Now that travel to Japan is open once again, it’s time to explore this beautiful country. Of course, when most people visit Japan for the first time, they tend to head to Tokyo, the sprawling metropolis capital that is the most populous city in the world, with 37.4 million residents. With all of those people, it makes sense that there are countless cafes and coffee shops strewn about the city, and you could fill up a whole trip with just cafe hopping. However, we not that not everyone is as caffeine-crazed as us, so here are a few of the must visit coffee shops in Tokyo you can visit.
Located in Gyre, the Omotesando shopping center right off of Cat Street, this is one of the most accessible cafe locations in the city. It’s surrounded by luxury shops like Chanel, Delvaux, and Comme des Garcons. The entire 4th floor is taken up by Gyre Food, with Uni Gyre being the cafe portion that takes up about half of the floor. It’s made up of a beautiful seating area of wooden cubes that were inspired by soil, according to Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects, that designed the space.
Connel Coffee was designed by firm Nendo, giving it the signature minimalistic style that’s so popular in Japan. Located in the Sogetsu Kaikan building’s second floor, this cafe has glass ceilings and stunning glass windows that overlook a beautiful green forest on one side as well as a stone garden on the other, creating a calm atmosphere throughout the whole cafe.
Higuma Doughnuts + Coffee Wrights
Higuma Doughnuts + Coffee Wrights is located behind the streets of Omotesando and Harajuku. It’s actually a combination of two Tokyo staples, hence the name. Designed by Chab Design, the cafe has a sunken interior and features lots of natural light inside and also a lovely outdoor space. The concrete walls and plywood give the cafe a neutral, calming vibe.
Located in the old fashioned Yanaka neighborhood, Kayaba Coffee is located in a renovated kissaten that was redone in 2009 thansk to art gallery Scai the Bathhouse as well as Taito Cultural and Historical Society. You’ll be able to enjoy the traditional Japanese architecture that’s been updated for modernity.
Sarutahiko The Bridge
Designed by the Suppose Design Office, the cafe is located on the second floor in the Harajuku Station building. Thr roomy cafe has plenty of seats and you’ll be able to enjoy a view of one of the most bustling areas of Tokyo. While it is a very modern design, there are traditional elements added like the bonsai tree located by the entrance.