Shinjuku is one of the special areas in Tokyo that is best known for its entertainment, shopping, business and food establishments. It is also the city where you will find the busiest railway station in the world and home to more than 300,000 people.
Since it is one of the busiest wards in Tokyo, it is also home to many interesting cafes that caters to a wide range of people. There are plenty of cafe to choose from and it is almost impossible not to find a place that you will love!
Here are some of the 10 best cafes that you will find in Shinjuku.
1. Cafe AALIYA (カフェアリヤ)
Cafe AALIYA is a cozy place where you can find the best tasting French toast in Shinjuku. Those who “accidentally” discover this popular cafe, find themselves listening to a relaxing music in the background while enjoying their delicious French toast which many people say to be one of the best that they had ever tasted. If you ever find yourself in Shinjuku, feel free to put their famed toast to the test!
Address: 3-1-17 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo
2. Takano Fruits Parlor (タカノフルーツパーラー)
Delicious fruit desserts await those who visit Takano Fruits Parlor. It is almost impossible not to fall in love with their specialty desserts like their seasonal cakes and parfaits. They only use the freshest and best-tasting fruits, which is also the reason why this store is very popular especially with the ladies.
Address: 5F, 3 Chome-26-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://takano.jp/parlour/originalmenu/detail/151/ (Japanese Only)
3. Tajimaya Coffee (但馬屋珈琲店)
Tsushimaya Coffee is committed to serving delicious coffee that gives you a feeling of bliss. When you enter this coffee shop, your nose will be assailed with the familiar smell of roasted coffee. With just a sip, you’ll know that you came to the right place to enjoy a cup of coffee that is roasted to perfection.
Address: 1-2-6, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://tajimaya-coffeeten.com/ (Japanese Only)
4. L’ambre (らんぶる)
If there are two words to describe L’ambre, it would be “Simply Amazing”. It is not too difficult to find the place because it is very popular in the area. The overall interior design will put a “wow” on your lips, and the food will further enhance your first impression. L’ambre also used to be a music hall and because of that, the ceiling is very high and seats are spacious. It also preserves that retro atmosphere and give you the feel on what its like to travel 50 years in the past. Definitely a place worth to visit!
Address: 3 Chome-31-3 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
5. Dug Jazz & Coffee Bar
Looking for Jazz and Coffee? Look no further and head straight to Dug Jazz Cafe & Bar. Surprisingly, this jazz cafe & bar was also mentioned in the popular book “Norwegian Wood” by Murakami. A place that holds true to the spirit of Jazz where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, while enjoying the mellow and delightful beat of Jazz music.
Address: 3 -15-12 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.dug.co.jp/main.html (Japanese Only)
6. Apartment Coffee
A simple coffee shop found at the edges of Shinjuku. Their selection of coffee is not that many, but their coffee latte is highly recommended. Most people that visit this shop order coffee for takeout because the shop only has six seats available.
Address: 101, 1-23-11, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://apartmentcoffee.com (Japanese Only)
7. Toraya Cafe AN STAND (トラヤ カフェ・アン スタンド)
Have you ever tasted bean paste? If not, then visit Toraya Cafe AN STAND to experience it first hand. With a cup of freshly brewed coffee, you’ll find the bean paste on your “hot dog bun” to your liking. The bean paste is not too sweet, but if you’re looking for other alternatives they have “An Toast”, where the red bean paste is spread on a toasted bread. The cafe is located at the second floor of NEWoMan. It is the shopping district attached to the JR Shinjuku Shin-Minami Exit.
Address: 5-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.toraya-group.co.jp/toraya-cafe/shops/shinjuku/ (Japanese Only)
8. Hatake Cafe (ハタケカフェ)
If you feel like taking a break after taking a long stroll at Isetan Department store, you might want to head down to their basement and relax at Hatake Cafe. The good thing about this cafe is that they have English menus, so you don’t have to worry about making the wrong order. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you sit back, relax and take it easy. This cafe is also particular in serving fresh vegetables.
Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.hatake-cafe.com (Japanese Only)
9. Cha no Ikedaya (茶の池田屋)
Cha no Ikedaya is home to the popular soft cream matcha (green tea). The shop has no seats and mostly sell matcha specialty products like matcha desserts, floats, accessories and of course green tea leaves.
Address: Odakyu Ace South Building, 1 Chome-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
10. Hanazono Saryo (花園茶寮)
Just a stone throw away from the Hanazono Shrine, you’ll find a bright and cozy store that specialize in serving sweet desserts. Hanazono Saryo is a popular cafe in Shinjuku that is given the title of the “priciest confectionery”. Without a doubt, Hanazono Saryo is considered a haven for those who love sweets and shaved ice.
Address: 5 Chome-16-15 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.tokyo-hanaman.co.jp/company/saryo.php (Japanese Only)
All information in this article is as of January 2017.
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