Coffee Western Kitayama

Restaurants, Coffeeshops Uguisudani
1 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Coffee Western Kitayama

One of the most eccentric little places we've come across, Coffee Western Kitayama gives the impression that they'd much rather have no customers at all. We arrived there to find the front door locked and bolted, despite the open sign, and just as we were about to give up we caught the owner's eye as he scouted us from within. Once we'd convinced him that we spoke reasonable Japanese, that we'd only stay for one cup of coffee, and that we wouldn't take any photographs, we were allowed to take a seat.

Was it worth the trouble? In a word, yes. The interior is a shrine to an imaginary coffee world, done out like a western saloon but one that specializes in Joe rather than drink. Bags of beans are strewn about like sacks if gunpowder, and two or three of the twelve seats we counted are pressed up against an old barrelhouse piano. The owner went straight to work behind a tall counter, high enough that we couldn't see what he was preparing, but with amazing smells emanating from his secretive work station. The result was a blend of coffee rich in tastes; smooth at first but with a strong citrus kick in the rear. If you can get through the door, it's well worth a shot.


Venue name: Coffee Western Kitayama
Address: 1-5-1 Kamiya, Taito-ku

Opening hours: 12noon-7pm / closed Mon
Transport: Ueno Station (Ginza, Hibiya lines)
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Average User Rating

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Don't think this coffee shop should be featured on time out since this place doesn't welcome foreigners. We were shown the door as soon as we said hello and entered the shop. Suggest they put up signs outside to say "Japanese only"