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Going out for breakfast always feels like a special treat. It’s the kind of ritual usually reserved for vacations or ambitious weekends — a gleeful extravagance of time. When I lived in San Francisco during my 20s and free time was abundant, my friends and I convened regularly at breakfast joints with names like “Mama’s” for eggs Florentine or huevos rancheros — and multiple rounds of bloody marys — on our days off.

After moving to Tokyo, I fell out of the habit. Life became too hectic, and scheduling breakfast with friends seemed like a frivolous endeavor. But, like a lot of people, I’m finding myself with time to spare these days, and I’ve discovered three new cafe-bar hybrids in Tokyo that have reignited my excitement for the most important meal of the day, with an enticing combination of tasty breakfast specials, excellent coffee and intoxicating options beyond the mannerly mimosa.

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