Un­der­ground Vibe

LUXE City Guides - Tokyo - - Nakameguro -

A river (canal) runs through this boho-hip quar­ter of young cre­atives and tren­doid bars n’ cafés. Have your cab drop you at the cnr of Ya­mate and Ko­mazawa Dori at Bals life­style store / 5773 5500 / for fur­ni­ture, skin­care and pooch sa­lon. Trot over the ze­bra cross­ing to­wards Nakame­guro sta­tion, keep­ing the un­der­pass on your left. Just be­fore the train bridge turn right and head to­wards the canal (you’ll walk past yum pizza at Salvatore). Cross the canal bridge and turn left at the bar­ber, tak­ing note of rowdy, hip lo­cal iza­kaya Otaru opp. Keep­ing the canal on your left, find Vase / 5458 0337 / in an old house for sharp Euro-wear (m/w), then head down the small lane just be­fore Vase for vin­tage frocks at Tokyo Lam­poon / 3780 0076. At the end turn left for edge de­sign digs 1LDK / 5728 7140 / in the grey bldg to the left, also home to a pan­cake-flip­ping caff. Exit left and head left back to the river, then turn right and cont. along the near­side bank where you’ll find Car­life / 5784 0932 / for ca­sual w/wear just a 3 min stroll away. Cont. un­til you reach Gen­eral Re­search / 5728 7140 / for street gear and quirky Cow Books / 5459 1747 / cow­books.jp / sell­ing od­dball, out-of-print ti­tles. 2 mins on, you’ll spot pet store Snob­bish Ba­bies on the cnr, and to the right of it, ex­quis­ite baubles at Géodésique / geode­sique.co.jp. Cross over the bridge, then take a left to walk along the re­turn canal path, with the wa­ter on the left. Try on nextgen ki­mono at Ka­puki (see Ad­vanced Shop.), and fur­ther along spy the neon V for men’s store Ven­dor / 6452 3072. Next, strike a pause at sweet café Squash Blossom / 6303 4554 / or skip back to the sta­tion for Baird Beer Tap­room’s / 2/F / 5768 3025 / craft brews and ’zas. Easy peasy Ja­pane­sey.

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