The Small Café Bag is our timeless crossbody bag with a distinctive asymmetrical flap that is designed to help you carry and organize your everyday gear. Like the name says, this bag is perfect for any trips to the café, whether for work or just to chill with a cup of coffee, but this bag is also ideal for daily use and travel.
- Perfect for an iPad Mini, e-reader, and small journals or books
- Main compartment with 4 organizer pockets and 2 O-rings
- Front zippered pocket to secure important items
- Slanted open-top pocket in the back for quick-access items
Under the asymmetrical flap is an open-top main compartment. It's a good place for a small tablet, e-reader, books, small water bottle, or foldable jacket.
On the front interior wall, you'll find four organizer pockets. One of the pockets is sized to fit your iPhone or a Nik's Minimalist Wallet and the three other pockets are sized for pens.
The main compartment has two O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. The Key Strap is useful for tethering on your house or car keys as well as our organizers, such as the Cubelet or Ghost Whale Organizer Pouch.
Front Zippered Pocket
On the front exterior of the main compartment, behind the asymmetrical flap, there is a zippered pocket that spans the width and height of the bag. Inside you will find one O-ring. It's an ideal pocket for storing items that you want to keep extra secure, like your wallet, passport, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper.
Slanted Slip Pocket in the Back
The back of the Small Café Bag has a slanted slip pocket, under a handy grab handle. It allows for easy storage and quick access to papers, phone, a small notebook, and anything that is relatively flat.
How to Carry the Small Café Bag
The Small Café Bag is designed to be carried as an over-the-shoulder crossbody bag. It comes with a sewn-on 1.5" shoulder strap made of high quality U.S. webbing produced specifically for us.
Please note: Because it is sewn on, the strap cannot be swapped out for another shoulder strap. From our experience, the 1.5" shoulder strap is sufficient for a bag of this capacity.
Small, unobtrusive webbing loops on the left and right sides of the bag allow you to add an optional removable waist strap to the Small Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body while you're riding a bike.
8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.
Love organizing and want even more pockets? The Small Café Bag Freudian Slip adds an additional eight organizational pockets to your bag. One side of the Freudian Slip has a horizontal zippered pocket that can fit a phone lengthwise, as well as four narrower pockets designed for pencils, pens, or a thin flashlight. There's also a pocket that can fit a phone or similar object vertically. The other side has a diagonal mesh pocket and behind that, a zippered pocket. Both can fit an iPad Mini / 7" tablet, either by itself or in a Cache.
The 8A Cache is sized for iPad Minis. Put it inside the Freudian Slip or directly into the Small Café Bag.
Gatekeeper Hip Belt
Attach a hip belt to the unobtrusive webbing loops on the back side of the Small Café Bag to stabilize the bag against your body when you're riding a bike.
- Kathleen R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Thoughtful Design, Compact, Comfortable, Durable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Thoughtful Design, Compact, Comfortable, DurableRated 5 out of 5 starsMy dream cross body bag
I have a large cafe bag which I use for work (and love), which was also intended to be my all purpose cross body bag for traveling. I have a progressive muscle disease that makes it increasingly difficult to carry much weight around for long periods, especially if I’m walking uphill or climbing stairs. After my last trip to Edinburgh, I knew I had to find a better day to day alternative.
Tom Bihn is my go to source for most of my “ carrying stuff around” needs, so I visited the website, and immediately found my answer in the small version of the cafe bag. I’d thought I should go with a bag made entirely of the lighter weight Halcyon fabric, but there weren’t any available, and I needed a bag sooner than later. The model I chose, with a ballistic exterior and Halcyon lining, arrived quickly and revealed itself to be perfect for me. It easily holds all the stuff I need to carry around on a daily basis, and can accommodate a small iPad and very light wind breaker. It has just enough internal organization options to keep my smaller stuff easily assessable, but not so much that things get lost in endless pockets. It could hold a narrow steel water bottle if I needed it to, but I rarely do because that weight seems to tip the scale to too heavy. The shoulder strap and pad are wide and comfortable and easy to adjust when I need to shorten the strap to hang it over an arm rest at a restaurant or performance. I use my larger bag’s waist strap when I’m riding my bike, but…
- Ruth D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, DurableRated 5 out of 5 starsSmall Cafe Bag
Worked well for a recent 10-day international trip. My only modification was to remove the shoulder strap's grippy pad - it was a bit heavy, and really not needed for this small bag. Sadly the only way to remove it was to cut it off. I really liked the key strap which I used to hook to a small zippered pouch I used to hold my passport, cash, and credit cards, and the other ring which I used to clip on another pouch that held my earbuds. I could access both items without separating them from the bag which added some security. The bag ended up covered in sea salt but it washed up well after I got home.
- Debi D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable, Comfortable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable, ComfortableRated 5 out of 5 starsLittle me, little bag
I was afraid that this bag would be too small. I am 4'11" and 99 lbs. Most small bags don't hold my water bottle, brush, sunglasses, makeup and hat. This one seems to do it all. And since it is cross-body, it distributes the weight so well so my back is not stressed like it is with some backpacks. The purple color is super fun and the fabric is durable. Great product!
- Megan F.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Versatile, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable9 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Versatile, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, DurableRated 5 out of 5 starsLove this bag!
Another great bag from Tom Bihn! Well made and the perfect size for our daily walks!!
- Samantha R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size, Compact1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Good Storage Size, CompactRated 5 out of 5 starsReplaced my purse with this, works great!
I was looking for a small size cafe bag I could use as a purse replacement for trips, so it needed to be roomy enough for my water bottle, misc. travel necessities as well as having great organization. This met all of my requirements. I got it in dark grey with a bright blue interior (to ease of finding stuff in a darkened plane) and have never been happier. I've taken it on a couple of trips and actually am still using it as a my daily bag since I got back from my last one. I didn't switch everything back to my purse and I might just keep it that way. :)
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
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