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28. Lo­cal knowl­edge

De­signed to pro­mote lo­cal food, the mixed-use space Shun Shoku Lounge (Umekita Plaza, 4-1 Ofuka­cho, Kita-ku) fea­tures a strik­ing in­te­rior cre­ated by cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect Kengo Kuma from lay­ered pan­els of wood. You can buy fresh pro­duce and use touch screens to nav­i­gate lo­cal restau­rants. The on-site staff can also make reser­va­tions at restau­rants that can be hard for tourists to ac­cess by them­selves.

29. Pure Zen

Find a se­lec­tion of crafts and Ja­panese house­hold items at Hito­fushi (1-12-28 Ky­omachi­bori, Nishi-ku; +81 6 6225 7675), from fine ceram­ics and sim­ple pot scrub­bers to chop­sticks.

30. Chic street

Tachibana-dori, or Or­ange Street, is one of the city’s hippest shop­ping ar­eas. Pre­vi­ously a fur­ni­ture dis­trict, it’s now dot­ted with small bou­tiques and cafés. Don’t miss the stylish fash­ion, home­wares and plants at Biotop (, which looks like a lux­u­ri­ous green­house. The rooftop café is a good lunch spot that of­fers fresh juices and or­ganic piz­zas.

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