Key’s Cafe review: exceptionally basic

key's cafe interior. front view of cashier and bar

Key’s Cafe menu is as basic as the name of the cafe itself, but don’t let that deter you from coming here — the wifi is fast, it’s almost never crowded, and their cafe mocha is exceptionally tasty. Dare I say, it gives Starbucks a run for its money? XD


But who comes here for the coffee and food — we’re here to work! And for 350 yen, that’s a pretty good deal for the price of entry!

Key’s Cafe is located on the 9th floor of Sapporo Esta, the building directly adjacent to Sapporo Station. Sapporo Esta itself is full of shopping and entertainment that could keep you there for, well, a good amount of time.

The surrounding area on the 9th floor can get a bit noisy during the afternoon because it is located on an “entertainment” floor. The area right beside the cafe is a VR arcade, and when school’s out, students come flocking. Not to mention an additional kids area beside that as well.

On the positive side, you could perhaps do a little shopping or get some quick gaming in during a work break if you really wanted to. Or, if you have kids, the kiddie playground that’s literally in front of the cafe would be perfect to set the little ones loose there.

Facilities & Space

The cafe is actually very spacious with a variety of different seats to choose from. You’ve got your standard x2 person square tables, x4 person tables, then an area with high chairs.

The trade off with the only area with electrical outlets is that it’s only located in the high chair seating area. If you’ve ever sat working for an extended period of time on a high chair, then you know how uncomfortable that can be.

I usually just start my work fully charged up working on x4 person table, then once I start nearing the low battery marks, I simply migrate over to the outlets (given that there’s still coffee in my cup).

There’s also no shortage of variety in regards to eats! I have certainly not tried everything on the menu, but to give you an idea of what they have, here are some pics 🙂

In short, there is nothing particularly unique or jaw-dropping about this cafe. But, consider Key’s Cafe almost perfect for coworking: fast wifi, ample amount of electrical outlets, tasty drinks, cheap food, quick service, and there’s almost always open seats. The only downside being the restroom located on the far side of the entire floor. So, I wouldn’t be that comfortable leaving my gear unattended in this case.




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