Known as the center of subculture in Tokyo, Shimokitazawa has numerous cafes and restaurants. If you come to this town where old meets new, don’t just go to the chain stores to get coffee. Here are the cafes you should visit instead:

  • 01

    BALLOND'ESSAI LATTE & ART

    BALLOND'ESSAI LATTE & ART

    BALLOND'ESSAI LATTE & ART

    What a complicated name! Their barista (who’s been a coffee master for over 10 years) can make your coffee as complicated or as simple as you like. Grab a coffee and enjoy the stylish mood. This place is perfect if you like art because they often host exhibitions. A cafe latte (which comes with latte art) starts at 390 yen. Take out drinks are also available.

    BALLOND'ESSAI LATTE & ART

    BALLOND'ESSAI LATTE & ART

    BALLOND'ESSAI
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-30-11
    phone
    0364070511
  • 02

    Cafe the usual

    Cafe the usual

    Cafe the usual

    If you’re looking for a cozy place where you can relax and just be by yourself, this is the place to go. It's a good place to work and people watch, as well as talk with friends if you are going in a group. Their food is also pretty tasty. If the weather is nice, you can sit on their terrace seats too. Good coffee, tasty food, a nice and cozy atmosphere. What else do you need?

    Cafe the usual

    Cafe the usual

    The Usual
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-27-12 林ビル102
    phone
    03-6416-8076
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  • 03

    Bear Pond Espresso

    Bear Pond Espresso

    Bear Pond Espresso

    Are you a true coffee lover? Then you should definitely go to this hard-core coffee shop. The owner (who is also a barista) is quite serious about coffee. In addition, all of the store’s other well-trained baristas are serious about keeping this coffee shop outstanding in the coffee world. Their creations are almost artworks in themselves. The different characteristics of their coffee beans and the chemistry of how they are blended really shape their roasts. Their top recommendation is the T*O*P・B.P.E signature latte for 550 yen.

    Bear Pond Espresso

    Bear Pond Espresso

    BEARPONDESPRESSO
    rating

    3.0

    37 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-36-12
    phone
    0354542486
  • 04

    FRANKIE MELBOURNE ESPRESSO

    FRANKIE MELBOURNE ESPRESSO

    FRANKIE MELBOURNE ESPRESSO

    Did you know that Starbucks is not that popular in Australia? No wonder, if they also have this level of coffee! FRANKIE’s espresso coffee is unforgettable and a great place to enjoy the modern Melbourne feeling. They have numerous iced coffee options too. Their cold brew and iced espresso milk coffee is amazing in the summer. It's only a minute’s walk from the Shimokitazawa Station. You have no choice but to get their coffee to start your day!

    FrankieMelbourneEspresso
    rating

    4.5

    26 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-12-15
    phone
    0363565305
  • 05

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE

    This is a coffee stand where you can taste LIVE COFFEE. LIVE COFFEE is a Japanese company that provides only the best quality coffee from all over the world. They get samples and roast the samples themselves, then check the taste, smell, and flavor before they actually import them. Bookends Coffee Service gets coffee directly from LIVE COFFEE. You might think their coffee is expensive. But hey, Bookends Coffee only charges you 200 yen to drink in or 180 yen for takeout.

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE

    BOOKENDS COFFEE SERVICE
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-11-17
    phone
    03-3411-8885
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  • 06

    8 jours

    8 jours

    8 jours

    Who likes tea more than coffee? If you are a tea lover, 8 jours is where you want to go for cuppa. Their remarkable list of tea leaves and unique milk teas will satisfy your tea desire. If you want something unusual and sweet, try a drink from their flavored milk tea menu. Among all their different choices, our recommendation is the Marshmallow Maple Milk Tea. Enjoy your lovely tea time in their cozy, white themed space.

    8 jours

    8 jours

    8 jours
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-37-17
    phone
    03-6804-9192
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  • 07

    Cafe Normale

    Cafe Normale

    Cafe Normale

    Cafe Normale is a cafe run by the interior shop NOCE. Once you enter this cafe, you’ll be surrounded by fashionable furniture from NOCE. Their specialty is not only coffee and furniture but also popular handmade panini sandwiches. Their panini, which come with a variety of different ingredients, features a crunchy outside and a soft texture inside. Enjoy a panini with good coffee in this highly designed interior setting.

    Cafe Normale
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-34-3 クリスタルベスルビル1F
    phone
    0354524636
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  • 08

    Trois Chambres

    Trois Chambres

    Trois Chambres

    This coffee shop has been in business for over 30 years. That is unusual in Shimokitazawa where lots of businesses come and go in a short space of time! The retro atmosphere will allow you to feel elegant in this sub-culture centered town. Their two types of blended coffee are both amazing. Their most popular menu item is the Cheesecake Set. In this set, you’ll receive a cheesecake with blended coffee and it only costs 850 yen (900 yen if you order an iced coffee with the cheesecake instead).

    Trois Chambres

    Trois Chambres

    Cafe Troyes A champagne
    rating

    4.0

    9 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Daizawa 5-36-14 Yuasa Building 2F
    phone
    0334196943
  • 09

    ON THE WAY

    ON THE WAY

    ON THE WAY

    Sweet cupcakes never disappoint when accompanying tasty coffee. ON THE WAY is a new hybrid of coffee stand, blending coffee and cupcakes in a tiny cafe. While the coffee itself is suburb, the cafe is even better known for its American style cupcakes. Pink, yellow, blue, and green…their colorful and fun cupcakes are adorable and the flavors are unique too. The cupcake flavors are seasonal, so you better go and check out what's new! On the way home, before lunch or after dinner, stop by this shop to make your day happier!

    ON THE WAY

    ON THE WAY

    ON THE WAY
    rating

    3.5

    2 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-16-2A Flat 1F
    phone
    0368055736
  • 10

    Blikje button

    Blikje button

    Blikje button

    There aren’t many cafes where you can get this artisan feeling. Open th eir door and you’ll step into a whole different world - the world of Blikje button.
    This cafe is designed like an atelier where a clockmaker, dressmaker, craftsman or painter would work. Besides the atmosphere, it’s the perfect place for a late coffee and you can enjoy their food too. Their famous shrimp and broccoli ajillo for 972 yen is absolutely delicious. Add a dry ginger ale for 594 yen!
    Open 12:00-11:00pm.

    Blikje button

    Blikje button

    Shrimp and broccoli ajillo for 972 yen

    Shrimp and broccoli ajillo for 972 yen

    Dry ginger ale for 594 yen

    Dry ginger ale for 594 yen

    Blikje Button Cafe & Dining
    rating

    4.5

    9 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-14-7 Shimokitazawa Central Building 2F
    phone
    0334242002
    opening-hour
    [Lunch]12:00-16:00[Cafe]12:0…
  • 11

    Cohaze Coffee

    Cohaze Coffee

    Cohaze Coffee

    Wonderful, freshly roasted coffee is served here. You can choose from their list of 30 different kinds of coffee and they’ll roast the raw beans for you. How can you not get one when it smells so nice on the street as you pass by? Their delicious coffee has the power to connect people in Shimokitazawa. Expect to have conversations with local people when you stop by. Drinking an iced coffee on their terrace seats should be on the top of your “to do” list in Shimokitazawa.

    こはぜ珈琲
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-33-6 グリーンテラス1F
    phone
    03-5738-9207
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  • 12

    Café Okidokei

    Café Okidokei

    Café Okidokei

    This is a place where you can sit on a nice chair and enjoy the moment, just like a classic okidokei clock on a table. You don’t even have to try to calm yourself. Their antique ambience will take you to a place where you don’t need to worry about anything. Just relax. Enjoy their home-made dishes, desserts, and cocktails accompanied by beautiful music in a quiet and hidden place.

    Café Okidokei

    Café Okidokei

    Okidokei(オキドケイ)
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2丁目25号13番カザマビル2FA
    phone
    0334665445
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  • 13

    Sunday Brunch

    Sunday Brunch

    Sunday Brunch

    As its name suggests, this is a place to try Sunday Brunch! It’s situated on the second floor of a pretty building and you will immediately feel good vibes throughout their open and friendly café space. Brunch is the recommendation but you can go anytime between 11:00am to 9:00pm (last order at 8:00pm). Try their famous French toast with whipped cream. Its crispy outside and fluffy inside texture will melt your heart. That will surely make your day happy!

    Sunday Brunch

    Sunday Brunch

    Sunday Brunch Shimokitazawa
    rating

    4.5

    20 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-29-2-2F
    phone
    0354533366
    opening-hour
    11:00-21:00(L.O.20:00)
  • 14

    Café Negura

    Café Negura

    Café Negura

    This is another classic, hidden café with retro-style furniture inside. Each seat here has a different atmosphere and the unique thing about this café is their cream soda. Melon Cream Soda (green), Grenadine Cream Soda (red), Ramune Cream Soda (blue), and many more are on the list of cream sodas you can chose from. These colorful sodas with ice cream on top will make your Instagram happy too. They keep introducing new menus so don’t miss anything!

    Café Negura

    Café Negura

    喫茶ネグラ
    place
    東京都世田谷区北沢2-26-13 PACKAGE ONE1F
    phone
    0363619874
  • 15

    W/O STAND

    W/O STAND

    W/O STAND

    Great coffee with impressive coffee cups. The W/O stand originated in Kobe and now they have one in Shimokitazawa. The cool thing about them is stickers on their cups. Each stand has its own sticker. If you are traveling different cities where there is W/O STAND, you can collect and compare their stickers! They release one month limited drinks every month, too. Those usually look like dessert with heaps of whipped cream. Enjoy limited dessert drinks in original cups!

    W/O STAND

    W/O STAND

    W/OSTANDSHIMOKITA
    place
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku

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