The best cafés in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

Where to go for coffee, tea, desserts and light meals in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

THE ROASTERY BY NOZY COFFEE
1/5
Satei Hato
2/5
Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
3/5
dandelion chocolae omotesando
4/5
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Sakurai
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Cafés are the best way to break up a day out in the city; they can even be destinations in themselves. That being said, if you're not looking to end up in a Starbucks, Doutor or yet another overcrowded chain, having done your research beforehand will make the difference between caffeine-deficient exasperation and sitting down with a relaxing cuppa.

Thankfully, the Shibuya-Harajuku-Omotesando area is littered with cafés, teahouses and coffee shops. And the best part is, you can easily walk from Shibuya Station to Omotesando without breaking a sweat, and fit in some cafe-hopping along the way. Here are our top picks for settling in with a well-deserved caffeine and dessert break in between shopping.

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Far East Tea Company Shibuya

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Seek out Shibuya's famous Nonbei Yokocho ('Drunkard's Alley') during daytime for a cup of milk tea, courtesy of this quirky pop-up that uses only domestic tea leaves and operates out of a rented bar between 8am and 4pm. Seating is tight for space, but it's a great chance to check out this quintessential drinking alley during the day...

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Satei Hato

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Stepping through the low, marble-tiled entrance, the first thing you’ll notice at this kissatan (traditional Japanese coffee house) is the gorgeous tableware displayed behind a long hardwood counter. That’s not to say the surroundings here outshine the coffee – on the contrary, Satei Hato’s hand-drip offerings maintain the absolutely highest quality. You get to choose from up to eight varieties of charcoal-roasted beans...

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Roar Brothers

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Sister shop to coffee house and roastery Roar in Hatchobori, Roar Brothers' city-centre outpost in Shibuya 109 shopping mall serves a few variations of Einspänner, an Austrian coffee drink of espresso topped with whipped cream. According to tradition, you’re not supposed to mix the two layers; instead, sip the coffee through the cream...

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Streamer Coffee Company

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Streamer Coffee Company lives up to the hype, especially if you're a fan of the kind of ornate foam squiggles that are Streamer's speciality. With its unfussy décor and long communal table in the centre of the room, the place might remind Western visitors of coffee shops back home – complete with free wi-fi...

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The Roastery

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Run by the folks behind Setagaya's excellent Nozy Coffee and restaurant impresarios Tysons, this super-hip roastery and café on Harajuku's Cat Street is one of the city's flashiest specialist coffee haunts. You get to choose from two kinds of single-origin beans for your americano, latte or espresso – the latter comes served in a champagne glass (yes, really). Plus, the coffee soft serves and suspiciously Cronut-like NY Rings are sure to satisfy sugar addicts...

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Dandelion Chocolate Omotesando

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San Francisco-born bean-to-bar chocolate purveyor Dandelion Chocolate’s first concept store in the city centre is in Omotesando’s GYRE, sharing the same basement floor as Danish furniture shop HAY – and the design is gorgeous. Similar to its factory store in Kuramae, this offshoot sells a selection of single origin chocolate bars, as well as sweet treats like s’mores and gateau chocolat. However, this is the only store in Japan where you can get its single origin soft serve ice cream (¥600), which come in chocolate and 'nib milk' flavours. 

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Gomaya Kuki

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Sesame is the quintessential Japanese ice cream flavour, and at this Shibuya scooper which gets an awful lot of attention from customers’ camera phones – check out those amazing charcoal- black colours – you’ll see just how versatile and delicious it can be. They use premium Kiku Sangyo sesame from Mie prefecture to craft their six options: black and white sesame ice cream, each available in three degrees of intensity. We always go for the signature super-rich black sesame: it’s thick yet surprisingly smooth like ganache, while the nuttiness of the black sesame is the perfect foil to the sweetness...

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Cafe No. Harajuku

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If you’re a fan of photogenic food, you’ll love this Osaka-born café, which opened a pastel-coloured Tokyo offshoot in Harajuku. We love the Strawberry Milk, an extremely Instagram-friendly concoction composed of strawberry puree, condensed milk and regular milk, poured into a bottle. Make sure to shake it well before drinking...

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Sakurai

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Sakurai is a cool and modern interpretation of a Japanese teahouse, where you’ll experience an almost meditative tea session, complete with some dainty Japanese sweets known as wagashi. You can choose a tea course (from ¥4,800) to sample the different types of Japanese tea, or pick from a selection of green tea grown across the country to have it freshly roasted into hojicha (from ¥1,700). But if you really want to fully appreciate the creativity of the tea masters here, ask for the house-infused tea liquor: sencha-infused gin, hojicha-infused rum, or beer with matcha.

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Machi Machi

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Expect a new take on the city’s bubble tea trend at Laforet Harajuku's Machi Machi café, a Taiwanese tea stand known for its cheese-topped 'God of Cheese Tea'. The airy cheese topping consists of a well-balanced mix of cream cheese, fresh cream and salt, giving your milk- or fruit-based beverage a flavourful and somewhat savoury edge...

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Chavaty

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If you prefer leafy brews over shots of espresso, Chavaty is the place for you. Conveniently located near Meiji-jingumae Station, this café specialises in milk tea drinks using Sri Lanka’s high-quality Uva tea leaves. For those who prefer Japanese tea, go for the hojicha (roasted green tea) or Uji matcha options. Foodwise, you can choose between the different tea-based treats including jelly, terrines and scones...

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Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

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Hidden at the back of the Aoyama Flower Market is an adorable if faintly twee café set inside a glasshouse. Creepers dangle from the railings and flowering plants dot the tables. It’s a lush, blooming space that’s perfect for Instagram snaps. The menu revolves around tea; choose from the usual black variety or the house special of herbal and floral infusions. If you’re feeling peckish, try the pretty French toast which comes served with edible flowers.

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Koffee Mameya

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For those still grieving the loss of Omotesando Koffee, this place is sure to bring respite. Opened by the same man, Eiichi Kunitomo, and located in the exact same place (albeit in a new building), Koffee Mameya is a bean specialist, offering between 15 to 20 varieties sourced from cult roasters around Japan and the world. As the focus is on selling beans, there's no place to sit, but regular coffee and espresso can be ordered to go...

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Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando

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Located on the first floor of Omotesando Hills Dojyukan, this shop with an adjoining café offers a variety of sweets such as glazed nuts, chocolate balls, chocolate bark studded with dried fruit and nuts, and much more. If you've got more time, take a seat inside and enjoy a range of baked goods, ice cream and coffee. The café uses ingredients produced through both socially- and environmentally-conscious efforts.

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Omotesando River Cafe

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Well-balanced, healthy and delicious meals are what keep Omotesando lunch-hunters coming to this newly opened café, where you get to choose from various teishoku sets of one soup and six side dishes. These include white fish and seasonal vegetables with black vinegar sauce, and fried chicken with yuzu-salted ponzu sauce, while sweet potato parfaits and other guilt-free desserts...

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Tsuta Coffee

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Found directly in front of Aoyama Gakuin University's Ivy Hall, Tsuta occupies the former home of architect and Budokan designer Mamoru Yamada. Opened in 1988, it's a pleasantly quiet old-school kissaten with relaxing garden views. Specialising in high-grade Brazilian Santos coffee, Tsuta is also an 'advocate' of the coffee and cheese pairing trend that's popular in Tokyo...

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