Start your day right with the best breakfast in Tokyo. Breakfast here can be traditional Japanese style fare including steamed rice, miso soup, grilled fish and Japanese style omelets which tend to be sweetened and contain soy flavors. More western-style breakfasts in Tokyo filled with pancakes, toast, pastries, fruit, and coffee can most commonly be found in breakfast and brunch spots in Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Omotesando neighborhoods. Many hotels in Tokyo offer continental breakfasts but it is also worth venturing out to find a tasty morning meal. Take a look at our list for some of the best breakfasts in Tokyo.
One of the best breakfasts in Tokyo can be found just a short walk from the Sensoji Temple area and close to Asakusa station at Suke6 Diner. The atmosphere is casual and space is divided between three separate floors splashed with bright pops of color both on the walls and on the plates. The menu is offered in English and the staff will answer questions or make recommendations. The restaurant is famous for its delectable pain au chocolat. Other options include bagels, BLT on fresh homemade bread, avocado toast topped with honey, vegetables and poached eggs and fresh waffles. Suke6 Diner is vegetarian-friendly and offers a western style menu – a cozy escape from the bustling Sensoji area outside. Weekends tend to be busy so prepare for a queue of others looking for the best breakfast in Tokyo, although it tends to move quickly.
1-11-1 Hanakawado | 1F& 2F mi Bldg., Taito 111-0033, Tokyo Prefecture
Bills is bright and airy, and the perfect setting for a comfortable western-style breakfast in Tokyo. Bills Omotesando offers an extensive menu and it is not easy to choose what to order. You may find yourself returning a few times while in Tokyo to taste what else Bills has to offer. Be sure to taste the ricotta hotcakes and the sweet corn fritters. The almond milk chia seed pot is appetizing, and the vegan patrons will be satisfied with Bills vegan granola bowl, complete with coconut yogurt and fruit compote. Soft shell crab with kimchi rice served with chorizo is also on the menu, of course, topped with a poached egg. This is a very popular joint among tourists and can tend to have a lineup so be sure to leave enough time to relax and enjoy your morning at Bills.
4-30-3 Jingumae, Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Le Pain Quotidien
Le Pain Quotidien is an international chain which can be found in Argentina or even the United Arab Emirates among others, so it is no surprise to see this popular cafe in Japan. With three Tokyo locations in Tokyo Opera City, Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs and Tokyo Midtown, the bakery offers a nice breakfast atmosphere, good prices and excellent service. Fresh pastries and coffee come along with omelets, waffles and a notable jam bar among other breakfast offerings. The bakery is spacious and can easily accommodate groups. It is also easy to grab a quick bite of the French pastries including decadent croissants, brioche buns, baguettes and madeleine cookies. This worldwide chain is a choice among tourists who are looking to either dine in or grab something on the go while out exploring the many surrounding sites or going on a Mount Fuji Tour or similar.
3-20-2 Nishi Shinjuku | Tokyo Opera City Building 1F, Shinjuku 160-0023, Tokyo Prefecture
Clinton St. Baking Company
If you are looking for the best pancake breakfast in Tokyo, look no further than Clinton St. Baking Company. Originally from New York, Clinton St. Baking Company made a name for itself in Tokyo in 2013. The restaurant offers a variety of western favorites including waffles, huevos rancheros, french toast on fresh brioche bread and eggs benedict which can be topped with crab, soft shell crab, chorizo or cod cake. If you are going to try the pancakes, be sure to top them whipped cream and blueberries. You can eat in, or take something to go, especially if you do not want to wait in the queue which tends to form outside the relatively small restaurant.
5-17-1, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Gaining quite the reputation for their omelets and Japanese fluffy pancakes, Jade5 is a charming and relaxed atmosphere for enjoying breakfast in Tokyo. There is a cozy vibe inside, often with good music playing to create a comfortable setting for diners. Eggs dishes are popular and weekly specials offer unusual combinations such as a chicken gravy with home fries benedict or a Denver omelet. Portions are generous so make sure you bring your appetite to Jade5. This western style cafe is definitely one of Tokyo’s best breakfast joints and a perfect place to grab a bite in the morning to fill you up for the day before venturing out to the surrounding areas including Shibuya, Harajuku and Ebisu.
5-17-6 Hiroo, Hiroo, Shibuya 150-0012, Tokyo Prefecture
Trunk Hotel (Kitchen)
The newly opened Trunk Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Shibuya area is another perfect place to get the best breakfast in Tokyo. It is a modern addition to the boutique hotel scene in Tokyo: The hotel exterior is monochromatic and lined with natural materials and greenery. The hotel offers the Trunk Kitchen which emulates the same minimalist design with elements of traditional Japanese style seen in the restaurant and even in the sleek cutlery. The menu is intended to combine both Japanese and western cuisine and culture showcasing health-conscious dishes with French, American and Japanese flavors. A traditional Japanese brunch meal comes with a set menu which comes with a soup broth and 3 simple smaller dishes. Brunch can also offer a set menu or a la carte options – from a macrobiotic tabouli salad to a smoked pork back rib steak with sweet ginger sauce. Trunk Kitchen is a leisure atmosphere and a comfortable place to sit and enjoy breakfast or brunch in Tokyo.
5-31 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
One of Tokyo’s best breakfasts, known for their eggs benedicts and Japanese fluffy pancakes, Sarabeth’s, originally from New York is serving up western style breakfasts and bringing a taste of New York City to Tokyo locals and tourists alike. French toast and neatly stacked eggs benedicts on the plates make Sarabeth’s an obvious choice for breakfast. Sarabeth’s is accessed from Shinjuku station at the west exit where an escalator will lead up to the 2nd floor to the restaurant. Sarabeth’s offers a comfortable atmosphere, a perfect place for meeting friends and enjoying a leisure breakfast. Other recommendations include lemon ricotta pancakes, french toast, jalapeno and cheddar omelet and their beverages such as the four flowers juice or the orange julep. After breakfast, enjoy exploring the nearby Shinjuku neighborhood with sites such as the Shinjuku Gyoen park, the perfect place to see the cherry blossoms in spring and the best way to walk off your filling breakfast in the morning.
3-38-2 Shinjuku | Lumine Shinjuku Lumine2 2F, Shinjuku 3 Chome, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
Yaesu HatsuFuji (Tokyo Station)
If you are after a more traditional style Japanese breakfast, Yaesu Hatsufuji is an excellent option for one of the best breakfasts in Tokyo. Don’t be fooled as this restaurant is tucked away in the basement of the Tokyo station in the Yaechika shopping mall. Early morning commuters and diners will fill up quickly to enjoy a fast breakfast as the service is efficient and moves quickly. Dishes can include grilled salmon, miso soup, steamed rice, nori, daikon and carrots, pickles as well as some egg dishes such as a traditional Japanese omelet. Booth seating is available and diners will eat quickly before heading on their way. The breakfast is very reasonably priced and flavors are authentic and delicious and an excellent way to enjoy some traditional tastes in the morning.
Yaesu, Marunouchi, Chiyoda 103-0028, Tokyo Prefecture