All travelers love a good café, not only for taking a quick break but also as an essential highlight of their journey. Here we take a look at five cafés in Tokyo that are reputed as classics for both their store design and their commitment to serving a fine, flavorful cup of coffee.
1. Blue Bottle Coffee: The Apple of the coffee world
Founded in California in the home garage of a former clarinetist who vowed to serve really good coffee, Blue Bottle Coffee brews each cup from the heart. The concept of a café chain that gives off the scent and feel of a welcoming space took the US by storm.
Based in the Ebisu neighborhood of Tokyo, Sarutahiko Coffee offers specialty coffee made with a focus on every step from roasting to extraction. They're also known for the products they make in collaboration with a coffee manufacturer. They have seven branches in Tokyo, and each one has its own distinct character and appeal.
Founder Toshihide Horiguchi himself visits coffee plantations around the world and sources high-end specialty coffee from select partners. His café has won a solid following which consists mostly of coffee enthusiasts who value authenticity.
Fuglen's first branch outside its base in Norway has won the approval of the New York Times: it's worth the flight to try the world's best. Its adorable bird logo and impressive interiors are the epitome of Oslo!