Japan is full of small-sized family run bakeries. One of the busiest and cutest bakery cafes is Katane Cafe in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. The cafe is located in the middle of a quiet residential area and is 10 minutes away from Yoyogi-Uehara Station (Odakyu Line).
Why should you go all the way to Yoyogi-Uehara and walk for 10 minutes just to eat breakfast or lunch when there are literally hundreds of bakeries and cafes in Tokyo? Well, I have to say it’s mainly because of the high quality bread that attracts hundreds of customers every day. And the cafe is just so cute!
Katane Cafe is located in the basement and is run by the bakery on the ground floor. It’s so small that at night you could easily miss it. During the day, though, you’ll immediately spot the bakery as there are always queues in the quiet residential area.
Once you spotted the bakery (or overflowing customers), you will see a cute stairs leading to the Katane Cafe downstairs. Even though the cafe is in the basement, it’s always quite bright as there is a petite courtyard with sunlight.
Now, for breakfast, try Paris Breakfast (four kinds of bread @700yen) or Omelette Breakfast (@1000yen). All breakfast sets include coffee or other types of drinks and get this – you get all you can eat freshly baked baguette! The Paris Breakfast comes with butter and homemade jam, which are also all you can eat. Our Australian male staff had difficulty getting up from the seat after six extra servings.
The bakery and the cafe are run by the Katane’s, a young married couple. They have been into everything organic and homemade. They fly all over Japan to collaborate with farmers to produce organic flour for his products. The couple always shares news about the harvest on their facebook.
His philosophy continues to attract old and new customers, including Blue Bottle Coffee, which just opened their first shop in Tokyo this year. Go to the Blue Bottle shop at NEWoMAN in Shinjuku and look for sandwiches made with Kaneta’s baguette. This same baguette is all you can eat at the Kaneta Cafe.
They also run unique events at the cafe including “The Acupuncture with Coffee” and “Knitting Cafe” or invite backey owners from overseas to introduce their philosophy and bakery techniques. They also publish bakery books that have also been translated in Taiwan.
Franchise bakery and bakery cafes are many and great in Japan. But the Katane Cafe is the rare eatery that you’d never forget.
- Make sure you take cash with you – credit cards are not accepted
- The cafe is very small and gets filled up quickly on weekends (go early on weekends)
- The bakery is very small, too, and they control the number of customers to shop at a time. Go early on weekends.
- Not open for dinner and close early when events are held
If you are a big fan of Japanese bakery, have a look at this post on one of the best bakery in Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo.
Name: Katane Bakery/Katane Cafe
Address: 1-7-5 Nishi-Hara, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: Bakery 7:00-18:30 | Cafe 7:30 – 18:00