Coffee in Tokyo

Japan has a huge coffee culture. In places like Tokyo or Kyoto, there is a vivid coffee scene, and people seem to be even more obsessed about coffee than in Berlin or Brooklyn. Especially drip coffee is huge in Japan – and the iced coffee variety quickly became my go-to refreshment on those warm, late spring days. Here is a list of my favorite coffee places in Tokyo – so far.

 

Faro Coffee & Catering

I came across Faro via Instagram and Facebook. It’s the perfect place for breakfast, for example before heading to Yanaka. You will find the café on the first floor of a building on the main street near Hongosanchome Station. Look out for the entrance with a little blackboard on the sidewalk. After hiking up the stairs, you will find a beautiful, calm café serving delicious food and coffee. Try the cheesecake drowned in espresso!

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Faro Coffee & Catering
2 Chome-39-7 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
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Little Nap Coffee Stand

Close to Yoyogi Park, you will find a small sidewalk café called Little Nap Coffee Stand that might serve the best coffee in all of Tokyo. Take a seat outside and watch people passing by before heading for the tour through Tomigaya. On Mondays, it is closed, so you better plan accordingly.

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Little Nap Coffee Stand
5-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan
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Onibus Coffee

On our last day in Tokyo, we stayed with friends who moved to Tokyo. After we had dropped off our luggage at their place and headed back to Nakameguro station, we accidentally came across Onibus Coffee. The café is at home in a small building between a park and the train tracks just a few meters from the Station. At the back they even roast their coffee, upstairs you’ll find a bright sitting space to enjoy your coffee, and on beautiful days you can enjoy your coffee outside.

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Onibus Coffee (Nakameguro)
奥沢5丁目1−4, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-0083, Japan
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Blue Bottle Aoyama

Blue Bottle is a classic, and the Aoyama branch is perfect for days spent around Aoyama and Omotesando. Their avocado sandwich is to die for, and I guess I don’t have to say much about their coffee. Go there for breakfast or to take a break from walking and shopping! The staff are lovely and caring, so they deserve mention, too.

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Blue Bottle Aoyama
3-13-14 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
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More coffee?

Due to our limited time in Tokyo, we could by far not visit all great coffee places, but here are a few resources I collected for you to explore the Tokyo coffee scene a little bit further:

  • An excellent source for all things coffee in Tokyo, including some coffee walks is Tokyo Coffee
  • You can find some more recommendations in the fantastic Monocle Guide to Tokyo
  • On The Perfect Daily Grind, you can read an interesting article about Kissaten – traditional tea houses that after WW2 and focussed on the art of coffee making – and third wave coffee

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