A neighborhood in Koto.

Known for its historic and modern charms fan out all over the neighborhood.

It was a little quiet during the day but when the sun is about to set,

pedestrians, vehicles, people on their bikes started to amplify the mood.

Let’s say you were in Shinjuku and you wanted a place that’s a little quiet.

Take the Toei-Subway Shinjuku Line towards Motoyawata – and get off in Morishita.

Take a 7 minute walk towards Kiyosumi-shirakawa – the neighborhood that I mentioned you above.

The fun thing I like the most about exploring a new area is you don’t know what are you going to find. Might be interesting – or a total bummer. We kept going because we’ve been this far and it would be a waste of time if you decided to give up halfway. (This is an unintended slice of life, I swear.)

Not going to lie, I was confused – because I’ve been told by my peers that this area is cool if you enjoy coffee. I probably came at the wrong time because most of the cafes I saw on my maps were closed. Even the Botanical Garden.

What should I do?

I decided to walk wherever my feet takes me and I stumbled upon this super cool café called

Dread Nought Books & Cafe.

The name of this shop might gives this restless battleship image but it’s totally the polar opposite. The ambience in this store is calm and cozy – the staff greeted me when I was just looking at their menu outside. We are allowed to take a look at the books but I found an interesting book – so we decided to get their drip coffee and sat down to read it.

This café is suitable for people who likes to spend time alone reading a book or working on your projects. Moreover, Wi-Fi and power outlets are provided in each table – the only two things that matter. However, we must note that one purchase of drink allows us to sit for 90 minutes. In order to keep the clock ticking, customers need to purchase the second drink, or third.

Dread Nought held weekly coffee seminar too at the store that welcomes all coffee enthusiasts including to those who just took an interest in brewing. Take a look at their social media to keep yourself updated with their seminars.

Dread Nought Books & Cafe

2 Chome-3-21 Hirano, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0023

Blue Bottle Coffee

I suppose everyone is already familiar with this coffee store brand. Yes, you may pass by when you were walking in Shinjuku, Shibuya, Sangenjaya, or Aoyama and their other branches. The list can go on.

The very first store of Blue Bottle Coffee that is loved by everyone was built here. This flagship store is spacious with cozy lounge-room like and table on the side with stools. They held coffee-brewing classes for those who are interested in coffee.

It’s a really nice neighborhood to stroll around and get your coffee here. You might be able to take insta-worthy shots here too!

Blue Bottle Coffee

1 Chome-4-8 Hirano, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0023

What’s the neighborhood like?

Kiyosumi-shirakawa, as I have shared with you above, is a nice and quite yet alive neighborhood. There are many restaurants all across the street, grocery and drug stores, and also a Shoutengai (aka a local market street).

Sumida river is flowing across this city and you can enjoy the view by passing through the bridge on the main street.

A short little getaway if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the hustle in the central areas.

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