Popular Coffee Shops to Try in Tokyo
For the coffee lover, Tokyo is a priceless destination to begin discovering. One can get comfortable with Streamer Coffee Company chains yet find tranquility and quality of coffee in various kissatens, the dimly lit interiors slightly giving it a character of enigma one cannot find elsewhere. At these coffee shops, one gets a meditative balance between thinking cups and creative brews, all in the heart of Tokyo.
Location: 2-12-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00 (Monday to Saturday); 12:00 – 18:00 (Sunday)
Facebook: Turret Coffee
Nearest Tokyo Metro Station: Tsukijishijo
Candid Cuisine Review: Turret Coffee
The world famous Tsukiji market is beyond having the freshest sushi during breakfast. Just a few blocks away from the market is a hole-in-a-wall coffee shop, so named after the truck that delivers goods to the Tsukiji market, owner Kiyoshi Kawasaki brings his coffee expertise from the popular Streamer Coffee Company in Tokyo. One can get their Turret Latte, but it is the Americano that speaks volumes about its potent coffee brew.
Hands Be & Cafe by Tokyu Hands
Location: 5F Tokyu Plaza 4-30-3, Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 daily
Facebook: Hands Cafe by Tokyu Hands
Nearest Tokyo Metro Station: Harajuku
Just this year, the popular stationery store Tokyu Hands together with ABC cooking studio has opened a store of their Hands Cafe in a narrow mall in the bustlinga area of Harajuku. Frequent shoppers of Tokyu Hands can now snack between shopping while sipping on a nice brew of latte and snacking on chicken wings and waffles, while basking in one of the nicest coffee shops filled with rare trinkets and collectibles. A fair warning: Best to arrive early or face a long queue of eager Tokyo-ites.
Aoyama Cafe by Blue Bottle Coffee
Location: 3 Chome-6-23 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo; 1-4-8 Hirano, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 daily
Telephone Number: +81 3-3498-9777
Nearest Tokyo Metro Station: Omotesando
With over 17 cafes in San Francisco, California, founder James Freeman finds success in his Blue Bottle chain. It’s no surprise that his success carries over in his Silicon Valley-financed store in Aoyama, where there appears to be a four hour wait before one can sip the famous 12 Hour New Orleans Iced Coffee brew. Flanked between mega brands Issey Miyake, Commes des Garçons and Prada, one might as well have found the jewel of coffee shops, where space and sanctuary offers delight for serious coffee drinkers.
Location: 4 Chome-5-13 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 19:00 daily
Telephone Number: +81 3-3409-9070
Facebook: Paddler’s Coffee
Nearest Tokyo Metro Station: Sangubashi
Photo credits: Paddler’s Coffee Facebook page
If you love single origin coffee, there is no better option than to go for one of the three big leaders in the single origin coffee movement. Tokyo is fortunate to have Paddler’s Coffee, brewing Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The coffee is guaranteed to be fresh and excellent and presents the fortitude that locals are well-known for, plus the personality that long hair, bearded hippie baristas you can’t got wrong with. It’s that manifestation of the mysterious kissaten at Paddler’s Coffee that people go back to.
Location: 4-15-3, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 19:00 daily
Nearest Tokyo Metro Station: Omotesando
Candid Cuisine Review: Omotesando Koffee
Still one of the most popular coffee shops in Tokyo is the premium hole-in-the-wall coffee shop Omotesando Koffee. With its secret hideaway spot within the quiet residential neighbourhood of Omotesando Hills, one man army barista Eiichi Kunimoto’s iced cappuccino and custard kachi duo easily draws a modest fans club, not only in Tokyo, but even in Shanghai, Paris, New York and Milan.
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