Gourmet pancakes are the big draw at this popular Oregon-based breakfast restaurant, where they come in interesting variations like Banana-Chocolate Chip with Raspberry Jam; and Roast Mushrooms, Scallions and Cheddar Cheese. In fact you're encouraged to devise your own custom combination of sweet or savory ingredients, ten optional toppings (lemon-curd, whipped-cream), and choice of batter (buttermilk, whole-grain or peanut-butter).
Shinjuku 3-38-1, Lumine EST Shinjuku 7F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The Hilton's Marble Lounge offers various special buffets throughout the day, including a breakfast buffet every day from 6:30 to 10:30am (to 11am on weekends).
It's breakfast time all day long at this famous New York-based restaurant. The menu features Eggs Benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, "Farmer's Omelet," fluffy French toast and a good selection of pastries served with their seasonal fruit jams. The "Four Flowers" fruit juice is a refreshing blend of banana, orange, pomegranate and pineapple.
Shinjuku 3-38-2, Shinjuku Lumine 2, 2F. Open 9am-9pm (LO) daily.
Yes, it's yet another pancake restaurant, this one offering unusual variations like ham-and-cheese; caramel-ginger; apple-turnover; and a spicy Latin pancake. The ham-and-cheese pancake was a meal in itself, studded with big juicy chunks of ham and served with mashed potatoes, a small salad, and an excellent iced coffee for Y1550 in total.
Jingumae 4-28-28, Lucessimo Bldg 2F. Open 9am-9pm (LO) daily.
(Harajuku - Australian). 5772-1133
Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). Sitting atop the seven-story Tokyu Plaza shopping complex at the crossroads of Harajuku, the restaurant offers a nice view facing south towards Shibuya, with some outdoor terrace seating.
Pancakes, waffles and French toast at this Hawaiian-based shop come covered in fresh blueberries, strawberries, bananas and other fruit. Other all-day breakfast dishes include omelettes and Eggs Benedict, quesadillas, breakfast wraps, and croissant and bagel sandwiches. Open from 8am on weekends.
Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre B1F. Open 9am-7:20pm (LO) daily.
(Omotesando - Danish). 3407-4833
Breakfast at Andersen, the long-running Danish-style cafe-restaurant, is a simple affair. No fancy Eggs Florentine or Cajun Crab Cakes, just plain old eggs and bacon. What makes them special though is their excellent bread basket - nearly a dozen different varieties of bread, Danish pastries and croissants fresh from the ovens of their flagship bakery, located just downstairs. Breakfast at Andersen, the long-running Danish-style cafe-restaurant, is a simple affair. No fancy Eggs Florentine or Cajun Crab Cakes, just plain old eggs and bacon. What makes them special though is their excellent bread basket - nearly a dozen different varieties of bread, Danish pastries and croissants fresh from the ovens of their flagship bakery, located just downstairs.
The macadamia nut-currant bread is our favorite, with butter and a dab of berry jam from the jampot on the table. Besides all the bread you want, the Y1350 Andersen breakfast includes your choice of an egg dish with bacon or sausage, along with refillable coffee or tea and miniscule side dishes - a tiny portion of salad, a baby cup of yogurt with bits of fruit and a miniature glass of juice (we found the tomato-lemon quite refreshing).
The setting is bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Omotesando crossing below. Breakfast is served from 7:30-11am on weekdays and 8:30-11am on weekends. Sunday mornings seem to be a popular time for families with kids. [Show more] [Show less]
Minami-Aoyama 5-1-26. Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
This stylish design-centered cafe offers architecture magazines to browse through while you sip your coffee. They serve a small breakfast buffet (Y1200) from 7-10am.
(Jingumae 2-chome - Cafe). 6438-9624
Oh, it's another trendy, all-day, late-night cafe-bar that also sells clothing and furniture! Lapaz's food menu includes oatmeal, quinoa salads, lentil soup and wrap sandwiches, and breakfast is served from 7:30am. Note that they close a bit earlier on Sundays (6pm) and Mondays (midnight).
Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. The morning market menu veers towards the health-conscious end of the spectrum, with fruit and vegetable salads; mixed-grain okayu (rice porridge); granola, banana and yogurt bowls; French toast and lots of juice options. Breakfast is served from 6am here, either in the vast living-room-style indoor space, the sprawling back garden area, or up front where you can watch foot traffic heading to and from Sendagaya station. The morning market menu veers towards the health-conscious end of the spectrum, with fruit and vegetable salads; mixed-grain okayu (rice porridge); granola, banana and yogurt bowls; French toast and lots of juice options.
Or you can hit the ground running with one of their gourmet burger platters. The morning market salad (Y1100; served all day long) features exotic vegetables like turnips, beetroots and toasted lotus roots, plus a sausage and a fried egg for good measure. [Show more] [Show less]
Sendagaya 1-20-3. Open 6am-11pm daily.
The Westin's lobby restaurant is known for their lavish weekend brunch buffets, and a weekday breakfast spread (Y3600) from 6:30-10:30am.
Meguro-ku, Mita 1-4-1, Westin Hotel 1F. Open 6:30am-11:30pm daily.
(Daikanyama - International). 6415-3232
Breakfast at Ivy Place is served from 7-11am in the cafe at the front of the restaurant. Choices include classic buttermilk pancakes; scrambled eggs with herbs and mascarpone; smoked salmon on rye bread with baby greens; and fried eggs with Jambon de Bayonne, romesco and rucula. There are also "make your own breakfast" add-ons such as avocado, bacon, tomato and smoked salmon.
The last surviving Japan branch of the former cult favorite coffeeshop, Anna Miller's serves a variety of pies and American-style breakfasts.
This flagship restaurant of the Grand Hyatt bills itself as a French brasserie, with a very spacious setting and a dramatic open kitchen. Their all-day service includes breakfast and a popular brunch on weekends. The Y2200 weekday lunch buffet is also worth checking out.
Roppongi 6-10-3, Grand Hyatt 2F. Open 6:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The bright, airy dining room is big and comfortably casual, with glass-paneled doors that open up in warm weather. The atmosphere feels more European than North American - there's a bar area up front (the only place smoking is allowed), an open kitchen, and a pleasant outdoor terrace where customers can bring their dogs. One wall is decorated with old hats, another with antique picture frames, with a big ceiling fan above. It's hard finding a good breakfast in Tokyo outside of the international hotels, but this Roppongi Hills cafe delivers the goods. The bright, airy dining room is big and comfortably casual, with glass-paneled doors that open up in warm weather. The atmosphere feels more European than North American - there's a bar area up front (the only place smoking is allowed), an open kitchen, and a pleasant outdoor terrace where customers can bring their dogs. One wall is decorated with old hats, another with antique picture frames, with a big ceiling fan above.
The breakfast/brunch menu is a mix of European and international influences - freshly made souffles, French-style omelettes, croissants, custom-made salads and buttermilk pancakes. Our fresh basil and gruyere omelette was substantial in size and perfectly cooked, with an interior ranging from soft to almost runny. Omelettes are also prepared plain or with smoked salmon, and served with choice of bacon or sausage and baguette slices.
Souffles come in cheese, mushroom-cheese, salmon-spinach, apple-cinnamon and banana-pepper varieties, and they take 20-25 minutes from the time you order. Our mushroom-cheese souffle was outstanding - intensely flavored, moist all the way through and runny at the first spoonful, gradually setting as we continued to eat. The crust was lightly sugared and very soft rather than crusty. Budget around Y1000-2000 for breakfast/brunch. [Show more] [Show less]
Roppongi 6-15-1, Keyakizaka-dori 1F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Tameike - American). 6441-0733
Gourmet burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner. Breakfast is served from 8am on weekdays, with dishes like banana-walnut pancakes, granola with fresh fruit, and eggs and bacon or sausage. Open 10am-9pm on weekends.
Akasaka 1-12-32, Ark Mori Bldg. 2F. Open 8am-10pm (LO) daily.
Here in the Okura's charmingly old-fashioned "Continental Cuisine" restaurant, the American Breakfast is Y3780, and is served from 7-10am. The French toast is especially recommended.
Toranomon 2-10-4, Hotel Okura Main Bldg 5F. Open 7-10am; 11:45am-2:30; 5:30-9:30pm daily.
The Imperial's French restaurant is a prime spot for business-meeting breakfasts in Ginza, and the food is traditional but top-notch. Breakfast is served from 7-10am, starting from Y3780.
Pancakes, home-made pies and burgers from this third Japan branch of the famous New York brunch spot. It's conveniently located in one of the underground shopping malls connected to Tokyo station. Breakfast is served from 7:30am on weekdays and 9am on weekends.
Yaesu 2-1, Yaesu Underground Shopping Naka #3. Open 7:30am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun 9am-9pm) daily.
Breakfast is served from 6:30-10:30am, and options include prix-fixe Japanese, Continental and American breakfasts plus a full a la carte menu. Beverages include "Selected Teas by Ronnefeldt" and "Selected Herbal Teas by Penelope Sach."
Marunouchi 1-11-1, Pacific Century Place. Open 6:30-10:30am, 11:30-2:30, 5:30-10pm daily.
(Nihonbashi - International). 3270-8188
The Mandarin Oriental's casual-dining spot offers creative contemporary cuisine with an Asian twist, plus a great view of Ginza and Marunouchi. In the morning you'll find good Japanese and international breakfasts (Y2800-3800).
If you'd like some scenery with your beverage, the Garden Lounge of the Hotel New Otani in Chiyoda-ku offers a stunning, panoramic view of a 400-year-old, perfectly maintained Japanese garden. Let your senses be transported to a different era as you enjoy a varied selection of coffees, teas, and seasonal desserts. Prices tend to be high, but the garden is a must-see. Continental and American breakfasts are served from 7-10am.
Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 1F. Open 6am-midnight daily.
(Daiba - Australian). 3599-2100
This is the third Tokyo-area outlet from Australian celeb chef Bill Granger, known in particular for his gourmet breakfast menus. Breakfast is served every day from 9am-3pm, and choices include signature dishes such as potato-feta fritters with gravlax, and ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter. The Full Aussie Breakfast - scrambled eggs, bacon and chipolata sausage, mushrooms, roast tomato and rye toast - is well prepared but still feels just a bit pricey at Y1800.
Daiba 1-6-1, Decks Tokyo Beach 3F. Open 9am-11pm daily.
A lively branch of the Osaka-spawned cafe chain, Good Morning Cafe Nakano draws a crowd of Meiji University students and other Nakano denizens with its salt-butter caramel waffles (from 8am), espresso beverages and gourmet burgers. In the evenings there's a casual dinner menu with lots of salads and vegetable dishes, along with budget wines.
Nakano 4-10-2, Nakano Central Park South 1F. Open 8am-11:30pm daily.
(Yokohama Minato-mirai - American). 045-681-0306
Burgers, home-made pies and brunch items from the famous Tribeca, New York, diner.
Minato-mirai 2-2-1, Landmark Plaza 1F. Open 9am-9pm (LO) daily.
(Yokohama Minato-mirai - Australian). 045-650-1266
Gourmet breakfasts and good cafe fare from Australian celeb chef Bill Granger. Dogs are allowed out on the terrace.
Shinko 1-1-2, Yokohama Akarenga Soko 2-gokan 1F. Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Shichirigahama - Australian). 0467-33-1778
Gourmet breakfasts and good cafe fare from Australian celeb chef Bill Granger.
Shichirigahama 1-1-1, Weekend House Alley 2F. Open 8am-9pm (LO; Mon -4pm) daily.
Bakeries and cafes
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full bar up on the balcony level. In back is a sprawling dining room where you can even get breakfast (9-11am).
Jingumae 6-32-10. (in the street behind Condomania) Open 9am-11pm daily.
The conveniently located third Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery serves coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese.
Kita-Aoyama 3-5-15. Open 8am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Shibuya - Bakery). 5458-1770
Great French cafe-style sandwiches, quiches and pastries to take out; there's also a pleasant cafe upstairs.
Udagawacho 33-8. Open 9am-10pm daily.
(Nishi-Azabu - Bakery). 5421-8686
The ground-floor bakery includes a cafe area where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread and pastries with your morning coffee from 7am.
Minami-Azabu 5-1-6, La Saccaia Minami-Azabu 1/2 F. Open 7-10am, 11am-4pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A casual, open-air, dog-friendly cafe on a back street behind Hiroo station. The food menu tends toward Hawaiian and Asian fusion, with above-average prices.
Located next to Gotanda Station, this branch of the ubiquitous cafe chain offers inexpensive dishes like sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas as well as coffee, tea and cocktails. There's plenty of internet access and some non-smoking tables.
Higashi-Gotanda 1-26, Atre Vie Gotanda 2F. Open 8am-11pm (weekends from 10am) daily.
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access. Lunch is served until 3pm.
Higashi-Gotanda 2-1-2, Remy Gotanda 4F. Open 7am-10pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive pizzas and pastas in a very casual setting around big central tables. The attached NYK Cafe serves up coffee and drinks, including several French wines by the glass.
Konan 2-18-1, Atre Shinagawa 2F. Open 7am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This small chain of French brasserie-cafes is popular for their authentic food and atmosphere. The cafe serves simple dishes like omelettes and salads all day long, while the brasserie has more substantial fare, with lunch an especially good value. Quiches and pastries are ready to take home from the bakery section.
Takanawa 4-10-8, Takanawa Keikyu Bldg #7. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Located inside a park and surrounded by greenery, this popular Belgian organic bakery is famous for their large communal table, although they also offer smaller tables for two or four. The interior is quite spacious, and there's also some terrace seating out front. You can drop in for coffee and pastries anytime from 7:30am.
Shiba-Koen 3-3-1. Open 7:30am-9pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi. Breakfast is served from 7am.
Yurakucho 1-2-1, Toho Theater Crie Bldg Rem Hibiya 2F. Open 6:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular Tokyo French cafe-bakery serves light snacks all day (quiche, omelettes, salade nicoise), plus more substantial prix-fixe lunches until 3pm (Y1260).
Ginza 6-3-2, Gallery Center Bldg 1F. Open 9am-11pm daily.
Mostly an all-day cafe/restaurant, although they also have a small deli counter and grocery section with coffees and teas, spices, baked goods, cold cuts, four kinds of smoked salmon, and real dill pickles. Groceries cover the luxury end of the spectrum, with Y1800 jars of pasta sauce and exotic pates.
Excellent breads and pastries are available to take out, or you can stop for a pastry and an espresso in the lobby seating area. There's also a nice lunch menu, priced at Y1200 and Y1600.
Nihonbashi 1-4-1, Coredo Nihonbashi B1F. Open 7am-10pm daily.
(Yotsuya - Cafe). 5368-8823
Good pastries and plenty of outdoor seating.
Yotsuya 1-5-25, Atre Yotsuya 2F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
European-style bread, pastries, and a big assortment of sandwiches to go.
Yotsuya 1-5-25, Atre Yotsuya 2F. Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
Gobancho 2. Open 7am-11:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain. Located in a basement corridor next to Ueno station's Retro Gate, this oddly laid-out shop features a cozy balcony area.
Ueno 7-1-1, Atre B1F. Open 8am-11pm daily.
Luxuriously spacious and modern in feel, this combination bakery-cafe is a comfortable place to relax with a coffee and pastry, or a quiche, cup of soup and salad. There's also a bit of outdoor seating overlooking the adjacent canal. Take-out breads include tempting savory creations like gorgonzola-walnut and bacon-rosemary rolls, as well as focacia, whole-grain loaves, bread made with beer yeast (from TY Harbor Brewery next door) and assorted pastries and cakes.
Higashi-Shinagawa 2-1-6. Open 8am-8pm daily.
The second Tokyo branch of the internationally famous Belgian organic bakery is open from 7:30am, serving coffee and pastries, salads and tartines - open-face Belgian sandwiches with toppings like smoked salmon-avocado and ham-gruyere cheese. There's also a bar serving wine and beer.
Nishi-Shinjuku 3-20-2, Tokyo Opera City Tower, 1F. Open 7:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
This sprawling cafe-restaurant in Shin-Yokohama's Cubic Plaza is produced by the popular French brasserie-cafe Aux Bacchanales, and it includes a brasserie section, bakery and tea salon.
Yokohama-shi, Kohoku-ku, Shin-Yokohama 2-100-45, Cubic Plaza Shin-Yokohama 10F. Open 11am-11pm daily.