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Forget Sutaba, these five spots offer an all-round introduction to Tokyo's distinctive cafe culture.

It’s virtually impossible to create an exhaustive list of all the cafes to explore in Tokyo but we’ve compiled a brief guide for first-timers to the scene. From only-in-Japan wacky establishments, uber functional urban spaces and trendy international imports (usually with a long queue attached), the following five cafes will give you a quick and comprehensive introduction to the capital’s constantly evolving cafe-scape.

1. The New York Import

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Cresting the wave of recent New York imports to the city, the Dominique Ansel Bakery opened up its Japanese branch in the swanky Omotesando district just next to Harajuku. While Ansel-San (can we call him that?) is famous for his creation of the Cronut, Frozen S’more, and the Cookie Shot – all of which are on the menu – the bakery here also features some exclusive regional eats. Undo that money belt for a taste of the Monaka Cookie and Paris Tokyo, which both feature matcha, and the Mr. Roboto; essentially a sweet bun filled to the brim with hojicha (roasted green tea) cream and black sugar.

When:Open everyday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Where:Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 5-7-14. Get out at Omotesando Station exit A1 and walk down the slope for about 5 minutes to reach the bakery.

2. The Hybrid

Mahika Mano Hammock Cafe

After experiencing all the hustle and bustle of the city, why not spend a lazy set time period at a hammock cafe? Mahika Mano is one type of many increasingly fashionable hybrid cafes where you can enjoy food and drink while chilling on a swinging hammock. Don’t get too comfy though as there’s a limit of 90 to 120 minutes imposed on every customer. Fair enough – without it we’d probably be there all week.

When:Open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday (until 8 p.m. on Sundays). Last order is an hour before closing time.

Where:Kichijoji, Minami-Cho, 2-8-1. About a 4-minute walk from Kichijoji Station South exit.

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