I really loved the area around Harajuku and Omotesando. You can stroll down Omotesando and look at way too expensive designs or you can wander around the small backstreets where you see fantastic architecture and find cute small shops. Of course we had to go back one day when it wasn't raining.
We found (through Hello Sandwich's guide) the cool art/books/design-shop Vacant and to my delight there was a coffee corner with coffee by Little Nap. I have to write a little bit about coffee in Tokyo. As you may know, we visit Berlin a couple of times a year and as much as I love the city it has always suffered from the Bad Coffee Syndrome (BCS). But good coffee is becoming such an important thing for hipsters, so luckily the coffee scene in Berlin is changing and there are now quite a few places you can seek out. Copenhagen might be the same way - I drink 99% of my coffee at home and I do know, that you should never order a latte in a copenhagen cafe unless you reaaaally love milk.
Well, preparing for our Tokyo trip, it came to my attention, that Tokyo seemed to suffer from the BCS as well. I was very skeptical. I mean. Such a big city! of course they have good coffee! I prepared a bit and found this article on Time Out listing 25 places to get good coffee in Tokyo, I put some of them in my map of places I knew we would visit and then didn't pay much attention to coffee, thinking the rumors of Tokyo's BCS was overrated. Well. I actually kept thinking that for half our trip. Turned out I had just been lucky.
I had Starbucks Coffee, which is as Starbuck Coffee always is - pretty bad but not horrible when you are in need. We lived just by a Dean & Deluca and having watched Felicity as a teen I of course had to get some - and it was quite all right! I can never get anything strong enough because I basically usually drink a 4x espresso cortado with extra foam, but it was really okay coffee! Little Nap was one of the places mentioned in Time Out and the iced latte was really really good! We had a snack at a french cafe in Shibuya - and the coffee was good! I was coffee-happy and happy to find that the bad coffee rumors were indeed overrated!
Untill… I happily wandered into a small coffee shop, I think it was in Shimokita, very local, very cute… and very very very bad coffee! Extremely bitter and really.. undrinkable.. :( Turns out this scenario repeated every time I took a coffee-chance on a local coffee shop and I ended up sticking to the imported coffee. sigh.
Good coffee can be found, but I do recommend doing your homework if you are as hipster-coffee-snobbish as I am!