Best Cafés in Sapporo – Speciality Coffee Guide to Sapporo

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What you’ll get from reading this article

  • Recommended specialty coffee cafes in the Sapporo area
  • So many cool spots, but where’s the go-to?
  • Each shop’s features, attractions, and access information are explained in detail.
  • Let’s chill and sip on some top-notch coffee in a hip and stylish joint!

I will introduce cafes by area, so please take a look for reference.
Every place is a great cafe!

Here is the list of cafes I will introduce this time!

The nearest station The roasting level
(changeable)
To GOTable seating
COFFEE&WINE STANDARD COFFEE LAB. Odori St
8mins
Light to Dark roast Yes
Brew it by NODE Odori St
5mins
Light to Dark roast Yes
ONIYANMA COFFEE&BEEROdori St
3mins
Light to Dark roast Yes
Rain MiyanosawaMiyanosawa St
4mins
Light to Dark roast Yes
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE D-LIFEPLACE SapporoSapporo St
3mins
Light to Dark roast Yes
Little Fort CoffeeHigashi-Sapporo
5mins
Light to Dark roast Yes

Odori/Tanukikoji/Susukino Area

It’s the well-known central area of Sapporo.

An area that is always bustling with locals and tourists alike.

COFFEE&WINE STANDARD COFFEE LAB.【From Light to Dark roast】

Located right in the bustling area of TanukiKoji 7-chome, it boasts excellent accessibility.

With a variety of beans used for hand drip, and the beans being regularly changed, you can enjoy different flavors every time you visit.

Recommended for those who want to savor coffee in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

The monochrome color scheme is beautiful.
The baked sweets are delicious, and I find myself ordering them without thinking.
There are high chairs and sofa seats available.
The sofa seats look like this. If you’re in a corner seat, it’s comfortable even for three people.
It’s nice to see your coffee being made with care.
Anaerobic Natural Americano. The aftertaste is clean, and as it cools, the taste becomes even more fruity.
Beautiful latte art is always delightful.
There are plenty of items that you’d want to buy for souvenirs or personal use.

As the name suggests, they also focus on wine.

It’s a great place not only for coffee but also to enjoy their carefully selected wines!

It’s great that they have light snacks that pair well with wine.

Since it’s open until 8:00 PM, it’s also a good place to say, “Let’s go after work.”
Having options for both coffee and alcohol is convenient.

  • You can buy beans that are roasted in-house in Sapporo city.
  • Quiet, Leisurely Coffee Enjoyment in a Cozy Ambiance.
  • It’s open until late at night, and you can also enjoy alcohol.

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 8 minutes on foot from Sapporo Municipal Subway Odori Station (Exit 1)
Official lHP:https://standardcoffeelab.com/
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/coffee_wine_standard_coffeelab/

Brew it by NODE【From Light to Dark roast】

A music studio located in the basement, and in the evenings, events such as live performances take place.
Therefore, the interior is equipped with a variety of musical instruments.

A cafe with excellent access, just 5 minutes on foot from Odori Station and 2 minutes from Susukino Station.

They offer a variety of coffee beans from numerous origins, allowing customers to choose between hand drip or espresso based.
Some cafes separate beans for hand drip and espresso, so it’s enjoyable to explore different flavors by choosing your favorite beans and brewing method.

It’s recommended to try and compare the taste before they sell out!

The wooden counter is beautiful.
You can also enjoy coffee at the counter.
They also have a wide selection of freshly roasted coffee beans.
Having trouble deciding, want to try them all…
There are power outlets along the back wall, and you can also work on your PC there.

After much contemplation, I chose a café latte. It had a flavor that accentuated the sweetness of the milk.

I enjoyed the café latte tremendously.

Particularly noteworthy was the smoothness of the milk foam and the delightful sweetness of the milk.
When ordering a latte, be sure to savor not only the coffee but also the milk.

This sign is the landmark.
It’s the door next to the cow-themed shop!

If it’s your first visit, you might get a bit confused finding the entrance.

Enter through the automatic door, and on the left side in the front, you’ll see a wooden door.
Once you go through there, you’ll find the shop in the back!

  • You can enjoy light roast coffee, whether it’s espresso or drip.
  • Can spend leisurely while enjoying coffee.
  • Easy to visit when you want to work alone.

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Odori Station (Exit 36)
Official HP:https://www.coffee-node.com/
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/node_brewit

ONIYANMA COFFEE&BEER【From Light to Dark roast】

This shop is located just a short walk from Odori Station.

Depending on the time of day, there can be a line outside, indicating its popularity.

With a diverse menu beyond just coffee, it’s a cafe where you can have an enjoyable time with various companions.

The wide variety of coffee beans and coffee-related goods is a notable point, and the ability to consult with experts while making purchases adds to the appeal.

I like this Red color.
The extensive assortment of items, including decaf options, makes it easy to choose for gifts.
As expected, can’t decide shortly.
As the name suggests, they also offer a selection of beers! Lots of IPAs, which is fantastic.
Both booth and table seating are available, making it welcoming for solo and group visits.
It’s a place where you’d want to spend a long time working with a delicious cup of coffee in hand.
Let’s adhere to the guidelines.
It was delicious. The mug is also nice.
The Japanese aesthetic is pleasing, and I couldn’t resist taking a photo.

Being close to the station, it’s an easily accessible cafe for both solo and group visits.
With a considerable number of seats, it’s a cafe that is welcoming, but due to its popularity, it might get crowded during certain times…

It was relatively quiet around 11 AM on a Sunday.

  • You can enjoy a variety of coffee beans from many regions.
  • Easily accessible due to its outstanding location.
  • There are single booths and 4-person tables, making it convenient for different group sizes.

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 3 minutes on foot from Odori Station (Exit 1)
Official HP:https://oniyanmacoffee.jp/(under preparation)
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/oniyanma_coffee

Miyanosawa Area

In a calm and quiet residential area.

Not only cafes but also delicious cake shops and Shiroi Koibito Park, there are various things to enjoy.

Rain Miyanosawa【From Light to Dark roast】

There is a roaster on the first floor (half-basement?), and the second floor is the cafe space.

I really like the atmosphere on the first floor, so I’ve only had coffee there or for takeout.

It’s a great experience to choose and enjoy coffee while talking with the person roasting on the first floor.

Although the second floor is famous for its food and you can also drink coffee, I recommend the first floor for those interested in coffee!

It has a workshop feel and is enjoyable.
I always ask about the features before ordering.
It seems like they are doing research.
Concrete and machinery.
Like a secret base.
You can also enjoy your cop of coffee at the counter.
The umbrella logo is a landmark.

In this shop, you can choose to drink your favorite beans with hand drip or espresso.

  • You can enjoy coffee in the atmosphere of the roasting place.
  • You can buy various varieties of self-roasted beans.
  • The staff is friendly and easy to consult about coffee.

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 4 minutes on foot from Miyanosawa Station (Exit 5)
Official HP:https://www.rain-hokkaido.com/
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/maruyama.caferain/

Sapporo Station Area

SARUTAHIKO COFFEE D-LIFEPLACE Sapporo【From Light to Dark roast】

The first store in Hokkaido for the nationally famous Sarutahiko Coffee.

Accessible through the underground walkway from Sapporo Station or Odori Station, making it a convenient spot regardless of the weather.

Surrounded by numerous commercial facilities, it’s easy to stop by for shopping or leisure.

As expected from a renowned establishment, the store was consistently busy with customers. However, the efficient staff handled the orders with precision.

Despite the bustling atmosphere, each cup was meticulously brewed, showcasing their expertise.

Easy-to-understand and order menu
Assuring options for those craving a bit of sweetness…
Stylish designs that stimulate the desire to own
Offers both table seating and stool-type seating
Simple yet attractive cups
The paper lid is disposable, reflecting thoughtful details.

On this day, I enjoyed a drip coffee from Colombia. True to its description of a ‘pleasant bitter taste,’ I experienced a fruity bitterness reminiscent of eating grapefruit, lingering on the palate.

It was a cup that made me rediscover the joy of savoring coffee.

  • You can purchase beans from the nationally famous SARUTAHIKO COFFEE
  • Directly connected to major stations through the underground walkway, making it easily accessible regardless of the weather
  • Trendy original designs that might tempt you into making a purchase.

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 1 minutes on foot from Miyanosawa Station (Exit 10)
Official HP:https://sarutahiko.jp/
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/sarutahikocoffee/

Higashi Sapporo Station Area

Little Fort Coffee【From Light to Dark roast】

A cafe located within walking distance from Higashi-Sapporo Station, nestled in a residential area.

With almost a decade of operation, the cafe has gathered many regular customers, showcasing the positive impact it has on the local community.

The interior of the cafe exudes a slow-paced atmosphere, providing a space for people to read or relax.

The variety of coffee beans available for selection adds to the enjoyment, allowing customers to choose based on the compatibility with the daily cake offerings.

A counter that seems capable of brewing delicious coffee
Enjoyable moments of contemplation in choosing from the options
Ideal for selecting gifts for coffee enthusiasts
Attractive both in terms of coffee and cakes
Beautiful latte art
A cafe latte with a smooth milk texture. A refined and polished experience.

  • The allure of the daily coffee and cake selections
  • A warm and inviting atmosphere unique to a community-oriented establishment
  • A tranquil interior, perfect for savoring coffee at a leisurely pace

・Location
Sapporo Municipal Subway:Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Higashi Sapporo Station (Exit 2)
Official HP:https://littlefortcoffee.tumblr.com/
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/littlefortcoffee

【Sapporo】Summary

Sapporo’s culture of light-roast coffee is currently on the rise!

While there still seems to be a strong presence of dark-roast cafes in the region, it’s exciting to see the growing popularity of light-roast coffee.

I’ll provide the list again for your reference

List of Cafes

The nearest station The roasting level
(changeable)
To GOTable seating
COFFEE&WINE STANDARD COFFEE LAB. Odori St
8mins
Light to Dark roastYes
Brew it by NODEOdori St
5mins
Light to Dark roastYes
ONIYANMA COFFEE&BEEROdori St
3mins
Light to Dark roastYes
Rain MiyanosawaMiyanosawa St
4mins
Light to Dark roastYes
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE D-LIFEPLACE SapporoSapporo St
3mins
Light to Dark roastYes
Little Fort CoffeeHigashi-Sapporo
5mins
Light to Dark roastYes

Engaging in conversations with the staff, especially being a former barista, has been a delightful experience. Everyone is incredibly friendly and exudes a passionate energy for coffee! Witnessing the frequent interactions with new customers, even striking up friendly conversations with strangers, paints a charming café atmosphere.

For this article, I sought permission from the establishments before taking photos, and I am truly grateful for their kind approvals.

However, it’s a sad reality that there are increasing instances of poor manners lately. While it’s understandable to feel uplifted in an environment with beautiful latte art and stylish interiors, it’s crucial to adhere to basic etiquette and rules. Drawing from my experiences as a barista, even a single person displaying bad manners can significantly dampen the overall mood for that day…

Basic etiquette

・Precision is involved in accurately measuring ingredients and timing during the preparation, so it’s advisable to refrain from excessive interruptions while the barista is at work.
・Some establishments may have limitations on the number of photos allowed, so always adhere to their rules.
・Whether it’s hot or iced, coffee experiences flavor changes when freshly made versus after some time. Be mindful not to get too caught up in taking photos and inadvertently compromise the essence of your coffee.

Enjoying a relaxing moment with delicious coffee is even better when shared with everyone! Let’s adhere to the rules and make it an enjoyable day for ourselves and others~ There are still plenty of specialty coffee shops worth recommending. Please consider them for your next visit!

The recommended cafes in other areas are here!

スペシャリティコーヒー情報/Specialty Coffee
日本、海外のスペシャリティコーヒー情報を紹介。 Introducing information on specialty coffee from Japan and overseas.

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