Cafe / Coffee / Japan

Tokyo Coffee Trail: #14 Little Nap COFFEE STAND

Little Nap COFFEE STAND sits in a corner populated by Tokyo’s creative community near Yoyogi Park, sequestered from the urban frenzy. A caffeine joint that congregates people in the neighbourhood, the café emanates an unfettered laid-back charm. It is a tranquil place where you can commune with others or enjoy time out alone; a place where people of different backgrounds have serendipitous encounters, spurring new collaborative visions. Little Nap COFFEE STAND also has another outlet at Vacant in Harajuku.

The sleek facade belies a laid-back atmosphere.

The sleek facade belies a laid-back atmosphere.

2 Little Nap Signage

I’m really fond of the typography based brand identity. The sign is hand-painted by Shunsuke Kurosawa.

Owner Daisuke Hamada harked back to his coffee roots and opened Little Nap COFFEE STAND in Feb 2011. Although Hamada can deftly hand brew coffee, he is also familiar with the intricacies of espresso machines. With pertinent technical aptitude as part of his repertory, Hamada can tune-up his shiny Synesso machine himself. Being an avid music lover, Hamada also organises music events such as Little Nap MUSIC STAND

The menu hanging outside.

The lovely, worn out menu hanging outside.

The blend of the day – made with beans from Brazil and Ethiopia was silky with nutty notes, bolstered by a lilting citric acidity. Sonia’s latte was velvety with a mellow acidity and milk that coaxed sweetness out of the beans. Ice-cream and beverages for children were also available on the menu.

The cosy onterior.

The cosy interior.

Latte and hand dripped blend-of-the-day.

Latte and hand dripped blend-of-the-day.

Far beyond a stimulating beverage, coffee is a social lubricant. Coffee time can be a social experience or personal indulgence; a coffee shop has become the center of urban sociability and Little Nap COFFEE STAND is just that. Strike up a chat with genial Hamada as an effusive welcome or simply to know the latest happenings around town.

Strike a chat with a fellow coffee lover.

Strike up a chat with a fellow coffee lover.

It may be a coffee stand but there is no short of interaction space.

It may be a coffee stand but there is no shortage of interaction space.

I darted a surreptitious glance at Sonia, silently sighing with contentment: happiness is a cup of coffee with her. We put aside the empty cups and continued sauntering with our hands clasped.

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Address: 5-65-4 YOYOGI SHIBUYA-KU TOKYO 151-0053

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