POPEYE CAMERA SHOP 10-2-2 JIYUGAOKA MEGURO-KU, TOKYO 152-0035 +81-3-3718-3431 a boutique chain stocking the essentials (cameras, no-nonsense accessories, 35 mm film) and the extras (polka dot photo corners, pocket albums, some of the best-looking camera straps around). print services and hobby photography classes are offered as well.
T-SITE 16-15 SARUGAKUCHO SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO 150-0033 +81-3-03-6415-3232 a new media compound from mega bookseller tsutaya. get lost for hours milling about three buildings and a multi-use courtyard. break for a starbucks coffee, muji snack, or a breather in one of the many smart-looking seating areas.
RESTIR 9-7-4 AKASAKA MINATO-KU, TOKYO +81-3-5413-3708 futuristic gizmos, niche beauty products, and collectible fashion and art one-offs you’ve been expecting from japan fill the first floor. file past the dj booth and head upstairs for the deftly curated men’s and women’s designer label fest.
LITTLE NAP COFFEE 5-65-4 YOYOGI SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO 151-0053 +81-3-3466-0074 inside the closet-size shop, under a well-worn world map and chalkboard menu, meticulous baristas execute pour-over coffees and pull perfect espresso shots. outside, wooden sawhorse benches on this parkside residential street make a nice people-watching perch.
IZAKAYA GO-ONE 11-11 UDAGAWA-CHO SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO 150-0042 +81-3-5728-8408 whether crammed in at the bar or tucked into a tatami room in the back, the friendly cooks deliver the authentic izakaya experience you’ve always dreamed of and the sashimi and tempura of tonight’s dreams. this hole-in-the-wall is tough to find but worth every baffling wrong turn. the best we can do: just north of tokyu hands there’s a 7-11...
THE LITTLE SHOP OF FLOWERS 1-25-10 UEHARA SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO 151-0064 +81-3-5778-3052 a neighborhood gem known for textural arrangements in unexpected color combinations. take home a free-form collage made of dried flowers and specially preserved flora. open only friday, saturday, and sunday. visit the shop-in-shop at united arrows beauty & youth on cat street in omotesando the other days of the week.
LAPAZ 2-22-2 JINGUMAE SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO 150-0001 +81-3-6438-9624 act like a local and post up for an afternoon at this cafe, mercantile, and event space. go for coffee, tea, and baked goods, or take the mediterranean sandwiches, salads, and pasta route. either way: end up on a couch and take advantage of wi-fi in the sunny back room. pick up chocolates, stationery, candles, or other gifty items on the way out.