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Whew, you’re having a great time walking around in Japan, but boy are you exhausted! You’re looking for somewhere to rest, preferably a place that serves cold drinks. Local cafes are always nice, but chain stores are a reliable choice. Here is a list of 20 chain cafes in Tokyo, Japan for when you need to just sit down and recover.
1. Starbucks Coffeeurbanbohemian / Flickr
Famous worldwide, Starbucks is widely popular here too in Japan. They sometimes release drinks special to Japan, such as Sakura or Matcha drinks and products. Official website in English here.
2. Doutorjun560 / Flickr
Doutor started off in Japan as a company that deals with coffee, and opened their first store in Harajuku. They offer coffee, drinks, light meals including hot dogs, sandwiches, toast, and so on. Official website in Japanese here.
3. Moriva Coffee
Moriva Coffee is also a cafe chain store that started in Japan. They offer coffee, sweet drinks, alcohol such as mojitos, and light foods such as sandwiches and calzones. Official website in Japanese here.
4. Ginza Renoir
Ginza Renoir started in Ginza. They have that sophisticated air in their other stores too. The interior decoration reminds you of a hotel room cafe, with carpets, cushy seats and staff wearing white and black uniforms. They offer coffee, tea, and beer. Official website in Japanese here.
5. Tully’s CoffeeHiro – Kokoro☆Photo/Flickr
Tully’s rich menu makes you wonder if they’re a cafe or a restaurant. Starting with their coffee, you can have sweet drinks, to food like sandwiches, ice cream, doughnuts, pasta, and so on. Official website in Japanese here.
6. Excelsior CaffeMIKI Yoshihito/Flickr
Run by the same company as Doutor, Excelsior Caffee is different in their menu. With coffee, they serve pasta and paninis, which are Italian sandwiches with cheese and other savory ingredients inside flat bread. Official website in Japanese here.
Pronto’s philospohy is to create a place of relaxation. They succeed in this, while serving coffee and meals like sandwiches and pasta during the day. It becomes a bar at night. Official website in Japanese here.
8. CAFE de CRIE
CAFE de CRIE offers coffee, tea, drinks such as coconut milk cocoa and foods such as sandwiches that are quite large for their price (around 500 yen). They also have pastas and sweets. Official website in Japanese here.
9. St. Marc Cafe
St-Marc Cafe does serve good coffee, but I would like to recommend their famous chocolate croissants. They’re the perfect small size and the chocolate isn’t too sweet. You choose your own pastries, take your tray to the counter and pay at the cashier. Official website in Japanese here.
10. Ueshima Coffee House
Ueshima Coffee House started business in Japan. They serve coffee, sweets such as matcha shaved ice cones, and heavy sandwiches perfect for lunch. Official website in Japanese here.
11. Beck’s Coffee Shop
Beck’s Coffee Shops offer coffee, sweet drinks, sandwiches and so on. Their products are relatively cheaper compared to the stores above. Great for when you have a tight budget! Official website in Japanese here.
12. Caffe Veloce
Caffee Veloce’s philosophy is to serve valuable coffee at a reasonable price. They do have good coffee, alongside sweet drinks such as Tapioca Matcha Drinks and light meals such as sandwiches and pasta. They also have sweets and alcohol. Official website in Japanese here.
13. Kohikan (珈琲館)
As it does say coffee in their store name, Kohikan serves coffee at a high price around 500 yen. They take pride in serving high quality coffee with a relaxing atmosphere. They also offer sandwiches and pancakes. Official website in Japanese here.
14. Cafe Colorado
Run by the same company of Doutor, Cafe Colorado has been a cafe specializing in coffee for over 30 years. You can choose from 6 types of coffee, hot or iced, with the foods such as sandwiches, cakes, and waffles. Official website in Japanese here.
15. Komeda Kohiten (コメダ珈琲店)
Komeda Kohiten started in Nagoya. Nagoya is famous for its morning menus in cafes, since they’re cheap and have a lot of food to make you full. This culture is still alive in Komeda Kohiten. When you order anything, they serve it with a free bag of nuts. Their food menus are rich, and portions large. Official website in Japanese here.
16. Segafredo Zanetti Espresso
Segafredo Zanetti Espresso is easy to spot, with its outside decorations being a crimson red. They offer coffee, sweet drinks, sandwiches, and alcohol such as Italian wine, shot alcohol, cocktails, and so on. Official website in English here.
17. Coffee House Chatnoir
Run by the same company of Cafe Veloce, Coffee House Chatnoir aims to be the region’s living room. Their inside interior is cozy, and the food & drink menus have reasonable prices. They have sundaes too! Official website in Japanese here.
18. WIRED CAFE
WIRED CAFE’s philosophy is to become a place to gather for friends, business, and so on. It’s also equipped with free wi-fi and LAN. Their outside and inside interiors are hip and stylish. Official website in Japanese here.
19. NEW YORKER’s Cafe
Run by the same company of Ginza Cafe Renoir, NEW YORKER’S Cafe offer New York-like espresso, sweet drinks, and a long list of other beverages. They don’t have a food menu. Official website in Japanese here.
20. Miyama Coffee
Also run by the same company of Ginza Cafe Renoir, Miyama Coffee offers foods and drinks that have the air of the 80’s. Their inside interior is nice and cozy. Official website in Japanese here.