Kaido Books & Coffee Update

A single-origin Yirgacheffe from And Coffee Roasters, served in a classic black cup by Kaido Books & CoffeeOn my first visit to Tokyo back in 2017, the final part of my stay was spent in a lovely, quiet residential area just south of Shinagawa Station, where I made the chance discovery of Kaido Books & Coffee, which was a couple of minutes’ walk down the street from my hotel of my trip. Much as Nem Coffee & Espresso became my “local” for the first part of my stay (and filled the same role during the second half of my return to Tokyo in 2018), so Kaido became my “local” for the final week of my stay.

Kaido Books & Coffee does what it says on the tin: a book shop combined with a coffee shop, spread over two delightful floors, with more of a coffee shop feel downstairs and a bookshop/library vibe upstairs. I liked Kaido so much that I immediately wrote it up, posting my original piece while I was still in Tokyo.

However, due to various technical reasons, I never managed to create a gallery to go with the original post, so on my return to Tokyo last week, I popped down to Shinagawa to pay Kaido a visit and to finally complete the gallery.

You can see what I found after the gallery.

  • Kaido Books & Coffee on my return in July 2018, looking much as it did...
  • ... on my first visit, 15 months earlier in 2017.
  • A few things have changed, though, including this window-bar at the front...
  • ... which has really opened up the downstairs seating area.
  • The counter is much the same though (picture from 2017)...
  • ... but what about upstairs?
  • Welll, that really hasn't changed much, aside from there being fewer people up there...
  • ... than in the corresponding picture from 2017!
  • I noticed one change: this little nook now has an armchair, occupied by a laptop!
  • And so to business, a lovely espresso, which I was so impressed with that I bought...
  • ... a bag of the beans to bring home with me, but sadly forgot to take any notes!
Kaido Books & Coffee on my return in July 2018, looking much as it did...1 ... on my first visit, 15 months earlier in 2017.2 A few things have changed, though, including this window-bar at the front...3 ... which has really opened up the downstairs seating area.4 The counter is much the same though (picture from 2017)...5 ... but what about upstairs?6 Welll, that really hasn't changed much, aside from there being fewer people up there...7 ... than in the corresponding picture from 2017!8 I noticed one change: this little nook now has an armchair, occupied by a laptop!9 And so to business, a lovely espresso, which I was so impressed with that I bought...10 ... a bag of the beans to bring home with me, but sadly forgot to take any notes!11
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The reason I didn’t post a gallery back in 2017 was that my laptop had died earlier on during the trip. Although I had global next business day repair/replace for my broken laptop, it was a service that Dell singularly failed to provide, so I had to I buy a temporary replacement. While this got me up and running again, it wasn’t able to handle my photo-editing software, so I was unable to produce a gallery.

I always meant to do it when I returned home, but time came and went, there were always other things that needed doing, and the urgency slowly faded. However, on my return to Tokyo in July, I decided that it really was about time I got the gallery done, so I made a return visit to Kaido where I found that it was much as I remember it.

There were a few minor changes though, the main one being in the layout downstairs. Last year, a pair of armchairs flanked the doors at the front. While these looked great and, if you could get one, made the perfect seat, they took up a lot of space and a result, downstairs always felt crowded, while getting from the door to the counter at the back could be something of an obstacle course. I was therefore pleased to see that the armchairs had gone, replaced by a two-person window-bar on the right, and an open space on the left. This one, simple change really opened up downstairs, considerably improving access.

The only other significant change I found was upstairs where the little niche between the bookcases on the right, home to a two-person bar, was now had an armchair, which, while I was there, at least, was occupied by the DJ (which happened to be a laptop, playing some jazz).

I had an espresso to mark my return, a rather lovely Ethiopian which was incredibly sweet, one of the sweetest espressos I’ve had in a long time. I was so impressed that I bought a bag of the beans to take home with me. Sadly I failed to make any notes about its origin, thinking that the information was on the packet (which it isn’t). It was really, really good though!


For more about Kaido Books & Coffee, check out the full write-up, which now includes the complete gallery.

2-3-7 KITASHINAGAWA • TOKYO • 140-001 • JAPAN
http://kaido.tokyo +81 (0) 3-6433-0906
Monday 10:30 – 17:00 Roaster And Coffee Roasters (espresso + filter)
Tuesday CLOSED Seating Tables, Comfy Chairs
Wednesday 10:30 – 22:00 Food Cake
Thursday 10:30 – 22:00 Service Order at Counter
Friday 10:30 – 22:00 Cards Mastercard, Visa
Saturday 10:30 – 19:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 10:30 – 19:00 Power Yes (upstairs)
Chain No Visits Original: 23rd April 2017
Update: 25th July 2018

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