My friends used to tell me that Shinjuku is the real heart of Tokyo. It has everything: offices, shopping places, fine restaurants, an entertainment district, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and so much more! Shinjuku Station connects to a lot of places and is often jokingly termed by travelers, foreign visitors, and locals alike, as a “warp zone.” This is because you can really get lost at the station! So be sure to remember which exit you need to go to. (Note: I personally prefer meeting people at the South Exit.)
Shinjuku is a zestful and dynamic place that will surely surprise you each time you pay a visit. No wonder many tourists opt to stay here instead of other areas in Tokyo.
Whether you are already staying in one of Shinjuku’s hotels or coming from a nearby city for a day trip, we highly recommend you explore the “warp zone,” starting with a good and hearty breakfast! Shinjuku offers a lot of breakfast options ranging from traditional Japanese to French cuisine.
Feeling lost with all the options? Fret not! We have compiled a list of spots for the best breakfast Shinjuku goers rave about. These breakfast places in Shinjuku will certainly give you energy to match the vibrance of this area. Let’s check them out!
Here are 6 places for the best breakfast Shinjuku has to offer:
At the top of this list is sushi. Yes, who wouldn’t eat sushi for breakfast? Unless you have some seafood allergies or reservations about eating raw food, I totally recommend having sushi for breakfast at least once in your life. It is a great alternative for the generic eggs and toast routine, especially when you are in Japan, a place where you get premium quality ingredients and can have professional sushi masters prepare the good stuff for you.
Sushi Tokyo Ten has an omakase concept which means you let your chef decide which ingredients and method to use to prepare your food. The Japanese word “omakase” means “I leave it to you,” and it is a fine tradition of mutual trust between the chef and customer, wherein chefs get to express creative freedom and customers experience a memorable and highly personalized dining experience. The restaurant offers just one breakfast menu from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM for only 1,620 yen!
Their breakfast dish is called bara chirashi and consists of roughly 10 various ingredients mixed on top of a rice bowl. The ingredients vary from day to day depending on the season and availability which means that you get only the freshest ingredients. Imagine pieces of fatty tuna, creamy sea urchin, and refreshing cucumbers mixed with plenty of salmon roe on a flavorful tsume rice ー I bet you will feel heavenly all throughout the day!
In case you are not familiar with tsume, it is an umami-rich, thickened sweet sauce made from boiling conger eel, so even just a spoonful of the breakfast rice is enough to make you feel satisfied! 10/10 would say that this is the best traditional Japanese breakfast in Shinjuku.
The breakfast menu may run out even before 10:00 AM so you may want to visit Sushi Tokyo Ten a little earlier in the day.
Address: 5 Chome-24-55 Sendagaya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0051
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Boul’ange has been one of my favorite Shinjuku cafes ever since a friend recommended their pain au chocolat. The bakery’s name is a combination of two French words ー boulangerie (bakery) and ange (angel). Boul’ange lives up to its name as it is definitely a pastry heaven with a wide variety of bread and a down-to-earth store atmosphere; comforting in a busy city like Tokyo.
Most locals get their bread to-go but if you want to take your time, you can grab their famous croissant (they sell about 2,000 pieces per day!), pair it with a hot cup of coffee, and take a seat on the upper floor.
If you want something unconventional, try their melonpan, which is made with croissant dough baked with sable cookie dough on top. You can enjoy the contrast between the texture and taste of the sable dough and the fluffiness and buttery scent of the pastry.
Boul’ange used to be a solo bakery but was renovated into a food hall which now includes Eggslut and Luke’s Lobster. If you are up for something hearty and heavy, try Eggslut’s Route 20 sandwich, a dish only available in Japan that is packed with filling ingredients ー burger patties, scrambled eggs, creamy egg yolk, and cheddar cheese. It’s best paired with an orange juice!
Address: 〒151-0053 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Yoyogi, 2 Chome−2−1 新宿サザンテラス
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
No vegetables, no life! Mr. Farmer is a great location for those looking for vegan and vegetarian options. The store displays a lot of plants as well which adds to the earthy and natural feel of the brand. Both its food and drinks menu are extensive, and not too heavy on the wallet, either.
Recently, more people are choosing healthier food options and it is a good thing to have places such as Mr. Farmer which can provide delicious and not-boring nutritious meals.
Some of their noteworthy dishes are the strawberry and blueberry salad, avocado & smoked salmon trout sandwich, vegan burger and scrambled eggs and cheese, and herb-roasted chicken with hemp seeds and quinoa tabbouleh. Personally, I like having their vegan smoothies whenever I am in the mood for something light and refreshing.
P.S. They even have vegan desserts. So, indulge in those sweets with less guilt!
Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0023
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Conveniently situated just below the Shinjuku bus terminal, this Santa Cruz-born Shinjuku coffee shop is a great place to have a quick morning bite. It is very convenient for travelers to get coffee here before they venture outside of the city, but also for travelers arriving in Shinjuku after a long overnight bus ride.
This Shinjuku cafe offers a variety of single-origin pour overs and some yummy pastries like croissants and donuts that are just perfect to start your day. You can really feel the Californian surf culture reflected on the overall vibe of the place.
Even though Verve Coffee Roasters is a bit small and does not offer that many seats, you definitely will not feel unwelcome. It feels very open due to its balanced, clean, and warm design, demonstrated by its white walls and wood accents everywhere from tabletops to signage and merchandise shelves. Currently, Verve has many branches all over Japan but Shinjuku is their very first outpost.
I highly recommend their Tokyo signature drink ー Latte Valencia. It’s an espresso heavily infused with milk, some honey, and freshly squeezed Valencia orange with shaved orange peel to complete the drink. It’s a personal favorite of mine.
My routine would be to buy a to-go cup and sit at the nearby public space overlooking the train tracks with a surrounding view of skyscrapers like the NTT Docomo Tower.
Verve has a "farm level" philosophy which means that their direct trade practice even exceeds the Fair Trade minimums. It’s an ethical and sustainable brand and I think it speaks volumes when you choose such a brand to accompany your morning.
P.S. Want to try another Shinjuku coffee spot? There is a Blue Bottle Coffee in the same building so you can try that out! I recommend their New Orleans Iced Coffee.
Address: 〒151-0051 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Sendagaya, 5 Chome−24−55 NEWoMan 新宿 ２Ｆ
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Most locals I have talked to convinced me that Coffee Kizoku Edinburgh has the best breakfast in Shinjuku as it puts most coffee shops to shame with their amazing siphon coffee and on-point customer service. From its menu to the overall interior, this Shinjuku cafe emits nothing but elegance and sophistication. You will definitely feel as if you are a kizoku or an aristocrat.
They serve three types of morning sets: bread rolls and eggs, a toast set, and a rice soup set. Each set comes with a side salad, a drink of your choice, and a scoop of ice cream. Ice cream may seem like an indulgence for a morning meal, but this only shows how seriously Coffee Kizoku takes its branding game.
Come to this cafe if you are feeling a little fancy and are in need of a rich aromatic cup of coffee. Best experienced on a rainy day, trust me.
Address: 3 Chome-2-4 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Harajuku crepes with heavy cream and sugar-filled toppings are the usual image when one thinks of crepes in Japan. I think they are great and definitely worth trying but honestly, I am not a major fan. I like savory crepes better. And, I am so happy to have found BREIZH Cafe Creperie in Takashimaya Shinjuku which serves legit French buckwheat galettes and crepes.
For first-time visitors, I recommend you to get their Dame Asperge bis which is galette with white asparagus, smoked salmon, broad beans, sunny-side-up egg, cheese, and Hokkaido cream. They also have a seasonal menu which is great for repeat customers who wish to try something new.
If you are a fan of al fresco dining, you will definitely adore this place! It has terrace seating with a view of Shinjuku. You will have a lovely cool breeze on spring mornings as it is situated on the 13th floor. Chill and laid back, this Shinjuku cafe is a small haven for those who wish to temporarily leave Japan for a glimpse of France.
Address: 〒151-8580 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Sendagaya, 5 Chome−24−2 13F 新宿タカシマヤ
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
I think that we can agree that a good breakfast means a good day. Just by having a meal in the morning, we are setting up our intentions and commitments to live through the day. Why not set those intentions in an aristocratic cafe… maybe drink it down with a refreshing orange juice and then finish it off with a bite of pain au chocolatey goodness? I hope this list fueled your enthusiasm to try new places in Tokyo or revisit old ones.
Looking for more things to do in Shinjuku? Check out this overview of our top Shinjuku food tours!