Aoyama Kawakami-an – Tokyo, Japan

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Aoyama Kawakami-an

(81)  35.411.7171
3 Chome-14-1 Minamiaoyama, Minato,
Tokyo 107-0062, Japan

www.kawakamian.com

Open Hours:
11:00 – 04:30    Monday – Saturdays
11:00 – 17:00    Sundays

We walked by this Soba restaurant on afternoon – and remarked that it looked like quite a nice spot; and though we were hungry, we continued on to our original destination.  The walnut soba stuck in our minds and, fast forwarding a few days later, we wound up being brought to the very same restaurant by a local friend!

She explained that the Kabocha Tempurasoba (pumpkin) and  Iro Soba (walnut) were a specialty of Aoyama Kawakami−an, and it was quite famous for them!

We had quite a lovely lunch – and highly recommend this Soba-Ya for all who are wandering through the Aoyama district.

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Maach Ecute – Tokyo, Japan

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Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi

(81)  33.257.8910
1-25-4, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 101-0041, Japan

www.maach-ecute.jp

Open Hours:
9:30 – 18:00    Daily

On the edge of Akihabara (electronics’s town), on the embankment of  the  Kanda River, lies the Mach Ecute mall.

In 2013, as part of the reconstructed old Minsebaishi Station, the lower level of the red brick viaduct was transformed into a shopping arcade;  the arches separating each space.  Showcasing young designers and manufacturers in a combination of fashion, housewares, restaurants, cafés and bakeries.

If you are cruising Akihabara, definitely swing by.  There is access to the pltform cafe and roofgarden and, importantly, there is a Hitachino’s Nest Brewing Lab for tasting many a life affirming beer!

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Isetan – Tokyo, Japan

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Isetan Department Store

(81)  33.352.1111
Shinjuku, 3−14−1
Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

www.isetan.mistore.jp

Open Hours:
10:00 – 22:00    Daily

In a city where Department Stores rule, the youthful and luxury Isetan, in the heart of the Shinjuku district, stands out.   Isetan is a wonderful place to see and shop for new and established Japanese designers; and most importantly, to eat!

The lower level of the building, as in most department stores in japan, holds a football pitch of food!   Supermarket, specialty food booths, tiny kitchens preparing delicious  dishes for take away, Liquor and wine sections, and a sprawling pastry area, create a food fantasy!  In the sweets,  It is very difficult to choose; each stand has the most seductive sweets and chocolates most of them french but with the Japanese touch of perfection.

The top floor of the building  is a green roof park with a children’s playground area, as well as benches and tables where one can consume the delicacies from the lower level.  This is a perfect way to start the day with a quick bite in a lovely setting 🙂

If You are visiting Japan, Isetan and Mitsokushi are the two best places to buy food to bring home.  It is definitely  worth visiting the 2 department stores  as they both sell supreme Japanese food, from all over the country.

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Isetan_045Patiserie Aoki éclair, beer, Sandwich Magic – Brie mini Baguette
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