Bookworms, You’ll Want to Visit These Book Cafes in Kyoto
Choose from over 2,000 books to read!
In Kyoto, there are many book cafés where you can drink coffee and spend some time by yourself reading a good book. Since each of these shops have almost over 2,000 books inside, you'll never get tired of coming back.
In this article, we feature three book cafés in the area that are perfect for when you need some time alone.
CAVA BOOKS is a bookstore that's located on the first floor of Demachiza. A café next to the store, called Demachiza no Soko, allows customers to read books purchased from the shop. Talk shows featuring researchers are also held regularly here.
The shop has a variety of books to choose from.
At Demachiza no Soko, you can enjoy the De De De Sandwich (¥600) with three types of cucumber and Homemade Fruit Juice (¥500).
CAVA BOOKS has all genres of books. On the literature shelf, you can find many historical books.
This shop is located on the corner of Demachi Yanagi Shopping Street. It has a retro-modern exterior and includes a movie theater, café, and a bookstore.
"We also hold events related to movies and books so that many people can enjoy their stay here. Since there are many customers who come in regularly, we also make original goods now," says the producer, Norihiko Miyasako.
These original items include illustrations of the Shimogamo Shrine area and Kamogawa River Delta by OTOTOI. The drawings change every month, so a lot of customers actually look forward to the new designs.
Demachiza original postcard(¥162)
CAVA BOOKS is located at 1/F Demachiza, 133 Miyoshi-cho, Kamigyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (same as Demachiza). It is usually closed on the 1st and 31st of the month (also same as Demachiza). You can get there through a five-minute walk from Keihan Demachi Yanagi Station.
Kosho to Sabou Kotoba no Haoto
Kosho to Sabou Kotoba no Haoto is a café that was renovated from an 80-year-old Japanese house. Inside, you'll find a manekineko (a Japanese cat-shaped figurine that supposedly brings good luck) and several cat books collected by the owner. There are many counter seats as well, to accommodate customers who are dining there alone.
The Fresh Strawberry Nyanko Parfait (¥1026) is available starting 1 p.m. and is limited to two orders per group.
These are the counter seats right by the entrance.
If you go to the second floor, you might chance upon Azuki, the owner's pet cat. She's pretty shy, so you'd be very lucky if you see her!
Kosho to Sabou Kotoba no Haoto is located at 12-1 Tenjinkita-machi, Kamigyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Last order is at 6 p.m.). It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-75-414-2050 and you can get there through a 12-minute-walk from Subway Kuramaguchi Station.
Café Bibliotic Hello!
Café Bibliotic Hello! is a coffee shop with a calm atmosphere, a two-story open-air space, and bookshelves that go all the way up the ceiling. Many of the dishes served here are made from organic ingredients. There are four kinds of lunch menu made with organic, Kyoto-produced vegetables and free-range chicken.
The bookshelves are filled with magazines, travel books, and picture books.
The Salad Niçoise (¥1,290)
Café Bibliotic Hello! is located at 650 Seimei-cho, Nijyo Yanaginobamba Higashi Iru, Nakagyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On weekends and Japanese holidays, they are open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may contact them at +81-75-231-8625 and you can get there through a 10-minute-walk from Subway Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae (Kyoto City Hall) Station.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (10 May 2019)