Shinjuku Ni-Chome, Tokyo’s gay district, is famed for its high concentration of bars, clubs and eateries catering to the entire LGBT community. But the neighbourhood is also home to a few more unlikely operations, including this book café – Tokyo’s only shop dedicated to LGBT-lit. Okamalt is run by Japanese gay culture pioneer To Ogura, a writer and magazine editor who is known as Margarette in drag queen circles. 500-600 titles from his collection of 10,000 publications can be freely browsed at the café – ¥1,500 gets you an hour and a half of access, plus a drink and snacks.
Shin-Chidorigai 2F, 2-18-10 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
|Opening hours:||1pm-8pm / closed Thu-Sat|
|Transport:||Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Marunouchi, Fukutoshin, Shinjuku lines); Shinjuku Station|