a plant-filled, japanese-owned coffee shop

PPL is a perfect little coffee shop hidden in plain sight. A nondescript window and closed door on the quiet corner of Roebling and S 1st St. A modest sandwich board sign on the corner says, plainly, coffee. And there’s almost always some people waiting out by the ordering window, cluing in passersby that there’s something worth stopping for.

The Japanese-owned cafe feels very Japanese, in the subtly cool, alternative way. The space feels well curated in a flea market, romanticized urbanism kind of way, with preserved original architectural details from the worn down wood floors to the tin ceilings, and it is filled to the brim with plants, making the high ceilings feel deceivingly cozy. The cafe may feel more vintage boutique than coffee shop, the coffee and tea selection is well curated and brewed to perfection. So think of it as a go-to takeaway coffee shop with a plant-forward backdrop.

the details

Address189 Roebling St, Brooklyn
Hours8am – 5pm weekdays, 9am – 5pm weekends
Price$$ – pretty on par with cafes in the neighborhood
Aestheticvintage greenhouse vibes

good to know

Go here for: a quick coffee or tea pick me up

Order this: cold brew, any of their teas (matcha and hojicha lattes are very good)

Amount of time to spend: 10 min for a quick stop by

When to come: any time you need to caffeinate

Getting here: about an 8-10 min walk from the Marcy JMZ, Bedford L, and the Metropolitan Lorimer L and G station

Other things to note: 

  • They use sustainable cups/packaging.
  • They don’t really have food, save for house-made vegan banana bread, so it’s better for drinks only (but you don’t have to go far to find excellent pastries – might I suggest La Bicyclette?)
  • There aren’t seats, except for a small bench outside.

Last visited: November 2022

Last updated: November 2022

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