Hit the Coffee Spot at Hipster Cafes in Tokyo

Adriana Paradiso

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.


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

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HoursWeekdays: 11:00-19:00 (L.O.18:30)           Closed: Wednesday
Free WiFi Yes
AccessDaikanyama Station/Nakameguro Station

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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.

Hours11:30–23:30                                       Food L.O. 22:30 | Drink L.O. 23:00
Free WiFi Yes
AccessShibuya 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.

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



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.

HoursMonday to Saturday 10:00–22:00             Sunday and Holidays 10:00–21:00
Free WiFi Yes
AccessMeiji-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).

Free WiFi No
AccessShibuya Station
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/gorilla-coffee/

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Free WiFi No
AccessIkebukuro Station (West Side)
Link  https://tokyocheapo.com/place/gorilla-coffee-ikebukuro/



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.

HoursMonday–Friday: 10:00–19:00                                   Saturday–Sunday 12:00–19:00
Free WiFi Yes
AccessOmotesando Station
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/lattest-omotesando/


Streamer Coffee

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


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


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


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


Free WiFi Yes
AccessNingyocho Station
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/streamer-coffee-kayabacho/
stream cafe
Photo by Alper Çuğun used under CC
streamer cafe
Photo by Alper Çuğun used under CC


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

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

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Cafe Rostro

A great new cafe with nice outdoor terrace seating, on the side of a roastery and just a stone’s throw from Fuglen.

Hours08:00 – 21:00
Free WiFi No
AccessYoyogi-Kōen Station
Link Cafe Rostro

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.

Free WiFi No
AccessToranomon Station, Exit 1
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/toranomon-koffee/ 



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!

Free WiFi Yes
AccessNogizaka Station
Link https://tokyocheapo.com/place/downstairs-cafe-mercedes-benz-connection/
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Photo by Saku Takakusaki used under CC
mercedes benz downstairs cafe
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.

Hours11:30-23:00                                                                   Closed on Tuesdays
Free WiFi No
AccessShimokitazawa 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.

Hours8:30 am-8:30 pm
Free WiFi No
AccessShibuya Station
Link www.about-life.coffee
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Want to try someplace a little more traditional? Try these kissaten, or traditional Japanese coffee shops reminiscent of the Showa era. 

This post was originally published on May 14, 2015 and was updated by Carey Finn in August 2016.

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