Asakusa is a great place to find traditional Japanese food. It is also known as one of the oldest geisha districts in Tokyo. There are a lot of fascinating things in every nook and cranny of this city. With so many places to visit, a day is not enough to explore the whole place!
It’s a good thing that there are many long-established restaurants and cafes in Asakusa, where you can relax after a day of walking around. Visit the fancy cafes in the city and check what they have to offer. Better yet, check the 10 best cafes in Asakusa for a relaxing break.
1. Coffee Tengoku (珈琲 天国)
Coffee Tengoku is not all about coffee; it’s more about pancakes! Soft and tasty pancake with salted butter, and covered in syrup (Yummy!). Some people say that simplicity is the best. This phrase holds true for Coffee Tengoku. Just in case you don’t know “Tengoku” in Japanese means heaven. So the store’s name literally means “Heaven’s Coffee or Coffee of Heaven”. Make sure to enter its doors and have a taste of heaven!
Address: 1-41-9 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
2. Lodge Akaishi (ロッジ赤石)
Lodge Akaishi’s interior design has a touch of the Showa era. A convenient place to enjoy good old-fashioned cafe food and drinks. One of the few cafes in Asakusa that is open until morning. Take your pick and try their popular mix pizza or curry rice. If you’re more of a pasta person, their napolitan pasta sprinkled with cheese and Tabasco will surely be right up your alley.
Address: 3-8-4 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
3. Angelus (アンヂェラス)
Angelus cafe has been around since 1946 and has been a favorite hangout place for the young and old alike. An old cafe that has withstood the test of time. Their coffee is good, but people come here for the cakes. Their cakes are probably one of the most delicious that you’ll ever taste in Asakusa. Their original cake called “Angelus” is a must-have here. If you love cakes, do yourself a favor and make some time to visit Angelus Cafe.
Address: 1-17-6 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Website: http://www.asakusa-angelus.com (Japanese Only)
4. Junkissa Mountain (純喫茶マウンテン)
Junkissa Mountain is a traditional cafe in Asakusa. A cafe where you can get your favorite desserts like hot cakes, fruit parfaits, iced coffee, etc. Strolling Asakusa is fun, but if you ever find yourself near Junkissa Mountain, you might want to challenge yourself and try their sky tree parfait. You’re bound to have a delicious and creamy experience.
Address: 1-8-2 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Website: http://www.creamanmitsu.jp/freepage_2_1.html (Japanese Only)
5. Funawa Honten (舟和 本店)
Funawa Honten is all about traditional Japanese sweets. The old-fashioned interior design adds a bit of charm to the cafe and makes you feel comfortable. Who would have thought that the shop that sold sweet potato paste in the past, would become one of the most popular traditional sweets cafes in Asakusa?
Address: 1-22-10 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Website: http://funawa.jp/shop/contents?contents_id=372770 (Japanese Only)
6. Umezono (梅園 浅草本店)
Umezono is another traditional sweet shop in Asakusa. This shop has a wide selection of Japanese sweets. If you don’t have anything in mind, choosing among them will definitely take some time. Some of their most recommended desserts are Inaka Shiruko, Matcha Anmitsu and Awa Zenzai. You can also buy some souvenirs from the store before you go back home.
Address: 1-31-12 Asakusa Taito Tokyo
Website: http://www.asakusa-umezono.co.jp (Japanese Only)
7. SUKE6 DINER (スケロク ダイナー)
SUKE6 DINER is famed for their delicious breakfast menu. This laid-back cafe is a hidden gem among the many cafes in Asakusa. Their Western style dishes are a welcome treat if you want to eat something different. It’s hard not to have a smile on your face before you leave this cafe because the experience is simply amazing.
Address: Ayumi Bldg 1-3F, 1-11-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku Tokyo
8. From afar (フロムアファー倉庫01)
From afar is a cozy cafe perfect for an afternoon break. The entrance of the cafe is a flower shop where you can appreciate the flowers in bloom. Of course, if you’re interested, you can also buy a few. Head inside the cafe and relax while waiting for your order. Whether you like coffee or tea, seasonal tarts and cakes, this cafe will pull at your heartstrings.
Address: 1-1-9 Higashi Komagata, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
9. CAFE MEURSAULT D’APRE’S (カフェ ムルソー)
CAFE MEURSAULT D’APRE’S is a cafe with great views. It’s a popular cafe for couples because girls love their special home-made cakes. The cafe is bright and cozy and you can just look out the window and appreciate the view while spending the afternoon in peace.
Address: 2-1-5 Kaminarimon Taito Tokyo
Website: http://cafe-meursault.com (Japanese Only)
10. Perikan Cafe (ペリカンカフェ)
Perikan Cafe is a cafe that specializes in sandwiches and toasts. Pelican is a famous bakery shop which distributes bread to many cafes in Tokyo. There are times that you have to wait in line before you can enter the cafe because of its popularity. Although the menu is centered around sandwiches and toasts, there are other items like salads and soup on their menu.
Address: 1F 3 Chome-9-11 Kotobuki Taito-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of April 2018
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