Tokyo’s laid-back Daikanyama, just south of the energetic Shibuya neighborhood, is a hilly district of narrow and winding streets, complemented by smartly designed boutiques and swank cafés.
The highlight of Daikanyama T-Site, a tranquil shopping hub, is the Tsutaya bookstore flagship, a combination of three individual buildings wrapped in a façade of interlocking white T’s. Tsutaya is one of Japan’s largest booksellers and its store, with an interior of dark wood bookshelves and blond wood floors, is an ode to traditional paper-made books. The second level of Tsutaya’s main pavilion is crowned by Café Anjin, a contemporary lounge with an impressive display of vintage magazines and books encircling designer sofas, modern lighting, and intricately painted panels. Grab a cappuccino or cocktail, and order a meal off the iPad menus while perusing Japanese magazines from the 60s and 70s. Beyond Tsutaya, T-Site has an array of stores including the Daikanyama Kitamura Camera Shop, the Daikanyama Motovelo electric bike shop, and the Green Dog Daikanyama pet shop. Across from the Tsutaya complex sits the open and airy Ivy Place, a contemporary restaurant with outdoor seating on two terraces and a simple menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and seafood, like the Hokkaido scallops and grilled swordfish.
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