In many parts of the world, B&B would stand for bed & breakfast. Or in some rare cases, bread & butter or even Beavis and Butt-head (shout out to the 90s!).
But in the streets of Shimokitazawa? B&B stands for...books and beer!
On their website, Honya B&B mention that they aim to become the urban bookstore of tomorrow. It's a relatively small bookshop but the selection of books covers a wide variety of topics, all of which you can enjoy reading with a drink in hand.
Obviously, as it's included in their store name, they serve beer. Draft beer, in fact. (I'm not a beer person so not really sure but beer is better on tap, right?) Their drink menu also includes wine, non-alcoholic beer, and other soft drinks.
And I know what you're thinking, trying to read a book with a beer in hand can get a bit tricky. But no worries, the bookshop has lovely tables with seats and a number of chairs scattered around for you to use. I should mention that most of the vintage furniture (shelves, tables, chairs, etc.) inside the bookshop are for sale, too.
It really is a cozy set up.
I love that the books are arranged together by topic, instead of author or publisher. You can browse until you find a corner that interests you, and then dig in.
You just never know what kind of book is waiting for you here!
Here are some photos:
Honya B&B (本屋 B&B)
Dai-ni Matsuya Bldg, 2nd Floor
2-12-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo JAPAN
TEL: 03 6450 8272