Updated: September 10, 2019
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The 5 Best Impossibly Quaint Authentic Cafes Of Tokyo


These were hipster cafes before hipster culture officially existed. They are old "kissaten cafes" which are authentic Japanese cafes that were popular during the Showa Era.

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TEA SALON Gclef (Kichijoji)

Gclef specializes in black tea. If you go there, a good choice is to have the Royal Milk Tea, which is a black tea made with a high proportion of rich milk and slightly sweetened. The cafe serves really awesome parfaits, waffles and scones. You can also have fancy afternoon tea sets.

Cafe De L'Ambre (Shinbashi)

Cafe De L'Ambre serves coffee and only coffee. The place has an almost legendary reputation for its outstanding coffee and warm service. It's a gathering spot for aficionados. Aside from the coffee, the other reason to go there is for the surreal ambiance! Many people describe their experience as a time slip in the Showa Era.

Cafe Bach (Eastern Tokyo)

You can enjoy some of the best coffee in eastern at Cafe Bach. The blends are roasted in-house. The place also offers a good selection of sweets to have with your cup of hot or cold coffee. They serve chiffon cakes, mont blanc cakes, chocolate cakes and seasonal specials. The kissaten-style toasts with jam are a popular choice as well.
Located a 10-minute walk from the Minami-Senju Station.

Chatei Hato 茶亭 羽當 (Shibuya)

This place feels reclusive but it's actually in Shibuya, one of the busiest wards of Tokyo. There's a lot of warmth that comes off from its wooden interior. Coffee's made carefully from paper drip filters. They serve homemade cakes that are not too sweet. Their chiffon cake and cheesecake are the most popular.
Located a 3-minute walk from the East Exit of Shibuya Station.

Kusamakura 草枕 (Shinbashi)

This place has an impossibly quaint, comfortable atmosphere. It has a very simple menu of just a few kinds of excellent coffees, mostly divided by level of strength (strong, regular, light). They also offer some homemade cakes, and for just ¥200, you can have a small serving of a traditional Japanese dessert.

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