Cool Tokyo Hotspots
Visiting Tokyo is a total adventure but it can also be overwhelming. Luckily LA-based founder of Evocative PR, Candice Cameron Valencia, goes frequently and was able to share her highly curated Tokyo travel guide of where to shop, stay, get inspired and get an $80 to-go steak sandwich when in town.
Koenji- Vintage Shopping
Never in my life have I experienced such incredible vintage shopping. It’s just store after store of unique and special finds at some of the best prices I’ve ever seen. I scored a Burberry trench from the 80s and a Gucci Bag - I still cant believe what I paid. R’eal and Zool are definite musts!
This is going to sound a bit strange but if you’re in the mood to experience a to-go $80 steak sandwich this is your place. That description really doesn’t give it justice. I know people are probably thinking that much for a to-go sandwich?! But trust me! It was worth every cent. The wagyu melts in your mouth and I kid you not I’m aching to go back just for this damn sandwich. Make sure you call ahead and make a reservation for your sandwich and be prepared to just sit streetside while inhaling all of its glory.
Mori Digital Art Museum
I feel so lucky to have been able to experience this! I can’t even put in to words the magic that this sensory overload is so I won’t even try just know that if it’s still going when you’re visiting Tokyo - GET THERE. Buy your tickets ahead of time, as in well before you even fly to Tokyo and arrive to the museum EARLY. The entrance line is wrapped around the building but worth every minute of the wait.
If you’re in the midst of planning a trip to Tokyo I highly highly suggest you try to work it out so that you visit while the cherry blossoms are blooming. Truly one of the most magical experiences. There are a few different ways to experience them - each one offering their own bit of flare. My favorite was the River Walk in Naka-Meguro - taking it all in over a little glass of Rosé they sell along the walkway - doesn’t get better than that.
Prince Gallery Hotel
Ahhh ... I truly am so torn between this hotel and the Andaz. The rooms at Prince Gallery are a bit more luxe (hello Byredo toiletries) but the spa and rooftop bar at Andaz have a bit more to offer. I really don’t think you can go wrong with either.
I’m a HUGE sushi fan (could probably eat everyday), many will say Sushi Snob in the US - but, in Tokyo, I felt like a majority of the sushi places required my palette to be a bit more adventurous than I liked, especially with being Omokase. Ishin offered different levels of Omokase and was a perfectly hidden little Michelin Star gem. Def my favorite Sushi in Tokyo.
An absolute must for the most amazing craft cocktail experience of a lifetime. It’s omokase style so you don’t order what you want. They ask you a few questions to figure out what your palette will resonate best with and then create the most deliciously tailored for you cocktail. UNREAL.
Park Hyatt, New York Bar
A bit touristy but I still think New York Bar offers the most incredible night time view in the city. Amazing to pop up to just for drinks (Sat Night line is long) and if you’re looking for a vibey restaurant - this is the place.
One of my favorite areas is Daikenyama. It has an effortless cool hipster like vibe about it and everyone is super chic with fashionably dressed little dogs to match. There’s a coffee place called Tenoha with a beautiful little courtyard snd style store attached - highly recommend as a step away from all of the stimulation Tokyo has to offer. Also super close to Le Labo- Hello Tokyo City Exclusive!
MitzuKoshi in Ginza
Basically like the Harrods of Tokyo. Just floors upon floors of the best shopping that offers everything from well known designer brands to edgy Japanese brands. The basement floor is home to one of the most unbelievable food courts and market.