Tokyo is a city that has plenty of fun sightseeing areas. However, you also want to rest from the exhaustion of all that movement in nice places as well. Here are some restaurants and cafes that are perfect to take a breather in.
This Japanese-style cafe is just a minute walk away from Tokyo Station. Marunouchi Cafe Kai is on the first floor of the KITTE building, a building that has shops, restaurants, and stores that offer local specialties from all around the country. This cafe is rather famous because you can casually enjoy real Japanese tea or coffee made by a barista. The interior is decorated in a modern Japanese style so you can have a calm, relaxing time there. The recommended drink is Sencha Ichiban Megami (620 JPY). Sencha is non-powdered green tea. They use a large kyuusu, a small Japanese teapot, stuffed with tea so you can slowly enjoy the taste. They also have sweets and dishes that they make with carefully chosen ingredients. Business hours are from 7:00 am - 11:00 pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 am - 10:00 pm Sundays and Holidays. They're open late, which is great for travelers. Please stop by if you get the chance.
1. Marunouchi Cafe Kai (Tokyo)
When you're sightseeing in Asakusa, why not stop by the Funawa Cafe near Kaminarimon? It's a cafe managed by Funawa, a long-running sweets shop famous for their imo youkan, a sweet potato jelly. This cafe has been featured on TV many times thanks to their sweets and drinks made using sweet potatoes. The whimsical facade and the relaxing interior design helps make it a place to get away from the bustle of Asakusa. One thing to try is their mild Imo Youkan Soft Parfait (850 JPY), made using the sweet potato jelly and soft-serve ice cream. This treat that you can only eat in Asakusa is particularly popular with women. This cafe is self-service, so please pay at the register before taking your food to a table. There is a terrace with 7 tables available as well as those indoors, and the terrace is very popular. Please stop by when you have a moment in your itinerary to rest. It's particularly great for women traveling in groups or families. Business hours are 10:00 am - 7:30 pm on weekdays and 10:00 am - 8:00 pm on weekends and holidays. Open 365 days a year.
2. Funawa Cafe (Asakusa)
Angelus is another famous cafe in Asakusa that you should check out. This cafe has been in business since 1946, directly after WWII. It's been loved by various Japanese authors and celebrities, including Osamu Tezuka, the author known as Japan's "god of manga," who is said to be a regular customer. Both the facade and the interior show their age, so you can enjoy the calm retro atmosphere. The recommended order is the roll cake the cafe takes its name from, Angelus (330 JPY), and you can choose to have the chocolate or the white chocolate flavor. Since the flavor is also rather nostalgic and retro, it's particularly popular with older people. Their coffee is also famous, and you can only have "Ume Dutch" coffee here. Their Ume Dutch coffee is an iced coffee made Dutch (brewed over a long period of time using cold water) that has umeshu (plum wine) added to it. Business hours are 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. They're closed every Monday as long as it isn't a holiday. This is a perfect cafe for those who want to experience Japan's retro atmosphere and flavors!
3. Angelus (Asakusa)
When you get tired in Shinjuku, this is the place to go! Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKU has attracted a lot of attention since its opening for its particular Brooklyn-style aesthetic. There are over 2500 books that you can read, and every Tuesday evening they hold an event called GoodMusicParlor to which they invite first-class DJs that work all around the world to spin. You'll feel like you're not in Tokyo but rather in New York, thanks to the brick walls and the vintage-style interior design. There are 120 seats available, making it a rather big cafe, including sofas, stools, and tables. Their hamburger (150g) for 1,200 JPY (excl. tax) is one of their most recommended dishes. This hamburger is so big that the overwhelming volume will definitely satisfy you. They're open from 11:30 am - 11:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays and 11:30 am - 11:00 pm Sundays and weekends, though their holidays aren't fixed so please check beforehand. They have WiFi available, so it's a good place to drop by to relax and get more information about where to travel next.
4. Brooklyn Parlor SHINJUKU (Shinjuku)
THE GREAT BURGER is 5 minutes away from Harajuku Station, and it's a full-fledged American burger place in the neighborhood of fashion, Harajuku. There are 34 seats total. The interior is made with an Wild West theme but you can spend a relaxing time there. One of their most popular dishes is the double cheeseburger (1,350 JPY). The rich, melty cheese and the juicy patty exist in perfect harmony. All of their burgers are served with French fries so you'll be sure to be satisfied with the volume. Vegetarians can have the meat patty substituted with avocado. They also have sandwiches, hot dogs, and pancakes, all of which are recommended if you're not feeling a burger. Their business hours are 11:30 am - 11:00 pm, with last order at 10:30 pm. Being able to go late is a great plus. It's perfect for lunch with a friend or a date with a special someone. If you want to take a moment to relax while in Shibuya or Harajuku, this is a place to consider!
5. THE GREAT BURGER (Harajuku)
When you get tired of the clamor of the hip neighborhood Shibuya, you can stop by Cafe Miyama Shibuya Koen-dori. It's easy to get to, just 5 minutes away from Shibuya Station. The prices are reasonable and it has a very calm atmosphere, so it's great for people who want to take a breather. The recommended coffee is the MIYAMA Blend (520 JPY (excl. tax)). Cafe Miyama's original blend coffee has a deep taste and rich fragrance thanks to the coffee beans being ground and filtered for each cup. They also have a food menu including cake sets and pastas. Business hours are 8:00 am - 11:00 pm on weekdays, 8:00 - 11:30 pm on Fridays, 9:00 am - 11:30 pm on Saturdays, and 9:00 am - 11:00 pm on Sundays and holidays. Their long hours make it very easy to stop by at any time. It's great for friends or families to come in and chat quietly.
6. Cafe Miyama Shibuya Koen-doori (Shibuya)
For those of you that want to sit on a sofa and chat with some friends, check out ANALOG SHIBUYA. All the seats are sofas, making it a great dining cafe to take a break in. The traditional home-style interior is full of antique furniture that's in perfect harmony with its nostalgic atmosphere. There are 42 seats including loveseats so it's great for when you need to discuss how your trip is going while getting a drink. The hazelnut latte (750 JPY) is especially recommended. It's made with cute latte art! This cafe is also renowned for its cafe bistro menu created by a French chef, so it's worth eating there too! Lunch hours are 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and dinner time is from 5:00 pm - midnight all week long. It's a 4 minute walk from JR Shibuya Station. It's a cafe great for women and couples.
7. ANALOG SHIBUYA (Shibuya)
All of these cafes are unique and fun in their own ways! Please enjoy a little cafe time while relaxing from the exhaustion of your trip!
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