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23, Model & blogger, Nagoya - Japan

You know all those “next big things” the Japanese seem the best at coming up with? Well, many of them can be traced back to this well defined quarter of Tokyo. A veritable hotbed of creativity and inspiration from food to fashion and design, the Harajuku district promises all manner of delights around every corner! Model and blogster, Nagisa reveals her secret addresses, all destined to be “the next big thing”.

Shop the Harajuku (Tokyo) look: Backpack

Hotel: Meguro Gajoen

1-8-1 Shimo-Meguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Get off at Meguro station and step inside Meguro Gajoen to discover an oasis of peace and tranquility. With its serene courtyard garden (complete with waterfall!), this “Dragon Palace” is my favorite place to recover from the hustle and bustle of the city. Best of all, you can find accommodation here from as little as 10,000 yen per person.

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Breakfast: World Breakfast Allday

1F, 3-1-23 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

When it comes to breakfast, even the most adventurous travellers often like to stick to what they know. And no matter where you come from in the world, this quaint café/restaurant is bound to have what you’re looking for. “Discover the world through breakfast” is the concept and they complement it with regular cultural events and cooking classes related to a different featured country every month. As a fan of both food and travel, I don’t miss an opportunity to take part!

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  • Monday-Sunday 7.30am-9.00pm

Art: MoMA Store

Gyre 3F, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

If, like me, you have an unquenchable thirst for the latest in art and design, you’ll know why this is one of my favorite stores ever! The first branch of the New York “MoMA DESIGN STORE”, the spacious interior contains all kinds of beautiful and ingenious items. To inspire anyone from the curious to the connoisseur.

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  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Candy: Candy Show Time

Nest Harajuku 1F, 6-7-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Candy, candy, and – you can never quite get enough – candy! In every possible flavor. In every possible shape. I often come here to buy someone a present, and walk out having bought myself one. You can watch the candy being made right in front of you. Like magic! How do you like my new candy disguise?

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  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Concept store: Quico

5-16-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Quico lies tucked away in a quiet alley behind “Cat Street” and hidden away inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of fashion, furniture and decorative items. A curious and quirky blend of styles from contemporary design to ethnic chic. And I just love the tree they’ve planted in the middle of the store!

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  • Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-8.00pm

Caramel: Number Sugar

1F, 5-11-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

You probably already guessed it: I have a sweet tooth! This time, my sugar rush brings me to Number Sugar. Here you can quietly observe the production process of caramel. All natural, with no added flavorings, colorings, or preservatives. The secret to the best tasting caramel ever!! The similarly natural interior almost makes it feel like time stands still in this temple of sweetness!

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  • Monday 11.00am-8.00pm
  • Wednesday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Lunch: Organic table by Lapaz

Rm 15, Harajuku New Royal Bldg. 1F, 3-38-11, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

OK, after all that sugar, it’s time for a healthy lunch! Start by choosing a base salad and then choose from around 30 different ingredients and toppings to make your own special salad. Everything is organic and while super healthy, the salads are generously portioned to satisfy your hunger. I love sitting by the large windows on a sunny day, watching the world go by.

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Opening Hours
  • Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-12.00am

Vintage 1: Brooklyn Charm

4-25-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

They say style is in the details! And that goes for jewellery and accessories. So why not create your own original piece at Brooklyn Charm? Choose from a selection of nearly two thousand different charms, chains, stones, etc. including a fair share of vintage pieces. So, what should I make today?

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  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Flowers: Diligence Parlour

4-26-24 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

You won’t believe how many amazing things can come out of this tiny florist’s! Located inside the popular Theatre Products shop, all you have to do is give the assistant a general direction and they will whip up a beautiful bouquet for you. Complete with all manner of cute, miscellaneous items. They also offer a decoration service for special occasions. To add a little floral flair to your party!

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  • Monday-Wednesday 12.00pm-8.00pm
  • Friday-Saturday 12.00pm-8.00pm

Clothing: Beams Boy

1F, 3-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

I wish I could buy everything from the Beams fashion line! This store is a personal favorite of mine. And since I’m currently into casual and sporty looks, I recently hunted down a T-shirt and sneakers here. I especially adore how they dress the mannequins, always with plenty of style and charm!

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  • Monday-Sunday 11.00am-8.00pm

Coffee: Streamer Coffee Company

3-28-19 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Are you also a fan of latte art? Well, this coffee shop is owned and run by the world champion! Grab a cup and then grab a table on the second or third floor. There is nothing better on a hot day than an iced caffe latte!

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Opening Hours
  • Monday-Friday 9.00am-6.00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm

Interior store: Elephant

Omotesando Heights Rm103, 4-14-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Ah, the 50s and 60s! The golden age of Scandinavian design. And you’ll find a lot of excellent examples right here. The store is currently showcasing the Swedish designer, Erik Hoglund. I’ll have to come back in September, when they hold their annual exhibition. A must see for design fans!

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  • Thursday-Monday 12.00pm-7.00pm

Vintage 2: Qoo

Tokyo Central Omotesando 515, 4-3-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Looking for quality vintage clothing? Look no further than Qoo! You’ll find a vast array of vintage pieces from the 60’s to the 90’s. Enough, in fact, to attract celebrities and models from all over the world. Their collection of vintage Chanel products is one the largest in Japan. Simply amazing! They also ship worldwide from their online shop.

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  • Monday-Sunday 12.00pm-7.00pm

Restaurant: nR Table

4-4-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Right, time to cap off a busy day with a delicious, healthy meal. This place is fantastic! Delicious Italian cuisine made with seasonal vegetables shipped directly from a contracted farmer. The spacious interior lets plenty of natural light in, which makes it a good spot for lunch, too. The antique tables and chairs are almost as adorable as their home-made pastries and desserts.

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Opening Hours
  • Lunch 11.30am-3.00pm
  • Café 2.30pm-4.30pm
  • Dinner: Monday–Saturday 5.30pm-11.00pm
  • Dinner: Sunday 5.30pm-10.00pm

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