Translated by Sandy Lau
Have An Early Morning? The Best Breakfast And Brunch Spots In Tokyo
Looking for a delicious, Western-style breakfast or brunch spot in Tokyo? You're in luck - here are five amazing, international restaurants that will surely satisfy all your breakfast needs.
Written by Takuro Komatsuzaki
While many hotels offer an incredible continental breakfast spread, there may be times when you'd rather head out to try breakfast somewhere a little different during your vacation. Maybe you have plans to meet up with some friends for brunch in the city, or maybe you're up for an early adventure. No matter what the reason, you're in luck when it comes to finding Western-style breakfast and brunch spots in Tokyo's fashionable Shinjuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya areas.
Here are our top five spots to enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch in Tokyo.
1. Sarabeth’s Shinjuku: Enjoy a Melty Eggs Benedict!
Classic Eggs Benedict
The moment you dig into this eggs Benedict, the perfectly soft-boiled egg melts to mix deliciously with the ham and soft English muffin below it. The Hollandaise sauce adds just the right touch of flavor, which will leave you impressed with its overall gentle, but satisfying, taste.
Fluffy French Toast
Not to mention, their French toast is to die for!
Address: Shinjuku, Shinjuku 3-38-2 Lumine Shinjuku, Lumine 2 2F
Nearest Station: Shinjuku Station, all lines.
Access: 1 minute walk from Shinjuku Station South Gate or from Keio New Line gate
Website: Sarabeth’s Shinjuku
Note: If you are visiting the store before 11:00, please take the escalators located behind the JR South Gate ticket gate kiosk and enter from the second floor. The shutters in front of the escalators open at 8:30.
2. Clinton Street Baking Company: a Comfortable Breakfast on the Terrace
Pancakes with Blueberries
Topped with blueberries and sprinkled with white powdered sugar, this dish exudes a sweet scent that makes you want to say, "Now this is a pancake!"
The refreshing acidity of the blueberries perfectly compliments the overall sweetness of the pancakes, making for a well-balanced taste. The springy texture is so delicious that you’ll end up gobbling down your food. We recommend trying it first without maple syrup.
Pancakes with Bananas and Walnuts
The pancakes with bananas and walnuts are another must - you might find it hard to decide between the two!
Address: Tokyo, Minato, Minami-Aoyama 5-17-1
Hours: Weekdays-9:00-21:00 Weekends and Holidays-8:00-21:00
Other Languages: Menu available in English
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Ginza lines
Access: 6 minute walk from B1 Exit of Omotesando Station
Website: Clinton Street Baking Company (Japanese)
3. Bills Omotesando: the World’s Best Egg Dish
Scrambled Organic Eggs and Toast
The “world’s best egg dish”, a claim backed by several international reviewers, including the New York Times, is found here. It even looks beautiful, with the slightly browned toast and fluffy, soft scrambled organic eggs. Here is where you can taste that real staple breakfast you were seeking.
Pancakes and scrambled eggs may be everyday foods overseas, but those made at Bills are something special. You'll just have to try them and see!
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 4-30-3 Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F
Hours: 8:30-23:00 (food last order 22:00, drinks 22:30)
Other Languages: Menu available in Japanese/English
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingumae Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit 5 of Meiji-Jingumae Station
Website: Bills Japan
Reservations: Reservations accepted for 15:00 and after. Please make your reservations through phone or through the website (http://billsjapan.com/jp).
4. Café Kaila Shibuya: a Hawaiian Breakfast to Fill Both Spirit and Stomach!
This cafe originated in Hawaii, and if you are planning to visit, then you may want to order the Kaila’s Pancakes with all the toppings for a fruit-filled late breakfast. Wonderfully filling, the sight of so many strawberries, bananas, caramelized apples, and more adorning your pancakes can seem almost too good to be real.
Kaila’s Pancakes (all toppings included)
The whipped cream and rich maple syrup on the side simply add to the already delectable flavor.
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jinnan 1-21-3 Shibuya MODI 9F
Hours: Weekdays 11:00-23:00 (last order 22:00) Weekends and Holidays 8:00-23:00 (last order 22:00)
Credit Cards: All credit cards accepted
Nearest Station: Shibuya Station
Access: 3 minute walk from Shibuya Station
Website: Café Kaila Shibuya (Japanese)
5. Magnolia Bakery Omotesando: Appeared in SEX and the CITY!
Famous overseas, Magnolia Bakery came to Japan and took the sweets scene by storm. Those wanting just a quick, sweet treat and drink during their sightseeing adventures should definitely head here. Their menu changes both daily and seasonally, and when our writer visited they were featuring fall dishes.
This cheesecake has a gingersnap pecan crust and is topped with whipping cream and roasted pecans. The moment you place a morsel in your mouth, the scent of ginger followed by sweet pumpkins fills your senses. This moderate sweetness with a slight hint of spiciness makes it the perfect cake for those who enjoy light, refreshing flavors.
Don’t all these foods look delicious? If you are planning on sightseeing and shopping in Shinjuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya, why not get an early start and enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch on the town instead? Though, with so many good choices, it may be difficult to choose just where to go first.