Whether you love them for breakfast, lunch or dessert, pancakes are forever. Over the last few years, Tokyo has been steadily adding to its pancake repertoire, offering some of the fluffiest and most decadent creations around. Here is Weekender’s must-eat list:
Having already flipped its way to pancake fame in a few Tokyo neighborhoods, Flipper’s recently added Daikanyama to its roster. These pancakes are among the fluffiest around, meaning a queue can be expected.
How much: ¥1,000-¥1,300
Where: Various locations including Shimokitazawa, Jiyugaoka, Daikanyama, and Kichijoji
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/flippers-daikanyama/
J.S. Pancake Cafe
Looking for an innovative pancake? Head to J.S. Pancake Cafe in Nakano for a special festive twist (during Christmas season) on the breakfast favorite. Their pancakes are made of 100% Japanese flour and are absolutely delicious.
How much: ¥800-¥1,400
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/j-s-pancake-cafe/
This popular Australian import serves fresh food in a relaxed and friendly setting, and also has the art of pancake making down to a tee. We recommend the ricotta pancakes served with fresh banana and honeycomb butter.
How much: ¥1,500
Where: Omotesando, Futakotamagawa, Ginza, and Odaiba
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/bills-omotesando/
Moke’s Bread & Breakfast
These pancakes hail from Hawaii, and what makes them extra special is their unique lilikoi, or passion fruit, sauce. Order the Lilikoi Pancakes for a fresh, light and sweet treat that’s dripping with this yummy sauce.
How much: ¥800-¥1,350
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/mokes-bread-breakfast-nakameguro/
Cafe & Pancake Gram
In search of giant, airy pancakes? Cafe Gram has what you’re after. These towering pancakes come with all sorts of toppings, including salmon and avocado, fruit, or bacon and eggs.
How much: ¥850-¥1,350
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/cafe-pancake-gram/
Decorated with copious amounts of fruit, these pancakes are large but light. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a Hula show!
How much: ¥1,000-¥2,210
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/pancake-cafe-kaila-omotesando/
Eggs ‘n Things
This popular Hawaiian breakfast go-to serves tasty pancakes all day long. The cheerful island atmosphere and hanging surfboards make you feel like you’ve escaped to Hawaii. Give their Christmas pancake specials a try!
How much: ¥650-¥1,530
Where: Ginza, Jingumae, and Odaiba
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/eggs-n-things/
This breakfast favorite has been dubbed the “Queen of breakfast in New York” by New York Magazine. Sarabeth’s serves great pancakes with even better maple syrup.
How much: ¥1,250-¥1,450
Where: Shinjuku, Marunouchi, and Shinagawa
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/sarabeths/
Clinton Street Baking Co.
This Tokyo outpost of the popular New York spot is thought to have the best blueberry pancakes in the world. Clinton Street Baking Co.’s mission is to make the best baked goods in the city. Pay them a visit to decide whether they’ve accomplished their goal.
How much: ¥1,600-¥1,800
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/12/clinton-street-baking-co/
Pancakes should always be enjoyed in good company. Themed after the popular Finnish comic Moomin, this café provides every table with a giant stuffed companion to share that stack of delicious pancakes.
How much: ¥1,200-¥1,400
More info: www.tokyoweekender.com/2017/07/moomin-cafe/