Despite having thousands of restaurants to choose from, Tokyo is not known as a city that does brunch well, with most establishments opening at around 11am with their standard lunch menu. However, there are an increasing number of restaurants that provide a brunch menu perfect for lazy weekend mornings and getting together with friends. Check out our recommendations of where to go for brunch in Tokyo below.
Le Pain Quotidien
There are two branches of Le Pain Quotidien in Tokyo that are well worth a visit. The first one is in Roppongi in the Tokyo Midtown complex, making it an ideal brunch spot if you’re visiting attractions in the area to include the Mori Art Museum and Observation Deck, National Art Museum, or shopping at the nearby fashion stores. The second branch is located a few minutes away in the more scenic Shiba Park, practically at the foot of Tokyo Tower and close to Zojoji Temple. On the menu expect French-inspired dishes to include omelets and croque monsieur sandwiches, and a drinks menu to include matcha lattes and healthy detox juices.
A brunch date at the Odaiba branch of Bills fits in nicely with a day of activities such as visiting the Joypolis amusement park, Borderless digital art museum, Oedo Onsen, or if you’re just hanging out at the beach for the day. The other branches of the Australian-owned Bills are located in Omotesando and Ginza, making it the perfect place to fuel up on calories before some shopping. Their breakfast menu is served until 11 am and features French toast, hotcakes, and egg dishes along with healthier options such as fruit bowls, green juices, and granola.
An awesome local café serving all-day breakfasts in the Ebisu area, Crossroad Bakery is a favorite among Tokyo residents and for good reason. Their in-house bakery makes all of their bread from scratch every day, and their counter seats placed in front of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the street are ideal for people watching and Instagram photos. The all-day breakfast menu is American inspired and contains dishes to include grilled cheese sandwiches and breakfast burritos. It’s also worth mentioning Crossroad Bakery is one of the few places in Tokyo where you can purchase sourdough bread. A stop at Crossroad Bakery is ideally located if you are exploring the neighboring Naka-Meguro area (a prime cherry blossom spot) or trendy Daikanyama with its boutique stores.
If you’re spending the day in Shibuya, consider stopping in for brunch at the stylish Trunk Hotel. Their breakfast menu is available until 11am with last orders at 10.30 and includes dishes such as eggs benedict, French toast, avocado toast, and granola with seasonal fruits and Greek yogurt. In addition to the cozy dining room, the Trunk Hotel also has a spacious outdoor dining terrace which is pleasant during the spring and autumn months. Outdoor dining is rare in Tokyo so this is a nice additional feature that customers can take advantage of. After brunch, explore the surrounding Shibuya area by taking a selfie with Hachiko, tackle the crazy Scramble Crossing, and go shopping in clothing and department stores.
This chain of popular brunch spots has outlets in Roppongi, Ginza, and Omotesando. Open from 11am daily, the Omotesando branch benefits from a top floor location within a glass-enclosed building, whilst the Ginza restaurant has a beautiful outdoor dining terrace that overlooks the main shopping street. The brunch menu is New York inspired and includes dishes like steak and eggs, French toast, and grilled salmon with scrambled eggs. The Roppongi branch also offers a separate weekday morning menu that includes items like croque monsieur sandwiches, granola, and fruit bowls.