“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” Robert A. Heinlein

I couldn’t agree more! It’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I have indulged in brinners more times than I care to admit. Nothing compares to a leisurely weekend morning spent in a favorite local café with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and a plateful of something hearty, delicious and comforting, be it eggs, hash-browns and bacon; or fruity pancakes; or everything together 😛 The whole experience seems to set the tone for the rest of the weekend, don’t you think? I choose a breakfast place with great care – it needs to have a nice ambiance on top of great food. I’m sure there are many of you out there who could resonate, that’s why I put together a list of one of the best breakfast places in Tokyo I have found so far. I particularly love perusing the streets of Shibuya – Aoyama – Omotesando – Harajuku neighborhoods (all lined up one after another) to find a special spot for those perfect morning eats. Here’s what I’ve uncovered:

❤ Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

If I had to choose a favorite contemporary café in Tokyo this would be it. Set inside a flower shop, the place is absolutely whimsical with colorful fragrant blooms filling the entire space. Their charming flower arrangements never fail to take my breath away. This green oasis is an ideal place for peaceful weekend respite, girly get-togethers and romantic dates. best-breakfast-in-tokyo-3

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The menu features a selection of fantastic herbal teas (Rose Tea is my favorite), as well as delectable French toasts and floral desserts. For lunchtime you can also order a few plates of savory dishes including spaghetti, soup and salad combos. For more information read my full recap.

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Address: 〒107-0062 Tokyo, Minato, Minamiaoyama, 5 Chome−1−2, 青山エリービル1F
Nearest Station: Omote-sando
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.afm-teahouse.com/aoyama

❤ Bills

Harajuku is full of pleasant surprises hidden in secret nooks. If you go to the 6th floor of Tokyu Plaza on Omotesando, you will find yourself in a little rooftop garden dotted with swing chairs and sun beds under the shades of trees. You have an option to grab a quick coffee and snack at Starbucks.

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But real breakfast aficionados should head to the 7th floor to Bills for a truly scrumptious authentic Australian morning affair. Owned by Australian chef and food writer Bill Granger this lively café strikes with its buzzing atmosphere. I loved how the space was filled with cozy corners like this library which houses an eclectic collection of books available for literature-loving coffee-drinkers.

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The extensive menu will get you drooling with options like Full Aussie Breakfast I had while seating on a sunny veranda: glossy (literally), light and fluffy scrambled eggs (organic), bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and whole-wheat sourdough toast with butter. It was heavenly!

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Has your mouth started watering yet? Well, wait till I tell you all about their specialty – delightful fluffy and moist ricotta hotcakes, paired with fresh banana & indulgent honeycomb butter! Y.U.M.

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Don’t worry, there are plenty of healthier options too like cereal bowls and salads. Also, check out their website for dinner menu and other locations around Tokyo. Just be prepared for a long wait – and brace yourself for a heftier-than-average bill at the end of your meal.

Address:  4-30-3 Jinugu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 7F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
Nearest Stations: Harajuku, Meiji-jingumae, Omotesando
Hours: 8:30 ~ 23:00
Website: http://bills-jp.net/en/

❤ TEA STAND Omotesando

Another paradise for tea lovers (including my mother-in-law) is Tea Stand located on the backstreet of Omotesando. Crystal chandeliers contrasting with suspended colorful herbs create a bit of a whimsical atmosphere.

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Particularly impressive is their selection of French toasts as well as amazing Earl Grey Tea.

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They have packaged teas for sale as well. I also tried their savory courses – Caesars Salad which was quite tasty and pho soup, which significantly lacked in flavor.

Address:  4-3-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Nearest Station: Omote-sando
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.afternoon-tea.net/tearoom/tea_stand/

❤ Burn Side Street Café

Every time I walked past this tiny place tucked away in Harajuku’s narrow alleyway I would see a long line of giggling Japanese girls patiently waiting for what looked like a stack of the fluffiest pancakes I have ever seen.

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I promptly marked the place down on my bucket-list and got to visit it a couple of weekends ago. The wait time was excruciating, but it was well worth it. The space is really limited and has a modern industrial chic look with exposed concrete and wooden walls, metal chairs, and cute rustic details like maison jars. Staff is welcoming and friendly.

best-breakfast-in-tokyo-10The café is famous for their ethereal soufflé pancakes which come in variety of flavors.

best-breakfast-in-tokyo-12My choice fell on Tiramisu and a cup of REALLY good latte which came with beautiful art (always bonus points for this!). My pancakes were totally indulgent, with puffy and melt-in-your-mouth texture as well as full of flavor. It came garnished with vanilla ice-cream, strawberries and chocolate syrup. Heavenly!

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Address: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前4丁目29−9
Nearest Station: Harajuku or Meiji-jingumae
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Website: http://b-s-s-cafe.com/

❤ Breizh Café Creperie Omotesando

It’s no secret that Japanese adore anything and everything associated with France. This translates to numerous French imports including cafes and restaurants. Breizh Café Creperie is definitely among them, with lovely atmosphere reminiscent of a small local French café which you’d find on a corner of a random street in Paris.

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I love their little tables set outside, ideal for people watching while you indulge in your morning meal. I got to sample their savory galette with smoked filet, green and white asparagus, sunny side up, fresh cream from Hokkaido and seasonal citrus.

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The crepe was perfectly lacy and crispy, and the filling was beautifully cooked with depth of flavor from the zest of oranges.

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I would also highly recommend their Crêpe Suzette. It was thin, light and full-on with flavor of citrus and cognac. Really memorable treat.

Address: 3 Chome-5-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Nearest Station: Omote-sando
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

❤ Creperie La Fee Delice

To further sate the appetite of crepe lovers, I can also recommend Creperie La Fee Delice. This tiny bistro-like place strikes with vibrant Parisian atmosphere.

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You will have a wide choice of galettes and crepes, Caramel Banana Crepes being their most popular ones.

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My brunch choice fell on savory salmon crepe.

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And I couldn’t resist the temptation of trying their enticing strawberry crepes either. Yup, guilty as charged.

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Address: 〒150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya, 神宮前5丁目11−13
Nearest Station: Harajuku or Meiji-jingu
Hours: 11:30a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Website: http://lafeedelice.com/

❤ Eggs n’ Things

Japan is the country of trends and at the moment everything Hawaiian seems to be glorified. I have noticed particular love affair with Eggs n’ Things which was originally founded in Oahu over 40 years ago. The shop has plenty of space with two indoor floors and a terrace that are big on Hawaiian atmosphere.

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If you crave a classic pancake with more than ample amount of whipped cream on it then this is the place to go. Beyond pancakes, omelettes and Eggs Benedict, the menu has a slew of different kinds of waffles and crêpes. Toppings include specialty syrups like guava and coconut, in addition to the traditional maple.

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To be quite honest, after tasting other varieties I find classic pancakes to be a bit boring. But then there are plenty of people out there who’d disagree, so to cater to all tastes I am giving you this option as well. 😉

Address: 4-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
Nearest Station: Harajuku or Meiji-jingumae
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Website: http://www.eggsnthingsjapan.com/

What can I say, I love me some breakfast (#sorrynotsorry). I will make sure to update this list in a few months, and promise to add breakfast options in other neighborhoods as well. Let me know via comments if you are interested in particular area in Tokyo.

Which is your favorite meal of the day? What do you like to have for breakfast?

xoxo, nano

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Written by Nano @ Travel With Nano B.

Welcome to my site! I'm Nano, a serial expat trotting the globe to discover wonderful places and savor the gastronomic treasures of the world. Via Travel With Nano B. I'm spilling my love for travel and detailing my international culinary adventures one lil' blog post at a time. Currently based in Japan, I'm on a quest to explore this magnificent country and share my unique insight with you all. Worldly adventures, gourmet discoveries, cultural experiences, wanderlust photography, savvy travel tips - find it all on my page. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have you here reading!

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