Written by Mila
Eat Play Works: A Stylish Fusion Co-Working Space In Tokyo
Fusing dining, relaxation, and shared office areas, Eat Play Works is a new co-working space that fosters creativity and innovation located in Hiroo, near Shibuya. The first two floors, which are open to the public, are occupied by restaurants offering Japanese and international cuisine.
Eat Play Works, a New Co-Working Space near Shibuya
Imbued with the ambiance of creativity, innovation, and nourishment, Eat Play Works is a newly opened co-working space in Hiroo, Shibuya. The trendy co-working space allows members to a package deal of experiences combining food in an environment that encourages collaboration and productivity.
The facility has six floors, each specializing in its own concept of Eat, Play, and Work. Members can enjoy both local and international cuisine, and once the ideas begin to flow, they can head further up to begin work. Just a two-minute walk from Hiroo Station, right next to the Blue Bottle Coffee cafe, you’ll see an alleyway lined with lush green foliage, which leads down to the main entrance of the building.
With its extensive facilities and ideal location, Eat Play Works is ideal as a private study, main office, second office, or even as a hangout spot. While the name seems obvious, let's break down the true meaning behind “Eat Play Work”.
Eat: Two Floors of International Cuisine
The first two floors are open to both members and guests and are aptly known as “The Restaurant”. This area, though, isn’t one giant restaurant but actually consists of 17 different restaurants each with their own distinct type of cuisine.
Resembling the local “yokochos” (alleyways) filled with food stalls and pubs found throughout Japan, you’ll instantly be greeted with a mix of local and international flavors beckoning you to try. You’ll be able to find cuisine from Japan and all over the world including Okinawan, Vietnamese, Mexican, and American with vegan options available for those who don’t eat meat.
Oxomoco stands out above the rest as a Brooklyn based Mexican restaurant located on the first floor. It received a Michelin star in New York City and Eat Play Work serves as it's only Tokyo location.
The “Pollo a Las Brasas” is a highly recommended grilled chicken dish that offers a fresh fusion of Japanese and Mexican flavors.
Other notable restaurants to try in the building include Pork Soba Tsukiya Tokyo, a ramen restaurant from Hakata that specializes in light tonkatsu broth ramen, and An Com, a Vietnamese restaurant that manages to blend the flavors of Tokyo and Vietnam.
Play: Unwind and Relax
The “Play” concept of the building's design is fulfilled on the third and fourth floors. As you enter the third floor you’ll be greeted with the neon sign “Be Who You Are” behind the front desk.
To the right, there is a casual room with Banker's lamps lined across the tables. The classical style of the room provides a comfortable atmosphere where you'll want to straighten your collar a little as you work.
Groups can take the booth tables on the left side while individuals are free to take the single seats in the middle or on the right. There’s also an open meeting room in the back for more casual use of meetings and discussion.
Once you're ready to take a break, down the left of the hall, the second room allows you to relax and enjoy drinks and light meals at either the bar or on the comfortable lounge chairs.
The floor plan opens up even further on the fourth floor only accessible to members from this point on. Members are able to relax and talk on the floor or on the chairs. Should the mood strike, you can even take a nap to revive your energy and clear your mind.
To prompt group cohesiveness and spiritual well being of its members, occasionally there are special events held here such as meditation lead by yoga expert Niramal Raj Gyawali.
On the left side is an open terrace, where there are free-flowing drinks and a jacuzzi. The terrace is also an excellent location for late-night parties and gatherings as it provides an excellent view over Hiroo Station.
Work: Collaboration and Innovation
The final element “work” is found on the fifth and sixth floors, which are only accessible to official members of the building. Both floors have the same layout. As the elevator opens you’re greeted with a modern display of either music or sports collective.
Down the hallway to the right, you’ll find several rooms that function as a workspace for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who needs a functioning place for work. The rooms are spacious and wide with comfortable minimalist designs. Each room is outfitted with tall windows that overlook Hiroo city and each office is outfitted with a unique antique door to give more substance to the office setting.
Enrich your Working Style at Eat Play Works
Eat Play Works is an innovative space encouraging the free flow of ideas and open collaboration among its members. Despite it being in such a great location and a part of this tiny oasis, membership costs just under 60,000 yen a month. The minimalist style and the wide range of experiences available here will surely be a new trend in the co-working industry.
In cooperation with Eat Play Works and Arigato Japan