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Tokyo’s Best Coffee Shops

October 9, 2018

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Hello everyone, and welcome to our coffee shop tour, where we’ll take you to some of the best coffee shops in Tokyo.  Some of these we found out via researching online, but many of them we just stumbled upon, like our secret shop (that isn’t a secret anymore).  And I think the ones you discover on your own will mean a lot more to you than the ones that we, or anyone else for that matter, tell you to visit.  Those personal finds will resonate with you for a lifetime.  But, if you’re looking for a starting point, hopefully this video can be of some small help.  Here’s a list of the places we went to:

Light Up Coffee:
Address: 〒180-0004 Tokyo, 武蔵野市 吉祥寺本町4丁目13−15
Website: Light Up

Little Nap Coffee Stand:
Address:  5 Chome-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0053
Website: Little Nap

Frankie Melbourne Espresso:
Address: 〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya, Kitazawa, 2 Chome−7−12
Website: Frankie

Bear Pond Espresso:
Address: 2丁目-36-12 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031
Website: Bear Pond Espresso

Kichijoji Coffee:
Address: 10-37 Tatenochō, Nerima-ku, Tōkyō-to 177-0054
Website: Kichijoji Coffee

However, we didn’t get to mention two other shops that we frequent and really love, but just didn’t get to film this time.  Maybe in a part two video in the future?  If not, we’ll share them with you here!

Blackwell Coffee

It’s a shame we didn’t get to mention this one on video.  We love this place and go here often.  It’s just such a small shop and really difficult to film.  But the owner is a really cool dude who specializes in hand drip.  Nothing but hand drip.  And he remembers your coffee preferences as well.  You can go in there and ask for the regular and he’ll remember that you had Tanzania last time.  Ah!  It’s great.  And the coffee jelly there is tremendous as well.  

It’s located at 3 Chome-3-10 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004.  They’ve got their own website as well.  Give them a shot.  You’ll like them :D

Coffee Elementary School

This is a shop we go to once a week minimum.  It’s located close to Shibuya station, maybe a ten minute brisk walk or so, and they’re great!  They have deliciously creamy cold brew coffee, and great coconut granola.  If you remember our Balmuda Toaster video, they have one there as well, so you can get some toast and experience the magic.  Also, I know this isn’t coffee related, but god damn they have the best toilet I’ve ever shat in.  It’s such a delight.  Go downstairs, and have the shit of a lifetime.  Their toilet is top of the line, and it smells like a hotel there.  It’s got flushing sounds as well if you’re letting them rip, but you’re in the privacy of the basement, in your own little oasis.  And if you’re like me, a bit of coffee really gets you going.  You’ll love this place, for it’s coffee, as well as its toilet.

Their address is 12-6 Uguisudanicho, 渋谷区 Tokyo 150-0032 and you can find them on Facebook as well

Lastly, if you’re in the mood for some more laughs, we’ve got some extra scenes below!

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  1. Hi you two! Thank you for the video, I missed Japan even more now. I was there for a short trip last April. I’m a barista in Malaysia, and we serve Japan roasted coffee at our cafe. Not sure if you’ve been to below cafes, but I think it’s worth checking out!

    a) Maruyama Coffee Omotesando (try their Single Origin Coffee Jelly, coffee on syphon and Martina, you can even join their free Public Cupping, it’s totally for you!)
    b) Fuglen (They recently open a new one in Asakusa. Try their coffee on Aeropress :)
    c) Kaffee Mameya (They will guide you on your coffee preference and select the coffee with you, and it’s one of of the amazing coffee experience I’ve had)
    d) Glitch (super light roast coffee!)

    and 2 of the cafes that I didn’t get to go but would definitely visit next time:

    1) Unlimited coffee
    2) Philocoffea/Rudder Coffee (By World Brewers Champion 2016, Tetsu Kasuya)

    2 months ago
  2. Not drinking coffee but enjoying everything around it, even had a quick training about coffee and machines as a server / junior barista last year !
    I just sent my submission for subtitles in French, first time I do this and I realize how much time it takes and the work the Nasty Community is offering each and every time so : THANK YOU NASTIES from all around the world, I appreciate it fully now ^.^
    If you ever live or go to Indonesia (Java), be sure to hit Janji Jhonny in Yogyakarta, he welcomed us as CouchSurfers and he’s the best, you’ll learn a lot ! https://www.instagram.com/janjijhonny/ :)

    2 months ago
  3. I can’t wait to try some of these coffee shops when I’m in Tokyo in November/December. I did want to say that the description of the bathroom was phenomenal. As someone who has their fair share of bathroom issues, this sounds like the ultimate bathroom heaven.

    2 months ago
    • Oh it’s pretty awesome. And I (Martina) have my fair share of bathroom emergencies with sudden digestion issues popping up randomly (we always say, “UH OH. ABORT MISSION!”) haha and I run or waddle to the washroom! But Japan has some really dope awesome toilets even in generally simple looking places and they always have a button for making “flushing sounds” so that people don’t hear your business and everyone uses them so it isn’t weird. :)

      2 months ago
  4. Simon, where in Japan may I purchase the Kichijoji City t-shirt you’re wearing?

    2 months ago
    • I don’t think they’re for sale, but I got mine from Bakawarai. Maybe we should ask them to sell it!

      2 months ago
  5. Martina playing with bubbles is absolutely beautiful
    I like coffee. Nowhere near an aficionado so subtleties would be lost on me but I would totally love have one while sitting on the steps of Light Up. The place with the awesome toilet beckons too

    The music during the Meiji Jingu footage is <3

    2 months ago