The Best Cafés in Sumida Ward, Tokyo

Flat white coffee and a slice of cake
Flat white coffee and a slice of cake | © skeeze/Pixabay
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

Sumida covers an area northeast of central Tokyo. Some notable hotspots are the Tokyo Skytree and the Ryogoku Kokugikan. We round up the top cafés in the region.

1. Mukojima Hyakkaen Tea House

Cafe, Japanese, Tea

Mukojima Hyakkaen is a traditional Japanese strolling garden located in Sumida-ku. The tea house and shop located there sells light refreshments and tea along with Japanese wagashi, sweets, and souvenirs. During special events, extra chairs are set out and you’re invited to stay a while.

2. Oshiage Nyanko

Cafe, European

Check out Oshiage Nyanko for some seriously kawaii latte art. The baristas at this café specialize in creating cute felines out of foam. As a result, Oshiage Nyanko has quickly become a must-see for cat lovers visiting Tokyo.

3. Sumimame Café

Cafe, European, Pastries

Sumimame is a cozy café that’s popular with the locals. They serve Japanese breads and pastries alongside Western-style pastas and light meals. Free WiFi available.

4. Café Pokapoka

Cafe, European

Café Pokapoka is located just steps from the Arakawa River. It’s an independent café operating out of an old two-story home. The busiest time of day is during lunch, when their weekly specials are on offer. They close from 3 to 6 PM each day.

5. Macchinesti Coffee

Cafe, European

Macchinesti is a specialty coffee shop with a wide selection of single origin blends from around the world. They import and roast their own beans, which are also available at the online shop.

6. Sunshine State Espresso

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European

Sunshine State Espresso roasts their beans fresh in-house. This café is also the company’s headquarters, and doubles as a coffee education center with seminars on everything from latte art to siphon coffee lessons being held regularly. It’s located close to the Sumida River.

7. Mountain Coffee

Cafe, European

Mountain Coffee is an old, nostalgic coffee shop that’s been in business for over fifty years. They’re loved for their atmosphere as much as their coffee.

8. Cafe Jive

Cafe, European

Cafe Jive is located near the Edo-Tokyo Museum and Ryogoku Station. Their desserts are praised for the unique flavor combos, despite the limited menu choices.

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