Grab a power nap and free coffee at this cafe in Japan

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Japan is no stranger to themed or pop-up cafes, and has now upped her game to introduce a cafe for sleep-lovers. Yes, that's absolutely right, a cafe for you to catch a short nap between breaks.

This unique sleep cafe is a special collaboration between Nescafe and FranceBed, to mark World Sleep Day which fell on March 17. The cafe allows you to rest comfortably in a bed, worth a whopping $12,000, with just a purchase of one food item from the cafe's regular menu.

Just before you drift off to dreamland, staff will serve you a free cup of decaffeinated coffee. When you're awake, you will be served a cup of regular coffee to get you going after your break. Each bed even comes with a smartphone controlled light and an audio set. These extra equipment are there to put you to slumber, regardless of the time you visit the cafe.

The cafe is conveniently located at Tokyo's prominent fashion street, Harajuku, so it will be a perfect stop for you to recharge your batteries after shopping for hours. It will only be around for a limited time only till March 26 so if you're around the area, why not catch a quick snooze break!

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  • ChopSuey Cafe serves Asian dishes with a twist.
  • Crispy Orange Beef.
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Cafe Information

Nescafe Harajuku

Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-22-8

Hours: 11am - 9pm (last order 8.30pm)

Website (Japanese): https://nestle.jp/entertain/cafe/harajuku/#concept

There is a two-hour sleep limit per customer.

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