The capital of Japan is one of my favourite cities in the world.
A stunning, stunning Japanese restaurant. The interiors are modern Japanese, very zen, feels light and airy. When the open the glass doors at the front, beautiful natural light and fresh air floods the restaurant, making for a truly relaxing and refreshing dining experience. They serve refined traditional Japanese food. The menu is on the last 2 pages of the slide show (zoom in).
Location: It's by the huge Nespresso store at Omotesando Hills, you go into the small building and take the lift up to 2/F. Recommended to call and book in advance.
The Cafe by Aman Tokyo
This French restaurant-cafe has the most beautiful lighting - the walls are glass so it lets natural light filter in from outside and it's the most mesmerising thing. Everyone orders the crepes here during afternoon tea. Remember to call and book in advance. Definitely pop upstairs into the Aman Tokyo to see the lobby!
The Restaurant by The Aman (Italian, 33/F or Lobby floor) is also pretty good - come here for lunch or afternoon tea. Beautiful views of Tokyo.
To Eat & Drink
The Cafe by Aman*
Ukai Tei - best teppanyaki
Cedros, Daikanyama - Owned by two brothers who grew up in San Diego, this cozy seafood restaurant is “like Japan meets Italy meets California”
Hama (Roppongi) for beef Ukai for tofu, traditional restaurant in the heart of Tokyo http://www.ukai.co.jp/english/ginza/
Yakumo saryo - elegant modern kaiseki. The brainchild of the ever-talented creative director, Shinichiro Ogata (best known for his interior work on Andaz Tokyo, Aesop and the elegant Wasara product line)
Higashi-yama - seasonal Japanese dishes, tempura, wagyu. http://higashiyama-tokyo.jp/e/lunch/
Fine dining: Florilege & Narisawa for French-Jap, L'Effervescence
Kaisendon at Tsujihan
Dawn Chan's recs (2-time HK barista champion, previously at Cupping Room, now owner of Amber Coffee Brewery): Fuglen, unlimited coffee tokyo, Nozy Coffee, Maruyama Coffee, Omotesando Koffee (now Koffee Mameya).
Hotel Trunk Bar
Aman Tokyo Bar
* = must go
GINZA SIX - GINZA Tsutaya Books markets itself as the “World’s Best Art Bookstore” gosh do they have an impressive art, design, photography book selection (over 60,000, including 50 types of big rare, valuable and vintage texts). The Starbucks has a collection of books, art, fashion magazines and auction house catalogues.
Daikanyama T-site - a flagship Tsutaya Bookstore. Be sure to check out the Anjin Lounge
IMA concept store - photography gallery, cafe, bookshop
La Kagu - formerly a book warehouse, now store, cafe http://www.gotokyo.org/en/tourists/topics_event/topics/141125/topics.html
Cibone - ceramics
Post - specialist bookstore
Natur - floral jewellery shop with a beautiful staircase http://www.surfacemag.com/articles/travel-tokyo-flowers-jewelry-shop/
To see & do
National Art Center
21_21 Design Sight
Hara museum of contemporary art
Pigment museum Tokyo
Ginza graphic museum
Cereal Magazine: 24 hours in Tokyo
% arabica Higashiyama