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.
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
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Last visited: November 2022
Last updated: November 2022