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Tokyo Coffee Walk: 10 Spots in Yanasen

Hi there! This is a map and list of cafes in Yanasen. The area comprises Yanaka, Sendagi, and Nezu, just north of Ueno Park and the University of Tokyo. Give yourself a few hours or even a full day to you work your way through Yanaka Cemetary and the nearby temples, Nezu Shrine, Snake Street and Yanaka Ginza with their small boutiques and traditional shops. This area is best […]

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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: 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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Off-Centre Tokyo Cafes

This is a list of posts I’ve done on cafes outside the main areas of Shibuya and Shimokitazawa, which are already well-covered by many travel and coffee review sites. This list is growing as I review more places. If you have suggestions to add to my maps, please let me know! Coffee Walks and Lists […]

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