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  • Tokyo for Cafe & Coffee Lovers

    A carefully filtered selection of cafes for coffee lovers, people watching, taking in design and culture and letting it sink in, that yes, you are in Tokyo.

    • Feb 2017
    • 4
  • FUGLEN TOKYO

    1

    Coffee Shop

    Locally roasted beans in a cafe that is more Norwegian than a elk-knit sweater, with cool staff. Perfectly off the beaten path.

  • Montoak

    2

    Café

    A perfect respite from the energy of Omotesando and Harajuku, in a relaxed vibe surrounded by cool kids and comfy seating.

  • Note

    Most people buy a Pasmo travel card for easy pre-paid transit around the city, but ultimately this is one of the world's great explorer cities. With smooth asphalt, minor hills and pavement-riding, Tokyo is bicycle friendly. Prices for a new bike start at $40 for something dinky, $150 for a mamachari.

  • Huit naka-meguro

    4

    French

    Only the Japanese can out-french the french and the Huit team do a fine job with their cafe, restaurant and petit bakery, overlooking the Naka Meguro River.

  • Obscura Laboratory

    5

    Coffee Shop

    Arguably the purest coffee experience in Tokyo, with in-house roasting and only three drinks on the menu. They also run a full service cafe nearby.

  • ON THE CORNER No.8 Bear Pond

    6

    Café

    Where else will a barista train on frothing milk for a whole year? One for coffee aficionados. WiFi. Laptop friendly.

  • Bear Pond Espresso

    7

    Coffee Shop

    This micro-branch of #8 Bear Pond, in the student-friendly neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa with dozens of shops serving up indie fashion, music, food and drink.

  • ザリガニカフェ

    8

    Café

    In a converted post-office, Zarigani offers up good food and coffee in a fuck-you-keep-the-music-loud vibe. Back of Shibuya.

  • Bowery Kitchen (バワリー・キッチン)

    9

    Café

    Bowery Cafe is next to Komazawa park, so it pulls in the micro-dog-loving crowd. Hoops, baseball, summer open-air pool and skate park within 10 minutes walk.

  • Lotus cafe

    10

    Café

    Descend into the basement Lotus cafe for fresh cakes. From the team that bought you Montoak.

  • holy

    11

    Café

    On the quieter side of Daikanyama, a relaxed place to while away the afternoon, pretend you're working whilst checking out the cutie on the next table.

  • Daikanyama T-Site (代官山T-SITE)

    12

    Mall

    A place of pilgrimage for lovers of tangible media - books, magazines, records. Designed by KDa, this is low-key destination urban planning at its best.

  • BOMBAY BAZAR

    13

    Café

    Opposite Porter in Daikanyama, and underneath the Okura clothing store, this basement cafe serves the finest blueberry okura north of the Tamagawa river.

  • Note

    More than any other city, the delight is in discovering places that aren't yet on the map. Wander and enjoy the serendipity of Tokyo.

  • D&DEPARTMENT DINING TOKYO

    15

    Café

    Tricky to get to (so you'll be the only foreigner) but easily worth the effort. Upstairs is a vast warehouse-cum-shop of contemporary, Japanese design classics.