Inside Tokyo’s Hipster Neighbourhood Shimokitazawa
Not too far from the vibrant Shinjuku and Shibuya lies a hidden gem which will steal your heart with its quirky and charming flair: the bohemian neighborhood of Shimokitazawa, which is the hipster hotspot of Tokyo.
This part of Tokyo stands out for its countless narrow streets, where it doesn’t matter if you follow your path or get lost. No matter which turn you take, you’ll find alluring vintage shops, unconventional cafes and countless second-hand shops.
In Shimokitazawa, you can also find natural and organic lattes to satisfy your inner coffee-lover in almost every corner, and unusual but delicious food for your foodie-desires. Oh, and the best part? Everything in Shimokitazawa is cheap, due to the district being located some ways from the city center. The hipster capital is worth paying a visit to, even if it’s just to feel the relaxing and chill vibes that are emerging from everyone you come across. Here’s what you can do in Shimokitazawa.
There are many vintage shops full of interesting, high-quality and not-always-costly clothes. One of the most popular vintage shops is Chicago, which boasts mostly American clothes and a flashy neon sign (so you can also find it very easily). It has a few locations in Tokyo, but the store in Shimokitazawa is one of the largest.
Haight & Ashbury
You’ll want to go to Haight & Ashbury when you are looking for something special and luxurious, but in a more vintage style. Their huge chandelier in the middle of the store promises you that their pieces are of high-quality and one of a kind, but even if you’re not looking to stock up your wardrobe, it pays to browse over their unique items.
Their neon-illuminated mascot can be seen from far away and welcomes you to their both new and used collection of American vintage clothes. They have hard-to-beat sales and a cheerful atmosphere all around, so make sure to drop by if you get the chance!
THE SUNDRIES SHOP
You can spend hours walking around the pretty streets of Shimokitazawa, finding one cute shop after another. During your travels, you will find so many of these shops are full of sundries – items you never thought you would need but will seriously consider purchasing at first sight. The variety of merchandise will steal your eyes and, not surprisingly, your time. Two of my favourite stores are:
Antique Life Jin
FOOD AND DRINKS
There are too many delicious little places to name them all individually, but I do want to highlight one place that is incredibly good. One of them is a small coffee shop called “Moldives” and its coffee tastes superb. There are so many little details put into the design of the interior of the shop and with an incredibly nice staff, you will have a great time sitting there and watch people as they pass by.
Besides that, there are plenty of delicious ramen stores (even vegetarian ones), American cuisine restaurants and even a Taqueria. Whatever your heart desires, you will find it in Shimokitazawa.
If you can’t spend a good day in Shimokitazawa, don’t fret! The hipster capital has even more to offer during is nightlife. Shimokitazawa is famous for its theaters and its 21 clubs, which are all near to the station Shimo-kitazawa Station. Many new comedians and bands perform here to make themselves a name, and even if you don’t have the necessary language skills – it is all worth for the experience, which you will definitely not forget.