T O K Y O 

Tokyo

To eat & drink

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* = must go 

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* Sahsya Kanetanaka (Japanese) - stunning, stunning space, light and airy, zen, beautiful natural light, really delicious food too. It's by the huge Nespresso store at Omotesando Hills, you go into the small building and take the lift up to 2/F. Remember to call and book in advance. Menu - last 2 pages of the slide show (zoom in). 

 The Cafe by Aman Tokyo 

The Cafe by Aman Tokyo 

* The Cafe by Aman Tokyo (French) - This restaurant-cafe has the most beautiful lighting - the walls are glass so it lets natural light filter in from outside and it's the most mesmerising thing. Everyone orders the crepes here during afternoon tea.  Remember to call and book in advance. Definitely pop upstairs into the Aman Tokyo to see the lobby! Also, The Restaurant by The Aman (Italian, 33/F or Lobby floor) is also pretty good - come here for lunch or afternoon tea. Beautiful views of Tokyo. 

  • Ukai Tei - best teppanyaki
  • Yakumo saryo - elegant modern kaiseki. The brainchild of the ever-talented creative director, Shinichiro Ogata (best known for his interior work on Andaz Tokyo, Aesop and the elegant Wasara product line) 
  • Higashi-yama - seasonal Japanese dishes, tempura, wagyu. http://higashiyama-tokyo.jp/e/lunch/ 
  • Fine dining: Florilege & Narisawa for French-Jap, L'Effervescence 
  • Friends' recommendations: Hama (Roppongi) for beef Ukai for tofu, traditional restaurant in the heart of Tokyo http://www.ukai.co.jp/english/ginza/ 
  • Bars: Hotel Trunk Bar 
  • Kaisendon at Tsujihan
  • Cedros, Daikanyama - Owned by two brothers who grew up in San Diego, this cozy seafood restaurant is “like Japan meets Italy meets California,

Cafes 

  • Cafe Kitsune
  • Blue Bottle
  • Dawn Chan's recs (2-time HK barista champion, previously at Cupping Room, now owner of Amber Coffee Brewery): Fuglen, unlimited coffee tokyo, Nozy Coffee, Maruyama Coffee, Omotesando Koffee.

To shop 

  • GINZA SIX - GINZA Tsutaya Books markets itself as the “World’s Best Art Bookstore” gosh do they have an impressive art, design, photography book selection (over 60,000, including 50 types of big rare, valuable and vintage texts). The Starbucks has a collection of books, art, fashion magazines and auction house catalogues. 
  • Daikanyama T-site - be sure to check out the Anjin Lounge
  • IMA concept store - photography gallery, cafe, bookshop
  • La Kagu - formerly a book warehouse, now store, cafe http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/topics_event/topics/141125/topics.html 
  • Cibone - ceramics
  • Post - specialist bookstore 
  • Natur - floral jewellery shop with a beautiful staircase http://www.surfacemag.com/articles/travel-tokyo-flowers-jewelry-shop/ 

To see & do 

Museums

  • National Art Center 
  • Nezu Museum
  • 21_21 Design Sight
  • Hara museum of contemporary art
  • Pigment museum Tokyo
  • Ginza graphic museum 

K Y O T O

To eat & drink

* = must go

Cafes 

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To shop 

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