Shinjuku: Jazz kissaten
Dug (Shinjuku: Jazz kissaten)
Open noon-2am daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

This popular cafe-bar was featured as a setting in Haruki Murakami's novel "Norwegian Wood." In the afternoons customers enjoy quiet jazz along with a cup of their relatively bitter coffee (Y420), while at nighttime the place is packed with lively groups talking and listening to energetic bebop. There's often a line of customers at the entrance waiting to get in.

The interior is relatively spacious, with brick walls that may remind you of a Belgian pub. Because of its basement location, though, it can get a bit smoky. Don't miss the portraits of jazz musicians such as Monk, Coltrane and Miles, photographed by the owner, Hozumi Nakadaira. The drinks menu includes European beers like Hoegaarden along with various cocktails, and the evening table charge is Y530.

by Hikaru Okabe
Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-15-12, B1F.
sVhVh3-15-12, B1F
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Venue listing from Bento.com4 Star Rating: recommended