Updated: February 13, 2020
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The Guide to Eating Pancakes in Shinjuku: 8 Best Pancake Restaurants


Fluffy pancakes, modern pancakes, dessert pancakes, classic pancakes... Looking for some great flapjacks in Shinjuku, Tokyo? Look no further than this list of 8 of the best pancake restaurants in the neighborhood.

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A Happy Pancake Shinjuku

Shiawase no Pancake (幸せのパンケーキ) means happy pancakes and is bound to make you happy, indeed! They have a menu item called "Shiawase no pancake" (¥1100), which is the specialty here and the most popular dish. It's served with rich honey and butter. You'll surely enjoy these extra fluffy pancakes. When you order, the souffle batter is whipped by hand, so it usually takes around 20 minutes for the pancakes to reach your table. It's worth the wait, though! The pancakes are wonderfully jiggly and fluffy, unlike the pancakes people typically make at home.

Cafe Nature

Cafe Nature is just one minute away from the West Exit of Shinjuku Station. The cafe is known for its desert pancakes that are served with fantastic presentation. The secret to the fluffiness of the pancakes here is the use of carbonated water, which supposedly makes the pancakes expand like a balloon as they cook. Whatever the secret, these pancakes are wonderfully fluffy and delicious.


Sarabeth's started as a small bakery in New York City back in 1981 but quickly grew in popularity as the bakery started serving breakfast and lunch and eventually grew into the full-fledged restaurant that it is today. There are 5 Sarabeth's locations in Tokyo, one of which is located inside of the Lumine Shopping mall at Shinjuku Station. The pancakes to get here are the fantastic 'Ricotta Pancakes,' which have a fluffy yet rich texture and great flavor.


Gamers will love this one! ARTINA is a Square Enix-themed cafe in Shinjuku that serves some awesome themed pancakes. PLUS, it literally has a Final Fantasy mini-museum in it, as well as a boutique where you can buy all kinds of official goods! It's a must go for all the fans.
The pancakes here are yummy, but that's probably not the reason that most people come. Check it out!

Garden House

Garden House is the second location of a popular restaurant in Kamakura. The restaurant has a varied menu of food, but the pancakes are especially popular. The 'Buttermilk Pancakes' shown above are classic, American-style pancakes that are fluffy, flavorful, and completely satisfying. If you're trying to satisfy a craving for classic breakfast pancakes, this is a great place to do it.

AIN SOPH. Journey

AIN SOPH. Journey is a vegan restaurant (a rarity in Tokyo) in Shinjuku that serves beautifully fluffy pancakes that use no eggs or butter! Thanks to the use of a special plant-based 'veggie cheese,' the pancakes have a texture that is remarkably similar to conventional fluffy pancakes. It's definitely worth a try whether you have dietary restrictions or are just curious to see how delicious vegan pancakes can be.

Original Pancake House Shinjuku

The Original Pancake House is a famous... pancake house... in the United States that now has locations around the world. The pancakes here are a good as you would hope, and there are even some interesting options, like the dutch baby pancake shown in the picture above. Whether you're after a classic stack of pancakes, or want to try something interesting, Original Pancake House has you covered.

Hoshino Coffee

Hoshino Coffee is perhaps the most well-known Japanese coffee shop chain in Japan. What some don't know, however, is that they make great pancakes in addition to their coffee. The super-fluffy 'Oven Roasted Souffle Pancakes' shown above come with your choice of maple syrup, honey, or kuromitsu syrup and can be ordered alone or as a set with a cup of specialty coffee. The Shinjuku location is 3 minutes from the east exit of Shinjuku Station.

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