5 Best Cafes in Akihabara
Best Trendy and Stylish Cafes in Akihabara, Tokyo
Today, I’d like to share with you my favourite spots in Akihabara. I was born and raised in Akihabara in Tokyo and have been living there for nearly 30 years! Akihabara is full of great attractions such as shopping, entertainments, unique sub-culture, etc. Akihabara might be best known for the Otaku culture and its related spots, however there are also trendy spots which may not be lesser-known among visitors.
When it comes to cafes in Akihabara area, most of you may think of unique themed cafes such as Maid Cafe and Animal Cafe, however, there are many stylish cafes in Akihabara where you can take a moment to relax while being in this busy and crowded district. I’m a resident of Akihabara, and today, I am sharing my selections of the best cafes in Akihabara, Tokyo!
1. Cafe MOCO
Cafe MOCO (カフェ モコ) is located along the Chuo Dori (central street) in Akihabara. The inside of the cafe is wide and spacious, has a retro atmosphere of Showa era. It’s located in the heart of Akihabara district and only a few minutes on foot from JR Akihabara Station. The place offers a relaxing space for guests as they enjoy reading books, chatting with friends or simply be indulged with delicious food and drinks. The food menu at Cafe MOCO is pretty unique and many items are Instagram-Worthy. The most popular dish at the cafe which I definitely recommend you to try is Cheese Hot Dog which is served with plentiful cheese!
Access: Short walk from JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit
2. BLOSSOM & BOUQUET Akihabara UDX Store
BLOSSOM & BOUQUET Akihabara UDX Store (ブロッサム アンド ブーケ 秋葉原UDX店) is offers various kinds of homemade sandwiches with finely selected ingredients as well as coffee and flavour tea. This cafe is also a few mins on foot from JR Akihabara Station. There are both savory and sweet sandwiches, and my recommendation is “Fruit Sandwich” which goes perfectly well with a cup of coffee.
Access: 2 mins walk from JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit
Hours: 7:00～20:00 (Weekdays)/11:00～18:00 (Saturday)
Closed: Sunday and Holiday
3 Brioche Dore Yodobashi AKIBA Store
Brioche Dore Yodobashi AKIBA Store(ブリオッシュ ドーレ ヨドバシAKIBA店) is a franchised French bakery cafe which is located on 1F of Yodobashi Camera (a large electronics store). The cafe offers a variety of bread and sandwiches. Among all them, “Salted Croissant” is their most popular item. The small and cozy cafe is a perfect spot to stop by if you crave for a small snack and a cup of coffee while shopping in Akihabara.
Access: Short walk from JR Akihabara Station Showa Dori Exit
4. Portal Cafe Akiba
Portal Cafe Akiba (ポータル カフェ アキバ) is located at a such accessible spot, inside the commercial building right in front of JR Akihabara Station’s Central Exit. The inside the cafe is specious, and when I visit there for lunch, the cafe was crowded by foreign tourists. Portal Cafe Akiba is a great option for lunch, dinner and simply drinks as it’s easy to drop by. The french style dishes and desserts are not only tasty but look beautiful and created with attention to details. When it’s a sunny day, I’d recommend you to sit on the terrace seats (it has a roof so you can sit on a rainy day, too!).
Access: Short walk from JR Akihabara Station Central Exit
5. Fruits de Saison
Fruits de Saison (フルーフ・デゥ・セゾン) is located about 5 mins away from JR Akihabara Station (2 mins from Suehirocho Station). It’s on the way to Ueno area as you stroll down the electric town area of Akihabara. To be honest, I didn’t really wanna share this one as it’s my favourite place (LOL)! This parlor cafe is a heaven for fruits lovers as they offer delightful desserts served with various fresh fruits such as par fait and fruit sandwiches. My favourite item is “Croissant Sandwich”. Besides regular menu, there are also seasonal menu that excites me every time I visit there 🙂
Access: 2 mins walk from Suehirocho Station Exit 1
Hours: 10:00～19:00 (Weekdays) /11:30～19:00 (Weekends and Holiday)
Closed: Wednesday and Thursday
Thanks for reading! This time, I have introduced cafes where you can relax and have a pleasant time near Akihabara Station. Akihabara has many shops and is always crowded among both Japanese and foreign visitors, but there are also places like these cafes where you can escape from the busy and chaotic atmosphere and chill out with delicious food and drinks 🙂
Next time, I’d like to introduce some of trendy cafes in Akihabara which serve delicious pancakes! So please stay in touch and wait for my next article 🙂 Have a happy journey everyone!
For more information about Akihabara area, please check out these articles, too!