A review of an independent cafe, Bridge Coffee & Icecream in Kappabashi, close to Asakusa, 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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Happily finished espressos — Photo by Athena Lam

Cafe Overview:

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Bridge coffee is close to Asakusa and Kappabashi Kitchen Town — Photo by Athena Lam

Once the underbelly of Tokyo, Taito Ward is now home to two of the city’s most famous attractions: Ueno Park and Asakusa’s Sensoji. The area that had once been known for teahouses, a euphemism for the Edo brothel area known as Yoshiwara, has recently seen a mushrooming of independent cafes.

I stumbled upon Bridge Coffee one day while roaming through the nondescript grid speckled with corner stores and weary mom and pop shops. The wooden sign that said coffee made me do a double take into what looked like a designer studio.

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The place has a cafe, event area, and office — Photo by Athena Lam

Inside the unassuming facade is a cavernous upscale modern industrial space. It’s the type of space one expects to be filled in central, commercial districts. Except, it isn’t. Instead, one or two people trickle in and lounge around, making this an ideal workspace. Plugs are available on the walls, but there is no Wi-Fi.

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High ceilings set it apart from most other cafes in Tokyo — Photo by Athena Lam

Bridge Coffee doesn’t roast in-house. Instead, they serve espressos made with beans from Little Nap Coffee Stand in Shibuya. I couldn’t manage a hot coffee in the heat and opted for an iced one (without syrup). It was delicious. Cold brew fans may blast me for saying this, but the ratio of water and ice they added to the espresso shot made the drink just as flavourful as the 8-hour method. The savoury flavours were not watered down and the slight variation in temperature also gave the drink a slightly tea-like aroma.

I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and try the hot espressos.

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Iced coffee after walking through a sultry summer day — Photo by Athena Lam

Their Story / What I like About Them:

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Remote work options include long table, individual seats, and bench tables — Photo by Athena Lam

Bridge Coffee is a mixed space, with architecture firm at the back, an event area upstairs, and a cafe section that faces the street. The three spaces are distinct, but contribute to the spacious whole. For one thing, if remote working, having other people at the back doing the same adds to my productivity! Faro Coffee in Bunkyo Ward also has a similar concept.

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View from the upper meeting room area — Photo by Athena Lam

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso
  • Food: Pastries, meals
  • Cafe Space: Seats about 20 people, with an upstairs area available for rent
  • Friends: Hangouts, catching up
  • Workspace: Long table, individual tables, counter with benches
  • Remote Work: Plugs available
Address:  〒111-0036 東京都台東区松が谷3-1-12
3-1-12 Matsugaya, Taito, Tokyo
Website:  Website / Facebook
Hours:
Closed Tues, Wed
営業日 [火・水 定休日]
Mon, Thurs-Sun: 10:00-10:00 木〜月

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

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