Tokyo is overwhelming when it comes to eating possibilities. Dozens of ramen-ya and curry shops line the streets of the capital. Whistle café, however, offers something none of these places can: a lengthy relaxing sitting.
Stuck between two bookstores, Whistle café is a wonderful place. While not traditionally Japanese it does give you an opportunity not to be ushered out as soon as you have finished your meal. I recommend this place to anyone living in Japan in the long run, especially students on exchange in the Shinjuku area as Whistle café provides a great place to relax with a book, write a paper, or study for upcoming exams. This is where a lot of Japanese students come to study as well as the coffee served here is excellent and surprisingly cheap and the café has free WiFi. The music is always either easy-going or jazz and never too loud always allowing you to have a decent conversation or a high-level of concentration (I am writing this review in the café right now!).
If you are looking for some fresh lunch in the area, whistle café serves some delicious salads, all under 500¥. The menu also contains, fresh pasta dishes as well as the Hawaiian Doko Moko (personal favorite of mine). The staff is always friendly, although they do keep to the Japanese tradition of leaving the customers alone and popping up every once and a while to fill up your glass of water. The disposition is also tailored to suit everyone’s needs: there is a hardwood bar looking out on the street with power outlets for solitary workers (that’s me), comfy armchairs around coffee tables, not unlike in ‘Friends’, and half a dozen tables for lunch customers, group workers or friends that couldn’t get the armchairs.
I love this little café as it is right around the corner from where I live and I know I will always feel relaxed and oddly at home, there is something about the pop-art décor covering the walls that is very soothing. I often come here to work and do research for university, and to be completely honest, I cannot go more than a week without a cup of their delicious blend coffee.