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Where to Find Tokyo’s Finest Cuppa

It has long been the connoisseur of tea, but now Tokyo is setting the Asian bar for awesome artisan bean brews too. Our favourite caffeinated go-tos include this fivesome for whiling away a morning. Feel the buzz!

Little Nap Coffee Stand

Ideal for a post-Yoyogi kick (as it’s just across from the park), Little Nap Coffee Stand is styled like a boot repairman’s workshop. This laidback haunt has a few stools inside and out, or take away a paper cup of house-roasted goodness, from single-origin drips to iced lattes.

5-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku. +81 3 3466 0074.

The Roastery by Nozy Coffee

Swish mod Shibuya/Harajuku ship The Roastery by Nozy Coffee looks like an industrial-chic concrete-n-wood club, but these hipsters know how to roast and brew espressos, americanos and lattes. Score a pineapple Danish, buttery croissant or fresh-baked muffin to accompany.

Jingumae 5-17-13, Shibuya-ku. +81 3 6450 5755.

Café de l’Ambre

Ginza classic Café de l’Ambre has been serving cracking coffee in a tricky-to-find alley since 1948 (look for the ‘Coffee Only’ sign). Choose between 30-odd single-origin varieties, and even aged beans. With its English menus and chintzy cups, this accessible oldie doesn’t demand geek-level brew knowledge.

8-10-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku. +81 3 3571 1551.

Coutume Aoyama

Bright white Coutume Aoyama, one of Paris’s hottest craft cafes, brings a chic vibe to the Tokyo scene, with sleek contempo tables and parasols outside and tasty sandwiches, eclairs, cookies, pancakes and vegetarian galettes within. Baristas whip up light drip-style coffees and espressos.

5-9-15 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku. +81 3 6418 5325.

Satei Hato

Quaint little Satei Hato is a favourite Shibuya haven for caffeine-lovers, serving old-school brews with a punch. A marbled entrance, formal service, art, plants and fancy tableware add to the quality quaffing. Zing!

1-15-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku. +81 3 3400 9088.

A version of this article originally appeared on Pencities Tokyo.

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