A Must-Read for Coffee Lovers! The Top 5 Cafes in Tokyo that Use Top-Quality Coffee Beans
Tokyo boasts numerous first-class cafes who make sure to use only the finest of beans. Here are five cafes overflowing with originality - including harmonious, cozy spaces and retro-style coffee lounges.
1. BONGEN COFFEE
Situated on a small side street within walking distance of Ginza, BONGEN COFFEE is a coffee stand serving top-notch coffee and sweets in a stylish, refined space adorned with bonsai. They offer a varied drink menu, from a drip coffee made only from the finest beans to original drinks like matcha espresso lattes. The drinks pair exquisitely with their selection of desserts, like monaka (sweet azuki beans in a wafer sandwich) and dango (sweet rice dumplings), so make sure to order something to eat too! The cafe space also features a few wooden benches for relaxing, so that you could take a true coffee break.
2. iki ESPRESSO TOKYO
iki ESPRESSO TOKYO is a stylish cafe situated in Kiyosumi-shirakawa, which is coming to be known as the "coffee quarter" of Tokyo. Try their authentic espresso (410 JPY), made using techniques learned from one of New Zealand’s master baristas, or an original coffee made from beans roasted on-site. There’s a full food menu as well, starring a ricotta cheese pancake (1,380 JPY) and eggs benedict (1,380 JPY). The easy access - only a 5-minute walk from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station - is another plus.
3. ONIBUS COFFEE NAKAMEGURO
ONIBUS means “bus” in Portuguese and reflects their founding ambition: much like a bus connects location to location, this cafes seeks to connect people with each other. Their coffee beans are sources from places such as Rwanda, which they personally visited to confirm the beans’ quality. The Naka-meguro location is situated at a one-minute walk from Naka-meguro Station and is located in a classical Japanese house, which provides an extremely intimate setting, and boasts the latest roasting and espresso machines. They sell coffee beans in-store as well, so take some home for a gift.
4. STARBUCKS RESERVE(R) ROASTERY TOKYO
This Starbucks Roastery, located on the Meguro River, is one of only five in the world. In the first-floor cafe, expert baristas can make you a cup of coffee that is perfectly calibrated to your tastes, and you can also do a taste-test between the world’s three major coffee-producing areas. Their unique offerings include a barrel-aged cold brew (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)), using beans aged in whiskey barrels, and an Americano con crema (800 JPY (excl. tax)), which bears a lovely orange aroma. You’ll be sure not to miss the space’s massive copper roasting machines, or the expert skill of their roasters.
5. Ginza Coffee Shop Ginza Sukiyabashi
Ginza Coffee Shop is a classic, stylish coffee lounge situated right by Ginza’s Sukiyabashi intersection. Luxuriate in their spacious, comfy couches and order their original blend coffees made with the finest beans, like the popular Ginza Coffee Blend (700 JPY (excl. tax)). Try their food menu as well: they offer meals, like their classic Neapolitan pasta (1,090 JPY (excl. tax)), and desserts, like their original rice-flour pancakes and meringues. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a few moments of peace to a background of jazz music.
Perhaps you’re at a vacation spot and looking for a short break nearby, or perhaps this list helps you decide where in the city to visit. Either way, we hope you check out the locations on this list!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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