The totem poles flanking the entrance to Saboru announce loud and clear that this is not your ordinary café, and stepping inside the wooden interior confirms it. This venerable, 60-year-old establishment feels less like a downtown kissaten and more like a cosy cottage up in the mountains. 'Pizza toast', coffee, tea and a selection of fruit juices are on offer alongside their original menu items (including some booze). Saboru has been a favourite among Jinbocho's students, literary luminaries and other university folk since opening in 1955, and is one of the city's finest representatives of the old-school Tokyo kissaten ideal.
1-11 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku
|Opening hours:||9am-11pm / closed Sun & hols|
|Transport:||Jinbocho Station (Hanzomon, Shinjuku, Mita lines)|