As befitting a shopping district, Harajuku and Aoyama have lots of great, inexpensive lunch spots covering a variety of cuisines. Harajuku is famous for being the place that foreign franchises drop their first Tokyo outlet, which attracts buzz (and some huge lines – in case you were wondering what those were about). In the evening, after the shopping day trippers recede, the dining scene turns more local. There are some fashionable spots here for a night when you want to treat yourself.

Feature: Aoyama Farmer's Market

Tokyo's best farmers' market – with colourful produce, pickles and preserves – sets up every weekend on the plaza in front of the United Nations University on Aoyama-dōri. There are always at least half a dozen food trucks here and the market is as much a social event as a shopping stop.

Events pop up, too, including the monthly hipster flea market Raw Tokyo and the annual Tokyo Coffee Festival ( and the twice annual Aoyama Sake Flea ( Check the website for info on these and other events.

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