Drinking coffee in Tokyo is a noteworthy experience for both locals and travelers looking to get their daily dose of caffeine. Rich aromas, crafted beans, old traditional techniques mixed with modern day brewing, the coffee scene in Tokyo is exciting and vibrant. The coffee culture is accommodating and has an impressive depth to cater to all types of coffee drinkers. Explore our list, one cup at a time, for some of the best coffee in Tokyo.
Vintage Norwegian meets modern Japanese style, Fuglen is comfortable and welcoming. The original Fuglen comes from the Oslo based coffee shop which promotes high quality, unique beans selected from specific coffee farmers worldwide. Coffee beans are roasted Nordic style in-house and the menu is straightforward and simple with a focus on the quality of the product. Fuglen also has fresh pastries, granola, seasonal drinks and outdoor seating perfect for people watching. This is a great place in Tokyo for those who have spent the day in Shibuya and are looking for somewhere to sit and relax while enjoying a fresh cup of coffee. The decor showcases vintage Norwegian furniture and at night, Fuglen stays open switching from the daily brew offering crafted cocktails instead. If you are looking for some of the best coffee in Tokyo, Fuglen has it.
1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya 151-0063, Tokyo Prefecture
The Roastery by Nozy Coffee Cafe
The Roastery by Nozy Coffee Cafe offers daily selections from a variety of beans, from places like Honduras and Costa Rica and all beans are single origins. Pair your freshly brewed coffee cup with a pasty, like the fried donuts made from croissant dough or a matcha brownie. Other items on the menu include coffee paired with soft cream (soft serve ice cream), coffee porter beer and iced coffees. If you are looking for some of the best coffee in Tokyo, walk down the famous catwalk street in Omotesando/Jingu-Mae area (Harajuku and Shibuya) to The Roastery by Nozy Coffee Cafe. Be sure to enjoy the outdoor seating, the perfect place to relax while sipping the fresh brew.
5-17-13 Jingumae, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
More than just your average cup of coffee, Koffee Mameya offers patrons a coffee experience. A no-frills coffee shop, committed to high-quality beans sourced from various origins all around the world, Koffee Mameya is not a place to sit and linger over your cup of coffee, rather it is a coffee learning experience based on taste and preference. This Tokyo cafe has no seats and offers coffee only the baristas share knowledgeable insight into the beans and brewing. You can taste a variety of samples as the baristas, who are masters of their craft, and give details about each bean to find the coffee that is best suited to your taste. Coffee beans are imported from all around the world and roasted within the cafe providing a unique flavor, many which cannot be purchased in other cafes in Japan. Travelers can take a break from the hustle of Harajuku, enjoy a cup of coffee and learn about the exact origin and unique depth and complexity of the coffee they select. You can also purchase a bag of coffee beans to brew at home. Koffee Mameya is sure to offer an exclusive experience and certainly will be one of the best cups of coffee in Tokyo.
4 -15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Sarutahiko Coffee Ebisu
This cute and quaint cafe in Ebisu (flagship store, multiple locations), Sarutahiko Coffee is a great place to get some of the best coffee in Tokyo. Offering a variety of coffee options including pour-overs, espresso and even affogatos (coffee poured over ice cream), Sarutahiko also has a fairly extensive menu to pair with your coffee. From pancakes, cheese toasts, and even hot dogs, this cafe has something for everyone and is also a great spot for breakfast in Tokyo. Offering a mix of single origin coffee and blends, the coffee is fresh, flavorful and well brewed. Sarutahiko takes pride in their technique, specifically, the hand poured coffee and is committed to making happy customers. Coffee beans are also available for purchase as well as an online shop making it even easier to purchase beans. If you are after a decent drop of coffee to start your day in Tokyo, or for an afternoon pickup while in the Ebisu area, Sarutahiko will not disappoint.
1-6-6 Ebisu | Saito Building 1F, Shibuya 150-0013, Tokyo Prefecture
4/4 Seasons Coffee
Found in the busy Shinjuku area, 4/4 Seasons is a modest coffee shop, offering well-curated and selected coffee beans which are roasted on a daily basis. Tucked away, slightly off the beaten path of the tourist areas, 4/4 Seasons is worth the walk to find some of the best coffee in Tokyo. Coffee roasting is an extensive process which can be viewed as you wait for your coffee and gives an interesting insight into the bean roasting procedures and techniques, not to mention the aroma that fills the cafe when the beans are roasting. 4/4 Seasons has espresso coffee and drinks along with pour-overs, and coffee pairs well with the pastries all baked in-house. If you do not want to sit and are looking for a quick take-out, 4/4 Seasons also has a takeout window behind the counter for those coffee drinkers on-the-go.
2-7-7 Shinjuku | 1f, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Little Nap Coffee Stand
Tucked away from Yoyogi Park, a small intimate shop, Little Nap Coffee stand is serving up espresso, drip coffee and pour overs as well as pastries, and artisan beans. The Little Nap Coffee Stand also sells ice cream, which can be sold on its own or served with coffee in an affogato. This Tokyo cafe is dog-friendly which is great for those walking their dogs in nearby Yoyogi Park. The cafe is small and offers limited seating, so this is a good stop before strolling through the park to grab a quick cup of joe. Coffee connoisseurs have been flocking to this very Instagrammable cafe, for both the vintage, quaint decor and vibe but most importantly for the high-quality coffee that is being brewed on a daily basis. Tokyo’s coffee drinkers can also purchase coffee beans to take with them and enjoy the well-selected beans from the comfort of home – but visiting The Little Nap Coffee Stand is also worth a visit.
Deus Ex Machina
More than a coffee shop, this sleek, minimalist and simplistic cafe in Tokyo doubles as a brand store and art gallery. By day, Deus Ex Machina is serving fresh coffee and cakes and by evening, the bar which is located downstairs becomes a hip spot for a drink. Besides coffee, Deus Ex Machina is known for their matcha latte, which is an excellent option for those looking for a jolt of caffeine but are looking for something other than coffee. Grilled sandwiches are also served for lunch, ranging from BBQ pulled pork, peanut butter, and jelly, or mocha and marshmallow and all served with fries and salad and pickles. Whether you are after the coffee, the sandwiches or the overall vibe, this cafe will not disappoint. Grab your coffee and explore the art gallery or take it to go and explore through the neighborhood. This hip cafe has quickly become known as one of the best coffee spots in Tokyo
3-29-5 Jingumae Harajuku Tokyo Japan