Styley Arts & Craft Village
Many stores close Tue. Cab it to the Ichinohashi crossing outside Azabu-juban station. Here you’ll spy cha stop and patisserie The Darjeeling / 5419 7933. Facing the store, take the street to the left of it and first up on the left is Nishikawa Antiques / 3456 1023 / obis and soba bowls from Edo/meiji eras. With your cup overflowing, exit left and left at the next street. About 75m down on the cnr is Itagaki / 5439 9895 / a Japanese leather bag maker that can monogram purchases on the spot. Exit and retrace back up the street and head left at the pachinko parlour for Blanc / 3454 7820 / with 2nd hand designer accessories, and next door Toraya / 5427 1847 / is a milliner who’s been selling titfers for over 50 years. Exit, cross and head left to Eat More Greens / 3798 3191 / for a healthy pit-stop in farmers’ market surrounds, then exit right and up to the square (Honolulu Coffee / 3451 1500 / is on the left corner). At the bottom of the square, turn right up to the main Azabu-juban St. Swing left at Mont Thabor bakery and glide two stores along to find Hasegawa / 5439 9498 / for an intoxicating selection of sake and sake accoutrements. Exit left and at the lights is 150-y/o rice cracker shop Mamegen / 3583 0962 / on the right cnr. Turn left at the lights, heading back to the square, then turn right for Blue & White on the left / 3451 0537 / a pretty indigo fabric and ceramics boutique. In-u-go. Exit left and scoot up and opposite for Sushi Gin (see Lunch). Further up on the right is Un Tiens / 5440 7785 / with handmade lavender and cedar soaps. Retrace and turn right at the square for upscale cosmetics at Fukuya / 3451 3355 / on the left, then carry on and take the first left for magical kaleidoscope shop Mukashi-kan / 3453 4415. A couple of doors down is Azabu Kobo coffee bean specialist, then turn right at the playground, walk straight, and at the intersection turn left, letting your nose lead you to incense shop Kogado / 3452 0351 / on the right. Head back the way you came to the T-junction, where it’s vin o’clock at Mavie+ Organic Station / 6435 0252. Oh, go on, you deserve it!