I stumbled across Cafe&Bar Base Camp while exploring the side streets (something I highly recommend doing while in Tokyo) around Suidobashi after a meeting.
It’s a fairly new business and I love it’s fresh design that manages to be modern while still feeling like a warm and comfortable place to relax.
The entire place is 100% smoke free (as are all locations featured on 25 Cafes) and is very clean and welcoming. As I was by myself when I came, the staff suggested that I sit at the counter which actually turned out to be the best place to sit due to it’s relaxing view of the river that flows through Suidobashi.
Looking at the menu revealed that they offered free Wi-Fi though make sure to grab the password from the menu before you order as once you do they take the menu from you and the password isn’t shown anywhere else.
I ordered the curry lunch set which set me back around 800 yen. It included a good sized rice and beef curry and an iced tea. The curry was of good quality and very fresh though it had clumps of gelatinous goop that I had to set aside. Unsure if it was an actual ingredient, improperly dissolved ingredients or even fat from the beef. If you don’t mind fishing out the several or so bits of this then I do recommend the curry though I think next time I might try the pasta.
Later in the evening the place turns into a bar and offers a rather large selection of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines to choose from.
I didn’t stay for the bar-phase though I can imagine it would be a great place to go after dark due to it’s view, no smoking and proximity to the train station for when you want to move onto somewhere more lively elsewhere in Tokyo.
Overall I really enjoyed Bar&Cafe Base Camp. It’s not necessarily worth travelling halfway across Tokyo to check out though if you’re in the area I recommend it.
Train Line: JR Chuo & Sobu Lines
Features: 100% smoke free, free wi-fi internet
Menu Language: Japanese with some English
Hours: Sunday – Friday; 11:30am – 1am, Saturday; 3pm – 12am
Address: 〒101-0061 東京都千代田区 (梨本ビル 1F) 三崎町2-22-8
2-22-8 Suidobashi, 1st Floor Nashimoto Building, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo 101-0061
Phone Number: 03-5213-4884
Map: Click here for Google Maps location.
How to Get to Cafe&Bar Base Camp in Suidobashi
After arriving at Suidobashi, head out of the East Exit and turn right immediately after exiting the station. Walk down this street with the station immediately on your right hand side. Within half a minute turn right again so that you’re now walking under the station. Cafe&Bar Base Camp should be immediately in front of you as you’re walking under the train tracks.