As a self-proclaimed night owl, there are some things that I have to forgo on a regular basis. (e.g.having a wholehearted breakfast and checking the news.) Lucky for me, pancakes are having a moment in Tokyo, and I for one am taking full advantage of this trend. Tokyo has a diverse range of pancake joints to boast. Whether you prefer Hotcakes, the Japanese take on pancakes or the classic all-American style pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, Tokyo has something for everyone. Forget about your no-carb diet and head out to these places for your pancake fix.
1. West Aoyama Garden
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the pancakes from West Aoyama Garden on my Instagram feed until I finally caved in and tried them out for myself. If you’ve never tried Japanese-style pancakes, hotcakes, this place is the best place to try it out. In general, hotcakes are thicker than your typical American pancakes, fluffier and won’t come in varieties of toppings. Make sure to come in here with an empty stomach as their hotcakes are fluffy, sweet and big. Yup, these hotcakes are not your average Japanese-size.
After 40 years in business, in 2008 the old Aoyama store went through a renovation and came back completely transformed. The new West Aoyama Garden is more spacious and has a wooden deck to chill out. With a cozy vibe and amazing hotcakes, this place can get pretty packed on the weekends, so expect a wait.
Address:1 Chome-22-10 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
Phone: +81 3-3403-1818
2. Ivy Place
One look at this place and you can tell that it screams “urban chic”. Located in the Daikanyama Tsutaya complex, Ivy place is the perfect place to hit up for brunch with your friends and families on a Sunday. With large windows and oak wood tables, the place gives off a bougie vibe and looks like something straight out of Sex and the City. Now, let’s talk about the pancakes here. The pancakes at this stunner are absolutely divine. While you won’t find an array of different pancakes at Ivy place, they manage to keep things nice and simple with their classic buttermilk pancakes. Slightly crispy on the surface and sweet and fluffy on the inside. Don’t forget to order coffee when you’re there, as you can get free refills. (which is hard to come by in Tokyo)
Address: 16-15 Sarugakucho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0033, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6415-3232
If you’re a Tokyoite, there’s no way you haven’t heard of Bills. When Bills opened up its first restaurant in Tokyo 7 years ago, the breakfast scene in the city changed forever. Hailing from Sydney, Australia this little gem has some of the city’s best ricotta pancakes. Served with bananas and honeycomb butter, these pancakes are so pretty and photogenic, it’s hard to resist not taking photos. With a perfectly soft dough and sweet flavor, the pancakes at Bills are the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth pancakes. Over the years, Bills has earned itself quite the reputation and is considered to provide customers with “the best breakfast in the world”. If you’re going there on the weekends expect the place to be absolutely swamped.
Address: Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando Harajuku 7F 4-30-3 Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: T + 81 3-5772-1133 Enquire T + 81 50-3188-5033 Book
4. Rainbow Pancakes
Are you someone that likes to experiment with your pancakes? Then this is the perfect pancake joint for you. Run by a couple that used to live in Hawaii, Rainbow pancakes offer a wide variety of pancakes. Whether you’re craving savory or sweet pancakes, you’ll be finding creative pancake toppings here. When in doubt, order their most popular menu, the macadamia nut sauce pancakes. These pancakes are distinctively thick and smothered in creamy macadamia nut sauce. Sounds heavenly, right? You’ll be in pancake heaven!
Located in Harajuku, this is a superb place to stop by after some shopping.
Address: 4-28-4 Jingumae Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 3-6434-0466
Here are 6 other honorable mentions
5. Eggs’n Things
Address: 4 Chome-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Phone: +81 3-5775-5735
6. J.S. Pancakes
Address: 1 Chome-20-17 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0041, Japan
Address: 1-8-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo TEKKO BUILDING. 2,3F, Japan
Address: 2 Chome-26-20 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Address:2-10-10, Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0021, Japan
10. Micasadeco & Cafe
Address: 2F, 6-16-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Phone: +81 3-6892-7006