Tokyo’s Best Coffee Shops and Cafes

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Pack your bags, coffee lovers, because we're about to embark on a decadent journey through Tokyo's bustling coffee scene — and no, we aren’t taking you to Starbucks. Like a city within a city, Tokyo's coffee culture thrives in its unique blend of traditional and modern flavors. 

It's a robust wonderland filled to the brim with traditional kissaten, avant-garde coffee houses, and chic, modern roasters. Maybe your style is more in line with a minimalist, hip cafe in the heart of Aoyama, or perhaps it's a charmingly rustic roastery nestled in the maze-like streets of Shibuya that speaks to your soul. 

We've got a range of experiences here, each one more enchanting than the last, to go with every sensibility — and every mood, if you like to mix it up.

Although you may mostly associate most Asian cultures with tea and matcha, the coffee scene in Tokyo is as robust as its brews. And in Tokyo, coffee isn't just a quick caffeine fix. It's a beloved ritual, a lifestyle, and most importantly, a voyage of delicious discovery. 

In the following sections, you'll be introduced to some of Tokyo’s best cafes and coffee bars — places where brewing is an art form, and every sip tells a story.

Fuglen Coffee Roasters

In the heart of Shibuya, you'll stumble upon a slice of Scandinavian heaven — Fuglen Coffee Roasters. And this is more than a cup of good coffee. Although it’s now an iconic part of Tokyo’s coffee scene, Fuglen Coffee is Norwegian in origin. And, like, yeah — the roastery is a pretty appealing mash-up when you imagine the sleek and chic Scandinavian aesthetic paired with the loud, proud, cutting-edge buzz of Tokyo. 

Now stir both of those impeccable vibes into a cup of coffee, and you’ll start to see why it’s become such an icon. When you step inside, the decor feels like a meticulously curated mid-century Norwegian living room, complete with vintage furniture and atmospheric lighting. 

And it's not just for show, dear reader. You can actually purchase any piece of furniture you see. If you’ve ever spent an afternoon of free Wi-Fi working in a quality coffee shop and wished that you could make your home just as cozy and perfectly styled, Fuglen can help you live that dream.

But rest assured, Fuglen's commitment to excellent coffee is uncompromising. They source single-origin beans from some of the world's finest coffee-growing regions. 

The hand-drip brewing methods are just as diverse as the decor — from AeroPress to pour-over, French press to espresso and Americanos. Each method, tailored to bring out the best in every bean, results in a cup of coffee that's as memorable as it is flavorful.

And don’t you dare leave without trying their seasonal specialty coffee latte. It's the starlet of the coffee menu — a delightful symphony of flavors that keeps latte art fans coming back for more. Fuglen Coffee Roasters, darling, is a must-visit if you appreciate a well-crafted latte with a vintage, east-meets-west charm.

Switch Coffee

Ever heard the saying, "Good things come in small packages?" Well, someone must have had Switch Coffee in mind when they said that. Tucked away in the trendy neighborhood of Nakameguro, this coffee stand is easy to miss. But honey, once you find it, you'll realize it’s worth every step of the journey for just one sip of their great coffee.

The first thing you'll notice is the minimalistic design — it's clean, it's sleek, and it screams of a modern Japanese aesthetic. But don't let the simplicity fool you. At Switch, the simplicity of the environment allows the coffee to take center stage, just as it should.

Switch prides itself on its drip coffee made from single-origin beans, each meticulously sourced and masterfully roasted by the owner, a self-confessed coffee nerd. Here, each cup of coffee is a tribute to the beautiful complexity of the humble coffee bean. 

And let's not forget the tantalizing aroma that greets you the moment you walk in — a promise of the taste journey that awaits. You'll be spoiled for choice with their range of drip methods, each designed to coax out the unique characteristics of the beans. 

You can also buy their beans to recreate the Switch experience at home. The baristas are more than happy to give brewing advice, too, so whether you’re new to brewing your own coffee or are an expert looking to step up your game, Switch can’t be beat for service.

Switch Coffee may be small, but its commitment to delivering an exceptional coffee experience is mighty. It’s a hidden gem that glows brightly in Tokyo's coffee scene. If you love a good underdog story and a spectacular cup of coffee, Switch should be next on your Tokyo coffee tour.

Blue Bottle Coffee Aoyama

If Blue Bottle Coffee sounds familiar to you, and you hail from New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco — you’re right. The Aoyama branch of Blue Bottle Coffee is yet another expression of this impeccable coffee company, which takes every step it can, from seed to cup, to help your cuppa reach its full potential.

Blue Bottle is as stylish as its neighbors, located in one of Tokyo's most fashionable districts. With its sleek, modern aesthetic and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a flood of natural light, this coffee bar is a love letter to the trendy design enthusiasts among us. It's as if an architect and a barista had a baby named Blue Bottle.

Lucky for all of us, Blue Bottle isn't just a pretty face. This Californian import takes its coffee as seriously as its aesthetic appeal. Each coffee bean is treated with the utmost respect, ensuring that what ends up in your cup is nothing short of a coffee masterpiece. 

The hand drip method is a house specialty, and it's a performance you don't want to miss. It's all in the details — the measured pour, the timed steep, the careful decant. This is coffee brewing at its most artful.

If you're craving a little something to pair with your coffee, their pastry game is on point too. Freshly baked on-site every day, the selection ranges from buttery croissants to indulgent canelés. Blue Bottle Coffee Aoyama is a coffee experience that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Café de l’Ambre

Nestled amidst the glitzy boutiques of the upscale district of Ginza, Café de l’Ambre is like a well-preserved artifact from a bygone era. Operating since 1948, this café serves up a delightful blend of nostalgia and some of the best coffee you'll ever sip. It’s so good that even Gwenyth has it on her list, and that’s a diva we trust to have taste.

Stepping into Café de l’Ambre is like stepping back in time. The decor, much like the café itself, is a homage to the Showa era, offering a sharp contrast to the modernity that surrounds it. As for the ambiance, let's just say it's the kind of place where you can lose track of time, savoring your coffee as the world rushes by outside.

But let’s not waste any time and talk about the main event: the coffee. The café boasts an impressive array of aged coffee beans, some of which are decades old. You heard that right, darling. Decades! Each cup is prepared with painstaking care using a cloth drip method, resulting in a rich, flavorful, and absolutely unforgettable coffee.

Café de l’Ambre isn't just a coffee shop; it's a piece of living history distilled into a mug. So sit back, order a cup of their aged coffee, and let the café's charmingly retro atmosphere transport you to a simpler time.

Chatei Hatou

As we wind down our coffee tour, it's time to slow down the pace. Chatei Hatou is a well-respected but still relatively hidden gem that champions the art of slow coffee. Tucked away in the backstreets of Shibuya, Chatei Hatou is a serene oasis amidst the city’s hustle and bustle.

The ambiance is distinctly traditional, complete with tatami mats and vintage coffee cups. The minute you step in, you’ll feel a sense of calm wash over you. It’s like a spa day for your senses, but with coffee. If you want that Japanese tea room experience but need something a little stronger to sip on, this is the place to go.

The coffee served here is prepared the old-fashioned way — brewed one cup at a time, using a cloth filter and a copper pot. This process is slow, deliberate, and meticulous. Each cup of coffee is then served in beautiful china, adding an extra touch of elegance to your coffee experience.

Honorable Mentions

  • Nozy Coffee
  • Onibus Coffee
  • Streamer Coffee
  • Cafe Kitsune
  • Ogawa Coffee Lab Shimokitazawa 

A Steaming Cuppa Closure

With this whirlwind of flavors, aromas, and unforgettable ambiances at your disposal, Tokyo may not have a huge reputation for its coffee scene, but we’re going to call it now. It will happen soon! Each of these coffee shops — Fuglen, Switch, Café de l’Ambre, Blue Bottle, and Chatei Hatou — offers a unique twist on Tokyo’s vibrant coffee culture. 

Whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, a casual sipper, or just in for aesthetic pleasure, Tokyo's coffee scene has a little something for everyone. So, go ahead, darling, let Tokyo brew you a cup you'll never forget. Life's too short for bad coffee.


Fuglen Coffee

Switch Coffee

Café de l’Ambre | Goop

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