12 Best Pancakes in Tokyo

Pancakes are known as `Hotcakes' in Japan. This nation-wide popular sweet and round cake is slightly different from pancakes you find in other countries so it's worth a try during your stay to taste the difference.


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1. Yukinoshita, Ginza 雪ノ下【銀座】

This popular pancake eatery in Osaka has descended in Tokyo! Yukinoshita is particular about the ingredients.  Free range eggs from Taki District, Mie, and non-pasteurized milk from Izu, Shizuoka are used for its pancakes.  They are served simply with butter and honey or with chestnut paste à la Mont Blanc (as pictured above), and like a decorative short cake with strawberries and condensed milk.  Any way they are served,  these pancakes are greatly appealing to sweet lovers.

Tomato Bldg 3F, 1-20-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


2. West Aoyama Garden, Aoyama ウエスト青山ガーデン【青山】

If you like typical Japanese 'Hotcakes', try this place.  Hotcakes served here are fairly large and fluffy in texture. Eat with melted butter and maple syrup poured on top and you will be in heaven. Hotcakes come in two portions, making them ideal to share between friends or lovers.  

1-22-10 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo


3. Pinokio, Itabashi ピノキオ【板橋】

Round and Thick hotcakes are the speciality of this coffee house. They are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a generous dollop of maple syrup.  Once you try it, there's no going back - hotcakes here is so good you won't be satisfied at other places! 

16-8 Oyamakanaicho Itabashi-ku Tokyo


4. SATSUKI, Akasakamitsuke SATSUKI【赤坂見附】

Located on the lobby floor of the luxurious Hotel New Otani Tokyo,  Satsuki is an ideal meeting spot.  Pancakes served at this lounge cafe are made of the finest ingredients. Thick pancakes are served with a round knob of butter. The dish in the picture is decorated with beautifully uniformed strawberries, custard cream using the highly graded sugar called Wasanbon, and with delicate  macaroons.

Hotel New Otani Tokyo The Main Bldg. Lobby Floor, 4-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


5. Rainbow Pancake, Jingumae レインボーパンケーキ【明治神宮前】

This place is so popular customers should brace themselves for being in the waiting line for a couple of hours or so.  Eating with plenty of macadamia nut sauce or with seasonal fruits like a fruit parfait are the most popular styles to have the pancakes here.  They may not be the traditional pancake style, but they are becoming new trends for sure.  Reservation recommended.  

4-28-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo


6. Pancake Mama Cafe VoiVoi, Sangenjayaパンケーキママカフェ VoiVoi【三軒茶屋】

The signature at this pancake shop is Classic Buttermilk Pancakes using rare buttermilk. Pancakes are served in three, but you can add more with extra cost.  From sweets to cheese, you can ask for any toppings you like.

1F, 1-35-15 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo


7. Mijinko, Yushima 自家焙煎珈琲みじんこ【湯島】

The signature dish of this famous coffee shop are hotcakes. They are one of the most fluffiest in Tokyo, making you want for more. Try them with generous amount of maple syrup. It will be one of the highlights of your stay in Japan for sure.  

1F,2-9-10 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo


8. Hoshino Coffee Ten Souffle Kan Shinjuku Higashi Guchi Ten Shinjuku 星乃珈琲店 スフレ館 新宿東口店【新宿】


Here at Hoshino Coffee you can indulge in pancakes like a soufflé. It is a chain of coffee shops so you can find at various places, but this particular shop in the east side of Shinjuku is crowned with the name: Souffle Kan (House of Souffle). This soufflé-like pancake is served with a lightly whipped butter on top. If you like your pancakes light and fluffy you should definitely try this place.

Kawano Annex B1F, 3-36-14 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo


9. Ueno Zoo Higashi En Shokudou, Ueno 上野動物園 東園食堂【上野】


You can savor pancakes with a motif of panda at this cafeteria in East Garden of Ueno Zoo. The panda made of chocolate on top of the pancake is too cute to eat. Children would love it.

Ueno Zoological Gardens East Garden, 9-83 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo


10. Kyo Hayashiya Ikebukuro Ten, Ikebukuro 京はやしや 池袋店【池袋】

This green tea-themed café is run by Kyo Hayashiya, an establishment in Kyoto. Pancakes served here use plenty of matcha.  There are also many other matcha-infused sweets on offer, making this café an ideal place if you want Japanese style confectionery.

Seibu Ikebukuro Honten 8F,  1-28-1 Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo


11. Hazumi, Akasaka 弾豆実(はずみ)【赤坂】

Hazumi has a retro, Showa-era kind of ambience. Pancake is the signature dish of this coffee shop. Its appearance is the stereotype of Japanese hotcakes. Not only it comes with a knob of butter for each hotcake, but it is also served with a scoop of ice cream, a strawberry, a slice of banana, and a whipped cream.  

2-17-55 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo


12. Ichiroku Coffee, Tachikawa 一六珈琲店【立川】

Ichiroku's reputation of serving good coffee and food attracts customers even from distant places. Pancakes offered here are unique in flavour for using water brew coffee and rum raisin in the batter. This is a pancake for grown ups.  

1-4-19-102 Nishiki-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo


The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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