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 checkout. These coffee shops in Tokyo, Japan are some of the best-designed I’ve found over the past few trips.

Toky0 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 their 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. 

Take a look at the guide for the coolest coffee shops in Tokyo, Japan.


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Onibus Nakameguro

One of my favorites 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. 


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Coffee Supreme

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. 


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

SHOZO Cafe

Though this is more of a tea spot I had to include this popular, mini cafe. It’s one of the most photographed coffee shops in Tokyo and for good reason. It’s small, fits just a few people inside and 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. 


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.


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Cafe Kitsune

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


Blue Bottle Coffee Tokyo

Blue Bottle Coffee has many locations across Tokyo. My personal favorite is the one in Omotesando that is up the staircase and sits in the trees. It’s a peaceful setting for hanging out for a few hours. 


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Frankie Melbourne Espresso

If you’re headed for Shimokitazawa neighborhood, then put this on your list. It’s the best espresso bar in the neighborhood and has a few seats inside. The Australian-style coffee and cappuccinos here are delicious!


About Life Coffee Brewers

Just west of Shibuya station is this coffee brew spot. It’s a good one for on the go and when you need something fast. 


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Yazawa Coffee Roasters

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


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

L I F E S o n

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


Bear Pond Espresso

A small coffee bar in the heart of Shimokitazawa, this one is another gem in the neighborhood.


A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

A Guide to the Coolest Coffee Shops in Tokyo, Japan

Little Nap Coffee Stand

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


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