Where to Find the Best Pancakes in Tokyo
Tokyo isn’t just home to the best food in the world, it’s almost home to the best pancakes in the world. Little do most people know just how divine Tokyo’s pancake scene is. Read more to find out where you can enjoy the best pancakes in Tokyo.
Tokyo is a city that loves its sweets and good food and pancakes are practically a religion in this city. You can’t step into a shopping center without seeing photos of pancakes, topped sky-high with whipped cream and extravagant toppings. It’s impossible to name “the best pancakes in Tokyo,” but I can certainly give you the top options to consider.
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Just so you know: Tokyo’s obsession with pancakes translates to LONG lines. Expect a wait. But, in some cases, you can make a reservation.
1. Rainbow Pancake - Best Macadamia Pancakes in Tokyo
Located in the heart of the Harajuku neighborhood, you will find a gem, a legend in its own right – Rainbow Pancake. The first time I heard about Rainbow Pancake, I actually wanted to go there because wanted literal rainbow pancakes. Well, as it turns out, they have this speciality called macadamia nut pancakes. I’ve never eaten these before, much less heard about them.
The cafe is small and only accommodates around 20 people, so as you can imagine, the wait was long. It’s usually always a long wait, though. After nearly an hour and a half, we go inside and look around to see that no one’s eating rainbow colored pancakes. Everyone was eating these creamy, fluffy souffle macadamia nut pancakes, so I had to try them.
I expected them to taste overly sweet and to leave with a bellyache – I did not. The dish was surprisingly tame in sweetness, but indescribable in taste. These are the best pancakes in Tokyo, in my opinion.
Flippers is another favorite, and many people will swear these are the best pancakes in Tokyo. Flippers specializes in souffle pancakes with fruit and cream toppings, and yes, you can also expect a wait here too, usually an hour. You can find locations in both the Jiyugaoka and Shimokitazawa neighborhoods.
3. Bills Tokyo
Bills is a beloved Australian restaurant chain that has wooden tables, a healthy menu, and a light and cozy atmosphere. It’s the quintessential Tokyo cafe, but with an Australian brekkie vibe.
If you’re not in the mood for the classic avocado toast, their pancakes are also a local favorite. Be sure to make a reservation unless you want to wait at least an hour. Weekends are also longer. Hours are usually between 8AM and 11PM. You can make reservations online.
Address: Japan, 〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo City, Ginza, 2 Chome−6−12 12F Okura House
Red Brick Warehouse
Address: Japan, 〒231-0001 Kanagawa, Yokohama, Naka Ward, Shinko, 1 Chome−1−2 横浜赤レンガ倉庫２号館
DECKS Tokyo Beach
Address: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−6−1 デックス東京ビーチ シーサイドモール 3F
4. Eggs n' Things
This Hawaiian pancake chain has made ripples in Tokyo and it’s famous for its extravagant sky-high whipped cream pancakes. This is where you go to watch Tokyites attempt to stage their best instaworthy photoshoots after waiting over an hour in the rain in another pancake line.
Eggs n’things is a bit like Denny’s and less like your cute Tokyo cafe, but it’s a cult favorite which also has things like hash on the menu to balance out the extreme sweetness factor. These aren’t the best pancakes in Tokyo, but they’re also some of the most beloved.
There are locations all around Tokyo: Ginza, Harajuku, Yokohama, Odaiba.