chatei hatou kissaten coffee

If you want to trace the roots of coffee in Japan, then Chatei Hatou must be on your list of places to go. The 25-year old kissaten is a 3-min walk from Shibuya station. And nestled between an okonomiyaki grill and a bare on a sloping street, the dimly lit coffee shop is practically a grandfather in Shibuya years. James Freeman, founder of Blue Bottle Coffee, discovered the joint in 2007 and it’s partly responsible for what Blue Bottle is today. “A single cup costs between $8 and $15, but that seems worth it to experience what Freeman likens to ‘drinking a mink coat’.”

[Chatei Hatou]
– 1-15-9 Shibuya-ku, Shibuya (Google Map)
– Tel: 03-3400-9088
– Hours: 11:00 ~ 23:30