Located a short walk from Gakugei-Daigaku Station, underneath the tracks of the Tokyu Toyoko Line, is Streamer Coffee Company, originally opened in 2010 in Shibuya. With three branches in the Tokyo area, Streamer Coffee is owned by barista Hiroshi Sawada, who won the 2008 Free Pour Latte Art Championships in Seattle. He was the first Asian to do so, and with the highest score in history.

The Streamers entrance

The Streamers entrance
(Photo by Momoko Mochizuki)

The interior of the Gohongi branch is spacious, with a simple, minimalist design. Seating options include spots at a large sharing table, couches, armchairs, and counter-style tables including an L-shaped surface surrounding the kitchen, from which you can watch the baristas work. From this vantage point, you might even find yourself admiring the sleek instruments used to create that perfect cup of coffee.

Although prices are a bit on the steep side at ¥410 for an Americano and ¥680 for a latte, the quality of the coffee all but makes up for it—and the cool latte art is a nice perk. If you’re looking for something to munch on, donuts, brownies, cookies, and cakes are available, including a fun donut with a military-esque camouflage glaze.

The spacious interior

The spacious interior
(Photo by Momoko Mochizuki)

The café offers free Wi-Fi, and that, along with the chill atmosphere, makes for a great space in which to chat, work, read, or simply zone out.

Make sure to stop by the “Kilo Shop” on the second floor on your way out, where you can browse through vintage clothes and accessories uniquely priced by weight.

Definitely worth a visit, Streamer Coffee Company will no doubt get your java groove on, and you can walk out having had great coffee, and even a new, funky outfit.

Open 7am-8pm on weekdays, 11am-8pm on weekends. 2-36, Chūō-cho, Meguro-ku. Nearest station: Gakugei-Daigaku. Tel: 03-6452-3145. Branches in Shibuya and Harajuku.