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Complete Guide - Things To Do in Shimokitazawa (Updated)

Food & Drink

Published on 20 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Complete Guide - Things To Do in Shimokitazawa (Updated)

Food & Drink

Published on 20 Dec 2018

by WorldRoamer® Travel Team

Wondering which Shimokitazawa hotels, cafe, bars or thrift stores to stay or shop at? This 'things to do in Shimokitazawa' guide is the perfect gift for you.

Immerse in the bohemian vibe in this trendy neighbourhood. While you are there, here are some places you should check out.

Hipster, artsy, indie, bohemian in Tokyo? That would mean Shimokitazawa. Although a little less well known than Shibuya and Shinjuku, this trendy neighbourhood has become popular over the recent years with both locals and foreigners alike. Here are some highlights of the hood.

THRIFT STORES

There is an abundance of second-hand and vintage stores in the area. If you rummage through the heaps and piles, you may find a gem that is wallet-friendly. Head first to Stick Out, where everything is just 700 yen, or even as low as 100 yen on the sale racks. Within a block of one another would be Wego, Big Time or Mode Off, a few shops good for affordable used clothing. You can offload your clothes at New York Joe Exchange, a store that sells imported, non-branded and used clothing.

Stick Out
Address: 2F, 2-Chome−14-16 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 3487 3266
Website: www.stickout.co.jp

Wego
Address: Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-29-3 Oak Plaza 1F
Opening Hours:
Tel: +81 3 5790 5525
Website: www.wego.jp

Big Time
Address: 〒155-0031 Tokyo, Setagaya, 北沢2丁目26−15 1F・2F
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 9:30pm daily
Tel: +81 050 3803 2253
Website: www.bigtime.jp

Mode Off
Address: Shimokitazawa Green Garden, Kitazawa 2-26-14, Setagaya-ku
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5738 7140
Website: www.hardoff.co.jp

New York Exchange
Address: 3 Chome-26-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 6:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5738 2077
Website: newyorkjoeexchange.com

NIGHT LIFE

Who would think you’d have fun at Mother? – a bar that is themed eclectically and retains a tinge of classiness along with it. You can play your own CDs if you don’t like the rock music in the house. If soul and R&B is more your thing, you might enjoy Algonquin’s Bar that is hidden from plain sight but is actually just a 10-min walk from the Shimokitazawa station. Live music is also good in the area, and Shimokitazawa Three has a regular hive of independent and upcoming bands.

Shimokitazawa Three
Address: Kitazawa 5-18-1 B1F, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Live music, 3:30pm to 9:30pm; Club music, 11:30pm to 5:00am
Tel: +81 3 5486 8804
Website: www.toos.co.jp

Mother
Address: 5-36-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku Tokyo\ Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 2:00am (last food orders 1am) daily
Tel: +81 3 3421 9519
Website: www.facebook.com/Mother-Shimokitazawa

Algonquin’s Bar
Address: 5-6-14 Daizawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 8:00pm to 4:00am; Closed on Sat
Tel: +81 3 3412 6942
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Algonquins-Bar

CAFES

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Cafes are all around Shimokitazawa. If you enjoy a cuppa with art in your cup, you might like Ballon d’Essai’s efforts in their latte art. We aren’t sure if Frankie is a spin-off from the Australian magazine but this café brings the Melbourne coffee culture to Tokyo. Whether or not you like Frankie magazine, you can visit the namesake for its Aussie vibe. If you are serious about your coffee, you should put Bear Pond Espresso to the test. Katsa Tanaka is a barista who honed his barista skills in NYC and brought his skills to his home city. Their famed espresso is served only until 1pm because they sell only 30 per day.

Frankie
Address: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo Kitazawa 2-chome, 12-15
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun, 10:00am to 8:00pm; Closed on Mon
Tel: +81 3 6356 5305
Website: www.frankie.jp

Ballon D’essai
Address: 2 Chome-30-11 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 155-0031 Japan
Opening Hours: Tue to Fri, 11:30am to 9:00pm; Sat, Sun, and Holidays, 10:30am to 9:00pm; Closed on Mon
Tel: +81 3 6407 0511
Website: www.ballondessai.com

Bear Pond Espresso
Address: 2-36-12 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo Japan 155-0031
Opening Hours: Wed to Mon,11:00am to 5:30pm; Closed On Tues
Tel: +81 3 5454 2486
Website: www.bear-pond.com

FOOD

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There’s a street food galore in the area, so you can go around snacking happily. There are some that you shouldn’t miss, such as Toyochinotamago, an egg pudding that’s extremely creamy and silky. Tenmaya offers curry in a croquette with bits of beef and vegetables. If you are so hungry you could eat a horse, head to Sendaiya, a natto (fermented soy beans) store that offers an all-you-can-eat option. If you are looking for an Izakaya, go to Totoshigure, where you can order skewers in an old Japanese house. Same goes for Kokera and Shirube. However, don’t miss Shimokita Cage, which is almost a permanent kitchen under the train tracks. This space hosts food trucks with a prison-like façade that is actually one of the most welcoming dining communes in the city.

Toyochinotamago
Address: 2-37-16, Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5790 9385
Website: www.shimo-kitazawa.tokyo

Tenmaya
Address: 2-12-12 Kitazawa
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:30pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5787 6810

Totoshigure
Address: 5 Chome-30-12 Daizawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0032, Japan
Opening Hours: 5:00pm to 12:00am daily
Tel: +81 3 3419 6125
Website: r.gnavi.co.jp

Sendaiya
Address: 3 Chome-25-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 6:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5431 3935

Kokera
Address: Tomokazu Bldg. 102, 2-3-12 Kitazawa , Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 5:00pm to 12:30am; Last order at 11:30pm; Closed on Sun
Tel: +81 3 3413 3231

Shirube
Address: 2 Chome-18-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: 5:30pm to 12:00am daily
Tel: +81 3 3413 3785

Shimokita Cage
Address: 2-6-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya 155-0031, Tokyo Prefecture
Opening Hours: 1:00pm to 12:00am daily
Tel: +81 3 6407 0707
Website: s-cage.com

OTHER FUN STUFF

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This neighbourhood has a lot to offer, not just what’s mentioned above. You might spot mime artists on the streets and quirky stores such as Ehimade, which sells artisanal products that include the imabari towel. A health food chain Natural House is also located here, so don’t worry about not finding organic products. Swing Toys sells, of course, toys – from Disney to Marvel to anime. If you are looking to have books and beer at one place, B&B is where we will catch you spending your afternoon.

Ehimade
Address: Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-29-14 emperor's virtue Bill
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 6416 8610
Website: www.ehimade.jp

Natural House
Address: 2 Chome-26-3 Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031, Japan
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 09:00pm daily
Tel: + +81 3 3465 8556

Swing Toys
Address: 北沢2-25-4 Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031 Japan
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 6407 1498
Website: swingtoystokyo.com

B&B
Address: 2F, 2-12-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00pm to 12:00am daily
Tel: +81 3 64508272
Website: bookandbeer.com

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