By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler
Tokyo is an outstanding food destination. You can eat an excellent meal at thousands of restaurants, from well-known places with Michelin stars to tiny local shops. Here are three Tokyo cafes that are known for their good food and drinks.
Pelican Café was created by the popular bakery Pan no Pelican, “Bread Pelican”. This bakery has been in business since 1942 and sells soft bread rolls and fluffy toast just a block away. Pelican Café serves their famous bread in thick slices with various toppings in a warm, retro style atmosphere. Try the basic set with a thick slice of toast grilled to crispy perfection served with butter and a cup of coffee or tea. Instead of fries you can order a side of deep-fried crust. There is a changing daily specials on the menu, many toasts with savory toppings and a sweet version with mixed seasonal fruit and cream.
Address: 3-9-11 Kotobuki, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 9:00 – 17:00, closed on Sundays and national holidays.
Last year, Fuglen opened in a new building in Asakusa that also houses the 9h Nine Hours capsule hotel. Fuglen welcomes you with its scandinavian style interior and benches outside. This is an excellent place to be people watching in the heart of Asakusa, just opposite the Nishisando Arcade, near Marugoto Nippon and Hoppy Dori. Fuglen is open for breakfast in the morning and serves cocktails until late in the evening. They have a variety of sweet breads and cookies and bake delicious waffles. Try the lightly roasted coffee from their Tokyo roastery.
Address: 2-6-15 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 7:00 – 22:00 Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; 07:00 – 01:00 Wednesday, Thursday; 07:00 – 02:00 Friday, Saturday.
Egg Baby Cafe
This cafe is located under the JR Yamanote Line tracks between Okachimachi and Akihabara Station. This is not an unlikely location for a good shop. Many restaurants and bars are hidden under Tokyo's Yamanote line. Egg Baby Cafe is designed in a bright New York style. On the menu are both savory and sweet dishes made with eggs. Try a big egg sandwich plate, the crispy french toast, or a delicious pudding with cream. Tip: Walk along JR Yamanote line from Akihabara towards Okachimachi for a visit of the 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan arts and crafts area before you go to the cafe. Then continue along the train tracks trough Ameyoko Market towards Ueno Station.
Address: 5-10-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Located near Okachimachi Station under the JR Yamanote tracks.
Open 10:00 – 22:00 (last order 21:30).
I will introduce more places to eat in Tokyo this month. Click the link below to read this related article you might like: “Shopping for foodies in Tokyo - Ueno’s Ameyoko Market”