pierre herme paris aoyama

TOKYO | Pierre Hermé Paris is one of our favourite spots for macarons in Paris, and thankfully Tokyo has a few of Pierre Hermé’s wonderful dessert shops. The Aoyama store, which opened way back in 2005 but was completely renovated in December 2016 is one of our favourites, as it stocks

TOKYO | Mitsukoshi is more than just a department store, it’s an institution. Japan’s oldest surviving department store was founded in 1673 as a door-to-door kimono retailer, and in 1683 pioneered the then relatively new concept of selling goods in a store that customers could buy on the spot for cash.

itosho minato

TOKYO | Anyone who thinks that Michelin starred restaurants are all about glitz and pretension will have their preconceptions turned on their heads after a meal at Itosho. Itosho has been serving up Shōjin-Ryōri (Buddhist Temple Food) since 1960 and, for most of those years, owner/chef Hiroharu Ito has been

blue bottle coffee shinjuku

TOKYO | Blue Bottle Coffee Shinjuku is one of the newest Blue Bottle branches in Tokyo, located inside the trendy NEWoMan shopping centre. It’s a busy store, understandably so given its location right near Shinjuku station. Jo Nagasaka from Schemata Architects has designed a light, airy, open space with lots of

TOKYO | Katsukura is considered by many to serve some the best tonkatsu in Kyoto, and thankfully for visitors to Tokyo, there are branches in this city too. The Shinjuku Katsukura is located on the 14th floor of the Takashimaya Department Store, and offers the same menu you’ll find elsewhere in

TOKYO | Tonkatsu is one of our favourite things to eat, and Hasegawa in Tokyo’s Ryogoku neighborhood is one of the best places in town for it. Ordering a tonkatsu set will get you a piece of tonkatsu, along with rice, miso soup, a pile of cabbage salad, pickles, mustard, wasabi,

tsujiri chiyoda

TOKYO | Kyoto-based Saryō Tsujiri have been perfecting the art of matcha, tea, and sweets since 1860, and thankfully visitors to Tokyo can get their fix on the 10th floor of Daimaru Tokyo Station. There are two parts to Saryō Tsujiri – a retail shop and a cafe. The retail shop

national art center tokyo roppongi

TOKYO | The National Art Center, Tokyo opened in Roppongi in January 2007 and in that time has built a reputation as one of the best art museums in Asia (it’s the 20th most visited art museum in the world). It was designed by designed by Kisho Kurokawa (who also designed

hop scotch craft beer whiskey chiyoda

TOKYO | Australian husband and wife, Luke and Jules opened Hopscotch Craft Beer & Whiskey in July 2015, and it wasn’t long before the bar developed a reputation for serving up some of Tokyo’s best beer and whisky. It’s a small venue, hidden away amongst the backstreets near Iidabashi train

hitachino brewing lab tokyo station chiyoda

TOKYO | Hitachino Brewing Lab (Tokyo Station) is a small bar on the roof of Tokyo Station’s GranSta shopping centre that offers visitors the chance to sample Ibaraki’s Kiuchi Brewery’s Hitachino Nest beers across 10 taps and a small bottle selection. Food includes things like Hitachi mackerel sandwich, pork cutlet sandwiches,