By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler
If you begin your day in Tokyo’s Asakusa district, try one of these local places for breakfast or brunch. While some of the local restaurants are still preparing for their lunch service, here is where you can start your day with more than just a cup of coffee.
Asakusa Misojyu Soup & Rice
Miso soup and rice are the main ingredient in a Japanese breakfast. As the name indicates, Asakusa Misojyu Soup & Rice’s focus is on serving delicious Japanese meals that feature miso soup. Visit in the morning and try their traditional Japanese breakfast set of miso soup, an onigiri (rice ball), a boiled egg, and pickles (served until 11:00). Other menu items served throughout the day are different variations of miso soup and onigiri. The shop is located 5 minutes from Senso-ji Temple’s Kaminarimon Gate. It’s a lovely spot on a quiet corner just off the main street that runs past Kaminarimon Gate to the river.
Address: 1-7-5 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: morning 8:30 - 11:00, regular 11:00 - 19:00, closed Mondays
Suke6 Diner & manufacture
This is the place to come for breakfast or brunch if you like pastries. The manufacture on the 3F floor is Suke6’s bakery where they bake their own bread. Select your favorite pastry, bread, or waffle from the breakfast menu and combine it with eggs and sides as you like. They also serve an English breakfast. On their brunch & lunch menu they have several additional items, including vegetarian options and desserts. Suke6 Diner is located off Sumida Park near Sumida River, a short walk from Asakusa Station Exit 5 (Ginza Line). In front of the shop is a popular spot for taking pictures with Tokyo Skytree in the background. You can see many rickshaws come here.
Address: 1-11-1 Hanakawado, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: breakfast 89:00 - 11:00, lunch 11:00 - 17:00, dinner 17:00 -
Asakusa Cafe La Grande Calice
This is a great local place to visit for breakfast if you do not feel like Japanese. It has a French bistro inspired menu. There are only four items to choose from for breakfast, but they are all very good: croque monsieur, a set with salad and toast, a salad with fresh vegetables and boiled egg, or a baguette sandwich. If you are too late for breakfast, have brunch choosing from their lunch menu where they also have galette. You will find the cafe near the corner of Denbo-in Dori and Hoppy Dori, the Asakusa street where many people go for drinks. But the cafe does have a nice wine list if you come by later during the day.
Address: 2-4-2 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: morning 7:00 - 11:30, lunch 11:30 - 15:00, tea time 11:30 - 18:00 (last order 17:00), open only in the morning on Mondays.
Early morning Asakusa sightseeing tip - Use the time to take pictures at Senso-ji Temple before the crowds arrive. Popular photo spots like the big lantern of Kaminarimon Gate and the huge sandals hanging from Hozomon Gate are usually crowded all day long. If the shops on Nakamise Street are not open yet, take pictures using the painted shop shutters as backgrounds. They all show scenes from Asakusa like festivals, seasonal events, and local legends.
I will introduce more places to eat in Tokyo this month. Click the link below to read this related article you might like: “Tokyo sightseeing with a rickshaw ride” https://authentic-tokyo.com/news/detail?news_id=651