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5 Delicious and Affordable Breakfasts from Japanese Cafes

Did you know that at Japanese coffee chains, one can find authentic coffee at a reasonable price? Their morning menus provide great deals for coffee and breakfast. This article provides information about several morning deals worth taking advantage of.

Breakfast at Japanese Coffee Chains

In Japan, there are many chains where you can enjoy coffee at a reasonable price. It is not unusual for people to get take-out coffee at their favorite shop on the way to work, so most stores also have meals you can buy for “one coin,” or 500 JPY. When people think about breakfast in Japan, they are likely to imagine rice and miso soup, but the reality for most people is coffee and bread. Why not try enjoying breakfast at a Japanese cafe?

1. St. Marc Café’s “Choco-Cro Set”

This is a counter-service shop where you can enjoy freshly-baked bread. My recommendation is their big hit, the chocolate croissant (what they call "choco-cro") set (170 JPY (excl. tax)). The buttery St. Marc’s croissant filled with bitter chocolate has an addictive taste. They also create seasonal varieties, such as the “Strawberry Milk Choco-Cro” (180 JPY (excl. tax)). You can ask the staff at the counter to heat your croissant (as well as any bread item you purchase). Eating a warm chocolate croissant is my preference. The breakfast combo with freshly-brewed coffee comes to 290 JPY (excl. tax).
Breakfast hours: Until 11:00 am

Choco-Cro (170 JPY (excl. tax))

1. St. Marc Café’s “Choco-Cro Set”

2. Caffè Veloce’s “Morning Kaiser Sandwich A: Tuna Melt”

The deep red furniture in Caffè Veloce is eye-catching. True to its name, which means “speedy” in Italian, Veloce specializes in speedy counter-service for when time is of the essence. On these busy mornings, the sandwich and drink combo, “Morning Kaiser Sandwich A: Tuna Melt” (390 JPY (incl. tax)) is my recommendation. Made in-store, the kaiser buns are crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside and are filled with tuna and cheddar cheese. This may seem ordinary, but it is the warmth of the sandwich that stands out. This comforting flavor is perfect for breakfast.
Breakfast hours: Until 11:00 am

2. Caffè Veloce’s “Morning Kaiser Sandwich A: Tuna Melt”

3. Excelsior Caffé’s “Sesame Bread Egg Salad Sandwich”

With a bright chic interior, Excelsior Caffé allows you to enjoy fresh coffee, prepared on the spot rather than in advance, at a reasonable price. One of its greatest features is that even the smallest size cup holds a lot of coffee. You can also purchase a travel mug (from 499 JPY) that is specially designed to keep your coffee hot. The black-pepper taste of the “Sesame Bread Egg Salad Sandwich" (Combo: 408 JPY (incl. tax)) is the perfect complement for your coffee. The strong aroma of the sesame bread, made with a mixture of white and black sesame seeds, and the arugula make this an egg sandwich suitable for adults.
Breakfast hours: Until 11:00 am

3. Excelsior Caffé’s “Sesame Bread Egg Salad Sandwich”

4. Ueshima Coffee Shop’s “Bacon & Egg with Thick-Cut Buttered Toast”

The interior design of this shop reminds one of Japanese tea culture, creating the most relaxing atmosphere of any cafe chain. The recommended breakfast here is the “Bacon & Egg with Thick-cut Buttered Toast” (610 JPY (excl. tax)). The small portion of thick-cut toast with plenty of butter and the accompanying bacon and egg create a dish that will never let you down. The side salad is also a satisfying size. For a drink, you can get flannel-drip coffee with a strong aroma. On days when you require the healing effect of aromatic coffee, this is the place to go.
Breakfast hours: Until 11:00 am

4. Ueshima Coffee Shop’s “Bacon & Egg with Thick-Cut Buttered Toast”

5. Doutor Coffee Shop’s “Morning Cafe Combo C: German Hot Dog”

Doutor, the first coffee shop to introduce counter-service in Japan, specializes in being located close to train stations. Plenty of regular customers visit first thing in the morning. My favorite meal is the German hot dog, easily eaten with one hand. The combo with a drink is the “Morning Cafe Combo C” (398 JPY (incl. tax)). Just a thin sausage and bun with mustard, this simple meal can be eaten every morning without ever getting old, which is why it is Doutor’s best-selling item. Holding the hot dog in one hand, one can check the morning news with the other using the store’s free Wi-Fi, making this cafe perfect for those who want a quick bite while on the go.
Breakfast hours: Until 10:30 am

5. Doutor Coffee Shop’s “Morning Cafe Combo C: German Hot Dog”

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You can enjoy deals on cuisine and goods at some of the shops introduced in this article

Wi-Fi is available in most major cafe chains, so make sure to give yourself a small break in the morning and at tea time.

*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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