There are various places in Tokyo where you can enjoy exclusive local dishes, such as seafood and sushi, as well as luxurious restaurants. Cafés are no exception when it comes to great food in Tokyo. The atmospheric shops together with their fantastic food makes one visit a café not just for the food, but for the whole experience. Here are some of the unique cafés that you can find in Tokyo:
The latte art of Reissue Coffee
Reissue Coffee is located in the Harajuku area and is one of the shops you will definitely enjoy if you are a fan of cute stuff. At Reissue Coffee, you can enjoy different kinds of latte art when you order the café latte or hot chocolate. The art ranges from cute 3D animals to famous Japanese artwork. In fact, you can request for the staff members to create your favourite character or animal and take a photo of your one and only latte art in the world! Reissue Coffee also serves other dishes such as pancakes, as well as curry, rice, and soup during lunchtimes. Furthermore, there are also spacious sofa seats where you can quietly read a book or spend a relaxing time together with your friends.
Address: Tanji Building 2F, 3 Chome-25 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō 150-0001
Access info: 5-minute walk from Meiji Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro)
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (last order 17:30)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-5785-3144
The café across Kiyosumi Garden: Arise Coffee Roasters
The Kiyosumi Shirakawa area is one of the places in Tokyo where you can enjoy the olden Japanese culture, such as the beautiful Japanese-style Kiyosumi Garden. At the same time, ever since the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, art has been very influential at the area too.
Right opposite Kiyosumi Garden is a café called Arise Coffee Roasters that allows you to enjoy a modern-style café while viewing the beautiful Japanese-style garden from the windows. Home-made sandwiches and puddings, together with well-brewed coffee, will send your senses tingling as you spend a wonderful time at Arise Coffee Roasters.
Arise Coffee Roasters
Address: 13-8, 1 Chome-13 Hirano, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0023
Access info: 7-minute walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station
Opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Fixed holiday: Monday
Contact: +81 3-3643-3601
Rakuten Inc. is one of the most successful e-commerce companies in Japan. On May 2014, the first ever Rakuten café was opened in Shibuya: the Rakuten Café Shibuyadori (Shibuya Avenue) branch. Located conveniently just a 1-minute walk from Shibuya, Rakuten Café Shibuyadori branch incorporates fantastic café food collections from all over Japan along with great internet service.
The café has 3 floors in total, counter seats at the first floor and table seats on the second and third floors. Numerous cakes, coffee, and other confectionary can be enjoyed at Rakuten Café Shibuyadori branch. Furthermore, if you make payment with a Rakuten card, you can enjoy the coffee and red teas for half-price! Free Wi-Fi is available and there also other services, such as hand-phone chargers. You can also use the Kobo eReaders there for free!
Rakuten Café Shibuyadori branch
Address: 1 Chome-20-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041
Access info: 1-minute walk from JR Shibuya Station
Opening hours: 10:00 - 23:00 (last order 22:00)
Fixed holiday: January 1
Contact: +81 3-5784-2848
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A café in an oasis! Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
Wouldn’t it be great if you could drink fantastic coffee while being surrounded by beautiful flowers? Well, here’s your dream come true!
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, located in the Aoyama / Omotesando area, is a gorgeous café whose interior is well-decorated with vibrant plants and flowers. The green-based café has a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere, which is perfect for a break after exploring the area. It is recommended that you try out their “Flower Parfait”, a creamy parfait topped with fresh fruit and delicious vanilla ice cream. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House is also known for its delectable herb tea. Two types of herb tea can be selected: the Refresh Blend or the Relax Blend, which features herbs such as lemongrass.
After a great time at the café, you can also purchase their splendid flowers as a gift!
Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
Address: 107-0062 Tokyo, Minato, Minamiaoyama, 5 Chome-1-2
Access info: 1-minute walk from Omote-Sando Station (Tokyo Metro)
Opening hours: Weekdays and Saturday: 11:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:30) Sunday and holidays: 11:00 - 19:00 (last order 18:30)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-3400-0887
The best pancake from Hawaii? Try Café Kaila Omotesando
The Hale ‘Aina Award in Hawaii awards restaurants who have the greatest foods. Café Kaila Omotesando was opened in 2012 by the owner who once won the best breakfast award. It is most famous for the original pancakes served there.
The bright café is designed based on an open terrace and it has an extremely Hawaii-esque atmosphere, with Hawaiian music and visuals being played around the shop. Staff uniforms feature hibiscus flowers too. The “Kaila Original Pancake” that can only be enjoyed in Café Kaila Omotesando comes with 3 thick pancakes and a rich amount of organic fruits including strawberries, bananas, apples, and blueberries. The harmony that the juicy fruits, syrup, cream, and pancake creates is fantastic!
It is also recommended to try the meat and cheese omelette if you are having breakfast there. Another recipe you could choose is the egg benedict. The toasted muffin and juicy bacon together with the egg and salad are just fantastic! Only 60 servings of the egg benedict is available per day so make sure you visit Café Kaila Omotesando early!
Café Kaila Omotesando
Address: GYRE B1, 5 Chome-10-1 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001
Access info: 3-minute walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro)
Opening hours: Weekdays: 9:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:20) Weekends and holidays: 8:00 - 20:00
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 50-5531-9452
Overseas travel in Tokyo: World Breakfast Allday
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
World Breakfast Allday is a café located in Gaienmae and is best-known for its breakfast menu. At World Breakfast Allday, like its name suggests, you can try out unique breakfasts from all over the world!
The simple exterior of the café looks almost like a shop found in Europe and runs based on the concept “get acquainted with foreign culture over breakfast”. Numerous dishes can be enjoyed at World Breakfast Allday. Food and beverages come from countries such as the USA, Cuba, England, Switzerland, and more. It is the perfect café for those who want to enjoy a delicious yet exciting breakfast!
World Breakfast Allday
Address: 3 Chome-3-1-23 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001
Access info: 5-minute walk from Gaienmae Station (Tokyo Metro)
Opening hours: 7:30 - 20:00 (last order 19:30)
Fixed holiday: nil
Contact: +81 3-3401-0815
Pancakes from Today’s Special Jiyugaoka
Today’s Special Jiyugaoka is a quiet café located at Jiyugaoka, one of the best places for pancakes in Tokyo. At the first and second floor of the building there are various imported goods for sale, such as food and cutlery. Today’s Special Jiyugaoka is found at the third floor and it serves dishes using seasonal foods.
The open-kitchen-style café actually only has one type of pancake, the plain pancake. You can then select your favourite toppings, such as banana or nuts, to finish your pancake. The thick pancake is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!
Today’s Special Jiyugaoka
Address: 2 Chome-2-17-8 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku, Tōkyō-to 152-0035
Access info: 5-minute walk from Jiyugaoka Station (Tokyo Toyoko Line)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 23:30 (last order 23:00)
Fixed holiday: December 31 - January 1
Contact: +81 3-5729-7160
Great for even breakfast!
These great cafés in Tokyo are all located around the popular tourist destinations that you will likely drop by when visiting Tokyo, so make sure you spare some time to check them out. Visiting them for breakfast will be a fantastic start to your day!
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