There was a time when Tokyo cafes were all windowless and smoky experiences but with its modern timber and steel interior design and open space, the Harajuku Barista Pro Shop branch of Streamer Coffee Company very much represents the new look of the city’s café scene.
Located down a side street just a minute’s walk from the popular Takeshita Street shopping area in Harajuku, the street level Streamers Coffee Company storefront, minimally staffed by a single barista, offers fast convenient access to some of the best espresso based beverages you’ll find in Tokyo that you can quickly grab on your way elsewhere in Harajuku or take upstairs to chill in the fresh seating area.
There are several things I really enjoy about the upstairs space. In addition to its cool design, the café provides window seats for the passive customer, work spaces (with power sockets!) for those that need to get work done as well as super comfortable lounge chairs for groups of friends looking for a place to sit down and chat over coffee or have a business meeting with a client.
Despite its rather central location, Streamer Coffee Company is often fairly quiet, which is a nice change from the line-ups which often manifest at other Harajuku cafes and restaurants. It’s also very affordable with the average sized cuppa going for around five hundred yen. Be warned though that with the exception of a few cookies, there is no food on the menu, so those looking for a substantial sized bite to eat will have to look elsewhere.
If you’re just after a coffee though, the Harajuku branch of Streamers Coffee Company is highly recommended.
Station: Harajuku and Meiji-jingumae
Train Line: (Harajuku) Yamanote, (Meiji-jingumae) Chiyoda and Fukutoshin
Features: 100% no smoking, free wi-fi internet
Menu Language: English & Japanese
Hours: Mon-Fr; 9am – 6pm, Sat-Sun-Holidays; Noon – 6pm
Address: 〒151-0001 東京都渋谷区, 神宮前3-28-19, 宮川ビル 1F
1F Miyagawa Building, 3-28-19 Jingumae, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo 151-0001
Map: View on GoogleMaps
Directions: From Harajuku Station, take Takeshita Exit, cross the road to walk down Takeshita Dori which is quite a popular tourist destination for shopping and people watching. While walking down Takeshita Dori, take the second left and walk up the stairs to your right. Turn right and follow this path downhill. You should walk past a rather large temple on your left followed by a pond. Once you exit this area via a large Japanese archway you should be at a busy road. Turn left and walk along this road until you get to an intersection. Cross the road and walk down the street to the right. After you pass the second small street on your right you should see Streamer Coffee Company on your right opposite a Freshness Burger.
If coming from Meiji-jingumae, use Exit 5, face downhill and walk to the nearby intersection. Turn left and walk down this road for about five minutes. Once you get to the large Japanese archway on your left, follow the same directions as above. The complete walk from either station should take no more than ten minutes.