land to sea

a third culture third place for coffee and tea and art

Land to Sea feels like the kind of third place dreamt up and brought to life by friends who just wanted a cool place to hang out and a space to host things more so than a business. It’s a coffee shop sure, but it’s more than that, it’s a community space that celebrates culture and supports local creators. It’s the kind of place that is quick to become a neighborhood favorite among the lonely souls of young folk in the city, who share vague interests in creative arts, an addiction for coffee, an appreciation for the search for cultural identity, and a nostalgia for Chinese bakery classics.

Land to Sea is proudly Asian American. It doesn’t try to be traditional but does pay homage to the cultural heritage, both in the space and in the menu. The vibes give grainy film scenes from a different era, the back room gives neon night scene from a different part of the world, making for an interesting backdrop for the changing artwork exhibited. The menu has all the classic coffee drinks you need in a neighborhood coffee shop made with locally roasted beans, plus a solid tea menu that spans Chinese and Japanese teas and chai. The pastry case opts for egg tarts and bolo bread over the typical croissants and muffins. It’s just different enough to make it more than a neighborhood cafe but a destination, but truly what makes it so special is what feels familiar about it, and how fresh it is for the familiarity to be presented and brought together in such a way to invite an intersectional community to come together in everyday moments.

the details

Address402 Graham Ave, Brooklyn
Hours8am – 6pm everyday
Price$$ – on par with other coffee shops in the area
Aestheticnostalgic chinese scenes shot on film

good to know

Go here for: a daily coffee or tea routine, to catch up with friends in the afternoon

Order this: regular drip coffee, cold brew, iced tieguanyin tea, hojicha maple latte

Amount of time to spend: a few minutes for takeout, a couple hours for hang outs

When to come: any time – mornings are more chill for working, afternoons are good for small groups and hanging out, check their social media for evening events

Getting here: take the L to Graham Ave and walk 2 blocks up

Other things to note: 

  • There’s free wifi, and it can be a good spot for working on weekdays (earlier in the day and afternoon).
  • They often host events in the evenings, featuring local artists, screenings and music, making it a cool place for locals to hang out.

Last visited: September 2022

Last updated: October 2022

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