Tokyo loves doing things perfectly and cutely, so it’s a great place to find a perfectly cute cup of coffee. Now, the best and trendiest coffee spots in the city sell their products at a reasonable price, they are often crowded with people. If you’re looking for a relaxing coffee shop during your day off, might as well head to these lesser-known but awesome coffee shops.
A 10-15 minute walk from Kichijoji station (the JR Chuo Line and Keio Inokashira Line) is a hidden gem full of small independent coffee and tea stands called CAFETELIER. The name is a blend of the words CAFE and ATELIER, the concept being that coffee is an art and every coffee artist has their art atelier. In that vein, this building offers not only excellent coffee and tea, but also coffee making workshops, art workshops, photography lessons, lectures, poetry readings etc. The offers keep changing and staying fresh, as well as the coffee stands getting new additions, so this place is never boring.
Check their website for details and which coffee stand is open when.
We recommend you do some cafe-hopping and compare the tastes at several of these shops.
Business Hours: 1:00 p.m to 7 p.m.
※Thursdays from 12:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
※ Closed on Tuesdays
Bongen Coffee is another small coffee shop which opened in Ginza in December 2017. It is getting a lot of attention owing to the hundred-year-old bonsai plant that serves as a backdrop for the cafe. It looks modern and elegant in its interior. It also has one long bench on one side which has two partitions. This cafe can only accommodate a few people, but that adds to its charm and feeling you have discovered a special little place.
They serve coffee, latte, espresso, tea and organic coffee. They also have a free Wi-Fi access, great for travelers. Aside from drinks, they also promote their own products such as a set of three bean bottle source drip bags (650 yen), Bongen Sunflower Tote (2,000 yen), fragrance (1,500 yen), Bongen Wall Mug (1,700 yen) etc.
The cafe is just 4 minutes walk from Ginza 1 Chome Station’s 11th Exit. It is open daily even during holidays.
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This Instagram-worthy coffee in a cone became a hit in 2016 in countries like South Africa and Australia, before making its way to Japan. The cafe is in Koenji and it’s called “COFFEE CONE TOKYO” and the name says it all – it’s coffee served in an ice cream cone.
The cone is dipped in chocolate, so the coffee doesn’t leak through. Once you drink it, you can ask for soft serve ice cream to be poured in the same cone and pay extra. So, it’s not only tasty fun, but also eco friendly since there are no cups used!
The reason why this café is ‘henna’ (or ‘strange’ in Japanese) is twofold: first, it’s connected to the Henna Hotel franchise and secondly, the strange thing is that your coffee is made by robots!
The robot interacts with customers by greeting and asking them what coffee they like. You see the mechanical moves during coffee preparation and at the end it’s the machine that hands you the coffee cup!
This whole experience won’t cost you even less than a cup from a coffee shop. It also has seating space and is conveniently located in Shibuya.
Futatsubokissa Abe Coffee is a lovely coffee shop which opened in Tokyo’s Mizonokuchi in December 2017. Customers enjoy the specialty coffee that the cafe provides in their minimalist designed shop. Among the items they sell are coffee (drip, iced, espresso and latte), craft beer, homemade ginger syrup, homemade squeezed vinegar syrup, hot milk, apple juice, orange juice. They also sell various types of baked confectioneries. Take note that all of these are only available for takeout.
They also offer various workshops such as knitting, dyeing and other crafts.
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekdays)
10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (weekends)
These three are just some of the lesser-known coffee shops which opened in Tokyo a couple of months ago. A visit will assure you a less-crowded experience and a taste of delicious coffee! Let’s support the growth of these new cafes for a prosperous Tokyo.