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 shop, with great coffee and sandwiches. Surprisingly cheap for such a fancy Daikanyama location.
|Hours||Weekdays: 11:00-19:00 (L.O.18:30)|
|Access||Daikanyama Station/Nakameguro Station|
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.
Food L.O. 22:30 | Drink L.O. 23:00
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|
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
High ceilings and lots of space, plus cheapo-friendly prices (e.g. macchiato only 350 yen).
Plus a new branch in Ikebukuro as of March 2016:
|Hours||8:30 – 22:00|
|Access||Ikebukuro Station (West Side)|
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.
Great espresso, outdoor seating if you can snag a spot, and sometimes even some English service.
|Access||Harajuku Station/Meijijingumae Station|
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)
A great new cafe with nice outdoor terrace seating, on the side of a roastery and just a stone’s throw from Fuglen.
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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|
|Access||Toranomon Station, Exit 1|
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|
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
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.
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.