Updated: March 18, 2020
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Best Authentic Cafes in and Around Yanaka Ginza


This article will introduce four excellent authentic cafes that are within a 10-minute walking distance from the famous Yanaka Ginza shopping street.

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Yanaka Coffe, Yanaka Location やなか珈琲店 谷中店

A small shop adored by coffee lovers, Yanaka Coffee has now expanded to a couple of locations elsewhere in Tokyo, but this is the original location. There are just a few counter seats, so it's more of a place where people either buy take-out coffee or buy their premium coffee beans, for which they have one of the best selection there is. Just ask for recommendations.

Hachurui Ryoseirui Kenkyusho Hachibunshitsu 爬虫類両生類研究所8分室

Hachurui, which means reptile, is a tiny indie cafe hidden on a small street called Snake Street. Designed to look like some kind of reptile lab annexed to a cafe, it actually has a retro artsy interior that is perfect for taking a moment to relax and have a good chat with a friend while sipping on a cup of their original homemade beverages. The drink menu includes their original coffee blend, chai tea, ginger lemonade, cocoa with matcha, etc (all about ¥500). On the sweets side, they serve some tasty homemade cookies and chiffon cakes. They also serve light lunch sets of soup, deli and bread for ¥900.

Note that this cafe is only open on weekends.

English Teahouse Pekoe イングリッシュティーハウス ペコ

From the outside, this super quaint cafe is like an old traditional Japanese house but the interior and the menu are inspired by English tea house culture. The teas and other beverages are on the expensive side at ¥500 to ¥1,000 a cup but everything is top quality and you can order things that you can't usually find elsewhere. A popular option is the ¥1,000 sweet set.

Coffee Kayaba カヤバ珈琲

You can't miss this cafe that looks like a big traditional Japanese house on a street corner. It's a local's favorite that has been opened since 1938. If you go, make sure to try their signature super thick egg sandwiches. Otherwise, they have some delightful tea time sets, and also some morning sets. The cafe is open from 8 AM so keed this one as an option for breakfast.

Hagiso 萩荘

Hagiso has a more modern Japanese cafe kind of atmosphere. It's equally good as a place to have some sweets and coffee, or some savory foods that are filling. You might want to try their signature saba sandwich (mackerel sandwich), or one of their 8-item course meals if you're quite hungry. For something sweet, they have gorgeous parfaits, cheesecakes, rum-raisin ice cream, and coffee jelly.

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