Have you recently moved to Tokyo and dying to find that perfect cup of heart-warming quality coffee? For many tourists and foreigner residents, the old motto of Tokyo being a “great city without great coffee” has become plain old news. This large bustling metropolis has established its own coffee culture, hidden from the eyes of fast food stores and takeout chains. Our list of five favourite coffee shops to visit in Tokyo will surely quench that caffeine craving you have had for so long.
1. Mojo (Kagurazaka)
As an Australian resident of Melbourne for the past two years, my caffeine appetite isn’t taken lightly, and so upon stumbling over this New Zealand coffee brand Mojo, I was immediately reminiscent of the vibrantly large coffee scene back home. This minimalist yet stylish café is a great place to catch up with friends over a cuppa, brush up your weekly lectures or perhaps for a quiet solitarian evening reading. Their menu includes New Zealand flat white, latte, macchiato, cappuccino, soymilk options and a range of home baked cakes to choose from. Their savory menu also includes a decent range, making it also a great destination with colleagues after work.
Website : http://mojocoffee.jp/
2. On the Corner (Shibuya)
Quite literally on the corner, this café is about 7 minutes walk from the heart of Shibuya’s screaming lights, offering thick creamy coffee for an early morning run to work or university. Their menu includes a range of coffee preferences and an American diner-style lunch and dinner set of choices. For dinner time, the back end of On the Corner flaunt their romantic dim lights, turning their morning hipster look into a more jazz inspired restaurant/ bar. Coffee is served throughout the day, even with dinner if preferred, although a wider selection of cooler summer drinks is also on offer.
Although the layout of the place is a little unusually detached from the front and center, it's a great place for a morning coffee run before work. Having been deprived of a good dose of quality caffeinated drinks in a while, this was a treat I could not resist!
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/ON-THE-CORNER/
3. Dean and Deluca (Shinjuku Station – South Exit)
Some may refer to it as a fancy bakery, or even an open stand up coffee bar, however I have found that Dean and Deluca has proven a lifesaver when meandering around Tokyo in the cold. Located on the left side of Shinjuku’s South exit near Lumine, according to my caffeine-obsessed palette, this coffee place sure has the tastiest coffee in busy Shinjuku. Displaying a mouthwatering array of pastries and cookies in their bakery side of the open layout store, Dean and Deluca isn’t exactly the place for a quite catch up session with friends. However, if you’re dashing from train to train seeking a pit stop for decent quality coffee, this is the place for a swift takeaway.
Website : http://www.deandeluca.co.jp/
4. Streamer Coffee (Shibuya)
Thick, lush and slightly stronger tasting, Streamer Coffee boasts a grandeur reputation in downtown Harajuku and Shibuya. With indie style skateboards hung decoratively along the minimal shop walls, the long, wide interior setting allows for cozy study or reading session. Their popular “Streamer Latte” is definitely one of the best cups of coffee I have tried since I arrived in Tokyo. Although slightly stronger than the average latte and tasting more like a topped up macchiato, the thick creamy milk doesn’t empower over the coffee taste like many coffee shops in Tokyo sadly do. If you want a refreshing few hours with great coffee and an open space to arrange your thoughts, Streamer Coffee is the place for you. However, make sure you rock up before their morning peak hours!
Website : http://streamercoffee.com/
5. Fuglen (Shibuya)
This Scandinavian import transports you back to the 70s with its chic retro interiors, black and white photos and café/bar layout. Known to coffee lovers and baristas worldwide, Fuglen boasts growing online popularity, especially for coffee bloggers and instagramers. A convenient few minutes walk from Yoyogi Park, Fuglen is situated in a famously swank and sleek area hosting dozens of cafes and restaurants, each competing to win the hearts of Tokyo’s most trendy inhabitants. Although slightly pricier than your average café at 500 yen per latte, offering more than a great cuppa Fuglen allows more of an experience in both coffee and a laid-back ambience. However, if I were to recommend a tip to you coffee drinkers, I would definitely advise trying the double shot latte as a first timer!
Website : http://www.fuglen.com/