Who would have thought that pancakes will gain so much popularity in Japan? Harajuku is not an exception to this rule, and you’ll find countless numbers of cafes that specialize on this western dessert. Over the years, pancakes had also evolved from the common flat pancake to the thick and fluffy ones that you can try at some of the most popular pancake restaurants in the city.
You can even say that these restaurants are always improving their own recipe to compete for the loyalty of their pancake fans. Although it may sound like an exaggeration, the market for pancakes is competitive and fierce. So take a journey and experience the fluffy and delicious world of pancakes in Harajuku!
Here are the 10 best pancake restaurants in Harajuku for delicious pancakes!
1. San Francisco Peaks
San Francisco Peaks is a western style restaurant that serves pancakes, omelets, and burgers. A nice place to have breakfast or brunch depending on what time you wake up in the morning. The ambiance is pretty nice and since it’s a two story restaurant you don’t have to wait for a long time before you get to order your food.
Address: 3-28-7 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
2. Ki To Mizu To Tsuchi To (木と水と土と)
Ki To Mizu To Tsuchi To is a very popular cafe in Harajuku. More often than not you will find yourself waiting in line just to enter this cafe! Their fluffy and delicious pancakes are delicious. They also have other limited (seasonal) items on their menu like the sakura pancake which only lasts until the end of April. It is possible to get a reservation during weekdays only.
Address: 4-13-4 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://ki-mizu-tsuchi.com/omotesando.html (Japanese Only)
3. Mizu cafe PRODUCED BY Cleansui
Mizu cafe PRODUCED by Cleansui is one of the hidden gems of Harajuku. They serve a variety of items like pancakes, taco rice, sandwiches and much more. A great place with a great atmosphere perfect for dining with family and friends. Their unique way of serving dishes on a hot plate is quite interesting as well.
Address: 6-34-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://mizucafe.jp (Japanese Only)
4.Uzna omom Harajuku Honten
Uzna omom Harajuku Honten is a cream of the crop among pancake cafes. The reason? They are very generous when it comes to “cream pancakes”. Pancakes covered in delicious cream will put a smile on your face. Their monthly special pancake is highly recommended as well. Just imagine, a delicious pancake recipe awaits you every month. Uzna omom Harajuku Honten is definitely a shop that will easily become your favorite.
Address: 5-17-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.uznaomom.com (Japanese Only)
5. Jinguen (神宮苑)
Jinguen is a traditional cafe that serves pancakes. Actually, they call them hot cakes (Japanese style pancake) instead of pancakes and their version is thick and quite filling. The outside texture is quite crispy while the interior is soft and melts in your mouth. For those who love their hot cakes sweet, they have maple syrup which helps you adjust its sweetness.
Address: 3-14-17 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
6. BURN SIDE ST CAFE
BURN SIDE ST CAFE is known for their thick and fluffy pancakes. Take note that for those who eat less, these pancakes may be a bit too much for you. They also add their own unique style on some of their items like the egg benedict. Their version is made up of poached eggs on scones covered in walnut. Just add a cup of coffee or your preferred drink to complete the set.
Address: 4-29-9 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
7. Riz Labo Kitchen Urasando Garden (Riz Labo Kitchen 裏参道ガーデン)
Riz Labo Kitchen gained the title “gluten free” because they don’t add it as their ingredient. A fashionable cafe in a residential area that is quite popular with the locals. Actually when you enter it is like a food court and very spacious. For those who are conscious of their figure and health, the pancakes at Riz Labo Kitchen will suit you perfectly.
Address: 4-15-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
8. Sunny STORE & CAFE (サニー ストア&カフェ)
Sunny STORE & CAFE is found on the second floor of a building along Harajuku Cat Street. A cafe with a bright and cozy atmosphere that is great for relaxing and passing the time. Their pancakes adorned with fruits are quite eye catching, especially their strawberry yogurt pancake and blue berry pancake.
Address: 4-26-28 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo JUNK YARD 2F
Website: http://sunny-storecafe.com (Japanese Only)
9. Rainbow Pancake (レインボーパンケーキ)
Rainbow Pancake cafe is a haven for pancake lovers. Their wide selection of pancakes will put your sweet tooth to the test. Since this shop is very popular, it is almost always crowded, so you better be prepared to wait in line for at least half an hour or so. Also, they only prepare your pancakes after they are ordered so you can be assured of their quality. They only use low-fat milk to ensure that their pancakes are healthier compared to others.
Address: 4-28-4 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://www.rainbowpancake.net (Japanese Only)
10. Bills Omotesando (Bills 東急プラザ表参道原宿)
Bills Omotesando is without a doubt a great place to have breakfast in Harajuku. The shop was handled by the world class chef Bill Granger, and his goal is to serve “The Best Breakfast in the World”. Their menu has a great lineup of ricotta hotcakes, scrambled eggs with toast, banana and honey comb butter and their highly recommended Australian breakfast set meal. Only you can judge if you find their food to their liking.
Address: 4-30-3 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo
All information in this article is as of July 2017