Harajuku is one of Japan’s center for fashion, shopping, and teenage culture. Feel free to visit Takeshita Dori, a popular place to shop, browse, and dine and is considered as one of the landmarks of Harajuku. Take note that it can get extremely crowded especially during the weekends because it is a favorite hangout place for teenagers.
While walking the streets of Harajuku, you’ll find many interesting shops, restaurants, and cafe that are catered towards the young and young at heart. With so many options to choose from, it may take a while for you to find a place that will suit your taste.
Here are the 10 best cafe that you can find in Harajuku!
1. Chachanoma (茶茶の間)
Chachanoma is a haven for those who love to drink tea. A place where you’ll feel a touch of the modern and traditional atmosphere while enjoying sweets and drinking the best green tea in town. Choose from 30 different kinds of tea prepared by their tea sommelier!
Address: 5-13-14 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://chachanoma.com (Japanese Only)
2. BURN SIDE ST CAFE
BURN SIDE ST Cafe is a great place to visit when you’re craving for pancakes! Yes, it is one of the most popular cafes in Harajuku where you’ll find delicious souffle style pancakes and take note, they’re big and extremely fluffy! Grab a cup of hot coffee and enjoy the experience.
Address: 4-29-9 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
3. Enseigne d’angle (アンセーニュダングル 原宿店)
Enseigne d’angle can be referred to as an antique cafe that is geared for more mature customers. The overall ambiance of the place radiates a charm that is not often found in the youthful glow of Harajuku. A coffee shop where you’ll find good coffee and a relaxing atmosphere.
Address: 3-61-11 Sendagaya Shibuya Tokyo
4. REFECTOIRE (レフェクトワール)
REFECTOIRE has a great selection of great tasting sandwiches that you’ll surely love and enjoy. This selection also includes vegetarian sandwiches for those who don’t like to eat meat and their French toast is highly recommended as well. If you want to eat something sweet, you can check their confectioneries for tarts and other desserts!
Address: 6-25-10 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
5. Cafe Kaila Omotesando (表参道店)
Cafe Kaila Omotesando is a refreshing cafe with a touch of Hawaiian atmosphere. If you haven’t been to Hawaii, then you can always visit this place to enjoy some great tasting fruit filled pancakes, omelets, french toasts, and waffles. Just be prepared to wait in line especially during the weekends.
Address: 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.cafe-kaila.com (Japanese Only)
6. Kawaii Monster Cafe
Kawaii Monster Cafe is all about “monster cuteness” and is founded by Masuda Sebastian, who aims to promote Harajuku Kawaii Culture. He is also the creator of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. No, they don’t serve any monsters in this cafe, but they do serve great food, and they are brought to you by cute monster girls. A colorful and fun place that won’t fail to impress you.
Address: Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-31-10, YM Square building 4th floor
Website for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/english/
7. Owl Cafe&Bar
Owl Cafe&Bar is a cozy cafe found in Harajuku. As the name suggests, here you’ll get the opportunity to interact with owls. An interesting place to visit especially for those who love animals and people who want to experience something they had never done before.
Address: Harajuku ATM Bldg 4F, 1 Chome-21-15 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo
8. niko and… COFFEE (ニコ アンド コーヒー)
niko and…COFFEE is not all about COFFEE, it’s about free Wi-Fi, outlets, plants and books! A place where you can relax while browsing the internet and sipping their iced caramel latte.
Address: 6-12-20 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
9. Pompompurin Cafe (ポムポムプリンカフェ)
Pompompurin is a cafe catered to the young and young at heart. A fun place to visit and enjoy Pompompurin themed desserts. Pompompurin is a famous character that is produced by Sanrio (The same company that produced Hello Kitty). It is a bit pricey, but the experience is worth it. There are also photo spots in the cafe where you can take a picture with Pompompurin and a shop that sell exclusive Pompompurin souvenirs.
Address: 1-7-1 Jingumae, 3F CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU, Shibuya 150-0001
Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com/jp/info_harajuku.html (Japanese Only)
10. BLUE GARDEN (ブルーガーデン)
Blue Garden is a hidden gem in Harajuku. An open air cafe that serve buffet starters and they also have a salad bar. A great place to relax after a day of strolling the busy streets of Harajuku.
Address: 1-15-4 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.bluegarden.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Data is as of December 2016
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