Everyone is always asking about Tokyo food, and I figured if I’m going to do this, why not make my first food list about all the Instagrammable spots. So here you have it! Below is a list of what I’ve tried, when I tried it, where it is, and roughly how much it costs. I hope this will help for your next Tokyo journey!
I would also love to know, what are your Tokyo favourites for ‘Instagrammable cafes’? There’s a whole range of others I’m dying to check out! Perhaps I’ll do a part two in future!
Apologies if the addresses are not consistent. I have pulled these from Google. Showing a Japanese address to any local will help you get there (everyone is always friendly), or simply plug it into Google maps!
Dominique Ansel Bakery (Omotesando)
I remember my first visit to a Dominique Ansel Bakery. It was NYC’s Soho shop with my friend Patricia. It was the first time I was able to taste Dominique Ansel’s world-famous creation – the cronut! I’ve since visited the Dominique Ansel Tokyo Café twice, once in summer, and most recently in winter. I love that they always have themed sweets to try, such as the Valentine’s specials you’ll see below. While we were there, there was a Central Park winter special for two on the menu, which included lobster rolls (amazing ones), soup, pastries, and biscuits, all served in the cutest little picnic basket, complete with blanket! I find that the quality of the food here is always next level, which is why I keep coming back for more.
The Omotesando shop is the larger of the two Dominique Ansel Bakeries in Tokyo. Downstairs is usually for take away/on-the-go diners, while upstairs is reserved for those who wish to have the full, and more quite experience. There is also a shop in Ginza, however I have not been to this one. I just know that it is smaller.
Must try: Their cheese toastie is to die for! You also need to order a blooming hot chocolate to be mind blown, and also a cronut is a must if you’ve not had his before! Oh, and a cookie shot too. And the pastries of course – at least one! Sorry if this over complicates your order!
Time of visit: August & February (summer & winter)
Cost: A tart/dessert from Dominique Ansel Bakery will cost roughly¥1000. A standard meal will set you back by about ¥3000-¥4000, depending on your order.
Address: Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 5-7-14
Ice Monster (Omotesando)
This is probably less Instagrammable than others on this list, but Ice Monster still looks really good and tastes even better! Originally from Taiwan, Ice Monster serves up a range of amazing shaved ice desserts. It’s the kind of dessert that melts instantly in your mouth. My personal favourite was the chocolate one that we ordered, which was a Valentine’s special.
At the time we visited Ice Monster, it was called ‘Hot Monster’ to promote seasonal hot winter desserts and a collaboration with the famous chocolate brand, Van Houten.
Time of visit: February
Cost: A dessert here will cost you roughly ¥1000.
Address: 6 Chome-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Santa Monica Crepes (Harajuku)
All throughout Takeshita Street, you will find delicious crepes to be had! There’s a huge selection, but I’m simply recommending Santa Monica Crepes for the Instagram element. The shop front is really cute, so it’s perfect for snaps if you’re there just before it opens/a line develops.
Cost: ¥500 to ¥650
Address: 1 Chome-168 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Totti Candy Factory (Harajuku)
Probably one of the most Instagrammed spots I’ve seen on Takeshita street. Totti Candy Factory serves up fairy floss, aka cotton candy which is berry flavoured! It comes out looking like a rainbow fluffy cloud – now tell me that doesn’t sound like it was made for Instagram. It’s perfect for winter because it won’t melt, but if you get in in summer you better eat it real quick!
Cost: roughly ¥1000
Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome−16−5, RYUアパルトマ
While shopping in one of the most luxurious areas for high end designers in Tokyo, we made a visit to Cafe Kitsuné. Originating from France, Maison Kistuné is a famous brand known for their simple but quality designs. At the café, you can order a light meal, but most people will be seen taking a photo with the iconic logo, usually holding their branded coffee or iced latte to-go.
Cost: The price for a coffee is around ¥500 and a sandwich was around ¥700
Address: : 3 Chome-17-1 Minamiaoyama, 港区 Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
Hours: ⋅ 9:00–19:00
Alfred Tea Room (Omotesando)
Originally from LA, Alfred Tea Room is the cutest café thanks to its girly charm and cute slogans. Here, you can order from a large selection of teas and coffees, all served in very instagrammable cups! Not only are they pretty, but they taste good too! The famous ‘pink drink’ tastes like cinnamon, but we also ordered the strawberry (very very sweet), which was my personal fav. Aoyama has a spacious interior upstairs, where you’ll find so many local Tokyo women dressed so elegantly and sipping their lattes. Oh how I love Tokyo for this!
You can also find a store in Shinjuku.
Time of visit: February
Cost: roughly ¥600-¥800 per drink
Address: 神宮前5-51-8, ラポルト青山 1F/2F Shibuya, 東京都 〒150-0001, Japan
Eddy’s Ice Cream (Harajuku)
Located in Harajuku, Eddy’s Ice Cream allows you to choose the cutest ice creams, or create your own. I find these to be so, well … Japanese! It’s Harajuku in an ice cream … basically. Everything is pastel and cute here, including the interior of the shop. You can select from their regular menu, where they have ice cream designs all ready to go, or make a custom cone, with a range of chocolate and cookie motifs, including unicorns, bows, and cat themed treats, and even letters. I’ve seen many people spell out their name. I think the customisation element is also part of reason there’s usually a line out the door.
The ice cream itself is not the best I’ve had. You can choose between vanilla and strawberry, or mixed, but the chocolate is also quite waxy in texture. However, I still eat all of it every time. I like to dip the cookies in the ice cream while we walk through Omotesando!
Cost: An ice cream will cost you roughly ¥900-¥1300 (quite expensive), depending on your order and customization! Don’t forget to bring cash as they don’t accept card payments.
Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区 神宮前4-26-28 1F
Hours: 11:00- 20:00
Reissue Cafe (Harajuku)
I’ve been to Reissue café four times this past year. We usually make a stop here after a full day of shopping in Harajuku/Omotesando. Why? You can get latte art here, and pretty much any design you like! Prior to your visit, I recommend looking up online what you would like, because they are very skilled at recreating pretty much anything.
This café is cash payment only. And they do expect each person to order a drink, not one between two. On one occasion, I found the staff to be quite cold, but that hasn’t stopped me from going back for my latte art!
You can order your latte art in a range of drinks from hot chocolate, to honey lattes, to regular lattes. Someone had noted that you can’t get soy milk here, but that’s usually not part of my order, so I can’t confirm this.
Time of visit: February
Cost: A drink here will cost you roughly¥600 -¥1100, the higher end for if you choose to get latte art.
Address: 3 Chome-25-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Urth Caffe (Omotesando)
Urth Caffe is another Los Angeles special that has been brought to life in Omotesando. I had tried the one in LA before heading to the Tokyo shop, knowing it to be famous for the green tea boba from my LA pals. Little did I know that the Tokyo Urth Caffe has so much more to offer, like fruity parfaits, and Japanese style fluffy pancakes.
You’ll want to head here early if you don’t want to wait too long! It gets very busy during the afternoons, even on weekdays. If you are dining in, you have to line up first to grab a table. Once you are seated, you have to line up again to place your order. If you are ordering a parfait, or one of the highly requested dishes (pancakes, waffles etc.), sometimes it takes an hour for the food to come out. I suggest sending a friend straight to the order line, while you wait in the first line for a table. Hope that helps!
Cost: The price of two desserts and two parfaits at Urth Caffe is ¥7290. A strawberry parfait alone costs ¥1890.
Time of visit: August & February (Summer & winter)
Address: Japan, 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae, 4−9−８
Starbucks? What? So why is it on the list? Well my friends, Starbucks in Japan is a little different to Starbucks in the rest of the of the world. Firstly, if you enjoy people watching, you need to get a seat at the Starbucks on the corner of Shibuya crossing. It’s weirdly mesmerizing and worth a photo/time-lapse video. Secondly, if you enjoy a drink, check out the seasonal specials that they have to offer. They currently have an offering of a Sakura Strawberry Pink Mochi Frappuccino! And while I’ve been there during Christmas and Halloween, they also have awesome specials.
Time of visit: April, December & February (spring, autumn & winter)
Cost: Average cost for a coffee is around ¥400
Address: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, 渋谷区Udagawacho, 21−6, ＱＦＲＯＮＴ
Not going to give you the full lowdown on this one because McDonald’s is what it is. But just like Starbucks, if you happen to walk past, check out what drinks they’ve got on offer because they’ve also got a whole bunch of seasonal offerings. See last year’s Sakura special below!
This post has been sponsored by Japan National Tourism Organization, however all thoughts are my own.