Coffee

The best places in Tokyo for your coffee fix
Roaster Atelier Tokyo

Roaster Atelier

Roaster Atelier accomplishes what most coffee places try (and fail) to do. A 3-story building that’s 5 minutes away from Daikanyama Station, Roaster Atelier roasts their own coffee beans from all over the world on the first floor, make your drinks on the second, and provide a clean and minimalistic drinking area on the third. Its glass windows overlook cute, vintage stores outside and complete the wood finishings and design inside and outside the establishment.

Price: [Coffee] $$

Open: Mon-Sun: 10am-7pm

Address: 150-0033 10-1 Daikanyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Food: NA

Service: ★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Nozy Coffee

Nozy Coffee

The bar is in the basement, with a roaster in the adjacent room, and there’s a counter with stools on a mezzanine floor next to the entrance. The layout makes the place feel more spacious than it actually is – there are only four seats in the whole place, though there’s plenty of room for people who don’t mind standing. Espresso drinks are offered with a choice of single-origin beans, and the latte is served in a Bodum glass rather than a conventional cup.

Price: [Coffee] $$

Open: Mon-Sun: 11am-7pm

Address: 2-29-7 Shimouma, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Food: ★★★

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Bookends Coffee Service

Bookends Coffee Service

Wandering around Shimokitazawa Station (one of our favourite streets to explore) we came across this great cafe advertising 200 yen coffees which at half the usual Tokyo price of coffee, we had to take advantage of. Beans roasted on site and with an owner/barista who knows what he’s doing this is well worth a stop day or night.

Price: [Coffee] $$

Open: Mon-Sun: 11am – late

Address:  北沢2丁目11ー17, Setagaya, 東京都 〒155-0031, Japan

 

Food: ★★★

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Food

The best restaurants in Tokyo
Afuri

Afuri Ramen

This Ramen restaurant offers Assari (light, non-fatty) ramen, and it is growing it’s popularity rapidly. The main stream of ramen has long been Kotteri and Tonkotsu (heavy, stodgy and pork based), but this restaurant has taken the Assari ramen to a higher level. We have yet to find anyone else who grills the pork belly of the ramen to order!

Price: [Ramen] $

Open: Mon-Sun 10:30-03:00

Address:  Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya Shibuyaku, Tokyo

Food: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Tamawarai - Michelin Star Soba Noodles

Tamawarai

One of the best soba restaurant in Tokyo. The restaurant obtaining 1 star in the Michelin, is located in a quiet residential area between Shibuya and Omotesando. The serving of the soba itself is low in volume, but the profound taste of the soup and the soba is guaranteed to satisfy you.

Price: [Soba] $$

Open: Tue-Fri 11:30~15:30, 17:30~21:30, Sat 11:30~20:00.

Address:  5-23-3 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Food: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Piss Alley

Piss Alley

In the evening, nearly all the stalls are packed with, what seemed to be Japanese from every walk of life (old, young, students, businessmen), all having a drink, smoking, and eating. The entire place was only made up of bar seats and a bar table, and when someone in the back wanted to get out of the restaurant, all the other people sitting had to stand up and scoot in.

Price: [Yakitori] $

Open: Typically from 17:00 to 24:00 7 days a week.

Address:  Tokyo, Shinjuku, Nishishinjuku, 1 Chome−2−7

Food: ★★★

Service: ★★★★

Ambience: ★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★

Booze

The best bars in Tokyo
Bakushu Kobo aka Beer Workshop

Koenji Beer Workshop

Nestled within a residential neighborhood, you are unlikely to find it without good directions, but you’ll know you’re in this hidden craft beer gem when you spot the wooden deck and glass sliding doors. Koenji Craft Beer Beer Workshop is a community space with small-town friendliness where you will usually find the head brewer pouring your pint. We tried the Strong Ale, Cream Ale, Blonde Ale and Hot Ale Hot tip – order a serve of the pork that you cook over a flame on your table. Price: [Craft Beer] $ Open: Typically from 17:00 to 24:00 7 days a week. Address:  Koenjikita 2-24-8, Suginami-ku, Tokyo Food: ★★★★ Service: ★★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★

Nihonshu Stand Moto

Nihonshu Stand Moto

This sake bar stocks hard-to-find labels from artisanal producers such as Kawatsuru (Kagawa Prefecture). Thanks to its curious location in the basement of the Hakuho Building in Shinjuku 5-chome, Moto has the hidden feel of a sake speakeasy. For about ¥2,000 per person, you can get a few brews, served in adorable little cone-shaped glasses, and a few small plates of tasty sake snacks. But go early if you want to make sure to get a spot at the bar. Price: [Sake] $-$$ Open: 3-11:30pm daily. Address:  Shinjuku 5-17-11, Hakuho Bldg B1F Food: ★★★ Service: ★★★★ Ambience: ★★★★ Cost Performance:★★★★ Localness: ★★★★★

Fujiya Honten Dining Bar

Fujiya Honten Dining Bar

This affordable cult favorite has been in business for 130 years and remains popular with everyone from local businessmen winding down after a long day. Hidden down a laneway in close to Shibuya station, it’s a standing only affair with tabletops on staked beer crates. Join the crowd with a whisky highball before asking for their local shochu and pick from a food menu filled with small plates of cheese and charcuterie.

Price: [Drinks and food] $$

Open: Mon-Fri 5pm-9.30pm, Sat 5pm-8.30pm

Address:  〒150-0031 Tokyo, Shibuya, Sakuragaokacho, 2−3

Food: ★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★

Cost Performance:★★★★

Localness: ★★★★★