Marunouchi / Yu­raku­cho

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Fi­nan­cial district turned up­scale retail zone, it’s buzzi­est week­days, re­laxed week­ends. Purses out, Pam! Have your cab drop you at the back of The Penin­sula (see Ac­com.). With your back to the ho­tel, the street on your left is Marunouchi 7th St. Turn right onto 7th, then left at the train tracks to find Est­na­tion / 5159 7800 / im­me­di­ately on your left for gal/guy ap­parel (opp. is Bic Cam­era – a.k.a hell). Exit left and zip up a block to Ships / 5252 7748 / for more chic threads (m/w). Nip out and cross straight into the road to the left of Bic (you’ll espy the land­mark Tokyo Int’l Fo­rum op­po­site), go un­der the bridge and on to the ir­re­sistible life­style em­po­rium Muji / 5208 8241 / on your left, com­plete with or­ganic kaff. Exit, re­trace your steps back to Ships and keep go­ing straight an­other 50m on 5th St. for Patis­serie Sada­haru Aoki / 5293 2800 / with works of art pur­port­ing to be cakes, and fancy chocs at La Mai­son du Chocolat / 3201 6006. Now turn next right into glam Marunouchi-naka Dori. La­bels, Ma­bel. Hit Plain Peo­ple / 5218 2218 / one-be-one.com / on the right for sub­dued and comfy clothes and cu­rios, then sashay on to the polka-dot façade of ul­tra mod m/w out­fit­ter Comme des Garçons / 3216 0016. Sweaty, Betty? Take five up on the left at Tokyo tea ti­tan Ip­podo / 6212 0202 / with its zen-tas­tic mod sa­lon. Tot­ter on and turn right at Her­mès onto 4th St. past Parisianesque brasserie Aux Amis / 6212 1566, and fire to the end to find the Pa­pas & Non­non flag­ship store / 3284 8847 / a tem­ple of preppy cot­ton and cash­mere duds. Dou­ble back to Marunouchi-naka, turn right and scoot 75m along into The Sov­er­eign House / 6212 2150 / sov­er­eign-house.jp / to find ev­ery­thing for the wealthy gent. Stag­ger right out of the store, cross the street and march straight into Brick Square, a smart mall with some great eats like La Bou­tique de Joël Robu­chon for sarnies and galettes, but­ter crois­sant heaven Echire (see Coffee), and ra­men king Hakata Ip­pudo / 3217 2888. Pass The Ba­ton (see Stand­out Stores) with its med­ley of re­pur­posed togs is here too. The next block up on the right homes Old Eng­land / 3217 2850 / and Land of To­mor­row / 3217 2855 / both for el­e­gant guys n’ gals gear, fol­lowed on the next block by eth­i­cal clob­ber, craft, and ac­ces­sories at Kagure / 6266 8383. Turn right into 2nd St. to find Éd­i­fice et Iéna / 6212 2460 / for French life­style bob­ble, then over to your right is the red-brick Tokyo Sta­tion, where the bul­let trains live, and opp. is the Marunouchi Bldg. Pile in to 2/F aqua­girl for fun w/wear, and Con­ran / 3/F / 5288 6600 / for snappy h/ware. Snacky? You’re spoilt for choice. Juicy burg­ers plus an atrium deck at chain­store Kua’aina 5/F, Daigomi Ro­bata Grill / 5/F / 5219 7011, or Thai Mango Tree / 35/F / 5224 5489 / are here. The other shiny tower opp. Tokyo Sta­tion is the Shin Marunouchi Bldg with mad milliner CA4LA / 3201 7033, and old school sta­tionery at Del­fon­ics / 3287 5135, both in the Pas­sage on 1/F. Pop up to 6/F for a swig at W.W. / 5288 7829 / with vin by the glass, and there’s a ter­race one floor up to rest tired toot­sies, a rar­ity in th­ese parts. Oishii!

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