Top Picks from Tokyo

We explored so many amazing places in Tokyo. Honestly, it would be hard to list them all. As I did in Amsterdam and Chang Mai, I thought I’d make a list of all my favorites.

Let me start with my top 3 picks. These would be on my YOU MUST GO TO list for Tokyo:

Verde: By far my favorite coffee in Tokyo. I went several times during my 3-week stay in Tokyo. Coffee was amazing, lots of variety. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about both coffee and brewing methods. I purchased several bags of coffee, ground them, and enjoyed them at home as well.

Good Town Donuts: Mouthwatering, amazingly good donuts! Unique flavors, made fresh daily. If you want to see all the options, go early. Once they run out for the day, it’s gone. Good coffee too! It is a little pricey, but well worth it. During our 3-week stay, we went to Good Town at least 10-times.  (p.s. I have to give Jim all the credit for this one … he found it and insisted that I try it.)

Pizza Kevelos Harajuku: We spent a month in Italy and I gotta say, PIZZAKEVELOS Harajuku is comparable, if not better than in pizza I had in Italy. The dough is made fresh daily and it is incredible. The pizza topics are both classic and unique. I cannot recommend this place enough — you will not be disappointed. It is a small place, so if you don’t want to wait, arrive early to get a table.

In addition to my top three, I visited countless other coffee shops and restaurants, here are a few more of my favorites:

LATTEST: Great little coffee place. I enjoyed the seasonal Peach Latte. Honestly, I wasn’t too sure before ordering, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet, not too strong, it was a lovely combination.

The Steamer Coffee Company: Totally worth a drop in! I had the specialty blueberry latte and it was awesome. Nice location, lots of space to sit and hang out.

ROAR: It’s cash only and a bit of a walk, but it was well worth it.  The most beautiful latte art I’ve ever seen. Staff is friendly and help us English-speakers order.

Stationery Cafe: If you like stationery, pens, pencils, art supplies, AND coffee — this is your place. I spent at least 45-mins just wondering around the shop looking at all the goodies. When you sit and have a coffee, you also get pens & paper to enjoy while you wait. Such a fun idea!

Labrador Retriever: As I walked by this place, I had to stop, how could I not. If you love labs, you need to stop in. I wondered the store for at least 30-mins looking at all the labrador pet supplies and toys. The coffee was also good.

5am Ramen Tour: If you are in Japan, Ramen is a must. The only challenge — there are literally ramen shops everywhere. For one of our Day Dates, Jim and I did a Ramen Tour with 5am Ramen and it was amazing.  We went to 3-different shops that honestly I would have never known about or gone it and it was incredible!  I would highly, highly recommend 5am Ramen Tours if you are in Japan.

The Pie Shop: Not in Tokyo, but I had to put this place on my list. The Pie Shop is in Osaka, but I am not joking when I say, this is the best pie have I ever had in my entire life.

Sadly, at the end of our 3-weeks, I still have several pins on my Google Map that I didn’t get to …. I will definitely be going back!

After spending 3-weeks in Tokyo, I was inspired to catalog my favorites — if you want to read my top picks, check out: http://www.brownsaroundtheworld.com/top-picks-from-tokyo/

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