You’ve trudged through the crowd in Takeshita Street and visited all the gamers’ hideouts in Akihabara. You’ve even viewed the Shibuya crossing from a vantage point and seen the minuscule streets of Tokyo from the Tokyo SkyTree. Now, it’s time to rest your weary feet and take in the sights and stylish people in some specialty coffee places in Tokyo.

If you’re into coffee, then you will appreciate the scene. These are scattered all over the city, and they consist of a tightly knit community of passionate people. Quite a number of these cafes even roast their own beans. If you find that you like their brew, you can buy a packet of beans home to try as well.

Most of the specialty coffee places in Tokyo are tiny. There are small, cosy spaces, and then there are literal hole-in-the-walls where the only seating is a small bench outside the cafe. All of these add to the charm of the place, as you will find when you pay them a visit to see for yourself.

The baristas are cool and alternative — if you want a refreshing change of pace and style compared to the masses that you would see in Harajuku and Shibuya, then these cafes are a must-visit. Even its patrons are great for people-watching, if only to take in the different street styles in the city.

So kick back and sip on your drip coffee. Chat with the affable baristas and cafe owners, or even immerse yourself in a book while you’re there. These specialty coffee places in Tokyo will be worth the visit.

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