This cafe has a drinks bar and allows you to bring your own food. This could be the perfect space for remote work
Also, it’s in Korea Town, and you know what that means: good food everywhere!
In this day and age, working from home is more common than ever — and more people than ever want it — but while working from home is liberating, it can also become tedious. That’s why our reporters, who frequently switch between office and remote work, are always looking for new places to work.
Our own Mr. Sato found such a place that could just be the haven for the teleworkers: Rembrandt smeltery Shinjuku Shin-Okubo. It’s a capsule hotel in Shin-Okubo, also known as Tokyo’s Korea Town, that has a cafe where you can bring your own food, unlimited refills at a drinks bar, and use as much electricity and WiFi as you like . Sounds perfect for remote work, right?
Just a minute’s walk from Shin-Okubuko Station, the Rembrandt Cabin reopened under new branding just last June and opened in February Soom Cafe on the eighth floor, which everyone can use, even those who are not staying at the hotel. While capsule guests can use the cafe for free, others can use the space at an affordable price 500 yen per hour.
The cafe room was surprisingly spacious and looked super clean. A long common table stood in the middle of the room, and some sofas stood by the window. Other work areas lined the wall.
The window had a spectacular view of the Shinjuku cityscape. Outside, Mr. Sato could see what was to come Tokyu Kabukicho Towerwhich will be Japan’s tallest hotel and entertainment complex tower when it opens in 2023. Sato-san thought he might even see the Toho Theater building, where the famous Godzilla statue looms over the edge (denoted by the arrow below).
While you’re at the cafe, you have free access to a drinks barwho offers unusual drinks that you wouldn’t find in a normal coffee shopsuch as lemon water, corn tea and pomegranate-flavored micho, a drink made from vinegar made from fermented fruits.
Of course they did too a coffee makerwhich probably every teleworker needs, and even a food printerwhich allows you to draw pictures on macarons (although it costs extra to use).
In addition, with every hour of your stay you will receive a special coin to use in them Snack Gacha Machines.
What you get isn’t anything special, but it’s still a fun idea.
▼ Mr. Sato got Country Farm biscuits, an ordinary biscuit snack and some kind of candy.
Since Mr. Sato had free access to power outlets and WiFi, he sat down and set up a shop to get to work. However, the place was actually not suitable for concentration, at least in Sato-san’s case. Since the cafe isn’t a dedicated workspace, the other customers laughed and chatted, which Sato-san found distracting.
With so many other much quieter and equally interesting options, like stationary luxury trains, private telecommuting cabins, and even Ferris wheel pods, this might not be it Perfect Telecommuting, but it’s still a great option, especially if you don’t mind background noise or if you’re able to listen to music through headphones. As mentioned, you can bring your own food, meaning you can stock up on some of the delicious Korean street food available in the Shin-Okubo area before settling down for work, which is a definite plus.
Otherwise it could also be a great place to just chill with friends for a cheap price. However you use it, Soom Cafe is a useful place in a convenient location, so be sure to keep it in mind for the future!
Information about the cafe
Soom Cafe / スムカフェ
Address: Tokyo-to Shinjuku-ku Hyakunin-cho 1-4-15 Rembrandt Cabin Shinjuku Shin-Okubo 8F
1-4-15 レンブラントキャビン新宿新大久保 8F
Open daily from 9am to 10pm (last entry 9pm)
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