1. The Guest Café and Diner at Parco is a must-go on my list just because I’m here almost every other month. They’ve been changing their themes a lot- from Hello Kitty, Kiki and Lala, My Melody, Funashi, Pokémon cafe Ω Ruby & α Sapphire, among many others! It’s definitely one of the cafés you should visit whilst in Tokyo. If there are many people lining up, they’re giving out timed-entry ticket, where in you’ll just have to come back on the specified time.
2. Meet up with your friends or new found friends in front of Hachiko’s statue. This Shibuya attraction brings so much memories because I’ve met a lot of amazing new people here and I’ve also taken my visitor friends here for photo taking purposes. Not to mention I love Shibainu, probably the only kind of dog I like and I cried watching Hachiko when I was younger.
3. Although I’m having doubts about sharing my new secret hideout, it’s just so special to me to the point I don’t want other people to know about it.. but here it goes, dine at “And People” Café. When I first went here with Marippe, it was for dinner so all their candles were lit up, then someone had a birthday celebration and to top it of, a proposal while Only You by John Lennon was being played. Good times! Don’t be fooled by it’s exterior, inside it was the loveliest café that I’ve ever been to! Try their pizza and pasta, you won’t believe how mouthwatering it is.
Address: 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya, Udagawacho, 10−2, 新東京ビル
Telephone number: +81 3-6416-3926
4. Shop at Shibuya 109. Does this even surprise you? Name your favourite Japanese retail brand and it’s probably here. Here are my top stores to go to whilst in 109: EMODA, Dazzlin, (and other Markstyler brands), SLY, Fig and Viper, LIZ LISA, MOUSSY, KOKOKim, Me%, TWINROOM, Honey Bunch, Swankiss and titty&Co.
5. Tower Records or (Tawa-reco for Japanese, if you can’t find Tower Records and you have to ask a stranger, try to pronounce it this way) for their awesome book and magazine selection. I’ve found my favourites Lula, Rookie and a lot of foreign magazines here. They also have a café and some collaboration. When I last went there with Emika and Kaila, it was Rilakkuma! Everyone’s favourite bear. For people who wanted a decaf alternative, they also have plenty of drinks to choose from. Recently I got to try their decaf mint melange tea which taste like peppermint! Also, I’ve been looking for Amo’s book called “Get Up Girly” and found it here.
6. There are lots of Pierre Hermé stalls around Japan but this Hikarie branch is the one I go to particularly. If you haven’t tried it, please do! Macaron heaven, for sure!
7. Alice in Dance Land is located under Bershka store. I’ve been there once with Tricia! We both don’t recommend their drinks but you have to order one for each person if you want to dine though. Try their avocado and shrimp dish that’s shaped like a catterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, it was sooo good! Their location is pretty tricky, so if every you find yourself lost..
Address: Shibuya PARCO, 〒150-0042 東京都渋谷区宇田川町16番9号, ゼロゲート, 地下1F
Zero gate B1, 16-9, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0042
8. Indulge yourself at DEN Rokuen-Tei (still in Parco) for their mouthwatering take on Japanese cuisine. I highly recommend trying their Shabu Shabu and Sashimi set! It’s kinda pricey so make sure to bring your friends/ family when you visit.
9. I’ve only been to Trump Room once and it’s for a vintage night market organized by Grimoire but I think that even if you’re not a party person like me, their interiors are worth a visit!
10. Few years ago Grimoire’s VERUM stocking collection was a big trend in Tokyo Fashion, I was still living in Kansai area that time but I’ve ordered an angel printed tights online. Now that I’m pretty close to Tokyo, I won’t miss out on visiting Grimoire’s store.
11. You’ll find purikura machines every where in Japan as much as vending machines but Shibuya is Shibuya so gotta make some memories while here.
12. I know it’s kind of evil (I still try my best to support small and local businesses despite this) but I love shopping at High Street / Department stores just because they are mostly affordable. And if you are looking for Forever 21, Bershka, Zara, Uniqlo and H&M, Shibuya got these for you!
13. Fake Tokyo for brands that I could only dream about like JACQUEMUS, MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF, CAMEO, Charles Anastase, Kenzo, Mikio Sakabe, Olympia Le-Tan, Sretsis, Vivetta, among many others.
14. Dine at La Boheme Qualita. Their best sellers are fresh oysters but I say, go here for the awesome interior and good food!
15. When you’re already there but still can’t go to either Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea. There’s a Disney Store right in Shibuya, of course the selection is still better inside the amusement park but just in case you want to check it out!
16. Dine at family restaurants like Fujiya. It’s not only affordable but the set meals are really filling too. Try their best-selling strawberry shortcake if you want your cakes sweet. They also have lunch sets that includes a slice of cake (you can pick which flavour).
17. Loft. I mostly go here for their awesome bits and bobs.
18. Muji for everything simple as it’s name suggest! I highly recommend their acrylic cases for make-up and other tiny stuff and their aroma diffuser!
19. Take photos while in Shibuya Crossing. Why not? Everyone is doing it.
20. If you’re a One Piece fan, visit Mugiwara Store at Parco. Photo taking is allowed so go ahead!
21. Sometimes those sketchy looking buildings are just full of izakaya. I don’t have any particular izakaya recommendation, I just go to random ones and surprise myself.
22. Tokyu Hands – looking for paint brushes, art supplies, chocolate molder, a spare luggage bag, toys? Anything you’re looking for must be here.
23. Don Quijote for Halloween costumes, Japanese snacks and drinks for cheaper price, make-up goods, etc.
24. Tsutaya and Starbucks at QFront building. You cannot miss this because it’s right in front of Shibuya Crossing. I don’t really spend my time here but I do drop by to take photos from the top.
25. Running out of things to do? Bowling at EST might be a good idea?
26. Ichiran Ramen for their special take of tonkotsu ramen!
27. Maidreamin is said to be the number 1 maid café & bar. They have 6 branches in Akihabara, 10 more branches all over Japan and 1 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Address: Horaiya Bldg B1F, 30-1 Udawagawa-cho
Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0042
28. Shibuya Halloween is fast-becoming an attraction in Japan. I haven’t really tried it but seeing photos of it is unbelievable. The next time I live in Japan, I must really go.