Updated: March 31, 2020
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5 Shinjuku Cafes Where You Can Read, Study or Work


Bring your laptop or your book! These 5 nice and quiet cafes in Shinjuku are the ideal places to spend a long time reading, studying or working.

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Paul Bassett

This is the perfect cafe to bring your laptop for some work. There is free wifi and you can also charge your devices while you're there.

Coffee is amazing as you would expect from Paul Bassett, the Australian founder and winner of the 2003 World Barista Championship.

If you're hungry, you can have some tasty and generally healthy hot sandwiches and paninis. They also have some Ricotta Cheese Pancake and Cakes Sets.

Note that this place closes relatively early (7 PM or 7:30 PM depending on the day).


Caffice has a relaxing modern Japanese interior with a part that literally looks like a library. They have free wifi and you will certainly see many people working on their laptops so you can do the same for relatively long periods of time without being bothered.

They have excellent coffees, fruit drinks and more. If you're hungry you can even have a pasta dish or some sandwich and fries sets.

This place is open until 11 PM so you can work or read until late!

Brooklyn Parlor

Brooklyn Parlor is a cafe that doubles as a music bar on certain nights so it has a really comfortable atmosphere. The place was also designed for readers in mind; they actually have large bookshelves from which you can take a book and read while you sip on a cup of their original coffee blend.

If you're hungry, you can try their burger sets from ¥1,200. Their cakes and other sweets are around ¥500.


STORY STORY is a bookstore/cafe with free wifi located on the 10th floor of the Odakyu Department Store.

They have all kinds of savoury dishes for less than ¥1,000. Desserts are about ¥600 and a standard coffee is ¥500.

Coffee Kizoku Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a large kissaten in Shinjuku Sanchome. The classic interior is very relaxing. As is the case for most kissatens, the foods and drinks are a bit expensive but on the other hand you can stay there for a long time without being bothered.

For those with a sweet tooth, their Japanese kissaten-style parfaits will definitely not disappoint.

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