The Small Café Bag is designed to help you carry and organize your everyday gear. Wear it cross-body or over the shoulder.
The main, open-top compartment and front, zippered pocket of the Small Café Bag are covered by a distinctive asymmetrical flap that closes with an offset Duraflex® Warrior buckle. The zippered pocket, which has one O-ring, spans the width of the bag. It's ideal for securing your wallet, checkbook, or other small items. It closes with a #8 YKK zipper. The back of the Small Café Bag has a slanted, open-top pocket. It's ideal — easy storage, quick access — for anything that's relatively flat.
Inside the main compartment of the Small Café Bag, you'll find four organizer pockets. One of the pockets is sized for your iPhone or a small wallet and three are sized for pens. There's room for a couple of hardbacks in this main compartment.
The main compartment has two O-rings, with an 8" Key Strap attached to one. (Additional and extended-length Black or Color Key Straps can be purchased separately.) The Key Strap is useful for keeping track of your keys (many folks leave their keys attached to the Key Strap) and can also be used to clip a pocket watch or Swiss Army knife to the bag.
The Small Café Bag rides on your shoulder with a 1-1/2" shoulder strap made of high quality U.S. webbing produced specifically for us. It features a low-profile shoulder pad with a grippy underside. On the top back of the bag is a webbing grab handle. Small, unobtrusive webbing loops on the right and left 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.
Think the Small Café Bag is too small for you? You're in luck! The Café Bag is also available in size Medium. And if you're wondering which size is "the one", here's our guide to choosing the right size of Cafe bag.
Sewn in Seattle
Our bags are designed and sewn right here in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
That allows us to be control freaks in the best way possible; we have direct control and oversight of the quality of our materials, our products, and the jobs and working environment that we help create. It also offers us a unique spontaneity: when we have an idea for a new product or accessory, we can design it, figure out how to build it, add it to our website and be ready to ship it out our front door all within just a few weeks. How cool is that?
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THE BIHN Guarantee
Everything you buy from us here at TOM BIHN is satisfaction guaranteed. We’ve been in business since 1972 and we stand behind what we make.
If something goes wrong and it's our fault, we'll fix it for free. Repairs due to normal wear and tear or due to other things that are not our fault will be performed, when possible, at a reasonable charge right here in our Seattle factory where your bag was made. Defects in materials or workmanship are uncommon and almost always evident while the product is still new. Keep in mind that bags and packs are often subject to extreme wear in everyday use: do not expect them to last forever. Only true love lasts forever! You can expect a TOM BIHN product to give years and years of hard service.
- Ruth D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable10 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, DurableRated 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.
- Kathleen R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Thoughtful Design, Compact, Comfortable, Durable8 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, Thoughtful Design, Compact, Comfortable, DurableRated 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…
- Debi D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable, Comfortable8 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, Good Storage Size, Easily Adjustable, ComfortableRated 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!
- Rachael2 years agoRated 4 starsUnexpected delight
I bought the small cafe bag thinking I wouldn't care for it. I gave it a chance because it was the size I was looking for, it's Viridian exterior color, and it also had the grab handle on the top. My only dislike is the flap style closure. I would much perfer this exact dimension/size/orientation bag with a zipper closure on top. I will continue to enjoy the versatility of this bag despite the flap closure! The wide open compartment allows flexibilty in what can be carried and the strap is easily adjustable.
- Sara M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, Compact8 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, CompactRated 5 starsPerfect size!
I really like this little bag - even when I have it loaded down heavy it doesn't feel heavy on my shoulder, and it has exactly the right amount of organization. I don't like TOO much organization and this is just right.