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Tokyo Cafes: North Tokyo

Hi there! This is a map I’ve done for coffee in North Tokyo, covering from Ikebukuro, Waseda University, Kagurazaka and Iidabashi, the University of Tokyo, and Yanasen. These areas make great, local walking neighbourhoods. That means they that they are better known for their kissaten, coffee houses, and lifestyle cafes than espresso bars per se. In the map below, the […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Kokonn

The signs clearly say cafe, but you almost wonder if you’ve mistaken when you look through the window. Kokonn’s shopfront is a store selling crafts such as pottery and tableware. It seems just like many other independent stores dotted throughout the residential Yanasen area. However, when you go inside, you’ll see some shoes discretely placed […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Kayaba Coffee

If you frequent the Yanaka area, you may have seen a lineup outside a dark, 2-storey wooden house. What’s the fuss? Kayaba Coffee has been around since the Showa Era, which means it’s over 50 years old. That also means this is a traditional kissaten, Japanese coffee house that also serves staple comfort foods. Come here […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Yanaka Coffee

Yanaka Coffee is one of those little stalls you’d usually miss. It’s the one or two people sitting on a bench that catches your eye. The languid, contented people-watcher is a permanent fixture for this coffee stall.   This roaster has over 15 options in its shelves. Most of them are light roasts, and sourced […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Macchinesti Coffee

From the outside, the year-round Christmas lights and neon coffee sign, Macchinesti Coffee looks like an over-zealous suburban transplant in sophisticated Tokyo. Nonetheless, to the discerning coffee drinker, the red sign clearly says ‘Chemex’, indicating a refined brewing sentiment. The interior comes as a bit of a surprise. Even though it’s an open space with a […]

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Tokyo Cafes: iki Espresso

It’s the first sunny spring day in Tokyo, and iki espresso has opened its panel doors to let the fresh air in. It sits on a quiet street with little traffic and the covered veranda keeps the sun out of your eyes as it warms your lap. They have recently planted themselves in Kiyosumi after operating […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Ryumon Coffee Stand

Consider yourself in know if you’ve come to check out hip Kichijoji, just 15 minutes train ride out of Shinjuku, but already in Musashino City. You probably already know about lights, bustle and covered main shopping arcade with a down-to-earth mix of veggie stalls, boutiques, bars, and famous food joints. The unique indie shops radiate […]

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