Ueno is one of the best places in Tokyo to visit when it comes to popular attractions. Ueno Park that is just outside the station is one of the iconic landmarks of the city and is well loved by both locals and tourists alike.
It’s almost impossible to check out everything in Ueno in a day, so it is advisable to take it easy and relax in some of the cafes that you will find along the way. As you may already know, every cafe in Japan has its own specialty. You just can’t help but fall in love with the delicious treats that are waiting for you to discover.
Make sure to check out these 10 cafes in Ueno for hometown flavors.
1. Mihashi Ueno Flagship Store (みはし 上野本店)
Mihashi Ueno Flagship Store is well-known for their delicious Japanese desserts. Their house specialties like their matcha anmitsu and matcha float will tickle your sweet-tooth, and make you smile in appreciation. It is conveniently located near Ueno Station, so there is always a queue of people. The staffs also speak a bit of English, so communication is easier as well.
Address: 4-9-7 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Café & Dining Iris is conveniently located on the second floor of Hotel Sherwood, just across the overpass from Uguisudani Station’s South Exit. It opens at 7:00 am and offers meal sets like pasta, curry, sandwiches, and other dishes. Coffee is always a good option, and you can enjoy your meal at your leisure. A nice place to spend some time before you stroll the city.
Address: Hotel Sherwood 2F, 1-2-21 Negishi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
3. BUZZ GARDEN
BUZZ Garden is on the first floor of Hotel Parkside. Just a minute walk from Subway Chiyoda Line Yushima Station, it is a cafe that specializes in organic dishes. They have wine, bread, pasta, pizza, salads, and of course, some meat dishes like hamburg steak, grilled chicken, shrimp gratin, etc. You can also have something sweet with a cup of coffee like pudding and matcha cake. A great option if you happen to stay at Hotel Parkside.
Address: Hotel Parkside 1F, 2-11-18 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
4. PARK SIDE CAFE
PARK SIDE CAFE is conveniently located in Ueno Park. Due to its location, it is often crowded during peak hours. The scenery is great and gives you a nice view of cherry blossom flowers during the hanami season. Their staff is efficient, and the service is fast. The food is delicious and going here to have lunch is worth your while. Make sure to visit after your stroll in Ueno Park.
Address: 8-4 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.facebook.com/psc.ueno/ (Japanese Only)
5. Coffee Oujo (珈琲 王城)
Coffee Oujo has a very relaxing atmosphere and is perfect for people who want to sit back and relax. They have plenty of set-menus to choose from, which is also the reason why this shop is quite popular with locals. Their coffee and other special blends taste good, especially their cream filled hot cocoa, cream soda, and many more!
Address: 6-8-15 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.facebook.com/coffeeoujyou/ (Japanese Only)
6. Cafe Suiren (カフェ すいれん)
Cafe Suiren is located a stone throw away from the National Museum of Western Art. It is a bright and airy cafe facing a beautifully landscaped garden. Popular cafe items like cakes, pasta, hamburgers, shrimp spring rolls, and other Western cuisines are available. Since it is near the museum, expect that it will get crowded during lunch time, so make sure to get there as early as you can before going inside to view the exhibits.
Address: 7-7 Uenokoen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
7. Usagiya CAFE (うさぎやCAFE)
Usagiya Cafe is well-known for their special pancakes served with red bean paste. Their pancake is only served for 10 minutes in the morning, so make sure to get there by 9:00 AM. The cafe prides itself with their home-made red bean paste, and it is incorporated into some of their desserts. Usagiya has taken the “Hawaiian” theme, and it is quite noticeable in their interior design and menu. Surprisingly, aside from the usual cafe dishes, they also serve beer served with macadamia nuts as a side dish.
Address: 1F, 1-17-5 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://usagiya-cafe.com (Japanese Only)
8. Cafe & Meal MUJI
Cafe & Meal MUJI is an interesting place because it is not only a cafe but also a shop where you can buy household goods and more! They also have an English menu, and the dishes are reasonably priced, not to mention they taste good too. It is located on the 2nd basement floor of the Ueno Marui Building. It is not easily found unless you are specifically looking for it.
Address: Ueno Marui B2F, 6-15-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://cafemeal.muji.com/jp/ (Japanese Only)
9. Tsubakiya Uenosaro (椿屋珈琲店 上野茶廊)
Tsubakiya Uenosaro has a very classy interior design, and it naturally piques your interest. Everything here screams high-class, which includes the prices on their menu. The service is very efficient, so if you don’t mind things being pricy, this cafe is a perfect place to relax and unwind. It is also an ideal place for business meetings and the like.
Address: Yamada Bldg. 1F to 2F, 6-14-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
10. Nana’s green tea Ueno Marui
Nana’s green tea Ueno Marui, as the name suggests, offers matcha (green tea) flavored desserts. They have a great variety of tea, cakes, ice creams, and other desserts. Even if you’re not familiar with green tea, you will easily fall in love with it after you tried a few of their house specialties like their Matcha and rice-flour dumplings parfait, matcha chiffon cake, and hoji-cha flavored desserts.
Address: 2F, 6-15-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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