“KITTE” is a new mall produced by the Japan Postal Service which opened this past Spring. Kitte means ‘stamp’ in Japanese and this building/mall is one of the most happening places right now especially opening right in front of the newly renovated Tokyo Station. It’s been a few months since the opening and the long lines have calmed down a bit so now might be a good time to go check it out.
Marunouchi Reading Style is located inside KITTE on the 4th floor. It’s a cafe/book store/shop all-in-one. The cafe serves small meals, desserts and refreshments so it’s an easy spot to take a break. The best part of this cafe is, you can read any books from the store at your table while you are dining at the cafe. There’s even an area to return your books to when you’re done reading them.
Might be fun to check out both Tokyo Station and KITTE on the same day and enjoy a nice afternoon here since they’re so close to each other.
Address // KITTE 4F, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-6256-0830
Website // http://jptower-kitte.jp/shop/409.html
This is another Bonus post :) (From time to time I may post non-food related posts just to share some of the sights in Tokyo) I thought I’d share this new area which is related to my other post about Ivy Place. Daikanyama T-Site is a brand new area that opened in December, 2011. It’s not large of a space and there’s not too much to do there but it does have the most beautiful TSUTAYA book store I’ve ever seen. You can spend hours in there just thumbing through books, browsing magazines or listening to music.
The 2nd Floor of the bookstore has a very sheek lounge area which serves tea, desserts, and light snacks. Every table has an iPad that has the lounge menu on it (there are no paper menus!) and the walls are lined with expensive memorabilia including original Picasso drawings and rare books. As you can imagine, this lounge is not cheap – it’s close to $10 for just a tea or coffee. However, There’s also a Starbucks reserve located on the first floor of the bookstore if the lounge upstairs is too pricy.
The outside area is a very dog friendly place – it has machine for washing dogs, a small dog park to let dogs roam free, a dog hair salon and a leash holder so that pet owners can spend time in the shops and leave their pets outside. Clearly the designers of this new area wanted to attract the pet-owners!
Here’s a brief guide to the photos above:
01. — An art installation inside TSUTAYA made out of the same wrapping paper they use to wrap anything you buy in the store.
02. — The kids books section inside TSUTAYA.
03. — Dog leash holder
04. — fully enclosed dog park (with a giant art piece connecting the inside and outside of the play area)
Address // 16-15, Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Website // tsite.jp/daikanyama