Japan is well-known and notorious for its fun and quirky themed cafes. It is one of the main reasons that I personally want to head here and explore the local favourites. Since our Local coffee shop section started, we have learned of so many incredible spots already and we are well on our way for a world reference to immerse ourselves in the coffee culture abroad. We called upon our blogging BFFs to share their favourites too. Katherine of City and See lives in Tokyo and knows the ins and outs of the best local and themed coffee shops, not to mention, espresso cafes in the city. Here’s her lowdown on one of her favourites – Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso.

Espresso cafes in Japan
Espresso cafes in Japan

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There are no shortage of hole in the wall, mind blowing espresso cafes in Tokyo. Every neighborhood has coffee shops complete with aesthetically pleasing interiors, trendy vibes and delicious coffee. One neighborhood that is no stranger to coffee shops is Shimokitazawa. If you have a chance to visit, it will be overwhelming to choose exactly where to go (and really you can’t go wrong). I suggest you start your day at Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso.

Frankie's Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo
Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo.
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Frankie's Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo. Credit: City and See
Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo.
Credit: City and See

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A small, cozy and quaint cafe offering the perfect place to hang out with a book or company. Their mission to to give Tokyo a sense of a modern Melbourne cafe. Staying true to their Aussie roots, they offer coffee drink varieties such as the Picollo, a smaller version of the Latte. Perfect if you don’t want to overdue it with milk. This also happens to be the barista’s favorite when I asked her last time I was there, so you can’t wrong with this one.

Frankie's Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo. Credit: City and See
Picollo: Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo.
Credit: City and See

If you want to pass on coffee, they serve various cold press juices as well as some food options. My personal go to is the Chorizo sandwich although they have sweeter items if you prefer. They pride themselves in authentic Australian ingredients so expect their treats to be delicious! What makes them different than other coffee shops is that they go beyond the traditional Latte and Macchiato. The Picollo mentioned above, the Bachelor and Flat White (similar to a Latte, but less foam) are all worth exploring.

Frankie's Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo. Credit: City and See
Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo.
Credit: City and See

 

Frankie's Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo. Credit: City and See
Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is one of the best espresso cafes in Tokyo.
Credit: City and See

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Closely situated between two other shops outside the south gate of the Shimokitazawa station, it’s easy to miss. With only a few tables inside and a bench outside, this place can get busy at times. Although it does not open until 11am, it’s worth waiting for. The baristas often speak English and will gladly help you with a suggestion if you simply can’t decide. If you are looking for a hip, Australian inspired cafe in a trendy Tokyo neighborhood – Frankie’s Melbourne Espresso is your place.

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Katherine is a guest writer for Fill My Passport. She is the blogger behind the delightful site City and See. Check it out for inspiration to visit various destinations in Asia, North America, and Oceania on your next holiday and get inspired by her Instagram feed. All opinions in this post are hers and not influenced by Fill My Passport.

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