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Breakfast & brunch in Tokyo’s old Yanaka district



2019.10.31 (Thu)

Start your day at a local Yanaka cafe

By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler

Yanaka is a charming district near Ueno where a little bit of old Tokyo still remains. Enjoy the neighborhood’s retro atmosphere, its boutiques, cafes, and many shrines and temple. Here are a few places that you can visit first thing in the morning.

Hagi Cafe @ HAGISO

Hagi Cafe is located in an old wooden residential building that has been renovated. Now it houses the cafe, a gallery, and the reception of hanare, a hotel with accommodation in renovated local houses. Hagi Cafe serves a breakfast that is called “tabi suru choshoku” meaning the breakfast that takes a trip. For the six months until March 2020, they are serving Tokushima Morning. Tokushima is a prefecture on Shikoku Island and Hagi Cafe is preparing a Japanese breakfast with the local produce. Alternatively you can try their homemade scones with a drink of your choice.

Address: 3-10-25 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: morning 8:00 - 10:30, 12:00 - 21:00

Kayaba Coffee

This beloved local cafe is located in an old house built over 100 years ago and has a long history. When the cafe closed after the death of its original owner who had run it from 1938 to 2006, a local team came together to re-open it. Still in its old location on a street corner, Kayaba Coffee is famous for its retro atmosphere. Check out the building’s exterior and old signs. Morning sets, available 8:00 - 11:00, come with a drink of your choice. Choose a toast or sandwich. Kayaba’s egg sandwich and toast are especially popular and where part of the cafes original old menu.

Address: 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: 8:00 - 18:00 (21:00 on Fridays & Saturdays)

Graphy Nezu Cafe & Lounge

Graphy Nezu Cafe serves breakfast from 7:00, opening relatively early for Tokyo. Try one of their sandwiches, like the dashimaki sandwich made with a Japanese omelette. Dashimaki are rolled omelettes made by cooking and rolling up eggs that are flavored with dashi stock. Or have a Japanese style hotcake served with mixed fruit. Breakfast sets come with free drink refills.

Address: 4-5-10 Ikenohata, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours: morning 7:00 - 11:00, lunch 11:00 - 17:00, dinner 17:00 - 23:00

Early morning Yanaka & Ueno sightseeing tip - Take a walk. Yanaka is best explored on foot. You can also walk over to Ueno Park. Yanaka and Ueno are great places to take pictures.

I will introduce more places to eat in Tokyo this month. Click the link below to read this related article you might like: “Where to stay in Tokyo – Yanaka. This old town neighborhood is one of Tokyo’s hidden gems.”

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