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dougiedd Oct 20, 2009 05:41 AM

Good place to spend some time, people watch and hopefully enjoy some decent coffee between Shinjuku and Shinagawa preferably not a chain?
Wifi would be ideal but rare i know

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  1. Yukari RE: dougiedd Oct 20, 2009 11:09 AM

    I have enjoyed Paul Bassett in Shinjuku. A chain, but great coffee.

    http://www.paulbassett.jp/

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      Ninisix RE: Yukari Oct 22, 2009 02:26 AM

      Here below a link to a web page of "coffee" mania :
      http://www9.plala.or.jp/coffee/jika/t...
      Please do a research only on the light red ones, and you will have a choice of 4-5 places between Shinjuku-Shinagawa.
      Coffee Lapin in Okachimachi is a nice one.

    2. Robb S RE: dougiedd Oct 23, 2009 10:10 AM

      Did you want someplace along the Yamanote line? "Between Shinjuku and Shinagawa" covers much of central Tokyo.

      Wired Cafe (Harajuku, Gotanda and other locations) has Wifi and a lively atmosphere. Seat Mania is great if you like designer chairs. Armwood Cottage occupies a rustic, log cabin-style space right in Shinjuku. Atic (Harajuku) has a nice open-air garden. BiOcafe (Shibuya) has good organic coffee and is non-smoking. Farmer's Cafe (Harajuku) has lots of patio seating and is dog-friendly.

      Those and many more are listed here: http://www.bento.com/tccafe.html

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        prasantrin RE: Robb S Oct 23, 2009 03:31 PM

        Most of those don't open until 11, but the op is looking specifically for cafes open in the morning.

        Question to the op--how early in the morning? Most places don't open till 9-ish. If you want something earlier, you're pretty much stuck with Starbucks. The one in the Main Marui Building, however, is quite nice and very quiet at 7am. The coffee sucks, but the atmosphere seems a little nicer than at other locations. I hate Starbucks, but I'd go back to that one if I ever had the need for a place to sit around and do nothing early in the morning.

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          Robb S RE: prasantrin Oct 24, 2009 12:00 AM

          Hey, 11am is in the morning!

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            prasantrin RE: Robb S Oct 25, 2009 05:42 AM

            True, but for some of us 11am is right around afternoon nap time! :-D

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              Ninisix RE: prasantrin Oct 25, 2009 06:44 AM

              Asides from the fact that I would support any person who can make an echo of Mussolini's ephithet and "make the plane run in time", I am agree, the Starbuck hasn't be an overly experience. However, speeking about the chain coffee, the Tullys'corner front Isetan or the Doutor classic are more a quick classic catch than the waiting of Starbuck.

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                Robb S RE: Ninisix Oct 25, 2009 08:54 AM

                I personally find Starbucks much more pleasant - Tully's doesn't serve nonfat milk, and my local branch has uncomfortably hard chairs in the non-smoking section (but soft armchairs in the smoking section). The "iced latte" at Doutor comes from a paper carton and is undrinkable, and the air is unbreathable.

                But the OP asked about cafes, not coffee shops.

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                  prasantrin RE: Ninisix Oct 25, 2009 02:34 PM

                  In terms of the coffee, I usually prefer Tully's to Starbucks, but in terms of early morning atmosphere, Starbuck's is more comfortable, and is completely smoke-free. Doutor is, for me, a last ditch resort. The coffee stinks as does the store (the cigarette smoke always filters over to the non-smoking section--same with Tully's).

                  As for the rest of what you said, I have no idea what you're talking about.

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                    Ninisix RE: prasantrin Oct 25, 2009 07:07 PM

                    In a word,oops. Frankly, not a fan of Mussolini's word, but a big heavy coffee drinker... and in regard of the regulatory system on just-in-time, the Starbucks 'waiting at the cashier' and 'the waiting at the coffee corner' is a dog contradictory one on time take out.
                    Doutor coffee is an old fashion one, coffee is not great but very cheap in compare for just a take out...

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                      Ninisix RE: Ninisix Oct 27, 2009 12:35 AM

                      To add : The StarYuk cafe`s don`t feel confortable. The coffee is more a water thing, internationalized taste and are far from the French and Italian coffee ''tasse'' ones.
                      Hope to have complete the review on it.

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