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Updated September 2023

I’ve always been a fan of seeking out coffee shops at home. So naturally when on the road, I gravitate to bookmarking a few local spots to check out. These coffee shops in Tokyo, Japan are some of the best-designed ones I’ve found over the past few trips.

Tokyo has always been one of my top destinations. It’s hard to grasp just how large the city is and something about spending time in a cafe grounds the whole experience. There are so many neighborhoods from Shibuya to Shinjuku, each with its own (several) coffee shops to choose from.

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Taking two trips now to Tokyo, the first guide here and the second alternative guide here, I wanted to compile my list of the coolest cafes in Tokyo, Japan. It certainly isn’t all of them, but a good starting point if you’re bound for Tokyo. Get ready to get caffeinated.

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A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan


1. Onibus Nakameguro

One of my favorites, Onibus, is tucked away from the main street. This two-story and charming coffee shop is a gem. Their coffee is one of the best in the city and it sits in a stunning building.

Right next to the train tracks, you can watch the metro fly by from the window. I came here twice on my last visit to Tokyo as I loved it so much.

Address: 2 Chome-14-1 Kamimeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0051, Japan

2. Coffee Supreme

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

An independent coffee roaster in Tokyo, Coffee Supreme was a nice surprise on the latest trip. Their espresso was delicious and they have a cheesy toast to go along with it.

The seating is limited to a few bar seats, so I’d recommend this spot as somewhere to grab it to go.

Address: Japan, 〒150-0047 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Kamiyamacho, 42−3 1F

3. SHOZO Cafe

Though this is more of a tea spot I had to include this popular, mini cafe. SHOZO‘s previous location was one of the most photographed coffee shops in Tokyo and for good reason (pictured above). They’ve since moved to a new location a few blocks away (new address below).

It’s just a few steps away from the busy Omotesando neighborhood. I love to pop by here and if it’s not busy hang out for an hour or so.

Address: Japan, 〒107-0061 Tokyo, Minato City, Kita-Aoyama, 3 Chome−10−15 1F

4. CAMELBACK sandwich&espresso

Another gem found by Yoyogi Park, CAMELBACK has a few locations in the city. Their coffee is awesome and they have a sandwich menu that is out of this world.

This coffee shop is perfect for grabbing a heartier breakfast and having a great coffee. I love their pour-over and baguette sandwiches.

Address: 42-2 Kamiyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0047, Japan

5. Cafe Kitsune

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Cafe Kitsune is a mainstay of Tokyo’s third-wave coffee scene. Just this last year, they reopened at a new Aoyama location a few blocks away from their previous. The coffee is good, though I prefer the matcha here.

Address: Japan, 〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato City, Minamiaoyama, 3 Chome−15−9 MINOWA表参道3 階 20

6. Blue Bottle Coffee Tokyo

Blue Bottle Coffee has many locations across Tokyo. My personal favorite is the one in Aoyama near Omote-Sando Station which is up the staircase and sits in the trees. It’s a peaceful setting for hanging out for a few hours.

Address: 3 Chome-13-14 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

7. About Life Coffee Brewers

Just west of Shibuya station, About Life is an outpost of Onibus Coffee. It’s a good one for on-the-go and when you need something fast. They also have nice indoor-outdoor seating if you want to stay for a bit. They also have a grab-and-go coffee stand one block west of Shibuya Station.

Address: 1 Chome-19-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043, Japan

8. Yazawa Coffee Roasters

A favorite find on the second trip was this gem tucked away at the fish market. Yazawa is down a dark back hall and a single guy pouring coffee. He makes it right there on the spot and is perfect for taking it to go while exploring the market.

Address: 4 Chome-10-12 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

9. LIFE Son

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Both a restaurant and coffee shop, LIFE Son has one of the larger spaces in Tokyo. I’d come here for a proper sit-down breakfast paired with well-done coffee.

Address: 4 Chome-5-13 Yoyogi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan

10. Bear Pond Espresso

Bear Pond Espresso is a small coffee bar in the heart of Shimokitazawa, this one is another gem in the neighborhood.

Address: Japan, 〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya City, Kitazawa, 2 Chome−36−12 ベアーポンド

11. Little Nap Coffee Stand

Oh, I loved Little Nap Coffee Stand. Such a friendly atmosphere and a range of coffees to choose from here!

Address: 5 Chome-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0053, Japan


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