Ikebukuro Cafe – Animal, Themed & Regular Cafes
Whether you're after an animal cafe, a themed cafe or simply a good cup of coffee, find your favorite Ikebukuro cafe here with us!
Ikebukuro is the baby sister of the male-dominated and otaku-oriented Akihabara neighborhood, and it’s a great place to spend an afternoon. There is a kaleidoscope of themed and ordinary cafes that keep you coming back for more, and we’ve put together the best of all kinds.
One of the main draws in Tokyo are the many animal cafes. These spots are ideal for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with some fluffy friends.
If you’re missing your pet back home, Nekorobi is a popular cat cafe in Ikebukuro for people who want to spend some time in feline company. The space is cozy but not too small with bean bags and sofas for you to chill with the resident superstars. The eleven cats they have are well cared for and have jungle gyms to climb and cubby holes to hide in. You can buy some cat treats and toys to entice them to play with you.
Weekdays are cheaper at 1100 yen than weekends, which charge 1300 yen. The price includes free drinks, WiFi and charging ports for your phone as well as an hour’s time with the furry friends. Humans and cats alike can chill in this cute cafe.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1 Phone: +81 3-6228-0646 Website: Nekorobi
A portmanteau of the words neko for cat and Ikebukuro (the area), this cat cafe is for more seasoned handlers of the feline species. Nekobukuro calls itself a garden where you can observe the true nature of cats. Situated on the eighth floor of Tokyu Hands, they have around 40 different “idol” cats with 15 to 20 playing in the park at a time. Eating and drinking are forbidden and the cats themselves have a strict feeding schedule. This park has a variety of cat themed rooms with the kitties either chilling in their cubby holes or prowling on the catwalks above.
The cat garden doesn’t have a time limit and you can spend hours playing and watching the cats. But be careful, as you can’t leave and re-enter once you’ve entered the premises. Adults can enter for 700 yen, but couples get to enter at a discount price of 1100 yen.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00 Address: 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 1 Chome−1−28−10 Phone: +81 3-3980-6111 Website: Nekobukoru
While most of us haven’t seen an owl even at night time, these cafes in Ikebukuro let you get up close and personal with the fluffy marshmallows of the night. At Ikefukuro, sister cafe of Nekobukuro, visitors have the delight of acting as perches for the owls. The cafe has one large space with a variety of owls for you to take pictures with.
Many precautions are taken for the safety of the birds, as well as the guests, and you have to make a reservation a day before in order to visit the cafe. The staff gives a short safety talk before letting their visitors select their refreshment and spend an hour with the owls. Weekdays charge 1400 yen and on the weekends the price goes up to 1600 yen. You do get a 300 yen discount if you follow the cafe on Facebook.
If you want to hold an actual live owl with professionals on hand to supervise, this place is a must stop on your itinerary.
Opening Hours: 13:00 - 20:00 (Mon - Fri), 12:00 - 19:00 (Sat - Sun) Address: 〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−17−1 Phone: +81 3-5904-8344 Website: Ikefukuro
Owl Park is a great place to hang out with these nocturnal buddies. It has around 40 individual birds of a smaller type of owls such as Scops owls. The birds are regularly rotated so that they don’t get over exerted and the guests are introduced to them with professionals present.The cover charge is around 1200 yen but you have to bring your own drinks and they don’t offer refreshments. However, the cover charge gets you unlimited time with the birds so you can spend hours here just chilling with the owls. Owl Park is a great space for people to see one of nature’s most elusive beauties.
The cover charge is around 1200 yen but you have to bring your own drinks and they don’t offer refreshments. However, the cover charge gets you unlimited time with the birds so you can spend hours here just chilling with the owls. Owl Park is a great space for people to see one of nature’s most elusive beauties.
Opening Hours: 12:00 - 20:00 (Mon, Tue, Fri), 11:00 - 20:00 (Sat, Sun), closed Wed & Thu Address: 〒171-0021 東京都豊島区西池袋 3-30-11 泰 共 フラット ビル 2F Phone: +81 3-3984-1097 Website: Owl Park
Mimi Rabbit Cafe
Mimi Rabbit Cafe has eleven resident superstars for you to cuddle with. For a cover charge of either 800 yen for 30 minutes or 1200 yen for 60 minutes, you get one drink as well as a cup of rabbit kibble to help the bunnies warm up to you. You have to make a reservation before you visit, and it’s much better to go on weekdays as it’s less crowded and you get more attention from the rabbits.
Instead of letting only one or two rabbits out of their cages, Mimi has rabbits frolicking all over non-stop. For safety reasons, the front door is usually kept locked so be sure give the door a knock or call the number on the door.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 1 Chome-13-9 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0013 Phone: +81 70-5079-3841 Website: Mimi Rabbit Cafe
Besides the animal cafes, Ikebukuro is home to a large number of themed cafes. These types of cafes follow a central concept which influences everything from food and drinks to decor and staff uniforms. These themed cafes usually follow an anime inspired concept and are internationally well known among the fans of the shows.
Maidreamin’ Sunshine Cafe
Maidreamin’ Sunshine Cafe has been around for ten years in Ikebukuro, providing its patrons a world of fantasy created by super cute girls in the fanciest maid costumes you’ve ever seen. The cafe is an epitome of Japanese kawaii (cute) with shades of pink and plushie toys peeping from every surface. You’ll want to get there early as the prices at opening time are 500 yen, but rise to 800 yen on weekdays and 1000 yen later in the evening.
Many visitors find it awkward at first, but the staff is sweet, friendly and quick to put its international and local patrons at their ease. The staff dresses in super cute variations of maid costumes and create elaborate routines to go with the various meals and drinks available. The food follows the ultra cute theme and you can order desserts in the shape of teddy bears and expect to have sweet messages written beside your cappuccino. The Sunshine Cafe gives you an entire show to go along with your meal.
Opening Hours: 13:00 - 23:00 (Mon - Fri), 11:00 - 17:00 (Sat - Sun) Address: 〒170-0013 東京都豊島区Higashiikebukuro, 1 Chome−12, 1－12－11 朝日会館ビル4F・5F Phone: +81 3-6912-7666 Website: Maidreamin' Sunshine Cafe
Swallowtail Butler Cafe
Situated a little out of the way is the highly elegant Swallowtail Butler Cafe. The interior is reminiscent of a Victorian Era manor house decorated in velvet and wood, with chandeliers dangling from the ceiling. You have to make an appointment beforehand and each appointment lasts 80 minutes. Photos are strictly forbidden, so leave your cameras at home.
The butlers tend to be slightly older, soft-spoken and materialize seemingly out of thin air to bow before you as they usher you to your table. You can order an impressive afternoon tea, and the food, which is on the pricey side, is so elegant you’ll almost regret tucking in. The cafe encourages its patrons not to do anything at all while the butlers do everything, from pouring your tea to carrying your bag from the entrance. This cafe has created an elegant, yet safe space for its female patrons to escape into fantasy.
For a more extensive guide to the Swallowtail Butler Cafe check out our article.
Opening Hours: 10:30 - 21:20 Address: 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−12−12 Phone: +81 3-5957-1555 Website: Swallowtail Butler Cafe
Danshi Boy’s Love Gakuen Cafe
Boy’s Love is a genre created for women by women who want to read about hot young boys get frisky with each other. The Boy’s Love Gakuen Cafe in Ikebukuro is pretty PG-13 while remaining steamy enough for its guests. However, unlike maids and butlers, your hosts are actually students and you’re their senpai (upperclassman) watching their antics. You can spend your time at the cafe chatting with the hosts or reading the volumes of BL manga available for your perusal. The menu has “fantasy couples” where a romantic scene will be enacted by the characters of your choosing. While you’d expect things to get awkward, the staff are good actors that weave quite a story around you.
Opening Hours: 15:00 - 22:00 (Mon - Fri), 12:00 - 22:00 (Sat - Sun) Address: 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−9−13, 岩下ビル2F Phone: +81 3-5985-4157 Website: Danshi Boy's Love Gakuen Cafe
The Animate retail stores are a treasure trove of manga, anime and cosplay merchandise that will satisfy any otaku’s heart. The Ikebukuro location has a cafe that has huge collaborations with popular anime and games every month. The entire cafe gets renovated and a unique menu is specially created to follow the theme of the collaboration. Each pasta, salad and dessert are designed to represent a certain character and as the selection is quite large, you’ll want to visit multiple times.
Besides eating and drinking, you can also spend hours here browsing the extensive collection of manga and anime merchandise. This place is pretty popular and you may need to get a reservation, but on weekdays you may be lucky enough to slip in without one.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (Mon - Fri), 12:00 - 18:00 (Sat - Sun) Address: 3 Chome-2-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0013 Phone: +81 3-5956-5401 Website: Animate
You can guess from the name that the Milkyway Cafe is a star themed ice cream cafe. A small rabbit statue greets you before you go up to the Milkyway. The interior has a cute star motif throughout the cafe and a panoramic view of Ikebukuro. The real stars, however, are the ice cream desserts you can order. The desserts are themed after astrological stars and constellations with each one having a unique take.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 Address: 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima, 東池袋1-12-8 富士喜ビル2階 Phone: +81 3-3985-7194 Website: Milkyway Cafe
If the craziness of Tokyo is getting to you and you just want to chill someplace, Ikebukuro has a great variety of coffee shops and cafes for you to sip your latte and watch the world go by.
True to its name, Cafe Pause if a great place to exit the hustle and bustle of the city and take a breath. The nice wide windows flood the space with light and give you a perfect opportunity to people watch as you sip your cafe latte. They serve cocktails as well as a lunch menu, but be warned, this cafe gets pretty crowded and you may have to wait to be seated. Their menu changes with the seasons, so this cafe is constantly refreshing itself.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 21:00 (Mon, Tue), 11:00 - 23:00 (Fri), 9:00 - 23:00 (Sat, Sun), closed Thu Address: 〒171-0022 Tokyo, 豊島区南池袋２丁目１４−１２ 山口ビル Phone: +81 3-6912-7711 Website: Cafe Pause
Gorilla Coffee comes from Brooklyn to Ikebukuro and is all about American style coffee. The style is somewhere between retro and modern with a lot of graffiti art books artistically left around. If you’ve always been a fan of latte art, you can watch the baristas make the tiny art pieces on the counter. The food has a wide variety of sweet and savory options on the menu with a hipster-chic presentation and the breakfast comes highly recommended.
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 22:00 Address: 1 Chome-12-1 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021 Phone: +81 3-5957-0893 Website: Gorilla Coffee
JS Burger Cafe
This burger cafe is a gem, hidden modestly on the eighth floor of the Lumine Shopping Mall. The mouth-watering burgers are generously sized with a large number of toppings to choose from and delicious fries to accompany them. Their taste is good enough for you to remember them but they even do promotions with upcoming movies to transform their burgers into something you won’t forget. If you’re hankering for a burger in the middle of your trip, this place is a must stop.
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Address: 〒171-0021 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Nishiikebukuro, 1 Chome−11, 8F Phone: +81 3-5928-3677 Website: JS Burger Cafe
Coffee Valley is a coffee lover’s paradise and you may nearly miss it as it’s tucked away in a little side street. The inside is pretty large but manages to be nicely cozy at the same time. They don’t have a large selection of food and focus mainly on the quality of their coffee. You can try the “Three Peaks Special” which has a shot of their drip coffee, a macchiato and an espresso, and comes highly recommended.
Opening Hours: 8:00 - 22:00 (Mon - Fri), 9:00 - 22:00 (Sat - Sun) Address: 〒171-0022 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, 豊島区Minamiikebukuro, 2丁目26−3 Phone: +81 3-6907-1173 Website: Coffee Valley
This cafe is on the ground floor of the Sakura Hotel and has a great outdoor dining space where you can enjoy great food as well as good coffee. You’ll find a lot of tourists mingling with the locals here and that makes it quite an ideal location to meet new people. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and friendly, and as they cater to an international clientele, their menu is quite extensive. Ordering here is no problem as you can expect some of the staff to be fluent in English.
All in all, this is a great place for winding down from a busy day seeing the sights.
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours Address: 〒171-0014 東京都豊島区池袋2−39−10サクラホテル池袋別館 Phone: +81 3-5391-2330 Website: Sakura Cafe
Kakululu Coffee Music Gallery
Kakululu is great for the sophisticates who want to enjoy their coffee in a cool minimalist surrounding. In addition to having amazing coffee, they have an incredible menu with great presentation. Kakululu is a must stop in the Ikebukuro cafe scene.
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00 (Tue - Sat), closed Sun & Mon Address: 4 Chome-29-6 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo Phone: +81 3-6907-0652 Website: Kakululu
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