Tokyo Cafes: Sidewalk Stand

A review of a cafe along a canal in Nakameguro, Tokyo by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability.

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The cafe is along the Nakameguro cherry blossom tree-lined canal — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

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Seating is upstairs — Photo by Athena Lam

Sidewalk Stand sits at a corner about 10 minutes walk from Nakameguro Station. My eyes lit up when I saw the Allpress beans, which are roasted in Koto Ward. But we’d come for the sandwiches, which are made with artisanal bread and homemade sauces (inside the sandwich).

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Sandwich selection at Sidewalk Stand — Photo by Athena Lam

After ordering downstairs, which has a one-person bar table, we  took a seat upstairs by the window for the fresh autumn breeze. The wooden benches may not be the most comfortable for seating long-term, but the communal table has tall benches. I don’t think the cafe has Wi-Fi, but I did notice one or two outlets on the wall upstairs.

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Espresso drinks are made with Allpress beans — Photo by Athena Lam

The latte I ordered was decent. The flavour is nutty and slightly acidic, but as a latte, neither were particularly strong. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a more concentrated drink (like a macchiato) on the menu.

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Reuben Sandwich with sauerkraut — Photo by Athena Lam

The warmed up sandwiches, with a perfectly crisped top, were the highlights. My Reuben Sandwich came with smoked meat, saurkraut, and a thin layer of cheese and (I think) a non-spicy mustard-based sauce. The flavours paired perfectly together.

My friend ordered the Cava, which had marinated mackerel, gouda cheese, chili salsa, fresh greens and fresh coriander. I loved how these two sandwiches both came packed with flavour, but had different flavour approaches: one was hearty and smokey while the other was a lighter, more whimsical assembly.

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A table and the windows on the second floor — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso (Allpress beans)
  • Food: Pastries and sandwiches
  • Cafe Space: Upper floor with a communal bar table and benches against the windows
  • Friends: Hangouts & catching up
  • Workspace: 1 communal bar table
  • Remote Work: Bring your own pocket WiFi, 2-3 plugs on the wall.
Address:   〒153-0042 東京都目黒区青葉台1丁目23-14 斎藤ビル
1-23-14 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo, 153-0042
Website:  Facebook
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Athena Lam

A content marketing strategist and consultant. Passionate about storytelling for great teams and products. Co-founder of Business 3.0 (, Personal blog at

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