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8 cafés in Ikebukuro that have the most relaxing atmosphere!

With its convenient commute and many shops, Ikebukuro (池袋) district is crowded most weekends.
Second in fame only to the Akihabara (秋葉原) district, this popular subculture is rich in cafes such as the Butler Café.
It was difficult to find cafes a decade ago in Ikebukuro’s overcrowded area but today there are many to choose from.
So let us introduce to you some of our favorite shops where you can relax and have fun.


The”Sakura” café with its red awning reminds you of a Café in Paris.

The Sakura Café’s Ikebukuro store (サクラカフェ池袋店) has an impressive street level terrace with a bright red awning.
To accommodate tourists from all over the world, this café offers a worldwide. menu offering Internationally loved items such as hot chocolate, foreign and domestic beer, organic pudding, and pancakes.
It feels as if you are in a café abroad as you make stimulating conversation with foreigners.
【Site name】Sakura Cafe & Restaurant Ikebukuro
【Address】Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro 1F annex 2-39-10 Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku
【Opening hours】24 hours a day
【Holiday】open daily
【Related URL】 http://www.sakura-cafe.asia/ikebukuro/

You will want to tell all your friends about the “La Famille” café!

When you think of a cafe in West Ikebukuro (西池袋), the “La Famille” café comes to mind.
This café’s menu is full of items loaded with natural sweetness from seasonal fruits and vegetables.
It features a chiffon cake with meringue made with top quality ingredients without additives.
【Spot name】La Famille
【Address】Imamura building 1F 3-4-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Opening hours】10:30a.m. to 6:30p.m.
【Closed】no regularly scheduled holidays
【Related URL】http://www.la-famille.com/shop/

The pizza and burgers are delicious at the Good Morning Café!

If you’re hungry, go head to the Good Morning Café on the 8th floor of the Ikebukuro lumine building!
This café features authentic pizza baked in a stone oven and delicious burgers made of 100% beef.
They also serve cakes and waffles as well and fresh vegetable dishes.
【Spot name】GOOD MORNING CAFÉ lumine Ikebukuro
【Address】lumine Ikebukuro 8F Ikeles 1-11-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Opening hours】11:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.
【Closed】Same as the lumine Ikebukuro building
【Related URL】 http://www.gmc-ikebukuro.com

Café “Il Testo” has a real sense of style!

“Il Testo” is located beneath the elevated expressway in Ikebukuro.
It is owned by an interior decorator and has a real sense of style.
The interior is lit mostly by natural light and is bright and beautiful.
This high-class café features lattes and freshly baked paninis. donuts, muffins, and cakes.
The showroom on the second floor is not to be missed!
It has a spacious sofa where you can sit and page through catalogs of wallpaper and fabric samples while surrounded by fresh flowers and the glow of the fireplace.
It is one of the most trendy cafés in the Ikebukuro neighborhood!
【Spot name】Il Testo
【Address】2-43-16 Minami-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Opening hours】Mon-Fri 8:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., Sat, Sun, Holidays 9:30a.m. to 7:00p.m.
【Holiday】open daily (excluding year-end and new year holidays)
【Related URL】http://www.il-tessuto.com/index.html

“Cafe Terve” is obsessed with natural yeast bread!

Located on the first floor of the apartments next to the West Ikebukuro Park (西池袋公園) is the “Terve Cafe!”
It is a bakery café where you can go to forget the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the aromatic smells, sweet tastes, and soothing atmosphere.
Check it out on Twitter to find out which of their bread are featured that day!
【Spot name】Cafe Terve
【Address】Apollo mansion 1F 3-33-24 Nishi-Ikebukuro Toshima-Ku Tokyo
【Opening hours】10:30a.m. to 7:00p.m.
【Closed】Wednesdays closed (Thursday irregularly)
【Relate URL】http://www.cafeterve.com/

Visit the popular and trendy café “Pause”!

Pause café is located at the back of the Junkudo bookstore in Inkwburo.
Its vertical “CAFE” sign is its quirky trademark.
This cafe features homemade fresh pasta for lunch!
It is decorated with antique furniture that is surrounded by all sorts of gadgets and makes a wonderful setting for reading.
Also, check out on the second floor its sister store “plateaux.“
【Spot name】Cafe Pause
【Address】Yamaguchi Bldg 1F 2-14-12 Minami-Ikebukuro Toyoshima-Ku
【Hours】Monday-Thursday 11 am – 9 pm and Friday 11 am – 23 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.
【Holiday】open daily
【Related URL】http://cafepause.jp/

Smart tip
  • Sakura cafe in Ikebukuro is open 24 hours a day. They wake up early in the morning and each new day starts at 4:30a.m. Enjoy their toast, soup, and coffee with free refills (350 yen).
  • Good Morning Café has a special on weekdays from 3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. where you can get certain cake and drink sets for 200 yen off! In addition, their adult women acai bowls are very popular. This café has a very nourishing, healthy menu.
  • "Pause" is a convenient cafe with Free Wi-Fi available. You can enjoy a large mug of coffee in this pleasant atmosphere. There is also a gallery of artwork displayed on a regular basis.
What's interesting

There several stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area that serve chiffon cake. One of the best the "La Famille". They hold a class where you can learn from their chefs with experience how you can reproduce the taste of shop’s cakes at home.