Consider yourself in know if you’ve come to check out hip Kichijoji, just 15 minutes train ride out of Shinjuku, but already in Musashino City. You probably already know about lights, bustle and covered main shopping arcade with a down-to-earth mix of veggie stalls, boutiques, bars, and famous food joints. The unique indie shops radiate from that central area of Kichijoji Honmachi, but Ryumon Coffee Stand decided to go against the grain.
Just 5 minutes from the train station, it’s on a wide, well-kept commercial street that caters more to neighbourhood visitors. Righ across, you have a neighbourhood bar, and a few shops down, there’s a great local bakery.
Owner-operator Naoki Kiozumi used to work at a restaurants before he encountered an inspirational cup of coffee that got him on the path to sampling great coffee and studying its origins and brewing methods. He’s a quiet guy from Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture and avid cyclist and manga reader.
He serves a limited selection: just espresso, latte, black coffee, and iced coffees. His latte hit the spot perfectly, with the golden, nutty flavours mixing into the silky, consistent, milk – neither acidic nor bitter.
Note that he has take-away and eat in prices (latte, it’s 500 JPY vs 683 JPY).
It’s also a good place to work out of. The second floor is a great quiet working area (especially on weekdays) with comfortable sofas and the ground floor has three bar tables and outlets.
When you’re done, I highly recommend checking out the other independent shops on the street, or you can head back to the main shopping area for a meal.
- Coffee: Espresso, iced coffee
- Space: 3 bar tables on ground floor and the 2/F with sofas
- Friends: Hangouts & catching up
- Work: there are outlets
|Address:||2 Chome-14-9 Kichijoji Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo
Closed (Wed and 1st & 3rd Tues of every month)
|9:00 ～ 18:00|
If you liked this post, check out the list of Cafes West of Shinjuku.