LUXE City Guides - Tokyo - - Ginza -

Big stores and de­signer fad­dle, but here’s an itin to get you to some lesser-known finds. Have your cab drop you at the Mat­suya depart­ment store / Chuo Dori / 3-6-1 Ginza / 3567 1211. This joint is ba­si­cally pants, but the compact 7/F De­sign Col­lec­tion has the Ja­panese De­sign Com­mit­tee’s pick of moddy cre­ations from pretty wood toys to hi-tech gad­gets. Exit right and pixie skip right at the cor­ner for the flag­ship Ito-ya store (see Ad­vanced Shop.) with 5 floors of sta­tionery, hand­made pa­per and ac­ces­sories, plus good wrap­ping pa­per on the 5/F (they’ll even wrap gifts bought else­where, bless). Out you pop to your right, and twirling right af­ter the Star­bucks you’ll find Ginza Mo­toji (see Ad­vanced Shop.) on the left with ex­quis­ite ki­mono. Exit left and hang a right at the cor­ner, cross­ing Chuo Dori and zip­ping straight up 4th St., past the Ap­ple store. When you see luxe leatherist MCM on the opp. cor­ner, take a right to find RT (see Ad­vanced Shop.) 50m up on your right, and the pearl­tas­tic Miki­moto Bldg at the next junc­tion (Daz­zle / 5259 0991 / is on the top floor). Dou­ble back to MCM, keep go­ing and half­way up on the left is pooch bak­ery The Bark­ery / 3538 4117. Woof! Cont. on to the end of the street where you’ll espy Coach opp. right. Cross over and turn left on the main drag. (Note: if you are drag­ging an irk­some hubby, turn right in­stead, and on the first left is the flag­ship Sony show­room – you can leave him play­ing quite hap­pily here for sev­eral days if need be). Thirsty? Turn right past Armani, and 50m on your right is the green ban­ner of Cha Ginza / 3571 1211 / for a dandy green tea break with com­pli­men­tary sug­ary treats, so kind. Here the street turns into the city’s sweet tooth nir­vana. First up, sin­fully deel­ish eclairs and ice cream at Pierre Mar­col­ini / 5537 0015 / then haute choco­latier Hirsinger / 3572 7558 / next door. Carry on along and over the cross-street on the right is dainty chop­stick em­po­rium Nat­suno / 3569 0952. Exit right and a litte fur­ther up on the left is the back door of avant-garde Dover Street Mar­ket (see Stand­out Stores), com­plete with tea and cake respite Rose Bak­ery on the top floor. Exit via the front en­trance and cross over for the world’s big­gest Uniqlo / 6252 5181 / with 12 floors of cheapy-cheery ba­sics. Exit via the same door and head right; at the cor­ner you’ve got two op­tions. Ei­ther turn left and left again to ex­plore the brand-heavy side of Namiki Dori, or, if you don’t play the name game, turn right and tot­ter up to the main road Chuo Dori, where you’ll find New Melsa depart­ment store / 3573 5511 / on the left cor­ner for great kid­dy­wear at B1/F Fa­mil­iar. Now, ei­ther go left on Chuo Dori up to the main 4-chome junc­tion, home to huge Mit­sukoshi dept store / 3562 1111 / with awe­some food hall, lawn ter­race, lus­cious Ladurée / 3563 2120 / and a host of fab Ja­panese bites on 11/F-12/F. Or, turn right, cross Chuo Dori and the se­cond block on your left is eco-chic Ni­co­las G. Hayek Cen­ter / 6254 7200. Ride the in­di­vid­ual min­ishow­room el­e­va­tors up for seven floors of watches from Swatch to Longines. Time’s up, so cross back over and head left on Chuo Dori to the Shi­seido Bldg (the red one, not the cos­met­ics branch over the road), with gallery space on the B/F and rasp­berry coloured Sa­lon de Café on the 3/F. Tif­fin? Go get your smack­ers around their di­vine desserts. It’s a hard life, but some­one’s got to do it.

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