Tsutaya Books has a new IG-worthy outlet in Kuala Lumpur with a cafe, exhibitions, Japanese lifestyle products & more

by Jesslyn Lye

With its breathtaking minimalist interiors, Tsutaya Books is widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Visiting an outlet used to require a six hour flight to Japan or Taiwan, but thankfully, with their newest outlet opening in Kuala Lumpur –  it’ll now only take you a short trip to step into the sprawling and incredibly IG-worthy bookstore. 

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For the uninitiated, Tsutaya Books is Japan’s largest bookstore chain, and they’re world-renowned for their minimalist design and the way they curate the entire bookstore experience. They have over 1,400 outlets across Japan, Taiwan, and China, but this is their first outlet so close to home!

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Within the expansive bookstore, you’ll find exhibition spaces and a curated range of Japanese lifestyle products, including stationery, interior decor, and other souvenirs. As you explore the store, don’t be surprised to find teapots, fragrances, or cute cups with cartoon cats on display. 

Photos: @jazz4jess, @humana_art/instagram

There’s also a gallery display that features works from different artists every month, with the current display spotlighting Tokyo-based photographer Kotori Kawashima, Han the Craftsman’s “U.F.O.” paper cutting artworks, and the “Humana Tour” collection.

The bookstore also houses the IVY Tokyo Cafe, which serves artisanal drinks and Japanese sweets, so you can enjoy a matcha latte or a dorayaki when you’re done exploring the space (or as you flip open a new novel!). 

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For the bibliophiles, this outlet is also stocked with over 240,000 books, and if you’re struggling to pick one, the store is staffed with a team of expert concierges who can offer personalised and genre-specific recommendations. Don’t forget to check out the specially-curated limited-edition collectors books too.

Photos: @_zoechow_, @@jamilahbidin/instagram

Tsutaya is one of the most well-known bookstores in the world, and now, you won’t have to go all the way to Japan to visit. (Yes, please, and thank you very much!)

Tsutaya Books Bukit Jalil
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📍 Lot 2.89.00, Level 2 Orange Zone, Pavilion Bukit Jalil, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
🕒 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

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