Three of Shimokitazawa’s best coffee houses: Frankie Melbourne Espresso
Opened only a few months, Frankie already feels like a neighborhood institution. The cool black walls, natural wood tables, and shiny glass and chrome display case for scrumptious bits and bobs are distinctly contemporary but cozy. The coffee menu is all Melbourne, and the friendly, bilingual staff are happy to guide visitors through a maze of new vocabulary to caffeinated bliss. A small but excellent selection of Australian sweets and savory treats is available, although the latter isn’t an option until around 11am. Be advised: the lemon slice with a bottom half somewhere between shortbread and a British flapjack is irresistible while the Anzac cookies run a close second.
Address: 2-12-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku.
Open: 10am–9pm (Closed Mon).
Nearest Station: Shimokitazawa.
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