It occupies a space no bigger than the bedroom at my parents house way back home but Little Nap Coffee Stand, behind Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, Japan is cute, charming and chill. Oh yeh, it’s also got pretty good coffee. Which is interesting given that its location is where you’re more likely to find kids playing in the street than the overwhelming culture bomb at Harajuku, a mere 15 minutes away by foot through Yoyogi Park.
But that’s awesome because it’s a recurring theme when you’re on the coffee trail in Tokyo. Get off at some random station, walk 10 minutes through the backstreets, find an empty coffee shop that somehow, despite seemingly being near no one, has people coming through it.
Reputation is everything and without it shops wither and die. It’s glad to see that Little Nap had a queue of what seemed regulars by the time I left.
Venturing to Little Nap taught me one thing. Coffee in Tokyo is not all piss and wine filtered through the cushions of an abandoned couch from the 1970’s. There’s good coffee everywhere hidden in plain sight. It just requires a bit of clever research to uncover. It also helps to avoid Doutor Coffee.
© 2017 Carey Ciuro