2 December, 2020
Service, food, design... Claska ticks every box. We might even go as far to say that it was the best hotel experience we have had... ever! On Level 2, there's a D&Department store and it's hard not to buy things.
Sadly Claska, Tokyo is closing in Dec 2020.
Tokyo is one place that breakfast is hard to find at a reasonable time. Most places don't open until around 11am, so if you're on western time and tend to get hangry then we recommend the following.
Blue Bottle Coffee
There's a few Blue Bottle Coffee shops around. They make great coffee, open early and have muesli, waffles and other small breakfast items.
As one of our favourite cafes in Tokyo, Path is a place we make sure we visit every time. They open at 8am (if you get there any later there's often a line) and we always order the dutch pancake. It comes with prosciutto, burrata and maple syrup. It's still in the top 5 things we have ever eaten.
Other Coffee options open early:
- Camelback - coffee and sandwiches
- Fuglen - Mid-century scandi vibes
- Nem Coffee & Espresso - Open from 8am
- Be a Good Neighbour - For the locals
- 365 Days - For an early morning pasrty
- Bread Espresso & - Great for a mixed breakfast plate. Always a line though.
Shopping in Tokyo is like no other place in the world to us. It's got everything from streetwear and high fashion, to Harajuku girl vibes, gadets, steam toasters, plus best vintage ever.
This little suburb is about a 30min train ride from Shibuya station. It's full of cute homeware stores, local designers and nice cafes. When you get off the train, wander around the streets and get lost in all the goodness. We stopped off at the MHL cafe for a deliciously healthy lunch.
This might be a bold statement but T-Site in Daikanyama is probably the best bookshop we have ever been to. It opens at 7am and is filled with every design book, magazine, travel guide and stationery you could ever ask for.
Other stores we love to visit
- Wacko Mario
- Beams Harajuku
- Yaeca Apartment Store
- Dover Street Market
- Bedwin & The Heartbreakers
- Human Made
Recently we were selected by JETRO (Japanese external Trade organisation) to visit the prefecture of Nara, Japan. While it was a very short trip, we met many talented makers, visited significant cultural landmarks, hung out with the deer and fell in love with the locals. Here’s our little overview and some tips for you.