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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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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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East Tokyo Cafes: 15 on a Short List

Hi there! This is a full map of East Tokyo Cafes, which has many hidden gems missed in popular guides. You should set aside an entire day to explore this entire map, the neighbourhoods, and scenic canals of Koto District (Koto-Ku). If you want a quick tour, I recommend focusing on Kiyosumishirakawa, Oshiage (Tokyo Sky Tree), […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Sunshine State Espresso

In a quirky corner just out of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree, you’ll find one of the best-covered verandas for all-weather coffee enjoyment in East Tokyo. The indoor seating includes a communal table, two small tables, and three bar tables. There are at least two outlets for computers, and a WiFi option charged per half-hour for […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Unlimited Coffee Roasters

While UNLIMITED Coffee Bar opened its doors only recently in 2015, the company has been around since 2012. This cafe’s origins differs from most; it is a barista training company that expanded into wholesale roasting, and finally, into retail coffee. The location is on a busy corner right under the Tokyo Skytree, with a ground […]

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Tokyo Cafes: Fukagawa Coffee

  Just a stone’s throw away from the and ramen shops of Monzenakacho and hip modern cafes up at Kiyosumi, one stumbles along a shop veranda with plants, classic countryside-garden benches, and a wind chime. Jazz music floats out from the open door, and when you poke your head in, it’s like walking into a […]

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