In Tokyo, Take a Trip Through the Bohemian Shimo-Kitazawa District
Just a few stops away from lively Shibuya, this district is dotted with busy shopping streets with a bohemian feel.
Shimo-Kitazawa is a unique location off the major tourist trails, the perfect place to branch out and find new vintage thrift stores, bars, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants.
Haight & Asbury
A giant shoe indicates the entrance to the Haight & Asbury store. Specialising in American and European clothing from the 19th and 20th centuries, the shop is restocked on a daily basis and receives its customers with great care when they come to hunt for high-end vintage clothing or an original accessory.
Address:〒155-0031, Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa, 2 Chome-37-2, 2F
Ballon D’essai Latte & Art
It’s impossible to miss the circular entrance to Ballon D’essai Latte & Art. Inside, customers can enjoy exceptional coffee, carefully chosen by the baristas from the best roasters in Japan, accompanied by jazzy music. In addition to the excellent technique displayed by the baristas, who transform each hot drink into an original work such as a cat or Totoro, the café walls are adorned with artwork.
Address: 〒155-0031, Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa, 2 Chome-30-11
With one Michelin star, Sushi Fukumoto is one of the best sushi restaurants in the capital. Located in the basement of a building, the small restaurant has only eight seats, ideal for watching the chef prepare each piece of sushi and sashimi with dexterity. Only two set menus are on offer: the sushi menu with 13 pieces selected by the chef, and the omakase menu with 10 pieces of sushi and starters, a rotating selection developed by the chef.
Address: 〒155-0032, Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Daizawa, 5 Chome−17−6 B1F
This B&B is not a Bed & Breakfast but a Book & Beer. The two founders of this unique concept library, Koichiro Shima and Shintaro Uchinuma, realised their desire to find an incredible place where customers could dive into books while quenching their thirst with a cold beer. Their B&B welcomes curious consumers eager to whet their literary thirst with books and drinks.
Address: 〒155-0033 Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Daita 2-36-15 BONUS TRACK 2F
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