Photo of Surf Saturdays NYC, Tokyo
As soon as we knew we were moving to Tokyo we bought our Tokyo Café Book, which is written in Japanese but has great photos and shows the location of all the cafes. Our favorite thing to do in Tokyo is pick a neighborhood and wander through the shops, parks, and cafes. We are café aficionados and we look for places with excellent ambiance, high quality espresso, and friendly baristas!
Saturdays Surf NYC is a touch of ocean breeze in the heart of Tokyo. This New York City export is a surf shop and cafe combo. The shop has a lovely outdoor patio where you can enjoy some excellent cappuccino and Mast Brother’s chocolate. They also sell some very cool Japanese surf photo books and the baristas are super friendly.
My favorite part about Saturdays is their wood plank open patio with views the rolling hills of Daikanyama (our favorite neighborhood in Tokyo). Their cappuccinos were some of the best we had in Tokyo and the chill vibe of the shop makes it an easy place to unwind.
Location: Across from Daikanyama T-Site (Tsutaya) Bookstore
Address // 1-5-2, Aobadai, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 81-3-5459-5033
Website // www.saturdaysnyc.com/location/tokyo
Across the street from Saturdays Surf NYC in the Daikanyama T-site Tsutaya bookstore is Cafe Anjin, an artsy cafe with a large collection of rare books and magazines and plenty of space to relax. Café Anjin is on the top floor of the Daikanyama T-site, one of Tokyo’s most beautiful bookstores. While dining in Anjin you can peruse the rare books at your table and enjoy coffee, alcohol, and if you like a full meal.
I loved the dark lighting of Anjin and the rich, colorful murals and gold pendant lights. It has a very refined and comfortable interior. You can sit in large lounge chairs or at chic barstools. They didn’t want me to take photos, but the food and drinks were delicious.
Location: Inside the Daikanyama T-Site (Tsutaya) Bookstore
Address // 150-0033 17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (map)
Phone Number // 03-3770-2525
Frangipani is a bohemian café complete with a Scooby Doo style VW van where you can sit and enjoy your espresso. They had a full menu and we ate the best octopus dish we’ve ever had, a pasta salad with mini octopus in it. I usually don’t like octopus because it’s too chewy, but these were delightful. Frangipani has a laid back atmosphere and the owners didn’t seem to mind customers hanging out on their laptops for extended periods of time.
Location: 10 minute walk from Roppongi Station
Address // 106-0032 Tokyo, Minato, Roppongi, 6−8−21 (map)
Phone Number // 03-3478-2966
Website // www.bento.com/rev/2955.html
Lauderdale is a breath of fresh air in Tokyo. It’s located directly south of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower and it’s the perfect place to take a break from an afternoon of shopping. The blue and white awnings give the café a Parisian air and the interior is open and fun with its high ceilings and wall of hats.
I love their outdoor patio. I could easily spend hours sipping tea and eating croissants pretending to be in Paris (just a few steps outside the café is a view of Tokyo Tower, the Eiffel Tower of Tokyo).
Location: 5 minutes south of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
Address // 1F Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Dori 6-15-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Japan (map)
Phone Number // +81(0)3 3405 5533
Website // www.lauderdale.co.jp/
Breadworks is situated right on the canals in Shinagawa. They have lots of outdoor café tables and sometimes offer seating on the water barge restaurant owned by the same company. The interior has high ceilings and lots of seating.
This was our go to café in Tokyo. It was a fifteen minute walk from our apartment in Shinagawa and the pastries and paninis were wonderful. My favorite pastry was the blueberry and custard tart and Blaine’s was the rhubarb and cream cheese bread. My favorite part about Breadworks is sitting on the water and watching the sunset over Shinagawa.
Location: It’s about a 15 minute walk from Shinagawa Station located right next to TY Harbor Brewery on Tennozu Isle.
Address // 2-1-6, Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5479-3666
Website // www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/jp/breadworks
What type of cafes are your favorite?