Gourmet coffee and tea shops

Coffee houses, espresso bars

!Paul Bassett (Nishi-Shinjuku - Coffee shop). 5324-5090
Excellent espresso - either single-origin or blend - as well as fresh-roasted beans to go from this Tokyo outlet of an Australian World Champion Barista. The coffee counter is located inside a branch of Salvatore Cuomo, so you can have pizza with your coffee if you're hungry; they also serve panini sandwiches and ricotta pancakes. Shorter opening hours on weekends.
SunmapShinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-26-2, Shinjuku Nomura Bldg. B1F. Open 7:30am-8:30pm daily.
Code Kurkku Cafe (Yoyogi - Coffee shop). 6300-5392
Part of the Yoyogi Village eco-friendly shopping complex, the former "Roots and Beat" cafe serves good coffee made from organic, sustainably grown, fair-trade beans. Beans are also available to go.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-28-9. Open 9am-8pm daily.
!Be A Good Neighbor (Kita-Sando - Coffee shop). 5770-3195
Serious espresso is served at this tiny neighborhood kiosk, and the friendly staff are happy to talk coffee all day long. A single espresso is Y150 while a large cafe latte is Y420; they also do drip coffee and sell beans (Y1050 for 150g). Open 11:30am-5pm weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-51-6. Open 8:30am-6pm daily.
Reissue (Harajuku - Cafe). 5785-3144
This laid-back daytime-only Harajuku cafe serves as the atelier of latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto, one of the pioneers of 3D foam latte art. (Read our profile of the artist and his work at our sister site Shinkansen.com.) Besides the artistic coffee offerings, the kitchen turns out a nice chicken stew and other appetizing dishes for a late lunch. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-25-7. Open 10am-5:30pm (LO) daily.
Roastery (Harajuku - Coffee shop). 6450-5755
This comfortable and spacious cafe serves espresso, cafe latte and Americano, along with NY Rings, the Roastery's own take on New York cronuts. Coffees are brewed from single-origin beans from Nozy Coffee in Sangenjaya, whose buyers roam the globe purchasing fine coffee beans directly from producers.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-17-13. Open 8am-8pm daily.
!Coutume (Omotesando - Coffee shop). 6418-5325
Coutume Cafe has been an important specialty coffee destination since they first opened in Paris in 2011, where they also train barista staff and roast beans for more than sixty other cafes and restaurants. Now they've started operations in Aoyama, offering a rotating selection of single-origin drip coffees, regular and micro-lot espressos, and an exclusive "Aoyama Special Blend" to Tokyo's coffee afficionados. [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 5-8-10. Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Blue Bottle Coffee (Omotesando - Coffee shop). 3641-0882
Beignets in butterscotch sauce and good savory tartines accompany your coffee at this popular branch of the California-based gourmet coffee chain. The bustling, spacious dining room has a distinctively European feel to it - a bit like a Dutch airport lounge perhaps. Patio seating is available.
SunmapMinato-ku, Minami-Aoyama 3-13-14, Masuda Bldg 2F. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Streamer Coffee Company (Shibuya - Coffee shop). 6427-3705
Well-contructed lattes and nice latte art, plus free wifi, in a relaxed atmosphere. Open noon-6pm weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-20-28. Open 8am-7pm daily.
Satei Hato (Shibuya - Coffee shop). 3400-9088
This old-school Tokyo kissaten serves coffee that's rich, strong, and packs a kick. Well-chosen beans and careful preparation translate into superb quality. Not only are the brews top-notch, they're served in the world's most exquisite china. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 1-15-19. Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Cream of the Crop Coffee (Shibuya - Coffee shop). 6434-1567
Espresso, drip coffee, coffee beans, and pastries from this conveniently located coffee specialist, one of several in the Hikarie complex. They also sell teas from Paris-based Betjeman and Barton.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-21-1, Shibuya Hikarie 1F. Open 8am-9pm daily.
!Sarutahiko (Ebisu - Coffee shop). 5422-6970
Well-made coffee in a cozy, but very popular cafe space - during especially busy times the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk. Cafe latte runs Y380, and there are several varieties of beans to take home. Open from 10am weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Ebisu 1-6-6, Saito Bldg 1F. Open 8am-12:30am daily.
Switch Coffee (Meguro - Coffee shop). 6420-3633
The five or six varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans sold here start at around Y1890 per 250-gram bag, and you can taste samples before you buy. Each bean purchase also comes with a free cup of coffee. There's a tiny bench outside the shop, although most customers get their coffee to go.
mapMeguro-ku, Meguro 1-17-23. Open 10am-7pm. Closed Sundays.
!Amameria Espresso (Shinagawa-ku - Coffee shop). 6426-9148
A cafe and coffee roaster in out-of-the-way Musashi-Koyama, Amameria serves espresso beverages from their own house blends, and sells beans to go (from Y1040/200g).
SunmapShinagawa-ku, Koyama 3-6-15. Open noon-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7) daily.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk (Roppongi 1-chome - Coffee shop). 3586-1025
A pleasantly appointed branch of the gourmet espresso-bar chain; they also serve alcoholic beverages for a few hours in the evening. The espresso here is unusually thick and sludge-like, and quite good.
decorSunmapMinato-ku, Roppongi 1-4-5, Ark Hills South Tower B1F. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Toranomon Koffee (Toranomon - Coffee shop). 6268-8893
Serious coffee fans in the Toranomon area were happy to hear about the opening of this office-building branch of the cult-favorite Omotesando Koffee in Aoyama. The polished-wood decor is quite minimal, the better to focus attention on the laboratory-like coffee-brewing area. [Show more]
no smokingdecorSunmapMinato-ku, Toranomon 1-23-3, Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 2F. Open 7am-9pm daily.
Artistree Cafe (Uchisaiwaicho - Coffee shop). 6435-9047
Coffee from Dutch artisanal roaster JH and San Francisco's Zaranda roasters is served in this pleasantly modern coffee bar located near Toranomon Hills.
no smokingSunmapMinato-ku, Nishi-Shimbashi 3-6-10. Open 8am-7pm (Sat, Sun 11-6) daily.
Toriba Coffee (Ginza - Retail). 6274-6611
This on-premises coffee roastery offers deluxe bean blends with names like "Deep House Mix" and "Acid House Mix." Prices start at Y750 for 100g (Y1500 for 250g) and climb from there. There's a small "tasting corner" but most business is in take-away beans.
SunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 7-8-12. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Turret Coffee (Tsukiji - Coffee shop). 080-3344-8819
One of the only gourmet espresso bars in the area, Turret sources their beans from the well-known Streamer Coffee in Shibuya. Note the early closing time.
SunmapChuo-ku, Tsukiji 2-12-6, SK Higashi-Ginza Bldg 1F. Open 7am-6pm (Sun noon-) daily.
Yakuoji Cafe (Ushigome-Yanigicho - Coffee shop). 3269-0575
An artsy little neighborhood cafe serving espresso beverages, drip coffee of the day, and matcha. Lunches run Y500-1000, and they also roast their own beans, on sale from Y450/100g.
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Ichigaya Yakuojicho 66. Open 8:30am-8pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Saturdays.
Mojo Coffee (Kagurazaka - Cafe). 6265-3286
A New Zealand coffee specialist, Mojo roasts their beans onsite and serves espresso drinks in down-under variations like Flat White and Long Black. The small neighborhood shop has a minimalist modern decor and a soundtrack veering towards alt-rock. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShinjuku-ku, Akagi-Motomachi 4-11, 2F. Open 7am-8pm daily.
Cafe Obscura (Akihabara - Coffee shop). 5295-0085
Sangenjaya-based coffee purveyor Obscura sell around ten varieties of fresh-roasted coffee beans - both single-origin and custom blends - starting at Y600/100g. Located inside an old converted train station, the tiny shop offers a handful of stools our front where you can enjoy a freshly pulled espresso (Y250) or latte. Coffee is also available to take out.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kanda Sudacho 1-25-4, Maach Ecute 1F. Open 11am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Couzt Cafe (Nippori - Cafe). 5815-4660
This very hip, artsy cafe is furnished with comfortable sofas and big tables, a nice setting for a coffee break or creative work session. They serve both espresso and drip coffee, and at night you can choose from a few different craft beers from Dutch brewery DeMolen (priced Y860-940 per bottle) along with a full food menu. The soundtrack tends towards modern jazz, played on an impressive audio setup from their collection of vinyl albums.
SunmapTaito-ku, Yanaka 2-1-11. Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk (Oshiage - Coffee shop). 5619-1692
Great espresso and drip coffee from the oddly named Harajuku-based coffee shop Be A Good Neighbor. Wintertime drinks also include hot cocoa, hot lemonade and flavored teas, with pastries to go with.
SunmapSumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 2F East Yard 81. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Eigakan (Hakusan - Jazz kissaten). 3811-8932
This cozy cafe bar is furnished with European and Japanese antiques and heavy-duty lights used for shooting movies; the ambience seems almost like that of a private detective's office in a Raymond Chandler novel. The cafe's resident cat grooms himself to the rhythms of Thelonious Monk. [Show more]
mapBunkyo-ku, Hakusan 5-33-19. Open 3-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Blue Bottle Coffee (Kiyosumi-Shirakawa - Coffee shop). 3641-0882
The first Tokyo outlet of the famous Oakland, California-based coffee shop, this spacious branch includes both a cafe area and roastery. A cup of blend coffee is Y450, while single-origin coffees start at Y550.
decorSunmapKoto-ku, Hirano 1-4-8. Open 8am-7pm daily.
Cream of the Crop Coffee (Kiyosumi-Shirakawa - Coffee shop). 5809-8523
Located a few minutes away from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), this out-of-the-way roastery sells beans to go and serves drip coffee (from Y420) in one corner of their big warehouse space. They also have a more centrally located branch in Shibuya's Hikarie complex.
SunmapKoto-ku, Shiragawa 4-5-4. Open 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.
Zingaro (Nakano - Cafe). 5942-8382
Located in the midst the manga, anime and toy stores of Nakano Broadway, Bar Zingaro is a project of well-known pop artist Takashi Murakami. The cafe-bar opened in early 2014 along with four contemporary art galleries in the same complex. It's managed by Oslo-based cafe-bar Fuglen in Shibuya, and serves up a similar menu of gourmet espresso drinks and creative cocktails. [Show more]
decorSunmapNakano-ku, Nakano 5-52-15, Nakano Broadway 2F. Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Coffee Amp (Koenji - Coffee shop). 5929-9587
This coffee roastery sells beans from Y790/200g, and also has a cafe section with espresso beverages, drip coffees and pastries.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Koenji-Minami 2-20-13. Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Moss Core Coffee (Nishi-Ogikubo - Coffee shop). 5344-9617
Well-prepared single-origin coffees are served at this friendly neighborhood spot, with your choice of two different coffees of the day. Espresso is Y350, cafe latte is Y450, and blueberry muffins and pound cake are around Y350. Of course they also sell beans to go, from Y700 per 100 grams.
SunmapSuginami-ku, Shoan 3-38-20. Open 9am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.
!Fuglen (Yoyogi-Koen - Bar). 3481-0884
Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served at this very stylish Norwegian bar - the main branch is in Oslo. During the day they offer serious espresso beverages and tea, and attract a good-sized following thanks to the comfortable setting and the free wifi. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Tomigaya 1-16-11. Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Roast Works: The Coffeeshop (Yoyogi-Koen - Coffee shop). 6407-1344
After you've selected the type of coffee bean, you can take your pick from Aeropress, French press or hand-dripped preparation for your cup of freshly made coffee. They also sell a couple of dessert items, artisanal chocolate, and fresh-roasted beans by the bag, starting at Y600 for 100 grams. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Tomigaya 2-22-12. Open 10am-8pm daily.
!Nozy Coffee (Ikejiri-Ohashi - Coffee shop). 5787-8748
Eight varieties of fresh-roasted, single-origin coffee beans are ready to take home, priced at Y700 and Y1000 per 100 grams (with discounts for larger orders). Attractive Bodum coffee-bean grinders (Y19,800) and other goods are also on sale. [Show more]
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Shimo-Uma 2-29-7. Open 11am-7pm daily.
Cafe Obscura Laboratory (Sangenjaya - Coffee shop). 5432-9809
A mostly retail branch of the nearby Cafe Obscura, the "Laboratory" sells fresh-roasted coffee beans starting at Y600/100 grams. There's a small standing area for on-premises espresso sipping, along with a couple of tiny benches out front; espressos are Y250 and lattes are Y350-400.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Taishido 4-28-9. Open 9am-8pm. Closed third Wednesday.
Cafe Obscura (Sangenjaya - Coffee shop). 3795-6027
Siphon coffee, both blend and single-origin, is the specialty at this stylish cafe, served along with a light food menu. They also run a nearby retail shop and bean-roasting facility called Cafe Obscura Laboratory. Coffees are priced Y500-600.
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Sangenjaya 1-9-16. Open noon-11pm. Closed 3rd Wednesday.
Onibus Coffee (Jiyugaoka - Coffee shop). 6321-3283
Another entry in the wave of serious new coffee shops in Tokyo, with great espresso and drip coffee and friendly service. There's ample seating for five people at the shop's two and a half tables, and both coffee and beans are ready to take away. [Show more]
SunmapSetagaya-ku, Okusawa 5-1-4. Open 9am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Tea shops

Hua Tai Cha So (Shibuya - Tea shop). 5728-2551
A sister shop to the main Hamamatsucho branch, with a large tearoom and a retail shop selling tea leaves and equipment. The tearoom is open until 5pm, and the retail shop until 8pm.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-18-6. Open 10:30am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Mariage Freres (Ginza - Tea shop). 3572-1854
With 450 varieties of world teas from 32 countries, Mariage Freres in Ginza offers the tea aficionado a rare combination of elegance, atmosphere and quality. Only the "finest harvests" are offered to complement an excellent selection of light meals and sinful desserts. Non-smoking.
no smokingmapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-6-6. Open noon-8pm.
Mother Leaf (Higashi-Ginza - Tea shop). 3545-1631
Mother Leaf brews aromatic teas from five varieties of Sri Lankan tea leaves in a peaceful, smoke-free atmosphere.
no smokingSunmapChuo-ku, Ginza 5-14-5. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Garden Lounge (New Otani) (Kioicho - Coffee shop). 5226-0246
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.
SunmapChiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 1F. Open 6am-midnight daily.
Yokohama Subtropical Teahouse (Yokohama Kannai - Animal cafe). 045-263-4015
Lizards, tortoises, snakes and other reptiles - plus the odd amphibian - are the main attraction at this charming animal cafe. There's no cover charge per se, but you're expected to order a beverage or food. We tried the shop's "meat cakes," which turned out to be scones filled with Chinese-style BBQ pork (like what you'd get in a pork bun), and served with whipped cream. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapNishi-ku, Yokohama, Chojamachi 8-133, 2F. Open 11am-8pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.