LUXE shares one of our favourite on-foot retail itineraries for stylistas in this charming nabe, chokka with sharp boutiques for the discriminating shopper. We’ve got Daikanyama’s fashion, accessories and foodie pit stops covered…
Have your cab drop you at swish complex Daikanyama T-Site / 3770 2525 / on Kyu-yamate Dori at 17-5 Sarugaku-cho, home to sprawling Tsutaya Books. Exit the site left – noting Caffè Michelangelo / 3770 9517 / at 29-3 opp. for terrace java/eats – and walk on to TK’s best denim store Hollywood Ranch Market at 28-17 / 3463 5668 / hrm.co.jp / and int’l brand hub Via Bus Stop at 28-14 / 5459 1567 / viabusstop.com.
Retrace and turn right into the first main drag after Ranch Market; Nîmes / 1/F/ Nobu House / 26-11 Sarugaku-cho / 3463 0526 / innocent.co.jp / is on the right for French stripy separates, then turn right after Nîmes and look for the scissor sign for cornershop Denham (m/w) at 25-08, including jeans and urban threads / 3463 2258 / denhamthejeanmaker.com. Either exit Denham left then go left and continue 20m to find togs à la mode at Sarugaku mini mall on the right / 26-2 /, or cross over to the wooden deck complex for Kodomo BEAMS / 1/F/ 19-7 / 5428 4844 / beams.co.jp/global/shop/kd / with cool kids’ clobber, and B Jirushi Yoshida / 1/F-2/F / 19-6 / 5428 5951 / bijirushi.com / for chic sacs.
Carry on to the junction and straight ahead is unmarked Okura at 20-11 Sarugaku-cho / 3461 8511 / hrm.co.jp/okura / for floaty, indigo clothing and bags, then exiting Okura right, nip downstairs for organic bites at Bombay Bazar / 3461 8512 / bombaybazar.jp. Hai, domo… Exit, turn left and just past Okura is rugged clothier Journey / 20-10 / 3461 8506 / hrm.co.jp/journey / plus out-there foot candy (m/w) at Alfredo Bannister / 20-9 / 5458 5010 / abahouse.co.jp / on the left, and Bonjour Records / 24-1 / 5458 6020 / bonjour.jp / on the right.
Take the next left after Bannister and 10m along on the left is Onitsuka Tiger / 1/F / 20-7 Sarugaku-cho / 5489 1711 / onitsukatiger.com / for Kill Bill kicks. Exit left then spin left again into the tiny alley to find hidden Mukuri / 20-4 / 5458 6991 / closed Thu / for pottery, textiles and a green tea café. Exit right and continue ahead past the crossing for neat tenugui fabrics on the right at Kamawanu / 23-1 / 3780 0182 / kamawanu.co.jp, then at the main road go left until you meet playful style stars Sunao Kuwahara / 1/F / 5728 2897 / and Tsumori Chisato / 5728 3225, part of La Fuente Daikanyama mall / 11-1 Sarugaku-cho / lafuente-daikanyama.com.
Choices. Exit left and wander on for retro h/ware and antiques, or retrace and cross over to the giant sunflower, following the street downhill for more spiffy stores, plus bubblicious tea shop Chun Shui Tang / 1/F / 20-9 Daikanyama-cho / 6809 0234. Daikanyummy!