My boys wanted to go to a model train shop out in the suburbs, so my daughter and I went to Daikanyama for the first time. To get there, take the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line from Shibuya - it's only one stop away. Daikanyama is known for its zakka and cake shops, so of course we were going to love it. Japanese seem to have a knack for cute illustrations, as seen on the above menu board.
As soon as we stepped out of the station, we were met with a gorgeous organic cosmetic store and cafe. I highly recommend taking a map along with you, as the streets are little and windy; not in a grid pattern at all, so it's very easy to become lost.
You could define a Daikanyama-ite as, "a cute Japanese person who wears funky and offbeat clothes, pushes a stroller with an equally cute baby wearing an adorable outfit, walks a toy poodle on a leash and who enjoys sipping cafe lattes at a French style cafe" There was a distinct similarity amongst the inhabitants. I would like to live here for a while.....
There are multitudes of lovely clothing stores, which all seem to be unique indie shops. I didn't notice any chain stores. All of them were extremely enticing.
Our first stop was the Aranzi Aronzo store. I have wanted to visit here for years! It just smacks of cuteness.
Japanese stores always display their goods so stylishly I think.
Zakka stores feature heavily in this town, so I was very happy.
We had lunch here at the "Le Cordon Bleu" which is a French cafe run by a real Frenchman! They had some cute tote bags for sale here - I now wish I had bought one.
Cabbages and Roses is an English soft goods store. I purchased a piece of linen floral fabric here.
What I like about these little suburbs is nothing is uniform; each shop and house is so unique. This town is perfect for walking, as there are so many interesting things that catch your attention. I really love the use of dark wood in Japanese architecture.
Look how adorable everything is. You never have to look far to find the next cafe.
More Daikanyama next post.