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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. Perhaps nowhere else…
Top Choice Area in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shimo-Kitazawa

The narrow streets of ‘Shimokita’ are barely passable by cars, meaning a streetscape like a dollhouse version of Tokyo. It’s been a favourite haunt of generations of students, musicians and artists. If hippies – not…
Top Choice Department Store in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Tokyu Hands

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

d47 Shokudō

There are 47 prefectures in Japan and d47 serves a changing line-up of teishoku (set meals) that evoke the specialities of each, from the fermented tofu of Okinawa to the stuffed squid of Hokkaido. A larger menu of …
Top Choice Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Shirube

It's a toss up as to which has the most character here: the inventive fusion dishes or the charismatic staff who put on a show in the open kitchen. Either way, Shirube is among Tokyo's most beloved izakaya. Don’t mi…
Top Choice Bar in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Ghetto

What are the odds that the characters for 'moon' and 'light' could be pronounced together as 'ghetto'? It's not unlike the uncommon synergy that comes together nightly as musicians, travellers and well-intentioned s…
Hotpot in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Matsukiya

There are only two things on the menu at Matsukiya: sukiyaki (thinly sliced beef, simmered and then dipped in raw egg) and shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat swished in hot broth and then dipped in a citrus and soy sau…
Izakaya in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Narukiyo

For evenings when you want to eat well and adventurously, head here. The menu, handwritten on a scroll, is undecipherable – which is fine, because you just want to have what the chef recommends anyway. Tell him how …
Cinema in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Uplink

Watching indies at Uplink feels a bit like hanging out in a friend's basement; with just 40 (comfy, mismatched) seats, it's officially Tokyo's smallest theatre. Artsy domestic and foreign films (subtitled in Japanes…
Tonkatsu in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Gyūkatsu Motomura

You know tonkatsu, the deep-fried breaded pork cutlet that is a Japanese staple; meet gyūkatsu, the deep-fried breaded beef cutlet that is Tokyo's latest food craze. At Motomura, diners get a small individual grill …