Tokyo Cafes: Mellow Brown Coffee

A review of Mellow Brown Coffee in Jiyugaoka, which specialises in pancakes and advertises itself as a working-friendly cafe. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Photos are taken with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.

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Various single origin beans to choose from — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

I stumbled upon Mellow Brown in Jiyugaoka with a friend while on a coffee mapping hunt a few months back and finally got the time to pop by to work. I was greeted at the door with signs saying that they had Wi-Fi and outlets. Score!

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Mellow Brown is just at the edge of the Jiyugaoka commercial area — Photo by Athena Lam

There are the coffee-first cafes and there are the lifestyle-first cafes. Mellow Brown, with its attention to varied furniture with complimentary colour tones fell firmly into the latter. I was prepared to just pay a remote work parking fee for the coffee (which starts at ¥550 for an Americano).

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Various seating options for any type of work — Photo by Athena Lam

However, the flat white that arrived was a pleasant surprise. The foam was a perfectly smooth texture and temperature and neither too thick nor thin. The nuttiness of the espresso still came through. Of course, there are specialty coffee roasters with bolder and more interesting espresso drinks.

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A flat white at Mellow Brown Coffee is ¥600 — Photo by Athena Lam

Nonetheless, people interested in single-origin coffees can pick the beans and brewing method from their menu.

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Plugs and Wi-Fi are available at the cafe — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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The spaced out seating ensures that even a full house is never too loud — Photo by Athena Lam

For the seating and work comfort, Mellow Brown has definitely won me over as a great remote work location. The seating options include the standard 2-person wooden tables, cozy corners, sofas, and patio seating. Basically, there is something for everyone and plenty of space between the tables so it never gets too loud.

So it seems Mellow Brown is known for their pancakes, which I didn’t have the appetite to try this time around. However, the menu looks quite interesting! They even have pancakes with fillings. For people with food allergies, the menu marks whether items are made with egg, wheat, and milk (in kanji). I’ll just have to come back and do a second review!

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Brewing options include syphon, aeropress, pour over, and espresso — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Single origin (with your choice of brewing method) and espresso-based drinks
  • Food: Pancakes! Various other lunch options available
  • Cafe Space: Seats at least 50, with single-person tables and sofas for groups
  • Friends: Hangouts, catching up, reading
  • Workspace: Plugs in the floor
  • Remote Work: Advertises Wi-Fi available, though I didn’t use it
Address:   〒158-0083 東京都世田谷区奥沢2-12-10
2-12-10 Okusawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-0083
Website:  Website
Hours (Daily)


Mon – Sun: 8:00-21:00 月〜日

If you liked this post, check out my list of Off-Centre Tokyo Cafes.

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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