Travel: Cafehopping in Tokyo

Raise your hand if you can’t go without your daily cup of joe — we certainly can’t! Going on a holiday does not mean that you have to forgo your daily caffeine fix. Wedding & Travel checks out the vibrant cafe scene in Tokyo and gives you our top picks!

Little Nap Coffee

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Nestled in a lovely side road just off Yoyogi Park, Little Nap Coffee is a small coffee stand that you absolutely must stop by in Tokyo. The joint, though modest in size, is serious about their trade and serves up a mean cup of coffee — we certainly enjoyed our flavorful drip coffee (the beans of the day were Columbian) when we dropped by on a crisp spring morning! The bar counter seats are great for looking out on the little park just in front of the cafe. Or, better yet, sit alfresco outside if the weather permits!

Omotesando Koffee

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(Photo by Wedding & Travel; Customers enjoying a cup of coffee in Omotesando Koffee’s small Japanese garden.)

Taking the namesake of the hip neighbourhood it is located in, you will be delighted to know, though, that Omotesando Koffee is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of the area. Tucked in a quiet residential street away from the main thoroughfare, the cafe is a non-descript space that is easy to miss if you don’t keep your eyes peeled; we would have missed it too if not for the sound of grinding coffee beans! But rest assured that the walk will be worth it. The experience at Omotesando Koffee is poetic — the cafe boasts minimalistic bamboo interiors, and the drinking actually takes place in a small Japanese garden.

Lifeson

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Located in a lively residential neighbourhood, Lifeson is where you go to for a feel of local life. The cafe enjoys a lively crowd of customers who come and go, as well as regulars, who certainly looked well settled in when we were there. Cafehoppers will be happy to know that Lifeson offers the option of a small cup of coffee at just 200 yen — perfect for a taste of the brew without getting filled up! If you are into art and design, the cafe also features the occasional exhibition, so do check the event schedule if you’re planning to drop by. While you’re there, take the chance to check out the adjoining bakery, which also sells some good old slow food which is locally produced.

What do you think of our picks? Let us know if you have any other good recommendations!