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This section covers Tokyo cafes and cafe-bars, from the arty to the exotic to the very stylish - places to relax with an afternoon coffee and dessert or an early-evening drink.

If you're especially interested in the coffee, see also our section on gourmet coffee and tea shops.
This section covers Tokyo cafes and cafe-bars, from the arty to the exotic to the very stylish - places to relax with an afternoon coffee and dessert or an early-evening drink.

If you're especially interested in the coffee, see also our section on gourmet coffee and tea shops.

Exotic ethnic

Zarigani Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open noon-11:30pm daily.
Tucked away on a quiet side street near the Ward Office, Zarigani has a hip, Bohemian atmosphere far removed from the department-store shopping scene just a few blocks away. The music is bouncy and...
Open noon-11:30pm daily.
Sakuragaoka Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
A pair of rather cute goats, living in a pen in front of the shop, are one of the main draws at this lively neighborhood cafe. The interior is spacious, filled with mismatched, comfortable chairs...
Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
Tokyo Family Restaurant - Cafe: Shibuya
Open noon-4, 6-11pm (LO; Sat 6-11pm). Closed Sundays.
TFR presents an eclectic menu of ethnic cuisines from around the world, including tagines, couscous and other Middle Eastern dishes. Monday through Thursday evenings an every-changing roster of...
Open noon-4, 6-11pm (LO; Sat 6-11pm). Closed Sundays.
Time Out Cafe - Cafe: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Salads, ethnic-style dishes and other light fare are served along with coffee and cocktails. Located in the Liquid Room concert space, the cafe also hosts small musical events of its own. Free...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Mugs - Cafe: Nakano
Open noon-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Mugs Cafe is the joint venture of three young designers, and the decor is a fusion of fifties cool and Asian lounge. The pan-Asian menu lists unusual items such as bahn mi Vietnamese sandwiches...
Open noon-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Honohono Cafe - Cafe: Koenji
Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
This comfortable neighborhood cafe serves a casual menu of ethnic dishes from around the world (spicy chicken spring rolls, gizzard confit), and provides customers with free WiFi.
Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Copo do Dio - Brazilian: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Hidden among the quiet streets north of Nishi Ogikubo station lies Copo do Dia, a tiny cafe that also functions as an informal Brazilian cultural center. The space, with its heavy wooden tables and...
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Riddim - Cafe: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 11:30am-2am (4am Fri,Sat) daily.
A bohemian-style cafe with music and food from Southeast Asia and the rest of the world. The menu at lunchtime is mostly Vietnamese, but there's a wider selection in the evening, including pastas.
Open 11:30am-2am (4am Fri,Sat) daily.
Ethical - Asian fusion: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6pm-1am daily.
Exotic, ethnic-themed cafes in Japan have their own special charm, and Ethical Cafe is a fine example of the genre. The decor is fashioned after a tropical resort, with rattan sofas, chairs and...
Open 6pm-1am daily.
Tag Cafe - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Tucked away in a back alley near Shimo-Kitazawa station, Tag is a pleasantly relaxing spot for an afternoon break. The musical soundtrack is on the mellow side, and tablet computers are supplied on...
Open noon-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Red Book - Cafe: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
This tiny cafe serves tasty curries and dirt-cheap beer all day long. Choose from chicken, keema, or one of their daily specials (from Y650). The sea green walls scream Bangkok, while the single...
Open 11:30am-2am daily.

Arty and Bohemian spaces

Brooklyn Parlor - Cafe: Shinjuku
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Whether you're here for a dessert break, a casual evening meal, or an afternoon working on your laptop, Brooklyn Parlor supplies a fun, bustling backdrop. Unlike Tokyo's many quiet, hidden-away...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Conran Cafe - Cafe: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 10:10am-7pm. Closed Wednedays.
Attached to the Conran furniture shop, this colorful cafe offers light fare like quiches, salads, croques monsieur sandwiches and cakes along with Chinese teas and Hoegaarden beer. Design books fill...
Open 10:10am-7pm. Closed Wednedays.
Reissue - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 10am-5:30pm (LO) daily.
This laid-back daytime-only Harajuku cafe serves as the atelier of latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto, one of the pioneers of 3D foam latte art. (Read our profile of the artist and his work at our sister...
Open 10am-5:30pm (LO) daily.
Madosh Cafe - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Billing themselves as an "avocado cafe," this sprawling, comfortable space is filled with mismatched furniture and charmingly primitive artwork (or perhaps projects from a kindergarten art class). ...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
A to Z Cafe - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
A Piece of Cake - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Architect Cafe - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
This stylish design-centered cafe offers architecture magazines to browse through while you sip your coffee. They serve a small breakfast buffet (Y1200) from 7-10am.
Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Fab Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 10am-9pm. Closed holidays.
Equipped with laser cutters and a 3D printer, Fab Cafe encourages its patrons to turn their stylish ideas into stylish physical objects. The bright and convivial space feels like a beehive of...
Open 10am-9pm. Closed holidays.
Seat Mania - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Saturdays.
As the name indicates, vintage designer chairs are the defining feature of this funky cafe situated between Shibuya and Aoyama. They serve crepes, sandwiches, and a variety of pasta and rice dishes,...
Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Saturdays.
Babbitt Lounge - Cafe: Kaigan
Open 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
This offbeat artsy cafe, attached to a gallery/warehouse complex called Tabloid, bills itself as a Tokyo lounge for art, fashion, design and music. The food - pastas and other casual cafe fare - is...
Open 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.
Cafe Ohana - Cafe: Ginza
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
This charming little cafe is located in an old office building that's now filled with art galleries. Relax on comfortable sofas and listen to mellow lounge music on the stereo while you admire the...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Boo - Cafe: Akihabara
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
One of the rare non-chain restaurants in Akihabara, this charming cafe serves an eclectic evening menu of Italian-inspired dishes at very reasonable prices. At lunchtime it's more of a standard cafe...
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Couzt Cafe - Cafe: Nippori
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This very hip, artsy cafe is furnished with comfortable sofas and big tables, a nice setting for a coffee break or creative work session. They serve both espresso and drip coffee, and at night you...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Hagi Cafe - Cafe: Nippori
Open noon-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Very popular with neighborhood residents, this charming cafe is attached to an art gallery and a few small event spaces. The food menu features curries and hot sandwiches, and they offer breakfast...
Open noon-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ef Cafe - Cafe: Asakusa
Open 11am-11pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Ef Cafe isn't a cat cafe, it's simply a cafe with a resident cat which also happens to exhibit cat-centered artwork on the walls, serve drinks in cat-themed glassware, and sell a small, tasteful...
Open 11am-11pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Hinata Cafe - Eclectic: Hakusan
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Perched above an exit to Hakusan metro station, this charming neighborhood cafe seems to cultivate a deliberately bohemian atmosphere. Hey, is that a box of sweet potatoes plunked down right in the...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Pole Pole Za Space Cafe - Cafe: Higashi-Nakano
Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
The very artsy cafe includes a gallery space in back where you can catch the latest exhibit while enjoying coffee or cocktails; there's also window seating up front, a few outdoor tables, and a movie...
Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
Zingaro - Cafe: Nakano
Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Located in the midst the manga, anime and toy stores of Nakano Broadway, Bar Zingaro is a project of well-known pop artist Takashi Murakami. The cafe-bar opened in early 2014 along with four...
Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Zenon - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
It may seem like you've walked halfway to Nishi-Ogikubo station, but when you get here you'll find a hip, very spacious cafe and art gallery that's lively at any hour of the day or night. In...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.

European-style

SW11 Kitchen - British: Harajuku
Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
The British menu here, served from 6:30pm, features bubble and squeak, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and roast lamb, while the drinks list offers Pimms cocktails and cider. This casual...
Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe - Danish: Omotesando
Open 10am-8pm daily.
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Cafe Madu - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This cute and very spacious cafe has big front windows looking out onto the fashion-shopping alley next to Kotto-dori. The menu offers sandwiches, galettes and assorted pastries for mid-afternoon...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Deux Magots - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
French-style cafe beverages and pastries. The courtyard seating is unusual in that you're in the basement of the Bunkamura complex, but still out under the open sky. (Indoor seating also available.)
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Rue Favart - Cafe: Ebisu
Open 10am-2am daily.
A very French-style multi-story cafe with a relaxed atmosphere; they serve light food items and desserts as well as coffee and drinks.
Open 10am-2am daily.
Amapola - Mediterranean: Ebisu
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
A pleasant "Mediterranean Rim" restaurant with a very casual cafe area up front (including outdoor seating) and a more formal dining room in back. The food is serviceable but not spectacular, and...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Michelangelo - Cafe: Daikanyama
Open 11am-midnight daily.
This big, European-style cafe opens onto the street for enhanced people-watching, with lots of outdoor seating when the weather permits. The casual food menu includes pastas, sandwiches and...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Blue Point - Cafe: Shirokanedai
Open 11:30-3am daily.
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
Open 11:30-3am daily.
Aux Bacchanales - French: Shinagawa
Open 9am-11pm daily.
This small chain of French brasserie-cafes is popular for their authentic food and atmosphere. The cafe serves simple dishes like omelettes and salads all day long, while the brasserie has more...
Open 9am-11pm daily.
Va-tout - French: Roppongi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A friendly cafe-brasserie with authentic French atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food. The daily Y1000 lunch is an especially good deal, and is served until 5pm. Evening specialties include...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Lauderdale - Cafe: Roppongi Hills
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The breakfast/brunch menu is a mix of European and international...
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales - Cafe: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bar Del Sole Due - Cafe: Ginza
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
This picturesque little Italian-style cafe-bar is worth noting for their late-night hours (till midnight most evenings); stop by for coffee, a glass of wine or a light Italian snack.
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Henri Charpentier - Bakery: Ginza
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Fantastic madeleines, magnificent financier pastries and laudable macarons from this Hyogo-based patisserie. There are also boutiques in Takashimaya, Matsuya, Isetan, Tobu, Seibu Ikebukuro, and...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Aux Bacchanales - Cafe: Ginza
Open 9am-11pm daily.
This popular Tokyo French cafe-bakery serves light snacks all day (quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise), plus more substantial prix-fixe lunches until 3pm (Y1260).
Open 9am-11pm daily.
Pagliaccio - Italian: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
The cheerful green exterior of this recently opened cafe/trattoria adds a bit of color to a street lined with generically tasteful shops selling luxury goods. Large windows offering a peek at the...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Aimee Vibert - French: Mitsukoshimae
Open 10am-10pm daily.
This cafe venture from the Michelin-starred Aimee Vibert in Nibancho offers above-average bistro fare in a casual setting. The decor is classic French cafe style - tile floors, dark wood and...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Aux Bacchanales - French: Kioicho
Open 10am-11pm daily.
A bright and airy branch of this French-cafe landmark, located directly in front of the New Otani Hotel. There's a take-out bakery at the entrance, a big cafe area, a smaller dining room for proper...
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Fuglen - Bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served at this very stylish Norwegian bar - the main branch is in Oslo. During the day they offer serious espresso beverages and tea,...
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.

Bakery cafes

Maison Kayser - Bakery: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Excellent pastries and breads to go from this French bakery, or you can relax with a cup of coffee or tea and a snack in the cafe area. There are a few outdoor tables for when the weather permits. ...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Boul'ange - Bakery: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
This two-story bakery across from Shinjuku station produces top-grade breads, pastries and sandwiches, to eat in (in the upstairs cafe area) or to go. The selection includes interesting...
Open 7:30am-10pm daily.
Eco Farm Cafe 632 - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 9am-11pm daily.
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full...
Open 9am-11pm daily.
Gerbeaud - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Good Hungarian pastries at this Old World-style cafe; the main branch opened in Budapest in 1858.
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Breadworks - Bakery: Omotesando
Open 8am-9pm daily.
The original Breadworks is in Tennoz Isle next to TY Harbor Brewery; this new branch is attached to TY's sister restaurant Cicada, and offers a similarly inspiring selection of pastries and savory...
Open 8am-9pm daily.
Viron - Bakery: Shibuya
Open 9am-10pm daily.
Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.
Open 9am-10pm daily.
Sawamura - Bakery: Nishi-Azabu
Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.
Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Le Pain Quotidien - Bakery: Shiba-koen
Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Located inside a park and surrounded by greenery, this popular Belgian organic bakery is famous for their large communal table, although they also offer smaller tables for two or four. The interior...
Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Le Pain Quotidien - Grill: Roppongi
Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
This branch of the popular Belgian organic bakery has expanded beyond breakfast and brunch, offering grilled meat main dishes like Australian lamb (Y2690) and US Prime rib steaks (Y6790 for 270g)...
Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hudson Market Bakers - Bakery: Azabu-Juban
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
The concept here is a New York-style bakery-cafe in the heart of Azabu-Juban, selling top-quality cheesecake, carrot cake, brownies, cookies, cornbread and pastries just like you'd find in New York. ...
Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Ginza
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Located on the top floor of Comme des Garcons' Dover Street Market complex, this very stylish British bakery-cafe serves up good cakes, tarts, and vegetable-centered dishes. If you want to splash...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Viron - Cafe: Marunouchi
Open 10am-midnight daily.
A combination bakery and brasserie; it also features a small standup bar serving ten wines by the glass - a good place to meet up before dining nearby.
Open 10am-midnight daily.
Hidemi Sugino - Bakery: Kyobashi
Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
World-class pastries from an internationally renowned patissier and past winner of the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) are served at this tiny cafe and retail shop. Sugino is...
Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Maison Kayser - Bakery: Nihonbashi
Open 7am-10pm daily.
Excellent breads and pastries are available to take out, or you can stop for a pastry and an espresso in the lobby seating area. There's also a nice lunch menu, priced at Y1200 and Y1600.
Open 7am-10pm daily.
No 4 - Bakery: Ichigaya
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy...
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Paul - Bakery: Kagurazaka
Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.
Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Moomin Bakery Cafe - Cafe: Korakuen
Open 10am-11pm daily.
A Finnish cartoon-themed bakery and cafe, with some Finnish beers and Scandinavian-style pastries on the menu.
Open 10am-11pm daily.
Breadworks - Bakery: Tennozu Isle
Open 8am-8pm daily.
Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor...
Open 8am-8pm daily.
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Musui - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 7am-11pm (LO) daily.
Bakery-cafe Musui is a handy place for visitors to Inokashira Park to stop for a snack, or to buy a picnic lunch. They offer deli and sandwich platters during the daytime, and pastas and simple meat...
Open 7am-11pm (LO) daily.
Le Pain Quotidien - Bakery: Hatsudai
Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The second Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery is open from 7:30am, serving coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like...
Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sunday Brunch - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11am-8pm daily.
A spacious, high-ceilinged bakery-cafe in the midst of Shimo-Kitazawa's young-fashion shopping district. The menu includes casual dishes like shrimp and avocado salad with French toast and cream...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Patisserie Potager - Bakery: Naka-Meguro
Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.
If you love dessert but also love vegetables, this unique pastry shop is the place for you. Sample tempting creations like avocado cheesecake, buckwheat chai mousse, arugula jelly with black-sesame...
Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.

Outdoor and open-air seating

Ikiba - Bar: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
An experimental venture from the trendy folks who run the Aoyama Farmers Market, this cafe-bar complex has several distinct zones - two separate bars, lots of outdoor seating in the yard, a tiny...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Crisscross - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
A casual cafe attached to the popular Mediterranean restaurant Cicada; there's pleasant outdoor seating in the front courtyard when the weather permits. Craft beer fans can choose from six brews...
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This spacious cafe offers typical cafe fare (pastas, sandwiches) during the day, along with fresh-baked breads and pastries from their in-store bakery. In the evening the menu widens to include...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
347 Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This big, trendy cafe has a large terrace with ample outdoor seating and even a small swimming pool on the third and fourth floors of this Shibuya shopping complex.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Weekend Garage Tokyo - Cafe: Daikanyama
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Roughly equidistant from Ebisu, Shibuya and Daikanyama, Weekend Garage is a stylishly hip and surprisingly spacious cafe and hangout spot, with lots of greenery and outdoor seating. The food menu...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Sign - Cafe: Daikanyama
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This relaxed cafe-bar is a perfect meeting spot, right in front of Daikanyama station.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Bondi Cafe - Cafe: Hiroo
Open 9am-2am daily.
A casual, open-air, dog-friendly cafe on a back street behind Hiroo station. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion, with above-average prices.
Open 9am-2am daily.
3rd Cafe - Cafe: Toranomon
Open 7am-11pm daily.
In addition to drip coffee and sandwiches, this tiny cafe also offers seven wines by the glass, priced at Y350-600. There's even a bit of terrace seating.
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Paul - Cafe: Yotsuya
Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good pastries and plenty of outdoor seating.
Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Canal Cafe - Italian: Iidabashi
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Cafes with scenic settings are a rarity in Tokyo, so this lovely spot looking out over the rowboats on the moat is worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood. After 5pm it's a proper restaurant,...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Enotria Diana - Cafe: Suidobashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
We certainly can't complain about a conveniently located indoor-outdoor cafe-bar that's open all afternoon and serves great food and drink. The menu offers simple but tasty dishes like duck confit...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kyodo406 - Italian: Kyodo
Open 11am-10pm daily.
A casual Italian-themed cafe-restaurant with a big outdoor terrace. They also run a wine shop just next door (03-3425-1136), so the wine selection is bigger than average.
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tokio Plage Lunatic - Italian: Futako-tamagawa
Open 11:45am-11pm daily.
When the weather is nice you can enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine up on the rooftop, looking out over the Tama River. There are also barbecue facilities (reserve with the staff), and a charmingly...
Open 11:45am-11pm daily.
Koop Cafe - Cafe: Naka-Meguro
Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.
This late-night riverfront cafe offers a casual Italian-Mediterranean menu and open-air seating up front.
Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.

Cafe hangouts

Cafe Pause - Cafe: Ikebukuro
Open noon-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A very stylish cafe on an Ikebukuro backstreet; they serve cocktails and a limited snack menu as well as coffee and tea. This is also headquarters for the hip toy company Roughtoyz.
Open noon-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Tsubame - Cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Retro-chic furnishings and a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere are the attractions at this cute neighborhood cafe. The soundtrack ranges from bossa nova to sixties rock, and the drinks list features...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Armwood Cottage - Cafe: Shinjuku Gyoen-mae
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
True to its name, the Armwood Cottage is Tokyo's answer to a log cabin in the mountains, with tall concrete buildings standing in for trees. The space is intimate and inviting, dominated by rough...
Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
Tokyo Apartment Cafe - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Designed to resemble a stylish Tokyo dwelling (complete with bedroom, living room, and dining room), this popular Harajuku cafe offers shoppers a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by....
Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Cafe de Take - Cafe: Harajuku
Open 11am-10pm daily.
This surprisingly spacious cafe is quiet enough for conversation or reading, and provides ample space between tables. The small food menu includes tasty curries, donburi dishes and cakes and...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Nezucafe - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
The Nezu Museum's cafe looks out onto a beautiful wooded garden - a lovely, serene setting for a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. The menu offers coffee, matcha latte and desserts as well as...
Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
Sign - Cafe: Gaienmae
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
A convenient Gaienmae meeting spot, with music listening booths as well as a coffee and food menu.
Open 11am-2am (LO) daily.
Yao - Cafe: Jingumae 2-chome
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
The menu here is French-influenced casual cafe fare - liver mousse, ratatouille, mussels and clams steamed in white wine, roast beets with Roquefort cheese. French wines start at around Y3000. ...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
RH Cafe - Cafe: Sendagaya
Open 9am-9pm daily.
Espresso beverages, teas, salads and other light cafe fare. Prices are a bit higher than average, but the dining area is stylish and spacious. Located inside the Ron Herman store.
Open 9am-9pm daily.
BiOcafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Organic coffee and tea, breads made with 100% natural yeast, and a completely smoke-free environment - Bio Cafe provides body and mind a bit of respite in junk-food-glutted Shibuya. With its...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Microcosmos - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
It's a bustling cafe-lounge space by day, with late-night dining and DJ club events on weekends. There's free wifi, although it's not exactly a laptop-conducive atmosphere.
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Daylight Kitchen - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
One of Tokyo's more child-friendly dining spots, Daylight Kitchen serves "everyday natural food" and provides special menus for babies and older kids.
Open 11am-3, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Pile Cafe - Cafe: Ebisu
Open 11:30am-midnight (4am Fri, Sat) daily.
A mere two minutes from Ebisu station, this comfy hide-away will make you feel right at home. Retro velour-covered sofas and a row of giant airplane windows overlooking the street below add a splash...
Open 11:30am-midnight (4am Fri, Sat) daily.
Holy - Cafe: Daikanyama
Open 11am-2am daily.
This spacious cafe offers an eclectic menu of drinks, food and music. It's a comfortable place to hang out, and dogs are allowed.
Open 11am-2am daily.
Haco Cafe - Cafe: Daikanyama
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Urban, post-industrial atelier seems to be the decorative motif at this laid-back cafe, notable for its proximity to Daikanyama station (about one minute), its late lunch service (until 4pm), and its...
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Tenement - Cafe: Shirokanedai
Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the music is downbeat at this very casual late-night cafe-bar. The drinks menu offers a decent selection of cocktails.
Open 6pm-3am. Closed Sundays.
Idee Cafe Parc - Cafe: Roppongi
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Casual food and drink in a pleasant interior-shop setting overlooking Tokyo Midtown's front garden.
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Kojimachi Cafe - Cafe: Kojimachi
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sun. noon-6pm) daily.
One might expect this sort of sprawling, relaxed cafe in a neighborhood like Koenji or Naka-Meguro, but it's a surprising find in a business district like Hanzomon. Weekend brunch is served...
Open 11:30am-11pm (Sun. noon-6pm) daily.
Saryo - Cafe: Kagurazaka
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Occupying an old, traditional-style house, this cute cafe serves home-made pastries, soy-milk desserts and many kinds of tea - Chinese, Japanese and herbal. There's outdoor seating on the big...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Bookshelf Cafe - Cafe: Hamacho
Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.
This neighborhood cafe offers Hitachino Nest beers (six by the bottle, one or two on draft) and espresso beverages from Horiguchi Coffee. Lunch specials include taco-rice, ciabatta sandwiches and...
Open 8:30am-9pm (Sat 10-6). Closed Sundays.
Asan Cafe - Cafe: Akihabara
Open 11am-6:45pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Part of the Aki-Oka complex of artisan shops and studios, this offbeat cafe features hammocks to swing in and tablet computers to fool around on while you enjoy a coffee; unfortunately they close...
Open 11am-6:45pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Nakano
Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
A lively branch of the Osaka-spawned cafe chain, Good Morning Cafe Nakano draws a crowd of Meiji University students and other Nakano denizens with its salt-butter caramel waffles (from 8am),...
Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
Cafe Apartment - Cafe: Koenji
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Make yourself comfortable at Koenji's Cafe Apartment, where you are given a pair of slippers at the door. The floor plan is that of a 1DK apartment, strikingly similar to the domiciles of many...
Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Il Cafe - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open noon-11pm daily.
The atmosphere at this hidden-away third-floor walkup is comfortable and homey, with big sofas and mismatched chairs and white concrete-block walls. A TV and stereo sit in one corner and an...
Open noon-11pm daily.
AB Cafe - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open noon-1am daily.
A cute little cafe with snappy decor, free wifi and a simple, inexpensive food and drink menu.
Open noon-1am daily.
Fuji Cafe - Hawaiian: Komaba-Todaimae
Open 9am-9:30pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
A cute Hawaiian cafe tucked away near Komabatodaimae station, Fuji (aka Fujis) is a great place to go for coffee, conversation and, if you're hungry, lunch. They have an extensive menu of light...
Open 9am-9:30pm (Sat, Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.
Bondi Cafe Yoyogi Beach Park - Cafe: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 9am-2am daily.
A spacious cafe with an Australian beach motif, Bondi serves international-style cafe fare, including pizzas from a wood-burning oven, along with reasonably priced wines (Y2200 for a 500ml carafe of...
Open 9am-2am daily.
Bondi Coffee Sandwiches - Coffee shop: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 7am-8pm daily.
With five locations and counting - scattered across some of Tokyo's more fashionable neighborhoods - the Australia-themed Bondi cafes are famous for their sandwiches and their atmosphere more than...
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Fireking Cafe - Cafe: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
With its lively, spacious dining room, well-stocked bar and good food, Fireking has established itself as the hub of Uehara nightlife since its opening in 2000. It's busy until late at night with an...
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Neighborhood and Coffee - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 9am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Unlike regular Starbucks branches, this offshoot serves wine and beer along with the usual coffee and dessert drinks, making it a popular evening gathering spot. The atmosphere is very relaxed, with...
Open 9am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Mois Cafe - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-midnight daily.
Showa-era rustic chic seems to be the aim at this old-fashioned cafe, with its dark wooden furnishings, exposed wooden rafters and dim bare-bulb lighting. In spite of the gloom, the nightime crowd...
Open noon-midnight daily.
Globe - Cafe: Ikejiri-Ohashi
Open 11am-8pm daily.
A big, sprawling antique shop with a charming little cafe and dessert corner; the best seats seem to be out front, looking out onto the street.
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Cafe Obscura - Coffee shop: Sangenjaya
Open noon-11pm. Closed 3rd Wednesday.
Siphon coffee, both blend and single-origin, is the specialty at this stylish cafe, served along with a light menu of pastries and sandwiches. The setting is comfortably cozy, with seven small...
Open noon-11pm. Closed 3rd Wednesday.
Good Meals Shop - Cafe: Futako-tamagawa
Open 9:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nestled in a greenery-filled corner of the lovely Tsutaya Electrics megastore, Good Meals Shop serves gourmet coffee from a Kyoto roastery. The buttermilk-fried chicken with Incan potatoes and...
Open 9:30am-10pm (LO) daily.

Work- and laptop-friendly cafes

10 Degree Cafe - Cafe: Takadanobaba
Open 11am-midnight daily.
A steady stream of students and local residents flip open their laptops and settle in for an afternoon of work or study at this well-populated three-story cafe. There's free wifi, with some window...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Jelly Jelly Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 10am-midnight daily.
It's a combination coworking space and game-board cafe, which somehow doesn't sound like the best idea for procrastinators. Over 400 board games are ready for you to try out. Until 6pm it's cafe...
Open 10am-midnight daily.
Shibuya Bowling Cafe - Cafe: Shibuya
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
In addition to the charms of its unusual location, Bowling Cafe is quite spacious, provides free wifi, and is very close to Shibuya Station, so as well as hungry bowlers it also attracts an afternoon...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Sign Gotandar - Cafe: Gotanda
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.
Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Paperback Cafe - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Don't worry about being the only person working at the Paperback Cafe - you'll generally find laptops in use at every table, giving the place a busy, productive atmosphere. The cafe is spread out...
Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Canteen - Cafe: Aomi
Open 9am-10pm (Sat 10am-6pm). Closed Sundays.
Run by Transit General Office (Sign, Office) and designed by Wonderwall, this cafeteria-style cafe features outdoor terrace seating, a magazine library and wi-fi access.
Open 9am-10pm (Sat 10am-6pm). Closed Sundays.
Sign Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access.
Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
See also our listings for wifi-enabled cafes.

Deli cafes

If you want to assemble a light meal from deli-style dishes, see our listings for cafes with deli-style salads.

Jazz cafes

See our separate page for jazz cafes around town.

Animal cafes

Cats, parrots, rabbits and other critters have moved to our sister site, Animal Cafes.com.
If you're especially interested in the coffee, see also our section on gourmet coffee and tea shops.
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