Koenji

Drinking nights away in your neighborhood is the best way to get familiar with the area you live in. Kris Roche did just that to make himself right at home in Koenji -- luckily he's here to share some local gems he's uncovered in the last couple of months.

  • COFFEE AMP THE ROASTER

    Right at the end of Koenji's Look Shopping Street lies this comfortably-sized cafe that serves specialty coffee, which means you can know where your beans come from at COFFEE AMP THE ROASTER. This cafe also fixes Kris up with his daily caffeine intake.
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    Mon.-Sat.: 12pm-8pm
    Sundays & Holidays.: 11am-7pm
    Holiday: Wednesday
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  • BnA HOTEL Koenji
    BnA HOTEL Koenji

    Staying at a regular hotel no longer seems like an exciting option once you lay eyes on this eccentric art hotel. Here at BnA Hotel Koenji, each room is designed by a different artist, whilst the bar on the first floor and staircase is decked out with art pieces that change up every once in a while. The Front Desk Bar on the 1st floor is non-exclusive to hotel guests, so come grab a drink and bond with strangers over your love for art. Read on for more here. Official Website

  • THE DAY FOOD LAB

    Walk a couple steps into Junjo Shopping Street and you'll soon be greeted by the pink and blue neon-lit sign that reads THE DAY FOOD LAB. Serving delectable Italian food, their wide selection of craft gin will convert gin-haters to gin-lovers. (Read more on the blog)
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    Dinner: 6pm-1am
    Holiday: Irregular
    Official Website

  • BARBAR, salon de’Parure

    A hair salon during the day, a bar by night — hence their quirky name “BARBAR”. Running exclusively on word of mouth, this hidden spot leaves no signs out — aren’t you lucky we found them for you?

    salon de'Parure (Hair Salon): 11am-8pm
    BARBAR (Bar): 8pm-5am (Tues.~Sat.)
    Official Website

Kris Roche

Kris Roche is a Kyoto-born singer-songwriter born under an American father and a Japanese mother. Following his high school graduation in Japan, he got admitted to the internationally renowned Berklee College of Music, and quickly started busking out on the streets in New York; which led him to play at critically-acclaimed venues such as Bitter End and The Living Room in just three years into his studies. Fluent in both English and Japanese, Kris aims to bridge Japan with the world through his simple yet catchy melodies that ring with a hint of pop.

He has so far self-released one single, two EPs, and an album entitled “Be Love” back in 2013. He has supported Japanese songstress Hikaru Utada on an NHK show called “Songs” in September of 2016, and has appeared on stage at Summer Sonic, Green Room Festival, Asagiri Jam, New Acoustic Camp, TED x Kyoto.

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◼︎ Ross McCallum (Cajon)
Drummer, percussionist and YouTuber, Ross McCallum is best known for his modern and unique cajon playing style. His “Cajon Groove Guide” YouTube Channel, with more than 30,000 subscribers is popular destination online for percussionists. Since moving from Australia to Japan in 2016, Ross has landed on an exciting path while teaming up with various artists in the vibrant Tokyo music scene.

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