Smack in the middle of the a lantern-lined shopping street (shotendori) leading to Fukugawa Fudo-do, you’ll do a double-take of the small veranda in front of the white-washed modern building. Flanked by shops with traditional slotted windows and simple Japanese signs, you’ll wonder if you imagined it.
When you look through the large window and inevitably see someone enjoying the prime seat with an unobstructed view of the street, you wonder if it might just be one of those neighbourhood restaurants. When you push the door open to be greeted by a red La Marzocco espresso machine, you’ll finally let out a contented sigh: it’s a real cafe. Serving local independent roaster, Allpress, coffee, you can trust the baristas will handle your drink with care.
The menu on the wall is written in English, so the staff will understand your orders. The drinks typically range from 400-500 JPY, so you may as well sit down and enjoy the ambience while sipping your coffee. On a sunny Spring afternoon, take one of the seats outside and watch the eclectic mix of young mothers, elderly ladies, families, artists, and visitors snapping away on their cell phones. It’s best to come on a weekday to avoid the line-ups.
I ordered a cappuccino, which is more mild than the one at Allpress. The milk is done expertly, smooth and not hot. The cinnamon hits your nose even as you’re leaning in, but doesn’t take away from the smokey flavour of the beans themselves.
If you’re a little homesick, have a panini here for lunch. Or perhaps you’ll want toast or croissant if you are arriving in the morning.
No matter how much or little you order, the staff are equally friendly and you can sit to your heart’s content. Even though it doesn’t have Wi-Fi or too many tables, the seats are spaced out so you can comfortably settle in to the cushioned bench. I thoroughly enjoyed the clear view of the blue sky and the natural light flooding in as I worked from lunch until sunset.
- Coffee: Espresso
- Breakfast, light lunch, dessert
- Work: tables in the cafe
- Friends: Hangouts & catching up
- Chilling and reading
- People watching (especially since it’s on the shotendori in front of Fukugawa Fudo Temple)
|Address:||Tomioka 1-chome 14-5, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Sat, Sun, : 9:00-18:00
||【月・火・水・木・金 】 8:00～19:00
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