In the hustle and bustle of the city of Tokyo, sometimes you need a getaway and grab a cup of coffee. However, almost all of the cafes are crowded with people taking Instagram pictures. You can get stressed from just sitting there. You need a place to just “brew” your thoughts and “espresso” your feelings. Have you been “procaffinating” everything? But now do you need to give it your best “shot”? (ok, I’ll stop) Well now, here are 6 cafes with great coffee, atmosphere, and wifi!
The IRON CAFe is a gallery cafe that allows you to “feel the metal” and enjoy coffee in a little iron cup. The interior of the IRON CAFe is very futuristic and modern with very friendly baristas! It is located in Akihabara in the 2k540 AKI-OKA Artisan street, which is like a small village underneath a train track. All of the shops on this street have a “hand made” theme and is also an interesting place to take a stroll! If you’re interested in modern and futuristic things, this cafe may be a fun place to relax and maybe read a book after shopping in the neon light filled streets of Akihabara.
Mon-Fri (except Wed): 11:00-19:00
M-4 5-9-20 2k540, Ueno, Taito-Ku, Tokyo, 110-0005
This cafe serves 5 different blends of coffee along with espressos, savory foods, and sweets. Not only are the coffees good but the food is delicious as well! This cafe goes well with the futuristic feeling of Akihabara and is a cool way to get to know the modern side of Tokyo.
Fuglen Coffee Roasters
Another great place is a cafe run by a coffee roaster originated in Norway, called Fuglen Coffee Roasters. They have two cafes in Shibuya (near the Yoyogi park) and Asakusabashi. They provide high-quality coffee by focusing on roasting and sourcing coffee from growers around the world. They serve Nordic style coffee (lightly roasted) and have a very cozy interior with big tables you can study at.
The opening hours for the cafe in Shibuya, near the Yoyogi Park, is:
Daylife / coffee bar: Nightlife/cocktails
Mon-Tues:8:00-22:00 Wed-Thurs: 19:00-1:00
Wed-Fri: 8:00-19:00 Fri-Sat: 19:00-2:00
Sat-Sun: 9:00-19:00 Sat-Sun: 19:00-0:00
Street serving/ all rights until 3:30
And in Asakusabashi, they are open from:
2-6-15 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Fuglen coffee, especially the one in Asakusabashi, is a great place to study if you need those long late hours, as the cafes are open till late, some even past midnight! A lot of students, businessmen, and travelers come to this place to mingle or to get work done. You can stop by after dinner around Asakusabashi or Shibuya to finish the day with soul revitalizing coffee.
Need something to boost your mojo? Mojo coffee is the place to go. This place is a boutique cafe, originated in Auckland, New Zealand, that serves quality food and coffee with a service that has a mix of “Kiwi” and Japanese style. Mojo coffee first opened in Japan in 2012 and now has stores in Kagurazaka, Harajuku, and Waseda. They serve a wide range, including espressos and nitro infused coffee and are served by only trained baristas.
The Harajuku store opens from:
3-22-15, Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0001
The stores have a spacious interior to study in and most importantly, they have internet. You can stay for as long as you would like and can mask the stress from your studies with a nice hot cup of coffee. The mojo coffee in Harajuku is located in the back streets, called “Ura Harajuku” and the moment you step in, it is completely different compared to the crowded streets of Takeshita street. There is a calm and quiet atmosphere to disconnect from the outside world for a little bit.
If you are never satisfied with the small portion sizes of coffee in Japan, Streamers Coffee is the way to go. Streamers coffee is a Seattle style coffee with about 20 branches all around Tokyo. The main branch, being in Shibuya. They have a warm and cozy atmosphere with amazing lattes, one being that “military latte” that is only served at the Shibuya store.
The Shibuya Store is open:
1-20-28, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0002
Their lattes are considerably larger than most of the coffee stores in Japan but it’s not just the size. The quality of the coffee is amazing as well! Not only do they have huge lattes so you can stay for eternity, but they have the food, space, and wifi to facilitate that as well. As they have so many branches around Tokyo, this cafe is perfect for a spontaneous study session!
Connel Coffee by mother port coffee
Do you want to study in the middle of a forest? Connel coffee might be the closest you will get to that in the middle of Tokyo. The coffee here is roasted in Kesenuma by mother port coffee and the cafe is operated by 3 different companies: clouding, music security, and design (nendo) companies. Of course, they serve coffee, tea, savory foods, and handmade sweets! They have a cafe counter to simply enjoy your coffee, or you could go upstairs and sit and study whilst enjoying the view of the Korekiyo Takahashi Memorial Park.
The store is open from:
Mon-Fri: 9:00- 18:00
And is closed on the weekends.
7-2-21, Akasaka, Minato-ku, TokyoSougetu-Kaikan 2F, 107,0052
This cafe is located in between Minami- Aoyama, and Akasaka, and is right next to the Korekiyo Takahashi Memorial Park. This park is full of green and is great for a get away from the bustling streets, without leaving Tokyo.
Little Darling Coffee Roasters
Can’t decide whether you want a steamed pork bun or coffee to munch on while you study? Well, the Little Darling Coffee Roaster serves both of these with an extra garden in front to go with it! This cafe was made from a renovated warehouse and has a lot of pop art and graffiti mixed, giving it an artistic and industrial feel. As it was originally a warehouse, the cafe is very spacious and the ideal place to spend many hours working on your report.
It is open from:
Mon- Fri: 8:00-20:00
1-12, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
The coffee is specially selected and roasted by this cafe and is intended to be enjoyed in the spacious park in front of the cafe. This place is also a great place to come with your family to enjoy a nice steamed bun and some coffee for dessert. You can also take your pets out for a walk and then stop by on your way back and have them play in the park.
We all know the struggles of finding a cafe that has everything: good coffee, good atmosphere, space, and most importantly, wifi. If you’re ever in the mood to try a new cafe, why don’t you try one from this list? All these cafes are nice places for a getaway from your busy schedules and to really focus on what you need to do (whether it be work, study, or even self-pampering). Try wandering into one of these places and you might just find your new favorite cafe!