Michael Ying

Wired Cafe 1999 Shibuya

An incredible bookstore and cafe

Michael Ying
Michael Ying   - 3 min read

Recently the Wired Cafe at the top of Tsutaya bookstore in Shibuya went through some renovations and reopened last fall. Wired Cafe is a franchise that originally opened on Cat Street in 1999. Since then the Harajuku location cafe has closed and has returned to the top of Tsutaya in Shibuya, thus the cafe has be renamed as Wired Cafe 1999, as a homage to their roots.

The cafe that used to be a small book store and cozy cafe is now a spacious art inspired restaurant with architecture resembling industrial America. It's truly a beauty to look at and a wonderful place to take a break amidst all the chaos of Shibuya. This Wired Cafe location is definitely taking a page out of the Daikanyama location in terms of design. Giant steel pillars and the beautiful chandeliers decorate the stair entrance to the cafe, and beautiful wood is used for the floor and bookshelves.

The new bar is a circular island that sits right in the front of the kitchen. They serve an assortment of cocktails and beers. The bartenders are quite adept and well stocked with ingredients, so if there is something you would like to order that isn't on the menu, chances are they can oblige. This feature sets them apart from most bars in Tokyo, as bartenders very rarely serve drinks that are not on the menu.

Another cool feature is that the tables extend through the middle of the bookstore so that the bookstore and cafe are not separate but combined. So while you're either eating a meal or having a coffee you can also peruse the walls for books you would like to read. This creates a nice design concept and atmosphere for the cafe. Wired Cafe stocks a healthy supply of travel and fashion magazines from all over the world, and photography and fashion books fill up the walls.

The lattes and coffee are delicious and the food is very good as well. I particularly liked the truffle fries. Specialty items include the 1999 Burger, Kagoshima Grilled Chicken, and Argentine Asado Meat Grill. They also serve many pastas and pizza as well.

Wired Cafe 1999 is easily found on the 7th floor of the Tsutaya building. Tsutaya is the biggest building at Shibuya crossing and is most famously known for its giant video screen and Starbucks.

Michael Ying

Michael Ying @michael.ying

Originally from San Francisco, I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 and have been living in Tokyo since 2014. I'm currently a photographer and dancer, and spend most of my free time finding new places to eat. I love it here in Tokyo! Insta: mikemisc