Best Coffee In Tokyo

TOKYO | Westerners don’t usually associate Japan with coffee, and the question of where to find the best coffee in Tokyo is something we’re often asked. There’s been a coffee culture in Japan for centuries, with pour over filter coffee, like that brewed using a Hario V60 or Kalita Wave most popular.

What has changed in recent years is the emergence of Tokyo’s third wave coffee scene. Today Japan is home to several specialty coffee rosters, and many of them have their own cafes and/or supply great cafes. As well as filter brews, it’s not difficult to find fantastic espresso based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. There’s places like Koffee Mameya who import the best beans from their favourite roasters around the world (including Melbourne’s Code Black), and Onibus Coffee, who source beans directly from coffee plantations and roast on site.

What’s consistent amongst all of Tokyo’s best coffee spots is the Japanese attention to detail and quality control. The result for the consumer is coffee as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world.

And of course, if you don’t take things too seriously, there’s always coffee in a can. As great as a perfectly brewed cup of fresh coffee is, we’re always going to enjoy a few cans of Suntory Boss coffee from a vending machine when we’re in town.

Check out our Tokyo City Guide for more tips on where to eat and drink, and what to do in Japan’s capital.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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