Hit the Coffee Spot at Hipster Cafes in Tokyo

Coffee just tastes better at an unfinished wood table in an art-plastered cafe, with its foam perfectly fashioned by a barista that’s oh so hipster chic – doesn’t it? It also feels so much better not indulging your caffeine habit at a lackluster Tokyo cafe chain like Starbucks or Doutor. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of à la mode coffee spots with Instagram-worthy presentation, reasonable prices, and (for the most part) free WiFi.

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A bright, sunny coffee shop, with great coffee and sandwiches. Surprisingly cheap for such a fancy Daikanyama location.

Hours Weekdays: 11:00-19:00 (L.O.18:30)           Closed: Wednesday
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Daikanyama Station/Nakameguro Station
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/lab-labar-coffee/

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Hiki Cafe

Hiki Cafe isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s a nice chilled cafe/restaurant right on the edge of all the neon, shopping and business of Shibuya. They have free WiFi, a wide range of drinks and a few terrace seats. Also, the “Deep Chocolate Latte” is a real treat.


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Thrifting, vintage and secondhand shopping, hipster hangouts, live music, cheap restaurants - a calm bohemian neighbourhood in the heart of Tokyo.


Hours 11:30–23:30                                       Food L.O. 22:30 | Drink L.O. 23:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Shibuya Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/hiki-cafe/

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Ballon D’essai

Great coffee spot with of course good coffee, artsy interior and outdoor seating. Prices are very reasonable and bonus Aussie points for the flat white on the menu. Also, they do very cool latte art.

Hours Tue-Fri 11:30 to 21:00 | Sat, Sun, and holidays 10:30 to 21:00 | Monday Closed
Free WiFi  No
Access Shimokitazawa Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/ballon-dessai/

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The Roastery

Good single-origin coffee, some nice outdoor seating, free WiFi and a bustling vibe. Obviously run by massive hipsters because by default they serve their espresso in a champagne flute – ask them for a normal espresso cup when you order. And try some of the pastries.

Hours Monday to Saturday 10:00–22:00             Sunday and Holidays 10:00–21:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Meiji-jingumae Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/roastery/
"Normal" espresso cup
“Normal” espresso cup

Gorilla Coffee

High ceilings and lots of space, plus cheapo-friendly prices (e.g. macchiato only 350 yen).

Hours 7:30–22:00
Free WiFi  No
Access Shibuya Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/gorilla-coffee/

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Hours 8:30–22:00
Free WiFi  No
Access Ikebukuro Station (West Side)
Link   https://tokyocheapo.com/place/gorilla-coffee-ikebukuro/

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Lattest

An out-of-the-way cafe in the ultra-hip Omotesando neighbourhood. It’s never too crowded, offers great cups of java and, if you plan on staying awhile, has standing desks so as not for  your spine to damn you.

Hours Monday–Friday: 10:00–19:00                                   Saturday–Sunday 12:00–19:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Omotesando Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/lattest-omotesando/

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Streamer Coffee

Great espresso, outdoor seating if you can snag a spot, and sometimes even some English service.



Shibuya

Hours Weekdays/Holidays: 8:00–18:00                                    Saturday–Sunday 11:00–18:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Shibuya Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/streamer-coffee-shibuya/

Gohongi

Hours Weekdays: 7:00–20:00                                    Saturday–Sunday/Holidays: 12:00–18:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Gakugei-daigaku Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/streamer-coffee-gohongi/
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Photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks used under CC

Harajuku

Hours Weekdays: 9:00–18:00                                    Saturday–Sunday/Holidays: 11:00–18:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Harajuku Station/Meijijingumae Station
Link   https://tokyocheapo.com/place/streamer-coffee-harajuku/ ‎

Kayabacho

Hours 8:00-19:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Ningyocho Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/streamer-coffee-kayabacho/
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Photo by Alper Çuğun used under CC
streamer cafe
Photo by Alper Çuğun used under CC

Fuglen

An overachieving cafe with nice atmosphere, beans for purchase, tasty pastries, comfy couches, free WiFi, and (*channeling Professor Snape*) obviously good coffee. Also, cocktails.

Hours Monday-Tuesday: 08:00 – 19:00                           Wednesday-Sunday: 10:00 til late (01:00/02:00)
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Yoyogi-Kōen Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/fuglen-tokyo/

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Toranomon Koffee

Formerly known as Omotesando Koffee, this place is one of the best (and snazziest) in Tokyo. Come hither, hipster cheapos. Good latte awaits.

Hours 7:00-19:00
Free WiFi  No
Access Toranomon Station, Exit 1
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/toranomon-koffee/ 

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Mercedes Benz Connection – Downstairs Cafe

Award-winning baristas, impeccable presentation, large glass windows, high ceilings and tons of space. The only downside is the top 40 electro beats. That being said, it’s not so intrusive that you can’t get some work done, read a book or chat away with some friends. They have plug points!

Hours 11:00-23:00
Free WiFi  Yes
Access Nogizaka Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/downstairs-cafe-mercedes-benz-connection/
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Photo by Saku Takakusaki used under CC
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Photo by Saku Takakusaki used under CC

Bear Pond Espresso

When it comes to coffee, the Bear Pond people are all business. The coffee’s incredible but you’ve gotta follow the house rules, like no pics, and you can only order espresso for a limited time each morning to afternoon … it’s either their way or the non-coffee-drinking highway. Hipsters can be harsh.

Hours 11:30-23:00                                                                   Closed on Tuesdays
Free WiFi  No
Access Shimokitazawa Station
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/bear-pond-espresso/

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Bear Pond Espresso
Photo by Chelsea Marie Hicks used under CC

About Life

A sweet little coffee stand with nowhere to sit down and stay awhile – only pure caffeine indulgence at this cafe. Espressos will set you back only 300 yen a pop and it’s been certified “one of the best [cafes] I’ve been to in Tokyo” by our resident coffee fiend and hobo CEO Chris.

Hours 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Free WiFi  No
Access Shibuya Station
Link  www.about-life.coffee
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This post was originally published on May 14, 2015 and was updated by Carey Finn in August 2016.

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