The town of
Jinbocho, located in Chiyoda ward, is known
as the “town of books”, as there are major publishing
companies, wholesale book stores, and over 150 used
book stores located in the
area. After getting some
interesting books, why not go to one of the local
to enjoy the quiet reading time? In fact, there are many
unique cafes in
Jinbocho, from old atmospheric shops to
bookstores-turned-cafes, making it a
perfect place for
exploring Japanese cafe culture and getting some quiet
Station A7 Exit →
Doce Espiga →
Candy Bouquet →
The Seven’s House →
House Cafe →
Distance: 2 km
Time: 24 min + shopping, meals
Budget: 2,000 yen
1. Get some original Portuguese sweets!
As you leave the A5 exit of the station, you will soon
see a nice little
shop - the Portuguese sweets specialty
store “Doce Espiga”. The owner Mrs.
lived in Portugal for a while, and after coming back to
wanted to spread the deliciousness of
Portuguese sweets here. At first, she
catering business around Aoyama and Hanzomon areas
bicycle, and in July 2017 Mrs. Takayama opened
the store in Jinbocho.
Left/The owner Mrs. Takamura and Raquel from
Portugal. Takamura opened
her store to spread the
beauty of Portuguese culture.
Right/Outside of the store. As you come inside, you
are greeted with
popping yellow and red colors,
making you feel like you are overseas.
If you come to the store in the evening, you might find
that most of the
sweets are sold out. Usually, there are
around 5-7 types of sweets displayed in
The most popular item is the creamy Egg Tart (240 yen),
but it sells
out quickly, so make sure to come a bit early.
The Glaubell Coffee (380 yen)
made by Raquel from
Portugal is also delicious and a recommended menu item.
3 Chome-2-5 Kanda Ogawamachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Open Weekdays 7:00-18:00
Closed on Sundays, 1st and 3rd Wednesday
2. A perfect gift - Candy Bouquet
As you leave the Portuguese sweets shop behind you
and head towards the
next destination, you will
encounter a vast variety of stores selling fashion
art magazines, architecture books and old books in
If you find something that catches your interest, buy it
for your reading time in the cafe.
Head onwards while visiting the stores around and you
will reach a shop
with a very adorable exterior. It is
“Candy Bouquet” - a store that
sells, as the name
suggests, bouquets made from candy.
When you go inside, you are greeted with candy,
balloons and sparkly
wrapping paper. Everything is so
colorful, choosing something might be quite
You can get small bouquets from 400 yen, while big
and fancy ones
cost around 10,000! You can order
the gift based on the occasion and your budget.
The blue door stands out, making you come inside.
The colorful goods on display are reminiscent of
When buying a bouquet of live flowers, you need to
consider their handling
and how long they will last, but
with candy bouquets you don’t need to worry about
such things! In addition, these
bouquets can be eaten.
So how about getting a delicious present for a special
Candy Bouquet Jinbocho
1-35-8 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open Weekdays 11:00-19:00
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays
3. A very retro atmosphere making you forget the time.
As you walk along the Shirayama Street towards
Takebashi, you will come
across an impactful bronze
The historical building Gakushi Kaikan is a Registered
Property of Japan and is apparently
the place where baseball got introduced to Japan.
In this Gakushi Kaikan building is your next destination -
“The Seven’s House”. It is a classic cafe located in this
well-kept Showa era
(1926-1989) building with big
windows, high ceilings and hallway pillars.
The atmosphere of the cafe is quite
smooth jazz playing in the background.
Gakushi Kaikan was built in 1928 by Teitaro Takahashi,
who is most famous
for designing the current main
building of the Imperial Hotel.
The light coming from the large windows and the warmth
of the trees
outside create a relaxing atmosphere
perfect for enjoying a break with a good book.
Popular items on the menu are the traditional dish
with beef and onions in
a red wine sauce Hayashi
Rice (lunch time - 1,100 yen, dinner time - 1,200 yen),
and the Cream Soda (600 yen).
Hayashi Rice is made using the multi-grain rice, so it
is healthy and
popular among lady customers. The
old-school cream soda is deliciously addicting.
The Seven’s House
3-28 Kanda-Nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Open Weekdays 9:30-23:00 (L.O. 22:00)
Weekends and Holidays 9:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:00)
4. Picture-book cafe making even grown-ups smile!
Walking along the Yasukuni Street, you will notice that
the types of books
sold in the stores are slightly
different - mostly Western books and books on art.
Even the guardrail
has pictures of books painted on it -
that is the sign of the used books capital of Japan!
Head towards Kudanshita along the street, and you will
reach a picture
book store and cafe “Book House Cafe”.
was just a picture book store, but the
owners decided to open up a cafe in 2017.
This bookstore has a collection of around 10,000
The middle of the store is set up as a cafe space,
where you can enjoy tea or coffee with a nice
Even though it is a picture book store, this place attracts
customers as well.
Along the walls and up to the ceiling there are around
10,000 books in the
store. These picture books come
from both Japan and overseas, some of them old
classics and some of them - new releases.
can be enjoyed by adults as well as children.
You can find a gallery of original pictures from the books,
changing and breast-feeding space, and a kid’s
corner, making this place suitable for families. They
organize book reading events in the store, so be sure to
During daytime the store operates as a cafe and in the
evening it turns into a bar, so it is a good
relaxing all day long.
Book House Cafe
2-5 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Open Weekdays 11:00-23:00
Weekends and Holidays 11:00-19:00
Jinbocho is most well known for its’ bookstores, however
there are plenty of fancy cafes you
could visit even by
yourself. If you are a book lover, you can spend your day
walking around and visiting stores for that perfect
publication. If you don’t care about the books that much,
you can enjoy the many
cafes and restaurants Jinbocho
has to offer. We guarantee you will find
and exciting every time you go to this area.
Original article in Japanesehttps://sanporge.com/jinbochocafe/