Since moving away from my beloved town of Shimokitazawa, I make every excuse to cruise by the neighborhood just to check out the latest shop openings. As it is only a 10-min bike ride away from my current residence, I go there to run my Muji errands and to meet up for coffee with colleagues. My most recent discovery was Bear Pond Espresso, on Ichibangai Street. Accross the street from Hara Donuts, this coffee bar reminds me of Blue Bottle Coffee in the Bay Area.
Bear Pond Espresso is furnished sparsely with wood tables and high stools, and has simple and solid menu. They offer the standards (espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, etc.) at very reasonable prices. I ordered an Iced Coffee which cost me 270 yen. Compare that to a drink at most coffee houses that set you back 500 yen or more. The presentation also compliments their "no bull-shit" style offerings, as the drinks come in reusable mugs and jars. Our Iced Coffees came in classic jam jars.
Next time you are on the West Side, get off at Shimokitazawa-station for some donuts and hand dripped coffee.
BEAR POND ESPRESSO
2-36-12 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku