I love Tokyo. Its probably one of my most favourite cities in the world. Below is a list of great stuff to do beyond what you find in tourist guides:
- Kisuke (2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo). The thought of beef tongue wouldn’t normally inspire me to eat, but after visiting this little place under Tokyo station, I’ve changed my mind. You can have the tongue grilled in different ways (say with salt or soy) and it’s not as chewy as you’d imagine. Great for a quick and different lunch.
- Hakuhinkan (8-8-11, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo). Probably the most famous toy shop in Tokyo. It has everything you can imagine from cute Japanese toys to Ghibli teddy bears to regular toys. You’ll be sure to find something for your kids.
- Chaya Macrobiotics Shiodome (Royal Park Tower, 1-6-3 Higashi-Shinbashi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo).This healthy café was at the entrance of the hotel tower I was staying at. It serves super-healthy food mainly fish and vegan. I got addicted to their smoothies – my favourite was the “Kale Cacao Turmeric” one.
- Sony Centre (5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo). This is the flagship store of Sony and features a great innovation floor. It’s nicely designed so that you walk up the building seeing all Sony products.
- Tokyu Hands (Daimaru Tokyo Building 8-10F, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). I love this store. It features lots of household products and many that you only find in Japan. On my recent trip, I bought a beauty face mask in the form a “Minion” from “Despicable Me”!
- Art Bar Creative (2-9 – 9 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo ). A venue for creatives. They hold regular painting classes for beginners. Though they are in Japanese, I could still follow the lesson.
- Double Tall Cafe (Shibuya East Side Building 2F, 3-12-24 Shibuya, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo).This was less about the food and more about the entertainment. Every first and third Tuesday of every month, comedians come together to perform their new material. It’s all in English and the comedians are predominantly foreigners. I never thought of Tokyo as a place for stand-up, but there you go!
- Ginza Lobby (2-7-7 Ginza Chuo, Tokyo).You may miss the entrance, but this little elegant restaurant is nice hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Ginza. The food is great and they have an excellent taster menu.