare and low yield types.

8. Coffee L'Ambre

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Japanese

Cafe de LAmbre exterior
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L’Ambre is built out of what was decades ago a Showa Era live music hall. It has a distinctly antique feel with the old brick facing outside, while red velour and dark wooden accents make up the interior. They have a full menu in addition to great coffee and desserts.

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