Top things to do in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Top Choice Street in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shibuya Crossing

Rumoured to be the busiest intersection in the world (and definitely in Japan), Shibuya Crossing is like a giant beating heart, sending people in all directions with every pulsing light change. Nowhere else says ‘We…
Top Choice Hotpot in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Matsukiya

There are only two things on the menu at Matsukiya, established in 1890: sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef cooked in sake, soy and vinegar broth, and dipped in raw egg) and shabu-shabu (thin slices of beef or pork swishe…
Top Choice Department Store in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Tokyu Hands

This DIY and zakka (miscellaneous things) store has eight fascinating floors of everything you didn’t know you needed – reflexology slippers, bee-venom face masks and cartoon-character-shaped rice-ball moulds, for e…
Top Choice Club in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Circus Tokyo

Circus, the Tokyo offshoot of an Osaka club, is aggressively underground: small, out of the way, in a basement (of course), with no decor to speak of and all attention laser-focused on the often experimental music. …
Top Choice Bar in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Ghetto

Ghetto – the name comes from the characters for 'moon' (ge) and 'light' (to) – is one of the little bars inside Shimo-Kitazawa's iconic (and rickety) Suzunari theatre complex. Each night a different character is beh…
Top Choice Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

WWW

In a former art-house cinema with the tell-tale tiered floor still intact, this is one of those rare venues where you could turn up just about any night and hear something good. The line-up varies from indie pop to …
Top Choice Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Narukiyo

Cult favourite izakaya, Narukiyo serves seasonal Japanese cuisine with creative panache. The menu, which changes daily, is handwritten on a scroll and totally undecipherable; say the magic word, omakase (chef's choi…
Top Choice Cafe in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Fuglen Tokyo

This Tokyo outpost of a long-running Oslo coffee shop serves light-roast coffee by day (from ¥360) and some of the city's most creative cocktails (from ¥1250) by night (Wednesday to Sunday). It's Tomigaya's principa…
Top Choice Live Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shimo-Kitazawa Three

We love Three's mission to make live music more accessible in Tokyo: it hosts 10 free events a month (otherwise they average around ¥2000). The line-up is pretty random, but the welcoming attitude means there's usua…
Top Choice Design in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

d47 design travel store

The folks behind the D&D Department lifestyle brand and magazine are expert scavengers, searching Japan's nooks and crannies for outstanding examples of artisanship – be it ceramics from Ishikawa or linens from …