Kitaya Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Kitaya Park in Shibuya has been revamped into a public plaza

The park is now home to central Shibuya’s first Blue Bottle Coffee and will host pop-up shops and outdoor markets

By Youka Nagase
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Shibuya has been undergoing massive redevelopment over the past few years. From newly remodelled department stores like Shibuya Parco and the vertigo-inducing observation deck at Shibuya Sky to the urban oasis that is Shibuya Stream, the neighbourhood has no shortage of new hangout spots. Hot on the heels of the glitzy Miyashita Park, which reopened as a combined rooftop park and shopping centre last year, another park nearby has also been given a swish new upgrade.

Kitaya Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Kitaya Park, located just a 10-minute walk away from Shibuya Station, has had a major transformation this year, and it's now open to the public again. This spot used to be an ordinary green space by the side of the road where local salarymen came to enjoy their bento lunch. 

Kitaya Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Now the 960sqm park has been turned into a public plaza with freshly planted trees and new grass. There’s still plenty of open space to come and enjoy your lunch, but now there’s a perfect spot for a cuppa, too. 

Kitaya Park
Photo: Blue Bottle Coffee Japan

Kitaya Park now features a two-storey Blue Bottle Coffee outlet – Shibuya’s first – with a balcony overlooking the park on the second floor. The modern building features brown volcanic tiles inside, created by Amsterdam-based designer Dzek. The minimalist benches and chairs were exclusively designed for this café by architect Keiji Ashizawa.

Kitaya Park
Photo: Blue Bottle Coffee Japan

Blue Bottle Coffee Shibuya will be offering the chain’s standard menu, plus exclusive items like a brunch plate (¥850) in the morning, brick cheesecake (¥550) and pavlova (¥650) in the afternoon, and natural wine in the evening. The store won’t officially open until April 21, but there will be a food truck at the park serving some Blue Bottle drinks and food in the meantime.

Kitaya Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Right in front of the café, you’ll find a series of benches arranged like stairs, which everyone is welcome to sit on. Even better, the semi-outdoor terrace space beside the café will be used to host public events, markets and workshops. 

For more information on Kitaya Park, check the website.

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