Hibiya Park, located between Yurakucho, Uchisaiwaicho, and Kasumigaseki, is a green oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Within the park, you can find the Hibiya Library and Café, a unique triangular-shaped library with a bookstore and café on the first floor. The café offers delicious seasonal sweets such as the “Butter Sand Salted Caramel Mango” and the classic “Crème Brûlée Baum”. The bookstore has a diverse selection of books on art, design, and other popular topics. Visitors can also bring their own books or use the library’s collection while enjoying the comfortable seating and natural light that streams in through the large windows. Additionally, the library has a special research room on the fourth floor with valuable vintage books available for reading. Visit Hibiya Library and Café for a relaxing and peaceful experience in the midst of the city.
Hibiya Library and Cultural Center, located in Hibiya Park, is a charming library known only by few. On the first floor, there is a café called “Library Shop & Café Hibiya” that also serves as a bookstore. It offers a pleasant time to relax while feeling the natural light and the greenery of the park through the large windows. It’s within walking distance from Ginza, so why not take a detour after shopping?
Hibiya Park stretches between Yurakucho, Uchisaiwaicho, and Kasumigaseki. It is a prime location in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Imperial Palace. Originally, it was an inlet, but it was filled in during the Edo period when the Kanda-Yama hill was demolished, and after that, it became the location of large feudal lord mansions.
There are still plenty of green spaces that evoke the remnants of the daimyo mansions, making it a true oasis in the city. The park is scattered with various facilities such as “Municipal Hall,” “Hibiya Public Hall,” and “Outdoor Music Hall.”
Hibiya Library and Cultural Center, located on the south side of Hibiya Park, has a unique triangular shape when viewed from above, and on the first floor, it houses the café and bookstore called “Library Shop & Café Hibiya.”
It’s not a place that you would stumble upon while shopping in Ginza, as it is closer to Uchisaiwaicho. Therefore, it has a hidden gem feeling known only to a few.
“Library Shop & Café Hibiya” also has a distinctive shape, protruding like a round line from the triangle-shaped library. The round wall becomes a large window, creating a pleasant space flooded with natural light.
The café’s recommended sweets are the seasonal limited edition “Butter Sand Salted Caramel Mango” and the classic “Crème Brûlée Baum”.
The “Butter Sand Salted Caramel Mango” sandwiches salted caramel buttercream and mango jam between cookies with rock salt, topped with dried mango. The “Crème Brûlée Baum” is custard cream in a moistly baked Baumkuchen cake with a hole.
Both go well with the bittersweet and refreshing “Ginger Lemon Squash”.
The bookstore adjacent to the café has an eclectic lineup divided by theme. Depending on the season, books related to popular arts and design are displayed, making you want to read them all. There is also a corner dedicated to stationery collection.
In the café seating area, you can bring not only books purchased from this bookstore but also books from the library to read even if they haven’t been borrowed yet. You can freely use power outlets and Wi-Fi, so you can have a comfortable time.
On the second and third floors, the library floor extends in a V-shape along two sides of the triangular building, with rows of bookshelves. There are seats for studying or research as well as chairs where you can comfortably sit and read any book that catches your eye.
Especially charming are the chairs placed facing the windows. Reading while feeling the greenery of Hibiya Park through the windows seems very pleasant.
Furthermore, on the fourth floor, there is a special research room. It is filled with valuable-looking old books, such as those bound in leather, making one hesitate to enter. However, it is possible to pick up and read these books inside the research room.
A library and café nestled in the park. Why not spend a leisurely and quiet time during your next day off?