Minnie Mouse French Toast with Berry Compote and Mickey Mouse Egg with Chicken Curry. Served at a table service restaurant. In and out in about 20 minutes, for under $20 total. Right now, we can think of no better way to start a day at Disney than this!
You can find these delicious dishes at Center Street Coffeehouse, which is a table service restaurant in World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This intimate eatery offers the opportunity to “dine in the glamour of Art Deco” and we often do exactly that.
In this review, we’ll cover our favorite meals at Center Street Coffeehouse. We’ll also discuss how to incorporate it into your itineraries for the Japan Disney Parks, and share food photos from what has become our go-to breakfast at Tokyo Disneyland…
We’ve now done breakfast at Center Street Coffeehouse three times in the last year, and it’s becoming something of a tradition for us. Our typical approach is arriving at the Tokyo Disneyland turnstiles about 10 minutes after park opening, breezing through, heading straight to Center Street Coffeehouse, and then collecting Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek FastPasses as soon as we leave.
In fairness, we’re coming at this from the perspective of people who have been fortunate enough to visit Japan numerous times, and no longer have the same sense of urgency at Tokyo Disney Resort. The same may not apply for first-time visitors with only a day or two in Tokyo Disneyland. That is, unless you want to take a more laid back approach.
Honestly, it’s not the worst idea in the world for first-timers. The alternative is arriving 30-45 minutes before rope drop, waiting in line to enter (where there’s no shade), and then racing to the Monsters Ride & Go Seek FastPass distribution and waiting another 10-15 minutes without shade before continuing to Fantasyland or wherever.
One thing that’s seldom discussed when talking about rope crowds at Tokyo Disneyland is that entering the park is incredibly efficient, and showing up shortly after rope drop really cuts through those lines at the turnstiles. With this approach, you lose maybe 1-2 Fantasyland dark rides in the morning, while also losing at least 30 minutes of waiting in line, and also gaining breakfast.
Anyway, it’s something to consider. We definitely don’t recommend it for your very first day at Tokyo Disneyland, as the palpable energy of the rope drop crowd, along with power walking in is an essential part of the Japan park experience.
We also don’t recommend it on national holidays or if you’re visiting on a weekend, but then again, we don’t recommend either of those things to begin with. For what it’s worth, our 1-Day Tokyo Disneyland Itinerary can be modified pretty easily to include this–just make it the first stop of the day, and consider cutting out Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, which is easier to do with FastPass and/or at the end of the night, anyway.
Moving along to the food, which we love–at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There are only two items on the breakfast menu, so it’s not too complicated. We usually order one of each dish and then split them.
The Minnie Mouse French Toast is fantastic, but it’s also very sweet and decadent. This entree also comes with yogurt and a drink (including coffee or Coke), whereas the more expensive curry does not.
The Chicken Curry, by contrast, is hearty and really filling.
I’d have no problem eating this by myself (and I have), but it’s a bit of a heavy dish, so it may not be how everyone wants to start their day. Plus, we really love (and recommend) Hungry Bear Restaurant, which also serves curry. Doing this entire dish for breakfast followed by more curry for lunch or dinner might be curry overload.
To be sure, this is not the absolute best Disney breakfast in the world. It’s the best on balance, which is to say it’s the best mix of quality, efficiency, and price. This is a high quality and filling table service meal with cute and delicious food that’s under $10 per person and only takes 20-30 minutes. It’s tough to beat all of that.
I don’t have a photo of Center Street Coffeehouse readily accessible, but it’s on the World Bazaar side street near Monsters Inc Ride & Go Seek (take a right turn in the photo above). This is why it’s pretty easy to grab a quick bite here, then go grab those FastPasses once you’re done.
We didn’t cover it above, but in terms of theme and ambiance, Center Street Coffeehouse is fine. If you’re concerned with richly-themed environments, you’ll want to keep looking. However, Center Street Coffeehouse hits the mark as a straightforward Art Deco cafe. Just add a thick layer of smoke lingering in the air, and it really might resemble a kissaten from the 1920s or 1930s!
In actuality, this is styled after an American or French cafe (or maybe a mix of the two). This is reinforced via the wall murals, which depict a variety of scenes, including some nods to the Aristocats. In fact, throughout Center Street Coffeehouse you can see nods to and portraits of characters from the Aristocats. That’s about the only overt Disney reference in the restaurant.
Overall, we like Center Street Coffeehouse. While it’s not a thematic gem, it’s a great way to start the day at Tokyo Disneyland. A quick, early meal here will help you power through the morning so you can (hopefully) enjoy a later lunch. While Center Street Coffeehouse is nothing around which you’ll want to plan your trip to Japan, the food is delicious and cute, and is reasonably priced for table service. If you have multiple days in Tokyo Disneyland and these breakfast items appeal to you, we recommend it.
If you’re thinking of visiting Japan for the first time and are overwhelmed with planning, definitely check out our Tokyo Disney Resort Planning Guide. It covers much more than the parks, from getting there to WiFi to currency and much, much more. For more photos and an idea of what we did day-by-day during our first visit, read our Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Report.
Have you dined at Center Street Coffeehouse? If so, for which meal? What did you think of the experience? Would you recommend allocating precious morning time to dining here, or do you think that suggestion is heresy? Do you agree or disagree with our advice here? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!