Japan Eats 1.0: Tokyo’s Best Breakfast Places

Looking for places serving good breakfasts in Tokyo? Wondering where to get the yummiest pancakes and french toasts in the Japanese capital? Or getting bored of the usual breakfast dishes and looking for something unique instead? Well, this list is for you. Here are some of my favourite breakfast places in Tokyo! 🙂

Tokyo’s Best Breakfast Places

1. JS Pancakes, Shimokitazawa.

Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

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Craving for good pancakes but bored of the usual suspects? JS Pancakes is the place to go! It is just a tiny shop located at one of the corners in Shimokitazawa (Opposite Flamingo shop), and yet it serves REALLY good unique pancakes.

Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

Instead of just plain pancakes, JS cafe came out with a new menu called Pancakes Pie. It is basically a dish of layered pancakes topped with a pastry crust, in the style of a traditional millefeuille cake. The pastry topping definitely added a nice crunch to the texture and that slight burnt smell to the soft and fluffy pancakes. It tasted so good that even my super full stomach (after finishing a plate of steak and a cup of coffee) could finish the entire dessert by myself! 🙂

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Summer special pancake 

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If you love millefeuille and pancakes, you should really try JS pancakes! They have a few branches across Tokyo – so it should not be that hard to find one! 🙂

JS Pancakes, Shimokitazawa
Address: 1F Setagaya (Opposite Flamingo shop)
Nearest station: Shimokitazawa
Opening hours: 11.00AM - 08.00PM daily
Menu: click here

2. Aoyama Flower Market

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Is this a tea house or is it a florist? It is actually both! The shop displays the flowers they are selling in front of the cafe, making it such a grand entrance. Just by looking at the pictures above, don’t you think Aoyama Flower Market deserves the prettiest cafe award?

From the name itself, you may have guessed that this tea house does not serve coffee. But don’t worry, they have a large variety of tea – from herbal tea, fruit tea to seasonal tea – and I highly recommend you to try their unique and refreshing teas.

Apart from the quirky drinks menu, they also serve interesting food items you wouldn’t usually find elsewhere. Unfortunately, I only managed to try one of them, the Flower French Toast. The fluffy-and-pillowy toasts were covered with fresh fruits, powdered sugar, and topped with ice cream. The fragrant toasts were moist inside and crispy outside, simply cooked to perfection. Definitely a place to go if you are looking for desserts with a different style 🙂

Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

If you are not around the Aoyama area, then you can drop by the other branches at Kichijyoji or Akasaka. For more details, you can visit their website, here.

Aoyama Flower Market
Address: 5-1-2 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Opening hours: 
Mon - Sat 11.00AM - 08.00PM
[For lunch on weekdays, only from 11.00AM - 03.00PM]
Sun & Holidays 11.00AM - 07.00PM
Menu: click here

3. Bills Cafe

Good view? Good food? Good service? You can definitely get all these if you visit Bills Cafe. I visited the one in Yokohama and had a really good experience, but they have a few branches around Tokyo as well!

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

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The Australian establishment is known to serve the “best breakfast in the world” and their food is so good that many people are willing to queue just to try it! In fact, there was a line outside the entrance of Bills cafe when I arrived – and that was about 15 to 20 minutes before the cafe opened.

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Do try its signature dish, Ricotta Hotcakes, when you are at Bills 🙂 Or, try their Berry Berry Pancakes if you fancy something lighter. Both A and I have tried the Ricotta Hotcakes, and while yes they tasted very good, we could not finish the dish on our own. So if you want to try it, I’d recommend you to share it with your friends 🙂

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Ricotta Hotcakes

Click here to read our full review post on Bills cafe.

Bills Cafe, Yokohama
Address: 1-1-2 Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama, Japan
Phone:+81 45-650-1266
Opening hours: 
Mon - Fri 09.00AM - 10.00PM
Sat - Sun 08.00AM - 10.00PM
Website: click here
Reservation is allowed (dinner only)

4. Maruichi Bagel

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Feel like eating something different today? Maybe some huge and chewy bagels instead of your usual eggs benedict or french toast? Why not visit Maruichi Bagel located at Minato, Tokyo to get your freshly baked bagels.


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All the bagels here look very appetising and you will feel like getting each one of them! 🙂 Once you have picked your bagel, you can ask the staff to add some toppings – cream cheese or egg salad, maybe?

Maruichi Bagel, Tokyo
Address: 1 Chome-15-22 Shirokane, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Opening hours: 
Wed - Sun 10.00AM - 06.00PM (For bagels, you can come as early as 07.00AM)

5. Coutume Aoyama

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Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

Known as one of the coolest coffee shops in Paris, Coutume finally made an entrance in Aoyama, Japan earlier last year.

Coutume offers a more classic and darker styles of coffee. Also not forgetting the other versions that are on the fruitier side, with a more acidic note. They also serve pretty good breakfast at affordable prices. If you are a fan of Gontran Cherrier, you will be delighted to know that their sandwiches are made with bread from that highly-raved bakery 🙂


Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

Tokyo's Best Breakfast Places

I really love the stylish concrete walls, the bright and spacious space at Coutume Aoyama. So if you are looking for a space where you can slouch for hours while drinking a good cup of coffee, then Coutume Aoyama is the right place for you.

Coutume Aoyama
Address: 5-8-10 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku 
Tokyo.
Opening hours: Daily - 07.30AM - 09.30PM

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1 comment

  1. Thanks for the suggestions!
    The recently opened Captain Cook in Hiroo should be mentioned in this list. Their breakfast is amazeballs.