A relatively quiet and nondescript area of Tokyo, the suburb of Kiyosumi Shirakawa has become something of a coffee lovers\u2019 paradise. With hipster cafes and independent roasteries within meters of each other, it\u2019s just the place if you\u2019re serious about your caffeine fix. These coffees are among some of the best you\u2019ll find in Tokyo, but unless you can drink several cups without bouncing or dashing for the nearest bathroom, one or two should do it. As such, a coffee tour isn\u2019t the best idea here, but it\u2019s worth a look in if you happen to be in the area. You might be visiting a nearby attraction, like Kiyosumi Gardens, Kiba Park or the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are, it's as good a time as any to pop into one of these cafes. Iki Roastery and Eatery The first stop on our tour is Iki Roastery and Eatery, at their new premises (the original Iki Espresso is still going). Having spent several decades in New Zealand, owner Teru Harase expressed disappointment in the quality of baked goods at Japanese cafes. Iki\u2019s new open-plan, two-story caf\u00e9 is their way of remedying that situation. With an in-house bakery and roaster, Iki offers freshly baked \u2018toasts\u2019 and pastries alongside outstanding coffees. Using their signature, lightly roasted, espresso blend, Iki\u2019s New Zealand heritage shines through in its white coffees. Their excellent lattes are crisp and bright with a refreshing hint of acidity. There are also single-origin drip coffees available alongside their espresso options. These are slightly darker roasts if that\u2019s more your thing. A first-class coffee alongside a warm, flaky croissant is an experience \u2013 one that Iki has perfected. Allpress Espresso Roastery and Caf\u00e9 Allpress is another caf\u00e9 with its roots in New Zealand, and as you might expect, also excels with its white coffees. Their minimalist menu has flat whites and lattes as their main offering, with a handful of accompanying pastries. The lattes themselves are deeper and more full-bodied than those at Iki, with almost no acidity. Allpress caf\u00e9 is a little out of the way and has limited seating, with much of the space dedicated to the roastery. But if you just need a white coffee to start your day, this is the perfect place to grab one and get going. Arise Coffee Roasters Closer to Kiyosumi Shirakawa station, you could be forgiven for not even realizing Arise (Link in Japanese) was a roastery. Decorated with vintage memorabilia and wooden benches outside, Arise has a down to earth charm. It\u2019s no surprise that that\u2019s precisely what you get with their coffee as well. Arise offers a variety of single origin beans, pour over \u2013 no espresso work here, The coffees themselves tend to be roasted on the darker side of medium, and start at depending on your choice of beans. The Dominican Republic city roast I was recommended had a noticeable acidity, with almost no bitterness or body. A pleasant coffee after two lattes \u2013 so if you know what you\u2019re looking for or are happy to be surprised, give Arise a try. Tokaku Coffee+ Just by the entrance to the Kiyosumi Gardens, Tokaku Coffee+ awaits coffee afficionados. As the caf\u00e9 outlet of Arise Roastery, it offers the same drip-only coffee. There are only a handful of coffees on their menu \u2013 no frills here. But rather than Arise\u2019s loaded, hemmed in caf\u00e9, Entangle\u2019s relatively open and airy caf\u00e9 d\u00e9cor invites patrons to relax and unwind over their cup of drip brew. Though still relatively simple, Entangle offers a few more options. Their caf\u00e9 au lait, made with a Vietnamese City roast, was milky, smooth, and sweet. If you enjoy your drip coffee with some room for creativity, this is the caf\u00e9 for you. Blue Bottle Coffee Kiyosumi also has a touch of California\u2019s coffee culture in the area through the Blue Bottle caf\u00e9. It\u2019s not the best place if you\u2019re in a rush \u2013 even with several new branches, take out had a 15-minute queue. Seating was even worse, at 50. Is the coffee worth the wait? Their lattes are certainly exceptional, with a mild and balanced flavor shining through in Blue Bottle\u2019s signature espresso blend. If espresso isn\u2019t your thing, Blue Bottle also has cold and hot drip coffees available if you\u2019re willing to wait just a few more minutes. The Cream of the Crop Coffee A new addition to our venture into Kiyosumi, The Cream of the Crop's unique aesthetic stands out. Despite the renovated warehouse exterior, this caf\u00e9 is just as trendy as any other on our list. Serving only pour over coffees, the quality of the beans shines through. Whenever you visit, Cream of the Crop is likely to have five or six roasts to choose from. From fruitier and more acidic equatorial coffees, to darker and more bitter continental, they'll have something for any palate. As an industrial roaster, don't expect much by way of food or pastries here. But if you're interested in a pure coffee experience, this should be your go-to spot.