An Afternoon in Daikanyama, a Brooklyn of Tokyo

November 2, 2016 - garden totes

One of a many populous cities on earth, Tokyo hums with an unequaled energy. The enthusiasm of Japan’s collateral is maybe best succinct by a executive selling district of Shibuya—with intense neon signs, neat skyscrapers, and one of a city’s busiest metro stations—and a famous hasten crossing: a frenzy of pedestrians and bikers rushing to span a intersection in all directions when a trade lights all spin red during once. Soak it all in, and when it fundamentally starts to feel a bit overwhelming, shun to a Brooklyn of Tokyo. Just one metro hire divided from Shibuya, find a charming, design-centric Daikanyama neighborhood, with still streets charity boutiques, bookshops, cafés, and a acquire remit from a mad gait of executive Tokyo.

T-Site
The award-winning pattern of this large bookstore is reason adequate to compensate a visit, though devise to spend several hours exploring inside. Delve into a endless selection, orderly into 6 categories including travel, cuisine, and architecture and pattern books; listen to any lane from a repository of some-more than 120,000 albums; and batch adult on pens and paper in a stationery shop, where same-day monogramming is accessible for personalized gifts. Afterward, conduct upstairs to a light-filled Anjin Library Lounge to page through out-of-print Japanese magazines while sipping coffee or a cocktail.
17-5 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Garden House Crafts
Once home to a Tokyu Toyoko metro line tracks, Log Road is now a widen of shops and eateries lined with wooden benches and lush, meticulously landscaped greenery that’s suggestive of New York City’s High Line. At a finish of a path, find Garden House Crafts, a Northern California–inspired café serving plates such as organic house-made granola and avocado toast creatively done from locally sourced ingredients. The full bakery on premises churns out uninformed loaves of bread, croissants, and anniversary and year-round pastries like a Nutella muffin. Cellophane-wrapped cookies and other treats are on palm to take away—tuck a few into your carry-on for a moody home.
13 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

NADiff a/p/a/r/t
Part bookshop, partial gallery, NADiff highlights Japan’s low appreciation for art and design. Find an expanded batch of Japanese and general art and photography books, art objects, postcards, and prints, and don’t skip a rotating exhibitions featuring rising artists. Stock adult on souvenirs for a enlightenment hounds in your life, including fluorescent pinkish masking fasten from Yuichi Yokoyama and a lunch receptacle temperament a witty pig or carrot painting from Ken Kagami, both Japanese artists.
1-18-4 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Bonjour Records
Order a pour-over coffee and peruse a extensive batch of CDs, trimming from mainstream to some-more problematic music. Intermixed in a tiny space are striped tees and slim-cut nap sweaters from Maison Kitsuné, accessories, tiny leather goods, and reasonably cold and infrequent Bonjour Records tees, sweatshirts, and hats.
24-1, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

cocca
The Japanese have a prolonged story of crafting pleasing textiles, and cocca continues a tradition while contributing a complicated twist. Everything in a colorful, well-organized emporium comes from Japan, from a pleasing bolts of fabric backing a walls to a deftly designed accessories covering tables and shelves. The non-sewing forms among us can collect adult a simply cut Peter Pan–collared delegate or a handmade bag or sham combined from a store’s singular fabrics.
1 Chome-31-13 Ebisunishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Spring Valley Brewery
Also located on Log Road, a tiny brewery (owned by a country’s renouned macro brewer Kirin) is a primary instance of Japan’s rising qualification drink scene. Order one of a 6 customary forms of house-made brews, including a frail flagship 496 and Daydream, a Japanese white drink done with yuzu and sansho pepper, or try a moody of all six. Feel giveaway to ask your server for food-pairing recommendations; a brewpub serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Choose a chair inside for a perspective of a glass-encased kettles and distillation tanks, or people-watch from an umbrella-covered cruise list outdoors.
13-1 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Matsunosuke
After honing her baking skills in New England, owners Akiko Hirano returned to Japan to open 3 cake and pancake shops, including this desirable outpost in Daikanyama. Locals adore her New York cheesecake and signature apple pie, though visitors should sequence a pancakes. One ideally light, feathery pancake—in flavors like immature cream-and-black currant; banana-caramel, ricotta, and fruit; or a delicious sausage and corn—is served with a tiny ramekin of syrup. A comparatively new materialisation in Tokyo, pancakes aren’t only for breakfast, though are a renouned choice all day.
Hillside Terrace D-11, 29-9 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

King George
Opened by a husband-and-wife group in 2013, King George (named after a couple’s dear cat) is a sandwich bar portion fresh, made-to-order variations on a normal lunchtime staple, as good as smoothies, coffee, and cocktails. Small touches like mason jars, coupe glasses, and a subway-tiled bar elicit a quintessential Brooklyn shop. Pair a packet duck sandwich, shaggy immature salad, or image of olives with one of a signature cocktails like a G’vine  Tonic, done with white grape-and-vine flower-infused gin, or opt for one of their Japanese whiskies. On balmy days, take your dish adult to a ivy-covered outside terrace.
2F, 11-13 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Okura
Indigo dyeing in Japan dates behind to a 10th century, and Okura’s wardrobe is done regulating a same normal techniques. Eschewing a silken pattern of associate area shops, Okura’s seemly aged building houses an considerable collection of pleasing wardrobe in several shades of blue. There are indigo-dyed T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, scarves, and denim, among other finely tailored pieces in choice colors of a rainbow.
20-11 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Nanamíca
Though it sells several brands, come to Nanamíca for a eponymous line characterized by a durable, minimalist takes on classical wardrobe and outerwear. Essential pieces like button-downs, trenchcoats, and parkas are offering in a mostly neutral tone palette, and are designed to withstand time and trends. (Yet are somehow still noticeably cool.) The emporium also bonds a Japan-exclusive The North Face Purple Label and offers plug collections like a new partnership with Dr. Martens.
26-13 Sarugakucho Shibuya-ku Tokyo

Blue Star Donuts
Tucked inside Fred Segal Mart on Log Road, this Portland import creates each brioche donut in-house from scratch. Vivid flavors like blueberry scotch basil, Cointreau crème brûlée, matcha latte, and ginger and orange mojito are value a stop.
Log Road Daikanyama No. 2, 13-1 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo

UES
Japan has a repute for producing well-developed denim, and this locally made code is no exception. The name UES is meant to get from a word waste, embracing a ethos that objects should be good done and used often, and in that spirit, a jeans are designed to urge with each rinse and wear. Choose from several styles (UES also sells denim jackets, chambray and flannel shirts, and other meticulously crafted basics) and a emporium will use a prohibited iron to code a squeeze date on a leather tag patch for a truly special souvenir.
26-7 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

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