A review of an independent coffee cafe, The Workers Coffee / Bar at Ikejiriohashi in Setagaya, Tokyo. Notes are by an amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability. Most photos are shot with a second-hand Fujifilm X100.

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An 8oz cappuccino — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

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Outside seating faces a canal — Photo by Athena Lam

The Workers Coffee / Bar is a dignified neighbourhood hub. Familiars pass by and pick up a take away coffee before continuing their afternoon stroll. Regulars sit quietly by the windows working away while other types choose the more spacious restaurant to catch up with friends over lunch.

My cup of coffee left a deep first impression because of its size. I never imagined getting an American-sized latte!

the workers coffee bar setagaya tokyo

The coffee counter serving take out and dine-in — Photo by Athena Lam

The cafe sits on a corner with one side facing west and a canal and on a clear day, one can take a seat outside along the outside wall. Inside, the slightly industrial cafe section is a bustling chatter hub that is separate from the more spacious restaurant section. As the layout is open, the two areas make Workers Coffee / Bar seem like a spacious place with two distinct ambiances.

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The cafe section of Workers Coffee / Bar — Photo by Athena Lam

The cafe is remote work friendly with its Wi-Fi password clipped beside the cashier. A handful of plugs are available in the cafe area, but you’ll need to come early to claim a seat on a busy weekend.

On a weekend afternoon, there was no seating in the cafe, so I went to the restaurant area with two other friends. For the comfort and arm-room, the extra ¥300 one has to pay (if only ordering drinks and no lunch) is worth it for a few hours of work. Note that the restaurant seating area asks all patrons to clear out by about 5:30pm in preparation for dinner.

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A generous latte size for Tokyo — Photo by Athena Lam

The coffee is too milky for me because the latte was either an 8 or 12 oz cup. I don’t think they had a more concentrated drink option — not even a cappuccino. If they’re willing to accommodate a special request, I what I tasted of the espresso seemed quite decent.

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The cafe faces a small canal off a main road — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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The restaurant part of Workers  Coffee / Bar — Photo by Athena Lam

The Workers Coffee / Bar is part of the Transit Restaurant Group that includes All Day Coffee, Bills, Crossing Cafe, Downstairs Coffee, and Monocle Coffee. Many of these establishments are in areas like Azabu-juban and Roppongi and come with a clean polish that incorporates the characters of the block they’re on. The Workers Coffee / Bar shares the attention to detail in things like the fresh flours on tables and lighting.

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Note that a ¥300 surcharge applies for people who only want coffee — Photo by Athena Lam

Personally, I just enjoyed the distance between the tables that afforded a luxurious sense of privacy. My friend was able to lay out several books on her own third of our circular table and we were never rushed even though we only ordered a drink.

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An illustrator friend’s visual notes to find the cafe — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso-based drinks
  • Food: Pastries, sandwiches, tapas, restaurant food
  • Cafe Space: Approx 15 people in cafe space + restaurant seating area (surcharge applies)
  • Friends: Hangouts, catching up, reading
  • Cafe workspace: Long table, counter tables, outside bench
  • Remote Work: Plugs available. Restaurant has Wi-Fi (password is on their business card)
Address:  〒153-0042 東京都目黒区青葉台3-18-3 The Works 1F
3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo
Website:  Website
Hours:

営業日 [無休]

Daily: 8:00-22:30 月〜日

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

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