by Kirsty Munro
Welcome to part three of our series on coworking spaces, fellow caffeine addicts! Coffee + free Wi-Fi = a happy writer, right? While you can get your needs met at Starbucks and other big coffee chains (Doutor finally has real, free Wi-Fi), you’ll be fighting for a seat and paying a premium for your caffeine. Here are some cooler, quieter cafes near the FunkyCorp HQ, where we feel welcome to work and the coffee is great. People go to cafes in Tokyo to chill and relax, so leave the Skype chats and phone calls for another time.
Enjoy the fast, free Wi-Fi, create something with the 3D printer or laser cutter and connect with other creatives. The bright and airy space at the top of Dogenzaka in Shibuya welcomes those who want to spend a few hours — just order a drink or a snack and grab a banquette seat if you need to plug in. The coffee is excellent, and the seasonal smoothies and sandwiches will keep you fueled up.
Hours: 10am – 10pm
With delicious coffee, long work tables with power outlets and reliable free Wi-Fi, the original Streamer Coffee in Shibuya is a popular spot for digital nomads. Food is limited to cakes and pastries. There are several locations around Tokyo, and across Japan, from Kobe to Sapporo. If the Shibuya location is too crowded, head down to the Nakameguro store or to the 60-seat Streamer Espresso in Tokyo Garden Terrace, Kioicho, near Akasaka Mitsuke station; it’s hidden inside the Famima!! convenience store.
Hours: 8am – 6pm weekdays and 10am – 6pm weekends
Not strictly a coworking space, but this cool cafe in Harajuku has excellent coffee all day and cocktails in the evening. Head Barista Yoshi is always ready with a smile and a strong brew when you need it. Don’t miss the amazing toasted sandwiches that will inspire your best work. The basement lounge has a quiet workspace with very comfy leather sofas, plenty of power outlets on the walls and free Wi-Fi. Follow all their news and connect with fellow creatives @deusresidence and @deusrecords.
Hours: 9am – 11pm
While we’ve covered some of the cafes we frequent in Tokyo, we’re always searching for great coffee (or tea, if you must), so we’d love to hear your recommendations for laptop-friendly cafes in Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and further afield. Please tell us your favorites in the comments below.