The Best Cafés in Sumida Ward, Tokyo

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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