Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Imasa

It's not every day that you get to sip your coffee or tea in a cultural property. Imasa is the real deal, an old timber merchant's shophouse dating from 1927 but with Edo-era design and detail, and a few pieces of c…
Top Choice Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mugimaru 2

This old house, completely covered in ivy, is a charmer with a welcoming owner and two of Tokyo's most famous shop cats. Seating is on floor cushions; warm, squishy manjū (steamed buns) are the house speciality. It’…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Craft Beer Server Land

With some 14 Japanese craft beers on tap, going for a reasonable ¥500/840 a glass/pint, plus good food (the fish and chips is excellent), this brightly lit basement bar with wooden furniture and a slight Scandi feel…
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

@Home Cafe

'Maid cafes' with kawaii (cute) waitresses, dressed as saucy French or prim Victorian maids, are a stock-in-trade of Akiba. @Home is one of the more 'wholesome' of them. You’ll be welcomed as go-shujinsama (master) …
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Sabōru

Sabōru checks all the boxes of a classic mid-20th-century kissaten (coffee shop): dim-lighting, low tables, lots of dark wood and strong, dark burendo kōhī ('blend' coffee) to match. And then it adds a few of its ow…
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Café Miel

This charming cafe is stacked with antique goodies, including rocking horses, clocks, puppets, old photos and beautifully patterned plates. It's a nice place for a break if you're touring this part of the city, and …
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Cafe Asan

With hammock-style chairs, free wi-fi and plugs for computers and smartphones, this is a popular cafe with the digital generation. Manga and anime are a subtle design theme, fitting for Akiba, but the real draw is t…
Coffee in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Glitch Coffee & Roasters

In a sign that Tokyo's third-wave coffee scene is seeping into new territory, one of the most talked-about new shops of late opened not in Shibuya or Harajuku but in the old student haunt of Jimbōchō. The speciality…
Cafe in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Milonga Nueva

Off an alley parallel to Yasukuni-dōri, this wonderfully retro cafe plays old tango tunes on the sound system and serves up blends, such as Kilimanjaro coffee (¥650), as well as a selection of beers from around the …
Beer Hall in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Craft Beer Market Jimbōchō

This branch of the Craft Beer microbrewery chain, with some 30 ales available, specialises in roast chicken on its food menu.