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Hattifnatt: A Cafe in Kichijōji Coming Out of a Picture Book

Although the east side of Kichijoji Station is a quieter part of Kichijōji, there is a reason that many people visit that area: a cafe named Hattifnatt. Following the train track, you will get to an ordinary house at first glance. But if you look closely, doesn’t the wooden gate seem a little bit small? This gate is connected to the cafe’s dining area with a steep narrow staircase. The 130cm tall gate is the entrance to a children’s picture book. If you want to enter, bend down like Alice, who chased the white rabbit.

Climbing up the Ghibli-style stairs is the first thing you will experience at Hattifnatt. When you reach the top of the stairs, it will feel like you have walked into a wonderland. The entire space is decorated with numerous cute images and characters!

The door to the toilet is another small door you will need to walk into. But the painting on the wall next to the door might stop you from making another step. The little bear and the little girl peeking behind the trees look so innocent!

The wallpaper is the work of the famous Japanese picture book artist couple, Marini & Monteany (マリーニ・モンティーニ). The husband is responsible for drawing animals, while his wife draws children.

The cafe is in a loft, and the main area is on the second floor. Although parts of the ceiling are low or parts of the cafe are particularly narrow, the person who designed this interior smartly utilized this disadvantage to make the space more fairy-tale-like. Everything in Hattifnatt looks like it is built for elves!

The Food at Hattifnatt and the Cafe’s Handicraft Shop

Obviously, the cafe won’t have many repeat customers if the food doesn’t taste good. The light meals are incredible, and the desserts are almost works of art that taste like those served in a Michelin-starred cafe! The latte art there is also top-notch. And the best thing is, there are a couple of vegetarian options!

At the counter, the friendly staff will greet you properly, making customer service at Hattifnatt great. If you don’t read Japanese, an English menu will be given to you. When you are ready to order, scan the QR code and select your payment method. You can order in English too.

Just note that it is a popular spot, so the waiting time for your food to be served can be long. In fact, there is usually a queue to enter. Please allow enough time for your visit.

Next to Hattifnatt, there is a store that looks the same as the cafe. It is where you can find works of Marini & Monteany and other handicraft makers. Check out the accessories, cards, and other miscellaneous goods as you wait for your order!

Hattifnatt’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Hattifnatt is open from 11:30 am to 9 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
    • It also closes on the 3rd Tuesday.
    • The last order is taken at 8 pm.
  • The cafe is a 6-minute walk from Kichijoji Station’s south exit.

Discover the Attractions in Kichijōji

Click the photo for the attractions to visit in Kichijōji!

Now you know where to go for a meal, it is time to discover the attractions in Kichijōji. The neighborhood rated “The Most Desirable Area to Live” is great for almost everything. It is also where the famous Ghibli Museum is located!

So, for more ideas of what to do in the area, refer to our Kichijōji article!

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