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Tokyo Cheapo Podcast 25 Cafes Interview

Tokyo Cheapo Podcast 25 Cafes Interview

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Lane from Tokyo Cheapo for a coffee in Streamer Coffee Company Barista Pro Shop in Harajuku. He interviewed me for an episode of the Cheapo Podcast and we covered quite a range of Tokyo related coffee topics. In addition to Streamers Coffee, other cafes mentioned in this episode were Nozy Coffee, Espresso Americano (recently rebranded as EA Gran), Eat More Greens and Zokka Coffee … Read entire article »

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Chun Shui Tang in Omotesando / Harajuku, Tokyo Japan

Chun Shui Tang in Omotesando / Harajuku, Tokyo Japan

Having opened in March 2014, this gorgeous bubble tea lounge is the third branch of the popular Taiwanese chain, Chun Shui Tang to open outside of its homeland, Taiwan. As soon as you enter through the uniquely designed wooden door with its horizontally aligned timber, you’re greeted with an open, well lit space accentuated by a modern interpretation of classical … Read entire article »

Streamer Coffee Company Barista Pro Shop in Harajuku, Tokyo Japan

Streamer Coffee Company Barista Pro Shop in Harajuku, Tokyo Japan

There was a time when Tokyo cafes were all windowless and smoky experiences but with its modern timber and steel interior design and open space, the Harajuku Barista Pro Shop branch of Streamer Coffee Company very much represents the new look of the city’s café scene. Located down a side street just a minute’s walk from the popular Takeshita Street shopping … Read entire article »

Cafe W.E and Tullys Coffee Sumida Park Store in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Cafe W.E and Tullys Coffee Sumida Park Store in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

When visiting Tokyo during the last week of March and the first week of April, the one thing that visitors absolutely have to do is experience the natural beauty of the city’s numerous cherry blossom trees (or “sakura” in Japanese) which are in full bloom during this period. While Yoyogi Park and Shinjuku Gyoen are ideal places for picnics with a … Read entire article »

25 Cafes on Japan Eats Podcast

25 Cafes on Japan Eats Podcast

Recently I met up with Marcus Lovitt and Christopher Pellegrini of Japan Eats at Espresso Americano to record a special Tokyo cafe themed episode of their Tokyo Eats podcast. We had a great conversation about cafe culture in Japan, living and working in Tokyo and shared some amusing stories about some of the bizarre theme cafes we’ve been to. Had … Read entire article »

Saryo in Minami Machida, Yokohama Japan

Saryo in Minami Machida, Yokohama Japan

Located within the large outlet store area called Grandberry Mall, Saryo offers a nice escape from the numerous Western businesses with its rather impressive selection of Asian and Asian inspired foods and drinks that easily satisfies more than the Starbucks across the road and you won’t have to fight for a table to sit at with its rather large indoor … Read entire article »

Planetarium Starry Cafe in Haneda, Tokyo Japan

Planetarium Starry Cafe in Haneda, Tokyo Japan

Ever since Haneda Airport was upgraded I had been wanting to check it out. A lot of my friends had been telling me how much better it was than the previous version and everyone seemed to be in agreement that it was vastly superior to it’s rival, Narita Airport which has long held a reputation for being outdated and extremely … Read entire article »

Cafe Green Bar in Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Japan

Cafe Green Bar in Tokyo Sky Tree, Tokyo Japan

Located within the trendy Urban Research store on the third floor of the East Yard under Tokyo Sky Tree, Cafe Green Bar complements the main store’s focus on modern contemporary fashion by presenting customers with several examples of how to implement it’s brand’s design values beyond the wardrobe, reinforcing Urban Research as more of a lifestyle than simply a fashion … Read entire article »

Cool Cafes on NHK World’s Tokyo Eye

Cool Cafes on NHK World’s Tokyo Eye

A few weeks ago I was contacted by NHK World and asked if I would be interested in being the resident “Cafe Specialist” on a special Tokyo cafes episode of their travel show, Tokyo Eye. Turns out they had been looking for someone who knew a lot about cafes in Tokyo and had been impressed with my stint on several episodes … Read entire article »

Cafe Comme Ca in Minami Machida, Yokohama Japan

Cafe Comme Ca in Minami Machida, Yokohama Japan

If you’ve ever spent any time clothes shopping in Japan, you no doubt would have come across the incredibly popular Japanese fashion chain COMME CA ISM. As the name implies, Cafe Comme Ca is a spin-off of the main brand that focuses entirely on being a cafe though does retain the aesthetics of the original clothing stores (think white, lots of … Read entire article »

Denmark The Royal Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo Japan

Denmark The Royal Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo Japan

Tucked away within the first floor of the giant Mitsukoshi shopping complex, Denmark The Royal Cafe offers a quiet escape from the numerous shoppers that swamp Ginza on a daily basis though you may find that a lot of those shoppers also have the same urge for escape that you do when you visit which could result in a wait … Read entire article »

Conanoco Cafe in Roppongi, Tokyo Japan

Conanoco Cafe in Roppongi, Tokyo Japan

Conanoca Cafe is a lovely little cafe hidden within the rather large Roppongi Hills complex. In fact it’s so well hidden that in the eight or so years that I’ve regularly been visiting Roppongi Hills I was completely unaware of it’s existence until I recently discovered it on the Roppongi Hills website while searching for a new smoke free cafe … Read entire article »

Le Cafe Mamie in Meguro, Tokyo Japan

Le Cafe Mamie in Meguro, Tokyo Japan

Le Cafe Mamie is a quaint cafe in Meguro (itself a really nice area full of interesting shops and restaurants) that claims to be heavily inspired by French culture and cuisine, though to be honest I wouldn’t have guessed it was French themed had I not noticed some of the French movie posters and artworks on the wall. The menu … Read entire article »

Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo Japan

Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo Japan

This rather nice chocolate themed cafe is one of many Lindt outlets both worldwide and in Japan. The focus is of course on chocolate based drinks and upselling their own brand of chocolates which of course can be purchased in store but there are also coffee and cakes available too. We ordered an iced chocolate and a hot coffee and while … Read entire article »

Hatake Mame Hico Taipei in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

Hatake Mame Hico Taipei in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

I accidentally stumbled across Hatake Mame Hico Taipei while searching for it’s sister cafe, Cafe Mame Hico Shibuya which is actually located just around the corner. While Cafe Mame Hico Shibuya is very much a cafe heavily influenced by Western aesthetics, Hatake Mame Hico Taipei on the other hand is inspired by both Japanese and Chinese cultures with a little … Read entire article »

Cream of the Crop Coffee in Shibuya, Tokyo Japan

Station: Train Line: Features: Menu Language: Hours: Address: Phone Number: Website: Map: Directions: … Read entire article »

Paperback Cafe in Higashi Nakano, Tokyo Japan

Paperback Cafe in Higashi Nakano, Tokyo Japan

While I’ve very much made the shift to Kindle ebooks for the majority of my reading, I am still a huge fan of physical book stores especially those that offer something more such as an original design and a nice cafe such as this one. Despite all of the books and magazines being Japanese I really enjoyed just walking around Paperback … Read entire article »

Devadeva Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo Japan

Devadeva Cafe in Kichijoji, Tokyo Japan

Devadeva Cafe (as is Kichijoji as a whole) is a great example of the growing subculture in Japan focused on sustainability, environmental responsibility and physical and mental development. The majority of the food is vegan with quite a few organic options, the entire cafe is completely smoke free, cards and pamphlets advertising nearby yoga studios are all over the entrance … Read entire article »

Stick Sweets Factory in Totsuka, Yokohama Japan

Stick Sweets Factory in Totsuka, Yokohama Japan

When I stumbled across Stick Sweets Factory the first thing that I thought was that it reminded me of a cafe from Australia. Not the sophisticated and modern cafes in Sydney or Melbourne though but the ones found more in the suburbs next to a K-Mart or Target where people relax after doing the week’s grocery shopping. This isn’t necessarily a … Read entire article »