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Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

I write many guides here on Best Living Japan, but what you may not know about me is that I have a serious sweet tooth. My daughter is now one year old and loves cruising Tokyo with me, so I’m always on the lookout for baby-friendly spaces with a menu that will satisfy my cravings.

When I found out that a cafe featuring dishes based on the children’s classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, opened in Tokyo, I knew that I had to visit with my girl.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is located on the fourth floor of Marronier Gate Ginza 1 (マロニエゲート銀座1). Its official title is Hara Peko Ao Mushi Cafe (“Hara Peko Cafe” for short), based on the Japanese title, はらぺこあおむし/Hara Peko Aomushi.

Let’s Take A Look Inside

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is very cozy space. Nearly every inch of the cafe features the book’s namesake character and other illustrations from the book.

When you enter the cafe, you are treated to a tempting display of cakes, as well as a bookshelf stocked with the Japanese version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other books by Eric Carle.

Near the cash register is the gift shop corner that sells a variety of items featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a few gifts for friends, family, and something for your little ones as well.

Not to be missed are the decorations. Each table has a caterpillar plushie and placemats and coasters in Eric Carle’s signature artwork.

The main wall of the cafe is a large mural of the butterfly that the caterpillar transforms himself into. There is also a well-decorated space for photos.

The Food

Even if you’re not a fan of the book, you can’t help but be impressed with the level of artistry displayed in each menu item.

Popular choices are the Hara Peco plate, inspired by the caterpillar’s fantastic Saturday feast, and the Kayoubi (Tuesday) plate, inspired by caterpillar’s Tuesday meal.

See the full menu here.

If you’ve taken a look at the menu and still don’t know what to order, I suggest the Lovely Very Hungry Caterpillar drink. It’s a smooth matcha milk drink topped with a very generous heap of freshly made whipped cream, a spinach muffin, and a large heart-shaped cookie.

A Fun Kids’ Space

Visit the cafe, and you may be surprised at the number of adults visiting without children. But, the cafe definitely has young ones in mind.

You are free to read the books on the bookshelf at the cafe’s entrance. Young children will enjoy playing with the caterpillar plushie on their table and rolling around on the astroturf in the photo area.

Space is limited so you’ll need to fold your stroller and leave it outside the cafe in the designated stroller space. Booster seats are available upon request.

There are two appropriately sized meals for young children. You may choose one of two complimentary dishes for your baby or toddler.

Don’t forget to ask the staff to take a photo of you and your little one to commemorate your visit. After all, this is the world’s first cafe based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Getting There

To recap, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is on the 4th floor of the Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 building. The most convenient way to get there is via the Central Exit (中央口) of Yurakucho Station (有楽町), which is serviced by both the Yamanote Line (山手線) or Keihin Tohoku Line (京浜東北線).

When I visited, I found that the nearest exit Ginza (銀座) C8 and Ginza Itchome (銀座一丁目) Exit 4 (4番出口) were not stroller friendly. Those of you who are more familiar with Ginza may fare better than I did!

Final Notes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is open every day from 11:00 am to 9 pm, until August 31.

Reservations are required if you plan to visit between 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. There is a time limit of 80 minutes. The online reservation form is in Japanese. Be sure to check out my detailed guide to making a reservation!

Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

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Enjoy Ginza With Kids At The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

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Written by: Teni Wada. American by birth, Japanese by choice, and traveler at heart. Tokyo-based content creator who enjoys browsing combini shelves for limited edition drinks and snacks. Discover her travel adventures and life as a first-time mom on her lifestyle blog babykaiju.com and Instagram @wadateni.

 

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