As a local business based in Otaru, we have been looking out for the best coffee shops in Hokkaido.
Today we will be sharing 4 coffee shops that you should know and make a visit when you are in Sapporo!
My personal favorite so far to hang out in a coffee shop, is Morihico Coffee.
Morihico is a coffee shop that first opened in the gourmet district of Sapporo, Maruyama, on the west side of Sapporo City.
It has become so popular that now it expanded to several outlets throughout the city, each branch having its own unique taste, and also in Asahikawa.
Starbucks is the coffee shop that collaborates with TSUTAYA Book Store and serves the coffee there in many places in Japan,
but Morihico is the one that collaborates with TSUTAYA in Sapporo.
The branch I usually go to is just a few buildings east of the famous clock tower in the city center.
Although it has a variety of nice blends, the coffee tends to be more aromatic and complex, so I personally have a lot of fun trying out their blends whenever I am in town!
Website: Morihico Coffee
2. Alchemist Coffee
Founded just recently at the end of 2019, Alchemist Coffee is a coffee bean shop up on a hill in the gourmet district in Maruyama.
A restaurant chef was actually the one that first told me about the coffee shop, as they use the coffee from Alchemist.
If you are a big fan of coffee itself, which is me, this is an interesting place to visit.
It is an only beans store and not a cafe, but they would drip 3 coffees for you to taste before you buy your coffee.
I love their idea that the staff lets us taste their coffee so we can do the comparing at the store with the professionals.
The conversation with the staff are something really special for coffee enthusiasts…
The owner Kawahara san just announced that they are going to distribute their coffee to Kumo Restaurant in Skye Niseko!
Website: Alchemist Coffee
3. Marumi Coffee
Marumi Coffee is a coffee shop owned by a winner of the Japan Coffee Roasting Championship of 2013.
I really like having their espresso and latte sampler set.
I also ranked the coffee shop as it has a coffee stand branch in B1F of Sitatte, a commercial building in the underground path in between Sapporo Station and Odori Station.
My favorite ramen shop Kagari is just behind the coffee stand, so you might bump into me buying a take out coffee here!
Website: Marumi Coffee
4. RITARU COFFEE
There is something really special about coffee and I really think the coffee shop is one of the best in Sapporo.
If you like dark roasted coffee, I would definitely recommend making a visit to Maruyama.
We actually were lucky to interview the owner, so please have a read if dark roast is the taste for you!
Website: RITARU COFFEE
We hope the information helps!
Although the famous chained coffee shops like Starbucks, Tully’s, and Doutor all work well, the local coffee shops are well worth a visit.
Out of so many shops in the city, we narrowed it down to just 4 of the best ones in terms of taste, location, and uniqueness.
We hope this helps you enjoy the visit to our northern capital of Japan!