If you are exploring the many side streets of Shimokitazawa (the thrifting district I love to rave about) you will definitely want to take a pit stop at this quaint yet trendy coffee stand. Although it is a little out of the way if you are in the the main shopping area, it is for sure worth the search.
The W/O Stand has grown in popularity throughout the last year, with many branches being opened across the whole of Japan. You can even find two in Tokyo: the Shimokitazawa branch and the Harajuku branch. The artsy coffee shop, which originated in Kobe, not only serves your typical caffe lattes and coffees but creates original drinks according to the different seasons.
What makes the W/O Stand ‘stand-out’ for me is not only the unique combinations of flavours found in their drinks but the fact that every different branch across Japan has a different logo. It is quite hard to distinguish what the common motif is among the logos but each one seems to be inspired by American hip-hop artists. What is also cool is that each store sells merchandise, decorated with the store’s individual logo, such as stickers, purses and more.
When you first approach the stand you are faced with the perfect setting for an aesthetic Instagram post. There is a bench outside with the shop’s sign above it: a great place to take a snapshot with your artistic drink.
The inside is small with minimal seating but there is such a welcoming vibe and the staff are super friendly and super cool (they definitely shop in Shimo). The interior is simple but effective. If you are a lover of art then this is the perfect coffee shop for you as on the counter you’ll find three of the Kaws models on display.
There is a great selection of drinks as well. You are more than welcome to have something simple such as a regular coffee but if you are feeling a little more adventurous (and wanting to upload a cool photo of an aesthetic drink against the neon light in the shop) then you should opt for one of their colourful concoctions. Although these are a little more on the pricey side, with one of these drinks costing around ¥500-600 (£3.48-£4.18), they are really delicious. I went for the Galaxy Soda which was a gorgeous vibrant blue sweet soda topped with fresh fruits. My friend Becky went for an Espresso one which she ended up getting again because she liked it so much.
So if you are looking for somewhere to relax, appreciate art and enjoy a good drink, get down to W/O Stand.
Address: 2-26-10 Kitazawa Seatagaya-ku, Tokyo (東京都 世田谷区 北沢 2-26-10 マサキビル 1F )