Ikebukuro is one of the centers for shopping, dining, and entertainment in Tokyo. There is always something going on in this lively district, and if you’re lucky, you might find hidden gems during your morning strolls. However, before you start your grand adventure, it is always a good idea to have a filling breakfast to ensure that you will have the energy for the day.
Freshly baked bread, pancakes, desserts, coffee, and even rice meals are all great choices. You can even invite your friends to join you for breakfast if you are feeling generous.
If you have no idea where to go, feel free to check out these 10 places to have breakfast in Ikebukuro to start your day right.
1. DIORAMA CAFE (ジオラマカフェ)
DIORAMA CAFE is quite popular due to their various pancakes. One of the highly recommended items on their menu is the sausage pancake meal-set, which includes pancakes, special home-made sausages, fried eggs, and salad. If you prefer something fruitier, then their whole apple pancake will be your best bet. It comes with sweet type pancakes, baked apple served with custard sauce, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream!
Address: B1, 3-29-4 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
2. Sakura cafe & Restaurant Ikebukuro
Sakura cafe & Restaurant Ikebukuro is a bistro-style cafe that is only a 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station. It is known for its cheap and basic breakfast menu that consists of bread, jam, coffee/tea, and soup. Of course, it doesn’t end there. They open 24 hours a day and have a wide variety of dishes from around the world, including an excellent collection of wine, liquors, and cocktails.
Address: Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro Annexe 1F, 2-39-10 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
3. Nomono Kitchen Ikebukuro Higashiguchi (のものキッチン池袋東口店)
Nomono Kitchen Ikebukuro Higashiguchi is conveniently located near the East Exit of Ikebukuro Station. The restaurant offers rice set-meals with a few side dishes for breakfast. As their concept is to offer local dishes, you can enjoy various food from all over Japan. Their menu changes seasonally, so visit Nomono Kitchen to find out the special of the day.
Address: JR Ikebukuro East Entrance,1-28-2 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.jreast.co.jp/nomono/ikebukuro/ (Japanese Only)
4. egg restaurant Tokyo
Egg restaurant Tokyo, as the name suggests, specializes in egg dishes like omelets, egg sandwiches, egg rothko, etc. They also have toasts, pancakes, vegetable salads, desserts, burgers, sandwiches, and meal-sets that suit people of all ages. An interesting place to visit and have breakfast in Ikebukuro.
Address: Ike Biz 1F, 2-37-4 Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
5. Ponde COFFEE (ぽんで COFFEE)
Ponde COFFEE in Ikebukuro has gained popularity due to their original handmade bite-sized bread “Ponde” (round-shaped miniature buns) made with tapioca flour, accompanied by their specialty coffee. There are many flavors to choose from, and buying a few of them to try their taste is always a worthwhile experience.
Address: Muranaka Bldg. 1F, 3-13-13 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
6. Restaurant PINO
Restaurant PINO is located in a very convenient location that is just a 3-minute walk from the Ikebukuro East Exit. They have Western and Japanese dishes for the breakfast buffet. Their buffet-style dining offers various dishes such as tofu, rice, simmered vegetables, salad, healthy tea, yogurt, etc., and is very popular with both locals and tourists alike.
Address: Hotel Daiichi Inn Ikebukuro 2F, 1-42-8 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.hankyu-hotel.com/hotel/dh/ikebukuro/restaurants/pino (Japanese Only)
7. FARM to PARK RACINES
FARM to PARK RACINES is surrounded by the greenery of Minami Ikebukuro Koen Park. This makes it an ideal place to enjoy breakfast after doing your morning stroll. Breakfast options include their home-made racines bread, butter, and jam. You can also get their special morning plate, which consists of racines bread, sunny side up egg, bacon, and salad.
Address: Minami Ikebukuro Park, 2-21-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
8. MAISON KAYSER Ikebukuro
MAISON KAYSER is a famous French bakery that serves excellent bread and pastries. It is managed by a man who work for a long-established bread company in Japan. If you love freshly baked bread, then this bakery is the place to go when you are in Sunshine City in Ikebukuro.
Address: 1F Sunshine City Alpa 1F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://maisonkayser.co.jp/location/sunshinecity (Japanese Only)
9. HOTEL GRAND CITY
HOTEL GRAND CITY is conveniently located in Ikebukuro and offers a satisfying breakfast buffet. They have a good variety of Western and Japanese cuisines that also include seasonal delicacies. An ideal place to dine and lodge during your stay in Ikebukuro. Another great point about having breakfast here is that they are open from 6:30 in the morning which makes your day longer!
Address: 1-30-7 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
10. Tsubakiya Coffee Ikebukuro (椿屋珈琲店 池袋茶廊)
Tsubakiya Coffee Ikebukuro is a cozy coffee shop near Ikebukuro Station. It is often crowded by noon so having breakfast here is a viable option. You can have toast, salad, and a cup of coffee or tea for breakfast. Their coffee and cake combo is perfect for those who want to eat something in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. Feel free to try the other items on their menu like curry rice, etc.
Address: Ito Bldg. B1F, 1-6-4 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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