Tokyo is big on coffee culture just like many other metropolitan cities with well known foreign coffee companies like Blue Bottle Coffee, and Fuglen having their first international flagship cafe in this very city (pssst...for those tea lovers, Alfred Tea Room is coming to Tokyo in a few days too!).
I'm sure you've also heard about some unique and crazy cafes here such as maid cafe, owl cafe, dungeon cafe or Alice in Wonderland themed cafe... I'm no expert in coffee, but if you're like me and are just looking for a quiet charming place where you can catch up with your friends or read a book, here's a list of 6 cafes that are perfect for you!
When visiting Japan for a limited number of days, it's natural to want to see all the landmarks like Asakusa Temple to visit the historical part of Tokyo, Harajuku for shopping and culture, Tokyo Tower to see the view, ...etc and before you know it its time to go to Kyoto and Osaka! However, sometimes its nice to escape from your busy schedule and take a few hours to stroll around the many free admission markets that exist on the weekends right in the center of Tokyo. It'll rewind you from looking up at all the tall skyscrapers, and be a nice chance to emerge into a friendly atmosphere where you can get some inspiration from local artists, and talk directly with the artisans to hear about their inspirations too!
1. The Farmer's Market at United Nations University
The most central and concise market you will find in Tokyo, if you want to spend just an hour or so getting to know what's trending in Tokyo. Every weekend they have a different theme whether its
One calm Sunday, we decided to visit the peaceful area of Ginza-Icchome just off of the big busy shopping district of Ginza. Below are a few of the shops we walked into and enjoyed, as well as a map of some other places and restaurants to check out if you are in the area :)
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When friends come to stay in Tokyo, one of the first things they tell me is that hotels are so expensive here. A tiny little business hotel with bathtubs made for midgets can easily cost $100+, and although Airbnb is always an option sometimes even that can get quite pricey.
If being spot in the middle of Shinjuku is your priority, staying at a capsule hotel may be a choice.
But if you don't mind being a couple of stations away, here are 6 chic but budget-friendly hostels where you are more likely to meet some interesting people, so you can share a cab on your way back from a club in Shibuya, or drinks in Shinjuku at 3 in the morning!