Tokyo's Best Coffeeshops
In a city whose culture is still very much steeped in the tradition of tea-drinking, it can occasionally be hard to track down a perfect espresso without having to succumb to the ease of the nearest Starbucks. But coffee aficionados can rest assured that amidst the matcha madness, there are a few cafés that deliver java jolts worthy of even Melbourne’s greatest coffee houses and are well worth the extra effort to seek out.
Off the backstreets of Omotesando, the simply-named Omotesando Koffee is a uniquely set-up 3x3-metre cube that sits inside of a 60-year-old traditional Japanese house and serves up a mean espresso, although their signature iced cappuccino is deliciously frothy and perfect for summer cooldowns. Similarly tricky to locate is the new Caffe Il Solito, hidden in a whitewashed space in off-track Ebisu, boasting a magic-making Nuova Simonelli espresso machine and which doubles as an art gallery. If you’re more of a latte lover, make Shibuya stalwart Streamer Coffee Company your first port of call – owner Hiroshi Sawada took home the title of ‘World’s Best Latte Artist’ in Seattle’s 2010 free pour latte art championship. The milky signature Streamer comes in an oversized mug with an exquisite foam design from one of the many resident ‘latte artists’. Almost too pretty to drink – almost!