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This guide covers coffee shops and cafes where the focus is on coffee. See also our general cafe listings.
This guide covers coffee shops and cafes where the focus is on coffee. See also our general cafe listings.

Coffee houses, espresso bars

Paul Bassett - Coffee shop: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7:30am-8:30pm daily.
Excellent espresso - either single-origin or blend - as well as fresh-roasted beans to go from this Tokyo outlet of an Australian World Champion Barista. The coffee counter is located inside a...
Open 7:30am-8:30pm daily.
Code Kurkku Cafe - Coffee shop: Yoyogi
Open 9am-8pm daily.
Part of the Yoyogi Village eco-friendly shopping complex, the former "Roots and Beat" cafe serves good coffee made from organic, sustainably grown, fair-trade beans. Beans are also available to go. ...
Open 9am-8pm daily.
Be A Good Neighbor - Coffee shop: Kita-Sando
Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
Serious espresso is served at this tiny neighborhood kiosk, and the friendly staff are happy to talk coffee all day long. A single espresso is Y150 while a large cafe latte is Y420; they also do...
Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
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.
Roastery - Coffee shop: Harajuku
Open 8am-8pm daily.
This comfortable and spacious cafe serves espresso, cafe latte and Americano, along with NY Rings, the Roastery's own take on New York cronuts. Coffees are brewed from single-origin beans from Nozy...
Open 8am-8pm daily.
Coutume - Coffee shop: Omotesando
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Coutume Cafe has been an important specialty coffee destination since they first opened in Paris in 2011, where they also train barista staff and roast beans for more than sixty other cafes and...
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Blue Bottle Coffee - Coffee shop: Omotesando
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Beignets in butterscotch sauce and good savory tartines accompany your coffee at this popular branch of the California-based gourmet coffee chain. The bustling, spacious dining room has a...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Streamer Coffee Company - Coffee shop: Shibuya
Open 8am-7pm daily.
Well-contructed lattes and nice latte art, plus free wifi, in a relaxed atmosphere. Open noon-6pm weekends.
Open 8am-7pm daily.
Satei Hato - Coffee shop: Shibuya
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
This old-school Tokyo kissaten serves coffee that's rich, strong, and packs a kick. Well-chosen beans and careful preparation translate into superb quality. Not only are the brews top-notch,...
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Cream of the Crop Coffee - Coffee shop: Shibuya
Open 8am-9pm daily.
Espresso, drip coffee, coffee beans, and pastries from this conveniently located coffee specialist, one of several in the Hikarie complex. They also sell teas from Paris-based Betjeman and Barton.
Open 8am-9pm daily.
Sarutahiko - Coffee shop: Ebisu
Open 8am-12:30am daily.
Well-made coffee in a cozy, but very popular cafe space - during especially busy times the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk. Cafe latte runs Y380, and there are several varieties of beans to take...
Open 8am-12:30am daily.
Sarutahiko Atre - Coffee shop: Ebisu
Open 8am-11pm daily.
The original branch of this very serious coffee shop, just on the other side of Ebisu station, is always quite full, and this newer and much larger shopping-mall branch seems to be following suit. ...
Open 8am-11pm daily.
Switch Coffee - Coffee shop: Meguro
Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
The five or six varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans sold here start at around Y1890 per 250-gram bag, and you can taste samples before you buy. Each bean purchase also comes with a free cup of...
Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
Amameria Espresso - Coffee shop: Shinagawa-ku
Open noon-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7) daily.
A cafe and coffee roaster in out-of-the-way Musashi-Koyama, Amameria serves espresso beverages from their own house blends, and sells beans to go (from Y1040/200g).
Open noon-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7) daily.
Unir - Coffee shop: Akasaka
Open 24 hours a day.
A branch of the Kyoto-based gourmet coffee chain, Unir is attached to the hotel that never sleeps, Hotel M Innsomnia, and is of course open 24 hours a day. The food menu includes croissants,...
Open 24 hours a day.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk - Coffee shop: Roppongi 1-chome
Open 8am-10pm daily.
A pleasantly appointed branch of the gourmet espresso-bar chain; they also serve alcoholic beverages for a few hours in the evening. The espresso here is unusually thick and sludge-like, and quite...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Toranomon Koffee - Coffee shop: Toranomon
Open 7am-9pm daily.
Serious coffee fans in the Toranomon area were happy to hear about the opening of this office-building branch of the cult-favorite Omotesando Koffee in Aoyama. The polished-wood decor is quite...
Open 7am-9pm daily.
Artistree Cafe - Coffee shop: Uchisaiwaicho
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Coffee from Dutch artisanal roaster JH and San Francisco's Zaranda roasters is served in this pleasantly modern coffee bar located near Toranomon Hills.
Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Toriba Coffee - Retail: Ginza
Open 11am-9pm daily.
This on-premises coffee roastery offers deluxe bean blends with names like "Deep House Mix" and "Acid House Mix." Prices start at Y750 for 100g (Y1500 for 250g) and climb from there. There's a small...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Turret Coffee - Coffee shop: Tsukiji
Open 7am-6pm (Sun noon-) daily.
One of the only gourmet espresso bars in the area, Turret sources their beans from the well-known Streamer Coffee in Shibuya. Note the early closing time.
Open 7am-6pm (Sun noon-) daily.
Yakuoji Cafe - Coffee shop: Ushigome-Yanigicho
Open 8:30am-8pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Saturdays.
An artsy little neighborhood cafe serving espresso beverages, drip coffee of the day, and matcha. Lunches run Y500-1000, and they also roast their own beans, on sale from Y450/100g.
Open 8:30am-8pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Saturdays.
Mojo Coffee - Cafe: Kagurazaka
Open 7am-8pm daily.
A New Zealand coffee specialist, Mojo roasts their beans onsite and serves espresso drinks in down-under variations like Flat White and Long Black. The small neighborhood shop has a minimalist...
Open 7am-8pm daily.
Cafe Obscura - Coffee shop: Akihabara
Open 11am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Sangenjaya-based coffee purveyor Obscura sell around ten varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans - both single-origin and custom blends - starting at Y600/100g. Located inside an old converted train...
Open 11am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
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.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk - Coffee shop: Oshiage
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Great espresso and drip coffee from the oddly named Harajuku-based coffee shop Be A Good Neighbor. Wintertime drinks also include hot cocoa, hot lemonade and flavored teas, with pastries to go with....
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Eigakan - Jazz kissaten: Hakusan
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond...
Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Blue Bottle Coffee - Coffee shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 8am-7pm daily.
The first Tokyo outlet of the famous Oakland, California-based coffee shop, this spacious branch includes both a cafe area and roastery. A cup of blend coffee is Y450, while single-origin coffees...
Open 8am-7pm daily.
Cream of the Crop Coffee - Coffee shop: Kiyosumi-Shirakawa
Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.
Located a few minutes away from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), this out-of-the-way roastery sells beans to go and serves drip coffee (from Y420) in one corner of their big warehouse space. ...
Open 10am-6pm. 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.
Coffee Amp - Coffee shop: Koenji
Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This coffee roastery sells beans from Y790/200g, and also has a cafe section with espresso beverages, drip coffees and pastries.
Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Moss Core Coffee - Coffee shop: Nishi-Ogikubo
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Well-prepared single-origin coffees are served at this friendly neighborhood spot, with your choice of two different coffees of the day. Espresso is Y350, cafe latte is Y450, and blueberry muffins...
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.
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.
Roast Works: The Coffeeshop - Coffee shop: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 10am-8pm daily.
After you've selected the type of coffee bean, you can take your pick from Aeropress, French press or hand-dripped preparation for your cup of freshly made coffee. They also sell a couple of dessert...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Nozy Coffee - Coffee shop: Ikejiri-Ohashi
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Eight varieties of fresh-roasted, single-origin coffee beans are ready to take home, priced at Y700 and Y1000 per 100 grams (with discounts for larger orders). Attractive Bodum coffee-bean grinders...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Cafe Obscura Laboratory - Coffee shop: Sangenjaya
Open 9am-8pm. Closed third Wednesday.
A mostly retail branch of the nearby Cafe Obscura, the "Laboratory" sells fresh-roasted coffee beans starting at Y600/100 grams. There's a small standing area for on-premises espresso sipping, along...
Open 9am-8pm. Closed third Wednesday.
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: Futago-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.
Onibus Coffee - Coffee shop: Jiyugaoka
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Another entry in the wave of serious new coffee shops in Tokyo, with great espresso and drip coffee and friendly service. There's ample seating for five people at the shop's two and a half tables,...
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Tea shops

Hua Tai Cha So - Tea shop: Shibuya
Open 10:30am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
A sister shop to the main Hamamatsucho branch, with a large tearoom and a retail shop selling tea leaves and equipment. The tearoom is open until 5pm, and the retail shop until 8pm.
Open 10:30am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Mariage Freres - Tea shop: Ginza
Open noon-8pm.
With 450 varieties of world teas from 32 countries, Mariage Freres in Ginza offers the tea aficionado a rare combination of elegance, atmosphere and quality. Only the "finest harvests" are offered to...
Open noon-8pm.
Mother Leaf - Tea shop: Higashi-Ginza
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mother Leaf brews aromatic teas from five varieties of Sri Lankan tea leaves in a peaceful, smoke-free atmosphere.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Garden Lounge (New Otani) - Coffee shop: Kioicho
Open 6am-midnight daily.
If you'd like some scenery with your beverage, the Garden Lounge of the Hotel New Otani in Chiyoda-ku offers a stunning, panoramic view of a 400-year-old, perfectly maintained Japanese garden. Let...
Open 6am-midnight daily.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse - Animal cafe: Yokohama Kannai
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Lizards, tortoises, snakes and other reptiles - plus the odd amphibian - are the main attraction at this charming animal cafe. There's no cover charge per se, but you're expected to order a beverage...
Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
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Updated 2016-12-01