Tokyo is big on coffee culture just like many other metropolitan cities with well known foreign coffee companies like Blue Bottle Coffee, and Fuglen having their first international flagship cafe in this very city (pssst...for those tea lovers, Alfred Tea Room is coming to Tokyo in a few days too!).
I'm sure you've also heard about some unique and crazy cafes here such as maid cafe, owl cafe, dungeon cafe or Alice in Wonderland themed cafe... I'm no expert in coffee, but if you're like me and are just looking for a quiet charming place where you can catch up with your friends or read a book, here's a list of 6 cafes that are perfect for you!
Beautiful chinaware and delicious sponge cake served in a very quiet relaxing ambience.
Location: 1-15-19 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo (3-5 minute walk from Shibuya station)
Open hours: 11am～11:30pm (last order at 11pm)
Photo 1: Emily Bordages on Google Local Guides
Photo 2: "Chatei Hatou: A pilgrimage site for traditional coffee" by James Hadfield (JapanTimes)
Doesn't everyone dream about having lunch in a tree house? Their first floor is full of flowers and smells very nice, but the rooftop is the place to be on a nice sunny day.
Location: 3F Fleur Universelle, 5-15-11 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo (5 min from Hiroo station)
Open hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm (last order at 9pm), Sun 11am-7pm (6pm)
Photo 1: their official Facebook account
Photo 2: their official website
Small cozy place, reminds me of a cabin at a ski resort. They're always collaborating with cool artists/designers from both Japan and abroad, hosting pop-up shops and mini events.
Location: 2-26-5 Nishihara Shibuya,Tokyo,Japan (10 min walk from Yoyogi-Uehara station)
Open hours: 7:30am~6:00pm / Closed on Mondays
Photos from their official website
One of my go-to place back in the college days in the morning. I haven't been there for quite some time but I've always loved the lukewarm light and shadow of Nezu Cafe. You can enjoy a cup of tea with a ticket to Nezu Museum. Every step you take forward you feel the rush of time slowing down even though you are still in quite the central of Tokyo.
Location: 6 Chome-5-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo (10 minutes walk from Omotesando station)
Open hours: 10am - 5pm (last order at 4:15pm)
Photos from KENGO KUMA AND ASSOCIATES website
Nezu Museum in Champ Magazine
In the deep alleyway of Shibuya's somewhat red light district, there is ancient looking building which houses a kissaten (Japanese traditional coffee house), which plays classic music with the best sound system. Perfect for reading a book alone...or more like specifically for being alone, because talking is not allowed here!
Location: 2-19-12 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo (5 minutes from Shibuya station)
Open hours: 11am-10:30pm（last order at 10:20pm）
official website (only in Japanese)
Photos from 「創業90年！ 渋谷の名曲喫茶ライオンが長きに渡り愛される理由」by Yahoo Life Magazine Editors & Kana (shhh! i secretly took the last 2 photos :P)
6. Te Hong
Where the Chinese and Japanese tea master serves his skillful cup of tea upon your preference. The place is so privately settled in midst of Aoyama area. For such a narrow narrow space, I love the atmosphere the master creates with the beautiful selection of art and pottery. A little detox place where you can clear your mind and reset with all 5 senses getting detox at the same time.
Location: 6-2-2 Minami Aoyama, Minami Aoyama Homes 1F (10 minute walk from Omotesando station)
Open hours: Everyday 12pm～10pm / ～1am on Friday & Saturdays
official website (only in Japanese)
Photos from Tabelog