Chilling In Tokyo: Cafes

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 coffee and tea shops.

European style

!!Cafe Troisgros (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5325-2493
Cafe Troisgros, a casual dining spot from Michelin-starred chef Michel Troisgros, turns out speedy, well-prepared lunches that offer good value for money (from Y1500). During off-peak hours (10-11am, 2-6pm), Cafe Troisgros's teatime menu offers the same frothy coffee drinks and sweet treats you might expect at places like Afternoon Tea, but with an upscale, gourmet twist. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-1-3, Odakyu Dept. Store 8F. Open 11am-2, 6-8pm (LO) daily.
Berry Parlour (Omotesando) 5774-9142
If you're in the mood for a luxurious dessert, this gorgeously decorated basement cafe serves "haute couture parfaits" from fresh seasonal fruit (Y1400-) and fruit teas (Y950-). Upstairs is Comme Ca Cafe, the very artistic cake shop on the first floor. Open from noon on weekends.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-10-19, Masahiro Aoyama Bldg B1F. Open 2-10pm (LO) daily.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe (Omotesando) 5464-0716
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 food and drink aren't so very different from a dozen other area cafes, the lovely, plant-filled setting and the lively atmosphere set it apart. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-7-2. Open 10am-8pm daily.
Le Pain Quotidien (Omotesando) 6721-1173
The conveniently located third Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery serves coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese.
SunmapKita-Aoyama 3-5-15. Open 8am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Viron (Shibuya) 5458-1770
Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.
SunmapUdagawacho 33-8. Open 9am-10pm daily.
Deux Magots (Shibuya) 3477-9124
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-airpetsSunmapDogenzaka 2-24-1, Bunkamura B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Rue Favart (Ebisu) 5421-0688
A very French-style multi-story cafe with a relaxed atmosphere; they serve light food items and desserts as well as coffee and drinks.
lateSunmapEbisu 3-28-12. Open 10am-2am daily.
Michelangelo (Daikanyama) 3770-9517
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 desserts. Drinks include Italian wines, grappa and liqueurs. Set lunch from Y1600.
open-airpetsSunmapSarugakucho 29-3. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Blue Point (Shirokanedai) 3280-2020
The restaurant in back is pretentious and overpriced, but the outdoor cafe is a pleasant place to sit during warm weather.
open-airlateSunmapShirokanedai 4-19-19. Open 11:30-3am daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Shinagawa) 5798-7070
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 substantial fare, with lunch an especially good value. Quiches and pastries are ready to take home from the bakery section.
SunmapTakanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Bldg #7. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Le Pain Quotidien (Shiba-koen) 6430-4157
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 is quite spacious, and there's also some terrace seating out front. You can drop in for coffee and pastries anytime from 7:30am.
SunmapShiba-Koen 3-3-1. Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Va-tout (Roppongi) 3568-2080
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 north-African dishes like lamb and rabbit couscous and Moroccan tajine. Call ahead to arrange a non-smoking table.
SunmapRoppongi 5-17-1, AXIS Bldg 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Fiat Caffe (Aoyama 1-chome) 5771-7662
This extremely stylish brand cafe above a Fiat showroom serves unexpectedly good Italian fare. Budget around Y3500 at dinnertime. The lunch specials (Y1000 for pastas or Y1500 for a meaty main dish) include a mini-salad bar with soup and bread, plus a beverage.
decorSunmapKita-Aoyama 1-4-5, Loge Aoyama 2F. Open 11:30am-4, 4-10pm (LO) daily.
!Aux Bacchanales (Roppongi 1-chome) 3582-2225
A cheerful cafe with a nice lunch menu (under Y1,000) and a take-away bakery department.
open-airpetsSunmapAkasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 2F. Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bar Del Sole Due (Ginza) 5159-2020
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-airSunmapGinza 2-4-6, Ginza Velvia-kan 1F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Ginza) 3569-0202
This popular Tokyo French cafe-bakery serves light snacks all day (quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise), plus more substantial prix-fixe lunches until 3pm (Y1260).
SunmapGinza 6-3-2, Gallery Center Bldg 1F. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Pagliaccio (Marunouchi) 6273-4486
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 warmly lit space inside entice passersby to stop in for an espresso or glass of wine. [Show more]
SunmapMarunouchi 2-2-3, Marunouchi Nakadori Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Aimee Vibert (Mitsukoshimae) 6225-2552
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 mirrors, a zinc bar and lots of tiny tables and chairs facing the sidewalk. [Show more]
SunmapNihonbashi Muromachi 2-2-1, Coredo Muromachi 1F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Aux Bacchanales (Kioicho) 5276-3422
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 French meals, and plenty of outdoor seating, heated in winter. The cafe serves light snacks like quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise and steak frites.
open-airpetsSunmapKioicho 4-1, Shin-Kioicho Bldg. 1F. Open 10am-11pm daily.
Paul (Kagurazaka) 6280-7723
Good pastries and sandwiches, to eat in or take out, at this French-based bakery-cafe.
no smokingmapKagurazaka 5-1-4, Kagurazaka Terrace 1F. Open 10am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
Lina's Sandwiches (Suidobashi) 5281-9881
Tucked away in the rather institutional-looking basement of the Athenee Francaise, this branch of the French-based cafe serves a range of good, made-to-order French-style sandwiches.
no smokingmapKanda Surugadai 2-11, Athenee Francais B1F. Open 11am-7:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Pain Quotidien (Hatsudai) 6276-4815
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 smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese. There's also a bar serving wine and beer.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-20-2, Tokyo Opera City Tower, 1F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Fuglen (Yoyogi-Koen) 3481-0884
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, and attract a good-sized following thanks to the comfortable setting and the free wifi. [Show more]
SunmapTomigaya 1-16-11. Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Globe (Ikejiri-Ohashi) 5430-3550
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-airdecorSunmapIkejiri 2-7-8. (on Mishuku-dori, just south of Route 246) Open 11am-8pm daily.
Koop Cafe (Naka-Meguro) 5725-6055
This late-night riverfront cafe offers a casual Italian-Mediterranean menu and open-air seating up front.
open-airlateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-5-10, Meguro Mansion 106. Open 11:30am-2:30am (LO) daily.

Exotic ethnic

!Cocongo (Jingumae 2-chome) 3475-8980
The decor of this cute little cafe is a mix of early-sixties batchelor-pad modern with African and Asian knick-knacks, while the soundtrack covers the range of Afro-pop and world music. There are plenty of cozy seating areas, including a couple of chairs perched in the tiny back garden. The menu features flavored teas, original cocktails, Singaporean chicken rice and Thai curries.
open-airpetsdecorSunmapJingumae 2-31-9. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Sakuragaoka Cafe (Shibuya) 5728-3242
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 and battered tables, and the soundtrack tends towards bouncy reggae; unfortunately it can get smoky at times. [Show more]
SunmapSakuragaokacho 23-3. Open 8-11am, 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-4am (Sun -12) daily.
Time Out Cafe (Ebisu) 5774-0440
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 wi-fi access.
SunmapHigashi 3-16-6, Liquid Room 2F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Asante Sana (Ebisu) 3791-2147
Whether you're an abstemious vegetarian or a shameless hedonist, a meal at Asante Sana will leave you feeling positively virtuous. Attached to a store selling Asian imports, all-natural soaps, and organic food items, this tiny cafe off the beaten track near Yebisu Garden Place takes a holistic approach to natural living. [See FULL REVIEW.]
mapMeguro-ku, Mita 2-7-10-102. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Doichan Chaya (Osaki) 5496-3520
A casual "tea house" serving Chinese teas, herb teas, and several varieties of iced tea along with light snacks. Tea time runs from 2-5pm, but if you're hungry you can take advantage of Doichan's late lunch menu (11am-5pm), featuring curries, donburis and sandwiches for under Y1000. In the evenings you'll find grilled meats and creative Japanese and Western dishes, plus beer, wine, sake and cocktails; budget around Y3000. Pets are welcome on the outdoor terrace.
open-airpetsSunmapOsaki 2-1-1, Thinkpark 1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Karma (Nakano) 3387-0602
It's worth coming here for the music alone - a fantastically eclectic mix from all over Asia and the rest of the world. The drinks menu includes coffee, tea, chai, Balinese rice wine, Thai soy milk, exotic cocktails and organic fruit juices. Food includes a nice selection of home-made desserts (all day long) and dishes like Tibetan dumplings (highly recommended) and tofu salad. The tiny chairs and tables don't encourage too much lingering, but this is an essential stop on a Nakano tour.
SunmapNakano 5-32-9. Open 7:30-11:30am, noon-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Mugs (Nakano) 3382-3644
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 (Y800) and cold tofu topped with Chinese preserved eggs (Y500). [Show more]
SunmapNakano-ku, Chuo 5-48-5. Open noon-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Copo do Dio (Nishi-Ogikubo) 3399-6821
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 simple white walls, is largely unadorned, the vibe calm and friendly. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapNishi-Ogi-Kita 4-26-10-103. Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.
Tag Cafe (Shimo-Kitazawa) 6450-7253
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 every table for your browsing needs (along with free WiFi). [Show more]
SunmapKitazawa 2-12-10, Southside II 2B. Open noon-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Red Book (Naka-Meguro) 3710-3438
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 chandelier and squat velour bar seats seem lifted from New Orleans' French Quarter. Together with the tattooed, fedora-wearing clientele, the atmosphere is pure Tokyo.
lateSunmapKami-Meguro 1-3-2. Open 11:30am-2am daily.

Arty spaces

!Brooklyn Parlor (Shinjuku) 6457-7763
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 cafes, here it feels like you've stumbled onto the hub of a social scene. Of course all the standard cafe needs are provided for - free wifi; hip background music; tons of magazines and books on art, design and fashion; good espresso beverages, interesting cocktails and very affordable wines. [Show more]
SunmapShinjuku 3-1-26, Shinjuku Marui Annex B1F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Ikiba (Harajuku) 6447-2457
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 treehouse-style space up front, and a second-floor library and small exhibition room where cigars and pipes are on display. [Show more]
open-airdecorSunmapJingumae 3-21-17. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Wired Cafe 360 (Harajuku) 5413-2630
Sitting atop the tech-heavy and design-savvy KDDI Designing Studio, this popular cafe is an oasis of greenery and art magazines, with nice panoramic views overlooking Harajuku. The menu features light food as well as coffee and other drinks, and it's a nice place to take a break from an afternoon of shopping.
SunmapJingumae 4-32-16, KDDI Designing Studio 5F. Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
A to Z Cafe (Omotesando) 5464-0281
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 cute. A joint project with the Graf design firm, A to Z Cafe, with its original artwork, mismatched furniture, and liberal use of worn wood and corrugated iron, is a cool place to spend the afternoon. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 5-8-3, Equbo Bldg 5F. Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
A Piece of Cake (Omotesando) 5466-0686
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
open-airSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-1-19. Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Architect Cafe (Gaienmae) 5771-2570
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.
decorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 2-27-18, Aoyama M's Tower 2F. Open 7am-11pm (Sun -6pm) daily.
Fab Cafe (Shibuya) 6416-9190
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 creative activity - lone patrons peck away industriously at laptops while small groups huddle together for informal meetings, while machinery whirs and coffee grinders buzz in the background. [Show more]
SunmapDogenzaka 1-22-7, Dogenzaka Pia 1F. Open 10am-9pm. Closed holidays.
Cantik (Shibuya) 5728-6228
Tiki-torch lights, wooden patio furniture, and covered terrace seating conduce to a beach-bungalow atmosphere at this dog-friendly cafe. The "Healthy Plate" for dogs (Y480) includes a chicken and vegetable main dish, some soft beef jerky and a milk-flavored bone for chewing on. C
open-airpetsSunmapSakuragaokacho 4-17. Open noon-5, 6pm-midnight daily.
Hi Score Kitchen (Shibuya) 3770-8145
The food here is basic Italian-International fare, and lunch (served till 3pm) includes a buffet of side dishes - Y1000 with main course, Y1500 with main, dessert and coffee. The dinner menu includes rotisserie-grilled meats, pastas and pizzas.
decorSunmapSakuragaokacho 4-2, Joyce Shibuya 3F. Open 11am-11:30pm (Fri, Sat -2am) daily.
Weekend Garage Tokyo (Daikanyama) 5428-5751
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 includes a hot sandwich of the day and a grilled platter, with prices around Y900-1200 including a drink.
SunmapDaikanyamacho 1-1, Grava Daikanyama B1F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Cafe Ohana (Ginza) 3567-4388
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 cat-themed artwork on the walls. Browse through their collection of magazines and cat picture books while you sip on a cappucino (Y750) or cocktail. [Show more]
SunmapGinza 3-3-12, Ginza Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Ismy (Bakurocho) 5823-4222
This artsy cafe-bar has a very local, neighborhood feel - there are books and magazines to peruse, a small gallery space upstairs and regular art events. The food menu features pies both sweet (blueberry, custard) and savory (shrimp-tomato cream, tomato-meat) along with salads and other light fare. [Show more]
SunmapHigashi-Kanda 1-14-2. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; Sun -6pm) daily.
Boo (Akihabara) 6240-1220
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 menu (served until 1:40pm), and in the afternoons you can order coffee and dessert. Boo's attached sister shop, Studio Uamou, makes cute devil-like character toys, and they're both part of the Aki-Oka artisan complex.
SunmapUeno 5-9, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan N-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Hinata Cafe (Hakusan) 3813-7003
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 middle of the seating area? The food menu is surprisingly wide-ranging - pastas, pizzas, teppan-grilled meats and lots of vegetable dishes. Drinks include coffee, juices, cocktails, five kinds of shochu and Sankt Gallen beer.
SunmapHakusan 5-33-1 2F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Pole Pole Za Space Cafe (Higashi-Nakano) 3227-1405
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 theater in the basement. Drinks include Chinese teas, hot cocktails (rum and apple, coffee and cointreau), and eight Belgian beers by the bottle. The food menu is limited to curry rice and a smattering of small deli items.
open-airno smokingSunmapHigashi-Nakano 4-4-1. Open 11:30am-11pm (-6pm Sun). Closed Mondays.
Planet 3rd (Koenji) 3318-3931
Planet 3rd is a pocket of urban cool off the beaten track in Koenji. The spacious interior is well designed, the atmosphere open and friendly. Check your email at one of the free computer terminals and then sit back and enjoy your coffee. Dogs are also welcome!
SunmapKoenji-Minami 2-49-18. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
AB Cafe (Kichijoji) 0422-23-3778
A cute little cafe with snappy decor, free wifi and a simple, inexpensive food and drink menu.
decorSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-11-2, Michelle Kaihatsu Kosha Dai-ni Bldg B1F. Open noon-1am daily.
Gendai Heights Cafe (Higashi-Kitazawa) 3469-1659
This multi-purpose art space/cafe-bar is way off the beaten track but it draws a crowd of loyal regulars, including personalities from the Tokyo art scene and local hipsters. During the day you'll find standard cafe lunches (pastas, curries) served till 6pm, plus gourmet coffees - they roast their own beans once a week. [Show more]
SunmapKitazawa 1-45-36. Open 1pm-midnight. Closed Wednesdays.

Cafe hangouts

Good Morning Cafe (Ikebukuro) 5954-8155
This department-store branch of the popular Sendagaya cafe serves Neapolitan-style pizzas, gourmet burgers, salads and lots of market-fresh vegetable dishes. Budget around Y1000 for lunch, Y2000 for dinner.
SunmapNishi-Ikebukuro 1-11-1, Lumine Ikebukuro 8F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Cafe Pause (Ikebukuro) 6912-7711
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.
SunmapMinami-Ikebukuro 2-14-12. Open noon-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Kasoyo (Mejiro) 3565-3265
Attached to a kimono shop that's hidden away on a Mejiro back street, this living room-style tearoom looks out onto a small garden. Choose from coffee, various teas and juices, along with traditional Japanese sweets and chocolate cake. Note the early closing hour.
SunmapShimo-Ochiai 2-19-21. Open 11:30am-6:30pm. Closed Tue, Wed.
10 Degree Cafe (Takadanobaba) 6912-6109
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 seats overlooking the Kanda River. Food is typical coffeeshop fare, although they do serve some interesting varieties of tea.
mapTakada 3-12-8. Open 11am-midnight daily.
Tsubame (Takadanobaba) 5292-3515
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 simple cocktails, nice herbal teas and interesting coffee variations.
SunmapNishi-Waseda 3-15-1. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Armwood Cottage (Shinjuku Gyoen-mae) 5935-8897
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 wooden surfaces and decorated with rustic kitsch - a deer head trophy here, model vintage trucks there. [Show more]
mapShinjuku 1-10-5, 2F. Open 11:30am-midnight (Sat 2pm-). Closed Sundays.
Meal Muji (Shinjuku) 5367-2726
Stylishly modern and surprisingly spacious, Meal Muji makes a pleasant retreat from the crowds of Shinjuku's shopping district. The decor is bright and cheerful, with ubiquitous sleek blond wood furnishings set off by clay-colored stucco walls and lots of greenery. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku 3-15-15, Shinjuku Picadilly B1F. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
News Deli (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5321-6161
Popular with a younger crowd, this casual cafe offers a wide selection of small food items - ranging from salads to stews - ready to assemble into a meal or a snack. There are also inexpensive wines and cocktails, including all-you-can-drink specials.
SunmapNishi-Shinjuku 1-3-14. (on Ome-kaido) Open 11:30am-11:30pm daily.
Marble Lounge (Nishi-Shinjuku) 3344-5111
Open twenty-four hours a day, the Hilton's Marble Lounge offers various special buffets throughout the day, including a dessert buffet with fountains of chocolate every afternoon from 2:30-6pm (Y4200). Thursday through Saturday evenings from 6:30-9pm there's a chocolate and cheese buffet (Y4200), featuring 20 types of cheese, 15-20 varieties of block chocolate and chocolate desserts, as well as hams and various canapes.
lateno smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 6-6-2, Hilton Hotel. Open 24 hours a day.
!Park Hyatt Delicatessen (Nishi-Shinjuku) 5323-3635
Perhaps the best deli counter in town, with a huge selection of cold cuts, pates and salads. Lunches are priced from around Y1000, and breakfast is served on weekdays from 8 to 10:30am. From 6-7pm weekdays they have an open wine bar (Y2500 including snacks). The outdoor terrace seating is pleasant in warmer months. [See FULL REVIEW.]
open-airno smokingSunmapNishi-Shinjuku 3-7-1-2, Park Hyatt Hotel 1F. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -7pm) daily.
Cafe Lolita (Yoyogi) 3379-3227
With its inexpensive food menu (pastas, rice dishes) and late-night hours, this is a convenient spot for a late-night drink and snack.
lateSunmapYoyogi 1-58-10. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Tokyo Apartment Cafe (Harajuku) 3401-4101
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. Lunch sets from Y840 on weekdays and Y945 on weekends.
lateSunmapJingumae 1-11-11. Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Bills (Harajuku) 5772-1133
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). [Show more]
viewopen-airpetsno smokingSunmapJingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F. Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Eco Farm Cafe 632 (Harajuku) 3498-0632
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 bar up on the balcony level. In back is a sprawling dining room where you can even get breakfast (9-11am).
open-airpetsSunmapJingumae 6-32-10. (in the street behind Condomania) Open 9am-11pm daily.
Cafe de Take (Harajuku) 5778-3941
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 pastries; the Harajuku Curry house special is made with cubes of kakuni stewed pork.
SunmapJingumae 6-6-2. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Madosh Cafe (Harajuku) 3400-1188
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). Eating utensils are nestled in empty Spam cans. We nearly tripped over a big shaggy dog asleep just inside the entrance. A DJ setup stands ready for the cafe's regular music nights and occasional art events. [Show more]
SunmapJingumae 5-28-7. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Nezucafe (Omotesando) 3400-2536
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 light meals - pastas, sandwiches, meat pies and salad Nicoise.
viewdecorSunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-5-1. Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
Royal Garden Cafe Aoyama (Gaienmae) 5414-6170
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 grilled meats and fish and other Mediterranean-inspired fare. There's some outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Jingu Gaien promenade.
open-airpetsSunmapKita-Aoyama 2-1-19. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Yao (Jingumae 2-chome) 3475-0860
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. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
SunmapJingumae 2-33-12, Villa Bianca 1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Mother Kurkku (Jingumae 2-chome) 5414-0581
With its double-height ceilings and wrap-around windows letting in the afternoon sun, the smoke-free second floor of Mother Kurkku is a luxurious space to relax in. The food is well above average, with mains like grilled swordfish with mentaiko and two kinds of cous cous (with lamb tajine or sausage and root vegetables). The Y1000 lunch is especially good value. There's a selection of reasonable wines and other drinks, and a DJ setup downstairs. Lunch is served until 3pm weekdays, 5pm weekends.
decorSunmapJingumae 2-18-15. Open 11am-4am daily.
Good Morning Cafe (Sendagaya) 5775-4800
Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. In the evenings there's a casual cafe menu plus a range of cocktails, herbal liqueurs, inexpensive wines and microbrew beers from Kona Brewery in Hawaii. [Show more]
open-airSunmapSendagaya 1-20-3. Open 6am-11pm daily.
Frames (Shibuya) 6415-6822
They bill themselves as an oasis of quiet in the midst of Shibuya's shopping neighborhood, with pretty good food and late-night hours. [Go to branch review]
lateSunmapUdagawacho 13-16, Kokusai Bldg. 2F. Open 11am-4:30am daily.
Kahemi Cafe (Shibuya) 5428-6368
A spacious, stylish cafe with a refreshingly grown-up atmosphere in Shibuya, serving organic food and wine. Fifteen wines are available by the bottle, priced Y2800-7800, along with nine varieties of sake and a big selection of liqueurs and cocktails. You can also find flavored lattes and teas, plus sandwiches, desserts and light snacks.
SunmapUdagawacho 2-1, Shibuya Homes B1F. Open noon-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Zarigani Cafe (Shibuya) 5459-0655
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 energetic, and the casual menu includes interesting original curries (we can recommend the green curry) as well as cocktails, teas and coffee.
SunmapUdagawacho 6-11. Open noon-11:30pm daily.
Amber Garret (Shibuya) 3770-8756
This modern Japanese dining bar, styled after an Englishman's abode, is still more Tokyo lounge than Nottingham cottage, despite the oversized leather sofas and antique typewriter. The vibe is chill, and at night the lighting is dim enough to flatter just about anyone.
SunmapUdagawacho 17-1, Shibuya Plaza Bldg 7F. Open noon-5, 6pm-1am daily.
BiOcafe (Shibuya) 5428-3322
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 soft-spoken staff and walls that fade from fuchsia to pearly pink, this quiet little cafe along Spain-zaka attracts a stylish, almost exclusively female crowd. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapUdagawacho 16-14, Patio 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Astral Lamp (Shibuya) 5458-5055
This cozy Shibuya hangout has a homey feel - literally. The cafe's six sections are all decorated to look like the rooms of a house. Make yourself comfortable in the bedroom, kitchen, or children's room and have a drink or a bite to eat.
lateSunmapUdagawacho 11-6, 8/9F. Open 5pm-3am. Closed Mondays.
Dexee Diner (Shoto) (Shibuya) 5790-2944
Dexee is known for their good, inexpensive food as well as the drinks selection. There's a big library of magazines to browse through.
SunmapShoto 1-4-8. (on the back road that runs from Tomigaya to Tokyu Honten, a couple of blocks before Tokyu) Open noon-4am daily.
Seat Mania (Shibuya) 5467-8997
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, but it's worth a visit just to perch for an hour on that Eames or Le Corbusier that you've always wanted but could never afford.
SunmapShibuya 3-1-9. Open 11:30am-10pm. Closed Saturdays.
Dexee Diner (Ebisu) 5464-3721
A second branch of the popular cafe, with late-night hours, good food, and good prices. (Formerly called Lenox Saloon.)
petslatedecorSunmapHiroo 1-1-39, Ebisu Prime Square Tower. Open 11am-2am daily.
Teras (Ebisu) 5420-7204
This quiet spot, with its Spanish tile tables, wooden-framed glass doors, and cream-colored walls, resembles a Balinese resort. Sink into a wicker chair and sip on a cool glass of fresh fruit juice.
mapEbisu 4-8-10. Open 11:30am-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Pile Cafe (Ebisu) 3770-2615
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 of nostalgia. Open til 4am on weekends.
SunmapEbisu-Nishi 1-8-2-207. Open 11:30am-midnight (4am Fri, Sat) daily.
!Frames (Daikanyama) 5784-3384
A very spacious, relaxing place to while away some time. Wine and other drinks are relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of light dishes to nibble on. Pets are allowed, and dog biscuits and water bowls are available. [Show more]
open-airpetslatedecorSunmapSarugakucho 2-11. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Sign (Daikanyama) 3780-9570
This relaxed cafe-bar is a perfect meeting spot, right in front of Daikanyama station.
open-airSunmapDaikanyamacho 19-14. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Wired Cafe (Gotanda) 5435-2088
Located next to Gotanda Station, this branch of the ubiquitous cafe chain offers inexpensive dishes like sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas as well as coffee, tea and cocktails. There's plenty of internet access and some non-smoking tables.
SunmapHigashi-Gotanda 1-26, Atre Vie Gotanda 2F. Open 8am-11pm (weekends from 10am) daily.
Cafe 246 (Aoyama 1-chome) 5771-6886
This spacious cafe-bar is done up in retro early-1970s modern style, with a nice big terrace seating area with retractable roof. It's run by the folks from the always-hip Planet 3rd cafe in Shibuya, and it's attached to a travel-oriented bookstore run by Paper Sky magazine.
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 1-2-6. (in the block behind Aoyama Twin Towers) Open 11am-2am daily.
Meal Muji (Hibiya) 5501-1510
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi. Breakfast is served from 7am.
SunmapYurakucho 1-2-1, Toho Theater Crie Bldg Rem Hibiya 2F. Open 6:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Meal Muji (Marunouchi) 5208-8241
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi, inside their huge flagship store in Yurakucho.
SunmapMarunouchi 3-8-3, Infoce Yurakucho 2/3F. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Cafe Salvador (Marunouchi) 5220-6466
The magazine corner at this popular all-day cafe includes Conde Nast titles like Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, GQ and Wired for your browsing pleasure. The single-origin coffee is made from beans selected by globetrotting "coffee hunter" Yoshiaki Kawashima, and there's a good selection of tapas-style dishes, sandwiches and desserts.
SunmapMarunouchi 3-2-3, Fuji Bldg 1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
100% Chocolate Cafe (Kyobashi) 3273-3184
This dessert cafe offers a big selection of chocolate-themed dishes - eight kinds of chocolate cake, frozen fresh chocolates, and hot chocolate drinks. Located in the headquarters building of the Meiji chocolate company, the cafe sports a stylish brown-and-gold color scheme that's reminiscent of an expensive box of chocolates.
SunmapKyobashi 2-4-16, Meiji Seika Honsha Bldg 1F. Open 9am-8pm (11am-7pm weekends) daily.
Paul (Yotsuya) 5368-8823
Good pastries and plenty of outdoor seating.
open-airSunmapYotsuya 1-5-25, Atre Yotsuya 2F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kojimachi Cafe (Kojimachi) 3237-3434
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. Drinks include French pear cider and cava, with a nice casual evening food menu. Brunch is served on weekends.
SunmapKojimachi 1-5-4. Open 11:30am-11pm (Sun. noon-6pm) daily.
Mugimaru 2 (Kagurazaka) 5228-6393
The charming, ramshackle old building is a refurbished merchant's shop filled with artwork, random bric-a-brac and a couple of resident cats. They serve tea and home-made manju (sweet bean-jam buns) in various flavors; manju are also available to take away (Y140 each).
SunmapKagurazaka 5-20. Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Saryo (Kagurazaka) 3266-0880
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 terrace in front as well as a very spacious interior. Lunch is served 11:30am-1:30pm.
SunmapKagurazaka 5-9. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
!Canal Cafe (Iidabashi) 3260-8068
In addition to the main restaurant, Canal Cafe runs a separate outdoor self-service cafe next to the boat docks, serving coffee, cakes and some drinks.
viewopen-airpetsSunmapKagurazaka 1-9. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
23 Banchi Cafe (Asakusa) 5608-3831
This casual cafe is run by Asahi Beer, on the grounds of their Philippe Starck-designed headquarters. Drinks include coffees, wine, and various Asahi and Asahi-imported beers, including three microbrews from the on-premises Sumidagawa Brewery. There's a fairly random cafe-style food menu - fried and grilled free-range chicken, Mexican pizza, chorizo sausages and keema curry. Dogs are welcome out on the wooden-deck terrace, where food and water are available.
open-airpetsSunmapAzumabashi 1-23-36, Annex Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Cafe Muji (Sugamo) 3576-3212
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi. The surprisingly spacious interior features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street.
SunmapSugamo 1-16-8, Atre Vie Sugamo 3F. Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Les Deux Bleue (Toyosu) 3536-8326
Bring your canine companion and choose from a large doggy menu, including cheese pizza, chicken-breast jerky, tofu burgers and cake. For after-dinner exercise there's a big, fenced-in dog run right outside the cafe.
petsSunmapToyosu 2-4-9, LaLaport Toyosu 1F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Canteen (Aomi) 5530-0261
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-airmapAomi 2-7-4, the SOHO 1F. Open 9am-10pm (Sat 10am-6pm). Closed Sundays.
!Breadworks (Tennozu Isle) 5479-3666
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 seating overlooking the adjacent canal. Take-out breads include tempting savory creations like gorgonzola-walnut and bacon-rosemary rolls, as well as focacia, whole-grain loaves, bread made with beer yeast (from TY Harbor Brewery next door) and assorted pastries and cakes.
open-airSunmapHigashi-Shinagawa 2-1-6. Open 8am-8pm daily.
Good Morning Cafe (Nakano) 5318-3222
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), espresso beverages and gourmet burgers. In the evenings there's a casual dinner menu with lots of salads and vegetable dishes, along with budget wines. [Show more]
SunmapNakano 4-10-2, Nakano Central Park South 1F. Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
Cafe Apartment (Koenji) 3339-8339
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 Tokyoites. Low tables and soft cushions line the walls; green plants inhabit the corners. Picture books and magazines await perusal, while crayons and white paper placemats are provided for more creative moments. [Show more]
SunmapKoenji-Kita 3-2-15 2F. Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Here We Are Marble (Koenji) 5934-8200
The interior of this cute and friendly cafe skillfully combines wood and metal, but marble is strangely absent. Chill out to wispy indie folk pop with a cup of tea and some spiced yogurt (Y500) or choose one of their special desserts. Menu changes daily.
SunmapKoenji-Minami 2-14-2. (about 10 min. down the main street leading south from the JR station, on the left) Open noon-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Wired Cafe Atre Kichijoji (Kichijoji) 0422-22-2168
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji 2F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Il Cafe (Kichijoji) 0422-20-1306
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 old-fashioned Tokyo-apartment-style kitchen takes up the back wall. There's even a small tatami corner. [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-8-2-3F. Open noon-11pm daily.
!Fireking Cafe (Yoyogi-Uehara) 3469-7911
With its spacious, lively dining room, convenient late-night hours, huge bar and wide-ranging food menu, Fireking has established itself as the hub of Uehara nightlife since its opening in 2000. It's busy until late at night with an eclectic and hip crowd.
lateSunmapUehara 1-30-8. Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Sunday Brunch (Shimo-Kitazawa) 5453-3366, 5453-1313
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 cheese risotto with chestnuts, plus some elaborate desserts.
SunmapKitazawa 2-29-2. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Cafe Muji (Futago-tamagawa) 5797-0234
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
SunmapTamagawa 2-27-5, 3F. Open 10am-8pm (LO) daily.
Snobbish Babies (Naka-Meguro) 3461-7601
Take your doggy for a leisurely meal at Snobbish Babies, a high-end canine clothing store and cafe along the Meguro River. Choose crepes, beef stew, or the daily lunch plate for yourself, and pick something off the Dog Menu for your four-legged friend. Lunch until 5pm.
open-airpetsSunmapAobadai 2-16-8. Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Aoya (Naka-Meguro) 3464-1615
Located in a Showa-era house, this charming lunch spot along the backstreets of trendy Aobadai serves up healthy Japanese home cooking and specialty teas. The Obanzai set for Y1200 changes daily and comes with three side dishes, miso soup, and your choice of gokoku-mai (a blend of white rice plus five grains) or brown rice from Kyoto. Lunch is until 3pm, and drinks and desserts like matcha cake are available until six. After that, the cafe is open to members only.
SunmapAobadai 1-15-10. Open 11:30am-6pm. Closed first, third Mondays.
Patisserie Potager (Naka-Meguro) 6279-7753
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 and soy-milk mousse, and daikon and yuzu mousse wrapped in chocolate. There's a twenty-seat open-air terrace cafe in front of the shop where you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee along with your vegetable-based sweets.
open-airSunmapKami-Meguro 2-44-9. Open 10am-8pm (LO 7:30) daily.
Kosoan (Jiyugaoka) 3718-4203
This charming little cafe occupies a traditional Japanese garden on a quiet Jiyugaoka side street. The menu offers green tea, coffee, and traditional Japanese sweets. Note the early closing time (6:30pm).
SunmapJiyugaoka 1-24-23. Open 11am-6:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Interactive cafes

Nekorobi (Ikebukuro) 6228-0646
The welcoming staff and softly lit, comfortable atmosphere make Nekorobi a popular destination. So popular, in fact, customers may encounter a wait on weekends. For Y1000, you'll get an hour with the cats, unlimited drinks from the vending machine (coffee, cocoa, royal milk tea, etc.), and complimentary cookies. [Show more]
SunmapHigashi-Ikebukuro 1-28-1, Tact T-O Bldg 3F. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Calico (Shinjuku Kabukicho) 6457-6387
This more centrally located branch of Calico in Kichijoji, one of Tokyo's pioneering cat cafes, is staffed with dozens of cats. The entry fee is Y1000 per hour, and food and drink are also available.
SunmapKabukicho 1-16-2, Fuji Bldg 6F. Open 10am-9:15pm (LO) daily.
Ra.a.g.f (Harajuku) 6805-0328
Pet, play with and feed the dozen staff rabbits at this small rabbit cafe. Entry is Y600 for the first 30 minutes, or Y1000 for the first hour, and Y500 for each additional 30 minutes. Coffee and soft drinks are free, and a dish of greens and carrots for feeding the rabbits is Y100. The initials stand for "rabbit and grow fat," in case you were wondering.
SunmapJingumae 6-14-15, Maison Harajuku 3F. Open noon-7pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-7:30). Closed Fridays, 3rd Thu.
Kotori Cafe (Omotesando) 6427-5115
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets, sparrows and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. They serve coffee and cake (Y1580 for a Kona coffee and cake set) and sell a variety of bird-themed paraphernalia. [Show more]
SunmapMinami-Aoyama 6-3-7. Open 11am-7pm daily.
Nyafe Melange (Ebisu) 5449-4024
The twenty-three resident cats here enjoy the use of custom-designed perches. Entry is Y600 for 30 minutes or Y1000 for 60 minutes (Y700 and Y1200 on weekends). Coffee and tea are served, and free WiFi is available.
SunmapEbisu 1-7-13. Open noon-8pm (Fri, Sat -9pm) daily.
Neko Jalala (Akihabara) 3258-2525
JaLaLa distinguish themselves within the competitive cat-cafe world with their choice of exotic breeds such as Abyssinians and Maine Coons, housing a total of 27 cats altogether. The basic cover charge is Y1010 for an hour on weekdays, Y1060 on weekends. Coffee, tea and beer are served.
SunmapSoto-Kanda 3-5-5. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Fukuro no Mise (Tsukishima) unlisted
Relax over a cup of coffee or tea while you enjoy the company of the shop's parliament of resident owls; the cover charge is Y1000 for one hour. Note that they don't take reservations, so you just have to show up and hope that they're not full.
SunmapTsukishima 1-27-9. Open Wed, Sun 2-6, Thu-Sat 2-10. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Cafe Baron (Koenji) 5356-6510
One of Tokyo's smaller bird cafes, Cafe Baron is home to a couple of resident barn owls. The food menu features dishes like vegetable curry and bacon-cheese tortilla with Mexican pilaf.
SunmapKoenji-Kita 3-10-5. Open 11am-6pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Temari no Ouchi (Kichijoji) 0422-23-5503
Typical of Tokyo's second wave of cat cafes, Temari no Ouchi strives to create a destination "relaxation space" for visitors rather than just a place to play with cats for half an hour. Kick back with an imported beer or original cocktail, or choose from a range of herbal teas and coffee-based drinks. There's also an extensive menu of desserts, snacks (popcorn shrimp, sausages), and full meals (keema curry, Hawaiian loco moco). [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-13-14 3F. Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Calico (Kichijoji) 0422-29-8353
One of Tokyo's largest cat cafes, with 28 felines to hang out with. Y900 for one hour; soft drinks are Y100-200.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-5-7, Yuki Bldg 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Falconer Cafe (Mitaka) 0422-57-7762
Located just down the block from the Ghibli Museum, this cafe features a large glassed-in aviary space housing the owner's falcons, hawks and owls. The shop attracts a community of Tokyo bird-lovers, and some customers bring their own birds along. The cafe's small food menu features curry rice and stir-fried ginger pork.
SunmapMitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 1-11-8. Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Kotori Cafe Kichijoji (Mitaka) 0422-29-9224
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are on display at this second branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located across the street from the Ghibli Museum. You can enjoy a cup of coffee and cake, a light meal or a drink with birds in the background, then optionally spend a few minutes playing gently with the birds in the interactive area.
SunmapMitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 1-14-7. Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.
Usagi Cafe Ohisama (Shimo-Kitazawa) 3410-5299
Unlike most rabbit cafes in town, Ohisama serves full meals. Y2300 gets you a pasta dish, salad, small dessert, drink and 90 minutes of rabbit time. If you just want coffee, the cover charge is Y1000 for 30 minutes or Y1400 for 60 minutes (price includes one drink).
SunmapKitazawa 2-18-5, 2F. Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.
Usagi no Ehon (Shimo-Kitazawa) 3466-5081
Get to know the ten resident rabbits here while you enjoy a pasta lunch or an afternoon coffee break. The cover charge is Y150 per thirty minutes, plus you're expected to order one item from the cafe's set menu (either a cake set or a pasta set).
SunmapKitazawa 3-30-1, K Bldg 2F. Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.
Curl Up Cafe (Meguro-ku) 5755-5393
When they aren't modeling for magazines or winning prizes for best in show, the twelve cats at this friendly cafe can be found stretching out on the cream-colored leather couches or curled up in cat beds. The feline staff commutes with the owner every day. The cheerful interior, with its white walls and blond wooden surfaces, is brightly illuminated and immaculate. [Show more]
SunmapHaramachi 1-7-4. Open noon-8pm (11-7 Sat, Sun). Closed Mondays.
Ra.a.g.f (Jiyugaoka) 3725-2240
The larger of the two branches of this popular rabbit cafe, Ra.a.g.f Jiyugaoka has around two dozen rabbits of various breeds for visitors to play with and feed. Entry is Y600 for the first 30 minutes, or Y1000 for the first hour, and Y500 for each additional 30 minutes. Coffee and soft drinks are free, and a dish of greens and carrots for feeding the rabbits is Y100.
SunmapJiyugaoka 1-26-3, 5F. Open noon-7:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-8pm). Closed Thursdays.
!Tori no Iru Cafe (Kiba) 5809-8865
Cat cafes are so 2011 - bird cafes are the next big thing. Enjoy the company of owls and parrots while sipping your herb tea and snacking on owl-shaped cookies and coffee jellies. They also offer a selection of beers and wines that feature birds of prey on their labels, including three varieties of the excellent Hitachino Nest Beer (weitzen, white ale, sweet stout) as well as Steenuilke ("Little Owl"), a blond beer from Belgium (all Y1000/bottle). [Show more]
SunmapKiba 2-6-7, Seven Star Mansion 1F. Open 1-10pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Cafe Little Zoo (Chiba) 047-455-3329
Turtles, iguanas, owls and other birds of prey are the main attraction at this exotic suburban cafe. The cafe menu here includes light dishes like green curry (Y950), ebi pilaf (Y950), and a camembert fondue (Y850).
SunmapNarashino-shi, Moto-Okubo 1-4-10. Open noon-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm). Closed Wed, Thu.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse (Yokohama Kannai) 045-263-4015
Lizards, turtles, snakes and other reptiles - plus the odd amphibian - are the main attraction at this charming animal cafe. There's no cover charge, but you're expected to order a beverage or food. The food menu features meat, vegetable and fruit cakes, and there are more than a dozen kinds of tea, including several Chinese varieties. A set meal of three cakes and a beverage runs Y1400.
no smokingSunmapChojamachi 8-133, 2F. Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.