Tokyo Instant Extractopn

Spotlight on five of Kinfolk’s Favourite coffee shops across Tokyo

Little Nap

Little Nap is no ordinary café. Its size defines it as a coffee stand. Overlooking the back of Yoyogi Park, the café is in a residential neighborhood inhabited by Tokyo’s creative population. Read more »

  • Address: 5-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
  • 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (Closed Mondays) / littlenap.jp

Omotesando Koffee

K is for “koffee,” “kiosk” and Kunitomo. Eiichi Kunitomo is no newcomer to the coffee business. In fact, he is considered a veteran of managing and producing coffee shops, which makes his move to open Omotesandō Koffee even more interesting. Read more »

  • Address: 4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • 10 a.m.–7 p.m. (may close without notice) / ooo-koffee.com

Bread, Espresso &

During your stroll through Omotesandō, you may encounter people with paper bags that say Bread, Espresso &. These are from a café and bakery run by Kunitomo of Omotesandō Koffee, which is close enough if you need to nibble on something or want to sit down—past the tonkatsu restaurant Maisen and the Lotus Café. Read more »

  • Address: 3-4-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • 8 a.m.–8 p.m. / bread-espresso.jp

Be a Good Neighbor

Probably the smallest of the bunch, Be a Good Neighbor is definitely a coffee stand. Four or five people will easily pack the counter. The friendly manager behind the counter, Kajihara, is keen on introducing you to the various ways of enjoying coffee. When we were there, he let us sample extremely light Ethiopian beans using the AeroPress. Read more »

  • Address: 3-51-6 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
  • Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. / Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. / beagoodneighbor.net/sendagaya

Café Bach

Many people used to say coffee in Tokyo was expensive. I used to think so, too. But then, with all the franchise coffee shops around, you have to wonder if you’re getting your money’s worth. Read more »

  • Address : 1-23-9 Nihonzutsumi, Taito-ku
  • 8:30 a.m.–9 p.m. (closed Fridays) / bach-kaffee.co.jp

Words by Kenichi Eguchi Photographs by Lou Mora