Keep Cool and Caffeinated: Our Guide to Tokyo’s Best Iced Coffee

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While Tokyo had a pretty sad selection of quality coffee just a few years ago, the capital is now boasting some of the best coffee (and baristas!) around. With the scorching hot weather still on for at least another month, iced coffee seems to be one of the only things that keeps us going through this season. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Tokyo options, which you can either sip indoors or carry around to cool down… just make sure you ask for aisu ko-hi.

Le Coutume

Le Coutume
Le Coutume

This newly opened shop located in trendy Minami Aoyama hails from Paris, and we’re surprised there is no queue—yet. In addition to their delicious sandwiches and pastries, they serve coffee from a laboratory-like counter, complete with chemist’s flasks. Although their entire menu is noteworthy, their iced latte definitely steals the spotlight, a creamy concoction with smoky undertones. www.coutume.jp

5-8-10 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku

Omotesando Koffee

With a new location in brand new Toranomon Hills and a branch in Kyoto, nothing beats the small traditional Japanese house and garden shop located in the depths of Harajuku. Their signature Omotesando Koffee iced brew is the ideal pick for a hot day, and you can sip it in the adjacent garden, if you’re lucky it’s not too crowded. If you like something a bit milder, try their iced cappuccino or iced cafe mocha. www.ooo-koffee.com

4-15-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

Be a Good Neighbor

The tiny kiosk has locations in Sendagaya, Roppongi and Sky Tree, and although each shop can barely fit more than a handful of people, it’s worth squeezing in to try one of their specialty coffees. Try their blended iced coffee, latte or mocha an don’t be afraid to linger about of a bit, as the friendly baristas will happily share interesting details about their beans. beagoodneighbor.net

Sendagaya 3-51-6, Shibuya-ku

Bear Pond Espresso

No Tokyo coffee list would be complete without Bear Pond Espresso, one of the pioneers of specialty coffee in Japan. Although their Flower Child espresso blend is what they’re most famous for, we recommend the iced latte jar to cool down- and yes, they used jars way before it became a ‘thing’. Just make sure you resist taking photos. www.bear-pond.com

2-36-12 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku

Streamer Coffee Company

Owner barista Hiroshi Sawada was the first Asian to become a world champion at the 2008 Free Pour Latte Art Championship, which means your latte will not only be delicious, but adorned with beautiful art. However, even without the art on the iced latte, the creamy taste hits the spot for the hot months. Make sure you get there early enough to try one of their military doughnuts, which are almost too nice to eat. www.streamercoffee.com

1-20-28 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku (other locations in Harajuku and Osaka)

Streamer Coffee
Streamer Coffee

Little Nap Coffee Stand

This cozy kiosk not only boasts some tasty roasts and nice merchandise, but they win when it comes to location. Drop by the shop for takeout iced coffee from their basic yet delectable menu (they even have ice cream and kids’ beverages), and cross the road over to Yoyogi Park to enjoy your drink in a shaded spot. www.littlenap.jp

5-65-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku

Fuglen

The cocktail bar/cafe offers a comfortable place to escape the heat, complete with furniture you can buy and huge piles of magazines. Grab a seat in the dark, wooden interior and order an iced version of any their coffees- they have it all. We highly recommend their mouthwatering Fuglen Cold Brew, which would be just perfect with a pastry. www.fuglen.com

1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku

The Roastery by Nozy

T.Y. Harbor’s latest venture lives up to all their other quality joints, and we love that this one focuses on coffee. The brewery teamed up with Nozy Coffee to give the fashionistas of Cat Street a little java break during their shopping spree. Sip your iced coffee in the dark, trendy interior, or pick a seat on the outdoor terrace to see and be seen. www.tyharborbrewing.co.jp/en/roastery

The Roastery by Nozy
The Roastery by Nozy

5-17-13 Jinguemae, Shibuya-ku

At-home Iced Coffee

Sometimes, it’s just too hot to even leave the house, so brew your own coffee, chill it for a bit, then pour over ice for an afternoon treat. Or, you can go all out and do it the Japanese way.

Main Image: Bear Pond Espresso

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