Sakuragawa’s Best Little Coffee Spot
In what now seems like a different lifetime, I was once a mobile coffee barista in London. It was a great job for those 2 magical weeks of summer and pretty rough for the rest of the year. It was at this time, that coffee went from something I loved to something I NEEDED. My apologies to anyone who knew me then and had the unfortunate luck of meeting me pre-coffee. I’m much better now, and am pretty human even without caffeine. And now since I no longer have to freeze my butt off making the sweet stuff, I can enjoy it once again. And enjoy I do! My latest fave coffee shop is a relatively new kid on the block. Opened in May, Lead Coffee is located just outside Exit 4 of the Sakuragawa Subway Station (Sennichimae Line).
Whether you know the area well or are just visiting, you can easily appreciate how unique this little artisan coffee shop is. There’s nothing else like it around. I happened upon Lead Coffee, on a recent bike ride – turned Ginkgo photoshoot (you can check that out here). While shooting, sometime in between attempting to take action shots of falling leaves and trying not to get hit by passing trains, I spotted the shops warm wooden exterior.
I first planned just to grab a coffee to go. But as I came inside to warm up and wait for my drink, I soon found myself having a lovely chat with another customer and the Lead staff. Besides the coffee (which was delicious!), one my favorite things about Lead is its community feel. Without any individual tables customers naturally engage with one another while they sit along the U-shaped seating or stand at the counter.
Without really noticing I had spent well over an hour at Lead before deciding; 1. I needed a cheeky doughnut, and 2. I should get back to the trees before sunset. Which happens seriously at 4:30pm these days! Ugh, Winter. Luckily, I’ve got a new little shop to wait out the season in.
If you’d like to check out Lead Coffee too, they’re OPEN from 8am – 5pm.