Café Culture – Japan

Japan is a country of contrasts from kimono wearing Geishas to Japanese teens in death defying platform heels. And the café culture is no different. From funky 50’s to swanky über cool lounge and cosy French eateries. Tokyo’s café culture borrows the best from around the globe to give locals a well earned escape. And the locals tend to go more for the socialising than for the coffee. Here in Japan, people live in such small apartments and houses that it’s not always possible to entertain, so the café becomes a destination to hang out with your friends.

Coffee only just came to Japan about 30 years ago, and Japanese are still mainly tea drinkers, so don’t necessarily expect a good strong espresso to our Aussie standards.


This gorgeous café is styled in a French-Moroccan theme.

1F/B1F, P4building
2-21-17 Jingu-mae
Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

Pacific 57

This café is in the Meguro district which is one of the hippest areas in Tokyo. And in true Japanese form it’s all about the style here and not so much about the coffee. This place is so laid back its like hanging out in somebody’s lounge room (in Hawaii mind you). It’s style is a quirky 1950’s Hawaiian kitsch beach theme, too cool.

The Tokyo Meguro Ku greenery stand 2-16-11
Tel: 03-5458-5157

Haagen Daaz Premier Lounge

Cafés are places where Japanese interior designers get to make there mark and this temporary Haagen Daaz café was designed as a stage for diners to play out there ice cream fantasies. It’s a very theatrical style incorporating chandeliers, sofas, and murals are all suggested by trompe l’oeil drawings on the walls and furniture. This is the place to come if you want to indulge in a bit of ice cream sushi.

Train International
Rie Yagi
3-25-14-8F Jingumae
Tokyo 1500-0001
03 3479 0303

Toraya Café

At this new and very hip café it’s all about satisfying that sweet tooth more than about the coffee. Sweets here are a combination of the traditional like Azuki bean and the new, chocolate. Oishi!

Residence B-1F
6-12-2 Keyakizaka St

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