There are few sensory journeys as electrifying as a tour of Tokyo, especially for the first-time visitor. The Japanese capital is a city unafraid to be different yet it’s also unmistakably traditional, as old-school teahouses share corners with vampire-themed cafes, and robotic vending machines serve steaming ramen. This intoxicating mash of the past and future is nowhere better exemplified than in Daikanyama. Often referred to as Japan’s Brooklyn, it defies stereotypes with its cool yet comfortable vibe of hipsters busying themselves against a backdrop of historic buildings. The look is artistic with architectural silhouettes – think cropped wide culottes on men and women – in a muted colour palette finished with of-the-moment sneakers.
Designer Yosuke Aizawa’s premium “outdoor-inspired” label is known for its impressive technical manufacturing. Pick up your own sportswear-infused apparel with streetwear elements.
Centred around a lush plant and fairy light-filled courtyard, this is equal parts high-end design store, restaurant, cafe and co-work lab, displaying the newest in Japanese design.
For anyone who appreciates stationery, Stalogy is a universe of specialist art supplies, with all the pens, pencils and sticky notes anyone could ever need.
1 Chome-35-16 Ebisunishi
In a homey residential location, Pistacchio Daikanyama may be tiny, but its modern interior is filled with sneakers, from cult classics to the latest exclusives. 19–11 Daikanyamacho
The award-winning architecture of this massive book shop is reason enough to pay a visit. Spread across three interlinked buildings and with a cool, cozy ambience, it’s easy to lose hours browsing the shelves. 17–5 Sarugakucho