Take-and-go or stay for a while. Coffee stands are extremely popular in busy Tokyo where the pace of life is so fast. However, Shonan is quite newly adopting this idea of coffee shops as beach side folks are much more laid-back. Coffee stands in Shonan differ from urban city ones; they are much more slower and personal. Scroll down for the list of the greatest 5 coffee stands around the coast.
１． ２７ Ｃｏｆｆｅｅ Ｒｏａｓｔｅｒｓ （２７コーヒーロースターズ）
Coffee stand + Roasting works + Espresso lab. It is not cramped like usual coffee shops. 27 Coffee Roasters is spacious enough to wander around freely, check magazines, coffee goods and try coffee itself. There are 14 kinds of coffee beans displayed in 3 stages: raw green beans, already roasted and brewed coffee. Feel free to try them! For latte/cappuccino they use fruity Columbia Omar Collazos that is said to be the best coffee match with milk. 27 Coffee Roasters espresso+milk is really extraordinary; sweet, creamy, but at the same time very light and ‘noncommittal’. As for seating, there are 7 seats outside but summertime I would recommend standing inside as it gets too hot.
+ Modern, spacious, fresh roasts, free coffee samples.
– 15 min walking from Tsujido station.
Address: 5 Chome-2-24 Tsujido Motomachi, Kanagawa
Closest station: Tsujido
Opening hours: 10：00－18：00
Latte price/cappucino: ¥270
２． Ｉｋｉ Ｅｓｐｒｅｓｓｏ （イキエスプレッソ）
Following the Aussie coffee culture, Iki espresso serves generous cups of excellent coffee in the centre of Chigasaki. This coffee stand is a successor of Allpress that is originally based in New Zealand, where coffee culture is said to be one of the best in the world. Allpress roasters opened their mega successful stores in cities such as London and Melbourne. Iki espresso embodies the idea of coffee stand with a look of abandoned coffee warehouse. Minimalistic concrete interior, a great collection of Kinfolk magazines and Off Season newspapers make you feel like out of Japan. No need to say about coffee as Allpress roaster is already acknowledged and loved by millions of people around the world. With the help of Marcozzo, Allpress roasted beans and creamy milk, Iki Espresso latte will never be enough. Grab a stool chair inside and explore a wide choice of press together with delicious coffee.
+ Close to the station, magazines collection, famous roaster.
– Sometimes a bit loud outside.
Address: 2-1-57 Higashikaigan Chigasaki, Kanagawa
Closest station: Chigasaki (5 min walking) by JR Tokaido line
Opening hours: 06：30－19：00 (Closed on Wednesdays)
Latte price: ¥400
３． Ｔｈｅ Ｇｏｏｄ Ｇｏｏｄｉｅｓ
Very popular among locals and Japanese tourists. It is open from 7am serving coffee for all Kamakura’s early risers. The Good Goodies uses drip method for they coffees to get a light flavor that is so suitable for Japanese palate. Different from any others, ice coffee is made in strict Japanese way; coffee drips directly on ice cubes that chills coffee instantly with the most coffee flavor purity (see here how it is done). The shop is very busy and small. There is some kind of bench inside for you to sit (or just to rest your legs). Otherwise, coffee-to-go is the best option.
+ Easy reachable, popular, opens early, original ice coffee.
– Busy, Narrow.
Address: 10-1 Onarimachi, Kamakura, Kanagawa
Closest Station: Kamakura (1 min walking)
Opening hours: 07：00－19：00
Website: Facebook only
Caffe au lait price: ¥500
４． Ｉ Ｄｏｎ＇ｔ Ｋｎｏｗ Ｃｏｆｆｅｅ Ｒｏａｓｔｅｒ
Super tiny one more coffee stand + roasting works. Sometimes owner holds coffee workshops for those who are keen to learn. As for coffee, espresso is very rich, suitable for dark roast lovers. Latte is excellent as well. Freshly roasted beans taste unfolds better in latte as it does not feel too milky. Absolute coffee geek runs I don’t know coffee all by himself (with a bit of help from his English Sheep dog). There are two benches outside to relax (sometimes they bring out a table as well). Find out more about this coffee stand in a previous full review here.
+ Fresh roasts, close to the beach, personal customer service.
– Away from the station.
Address: 5 Chome−1−5, Higashikaiganminami, Chigasaki, Kanagawa
Closest Station: Chigasaki (15 min walking) by Tokaido line.
Opening hours: 11：00－19：00 (closed on Tuesdays).
Latte price: ¥450
５． Ｓａｖａｓ Ｃｏｆｆｅｅ
This beach and surfing inspired coffee stand mainly attracts local surfers. Savas is also a well-known surfing shop that offers loads of boards and other accessories. After being published in ‘Beach&Cafe’ magazine, this coffe shop gets more and more attention. On summer Savas Coffee seduces passengers with fresh dripped coffee smell as they are running a coffee stand outside.
+ Beach style, coffee stand outside, very laid-back.
– Might be difficult to find.
Address: 2-18-20 Honkugenuma, Fujisawa, Kanagawa
Closest station: Honkugenuma by Odakyu line.
Opening hours: 10：00－20：00
Website: Facebook only.
Latte price: ¥350