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Tokyo’s Best
Fluffy Pancakes

Here is our lowdown of where to get the fluffiest and silkiest pancakes in the city. Because there is a reason why Tokyo is called the “Pancake Capital of the World”. 
- or did we just make that up?

Anyway, you are welcome.

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1. Micasadeco & Cafe | Omotesando




This pancake mecca (and our no.1 fluffy pancake shop in Tokyo), hyped for its ultra-fluffy ricotta pancakes, leaves nothing to wish for if you are a pancake lover like us. While their signature ricotta pancakes are of course to die for, Micasadeco also has a decent selection for “regular” (non super-fluffy) pancakes, as well as an ambitious little lunch and weekend brunch menu of salads, risottos, omelettes etc. We also love the stylish interior of this small Harajuku joint which beautifully pays tribute to traditional Japanese architecture. As with all fluffy pancake cafés, expect lines on weekends and during holiday seasons, so if you can, try to visit outside those times or be ready to wait in line for this pancake hotspot.

¥1,200~
︎Micasadeco & Cafe, Harajuku
︎Every day: 10:00-19:00 (L.O. 18:00)
︎Google Maps
︎Website
Photo courtesy of Micasadeco & Cafe



2. bills | Omotesando and Ginza




Australian high-end restaurant chain bills might not be an exclusive pancake restaurant, but their ricotta hotcakes which are served with fresh banana and an outstanding honeycomb butter are just so unbelievably good, that you cannot leave Japan without having tried them at least once. Adding to the fact that the restaurant’s locations in Omotesando and Ginza are also just simply gorgeous, bills makes perhaps for the all-around best spot to grab those fluffy, buttery pancakes while you are in town. Pro tip: reserve in advance to avoid queuing for a table.  

¥1,600 (bills Omotesando)
¥2,000 (bills Ginza)
︎bills, Ginza and Omotesando
︎Every day: 08:30-23:00
︎Google Maps (bills Ginza)
︎Google Maps (bills Omotesando)
︎Website




3. Banks Café | Shibuya




Banks specializes in the art of souffle-pancake making, which uses heaps of mascarpone cheese to achieve the unbelievably fluffy and silky texture that catapults Banks’ pancakes to no.3 of our list. While we love all the pancakes on the menu, go for one of the seasonal offerings such as banana-caramel, crème brûlée and tiramisu for that extra bit of satisfaction.
As with all pancake cafés in Tokyo, be prepared to arrive earlier than your desired seating time, as the line in front of this establishment can get frustratingly long, especially on weekends. Also note that pancakes are only served during certain times (see below for more info) and that the fluffy delicacies can sell out before closing time. 

¥1,150~
︎Banks Café Shibuya
︎Fluffy Pancake Time: Mo-Fr: 14:00-17:30, Sat: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 11:00-19:00
︎Google Maps
︎Website (Japanese only)
Photo via Banks Café


4. gram | Harajuku, Kudanshita, Kichijoji




The fluffy “premium pancake” as it is called in this store, comes in a set of three with an outstanding whipped cream on the side and costs¥1,000. Its gorgeous, smooth texture makes for one of the best pancake experiences in Tokyo and is so good that it doesn’t really require any other toppings.
Beware however, that gram only offers the premium pancakes three times a day at 11:00, 15:00 and 18:00, and there are only 20 portions available during each time slot. While the Harajuku branch is certainly the most popular, the Kudanshita branch next to Yasukuni Shrine and the Imperial Palace is less crowded on weekdays, making it easier to catch one of the few portions available.

¥1,000
︎gram
︎Fluffy Pancake Time: 11:00, 15:00 and 18:00 for 20 portions each time slot
︎locations in Harajuku, Kudanshita, Kichijoji
︎Website (Japanese only)




5. Vegan Pancakes at Ain Soph. | Shinjuku, Ginza, Ikebukuro




These delicious, fluffy pancakes at Ain Soph might come at a steep price (1,620 yen for two) but they are accompanied by a to-die-for homemade vegan ice cream, seasonal fruit and vegan whipped cream, creating one of the best (almost guilt-free) fluffy pancake experiences in Tokyo - regardless of whether you are vegan or not.

¥1,620
︎Ain Soph.
︎Fluffy Pancake Time: all day (opening hours vary on location)
︎Locations in Shinjuku, Ginza and Ikebukuro
︎Website
Photo via Ain Soph.



6. A Happy Pancake | Omotesando, Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro, Kichijoji




With locations all over Tokyo and Japan, this pancake establishment prides itself in using only the best ingredients, such as butter from Hokkaido and Manuka honey from New Zealand to produce these backing powder-free and fluffy creations. Happy Pancake also has some of the most creative seasonal pancake variations we have seen in Tokyo, boasting such scrumptious versions as white chocolate strawberry, citrus-dill yoghurt, rosehip-peach or pumpkin-chestnus pancakes, depending on the season. As with all pancake cafés in Tokyo, be ready to queue up if you crave some of this deliciousness, although Happy Pancake does take online reservations for weekdays.  

¥1,100~
︎Happy Pancake
︎Fluffy Pancake Time: all day (opening hours vary on location)
︎locations in Omotesando, Shibuya, Ginza, Ikebukuro, Kichijoji,...
︎Website (Japanese only)
Photo via A Happy Pancake



7. Workingholiday Connection | Harajuku 




Created with the aim of introducing young Japanese to the world of working holiday travel abroad, and giving foreign working holiday travelers a chance to find employment in Japan, Workingholiday Connection does not only help foster international relationships, but also bestows the ever-pancake hungry crowd of Harajuku with heavenly soft Ricotta pancakes. Choose your toppings from mango, berries, matcha, bacon and eggs, or seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and cassis, and you’ll fit right into the fashionable crowd of downtown Tokyo.

¥1,320~
︎Workingholiday Connection
︎Mo-Fr: 11:00-19:00 (L.O. 18:00); Sat, Sun, Hol: 10:00-19:00 (L.O. 18:00)
︎Google Maps
︎Website (Japanese only)





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