The Three Destination Types Worth Lining Up for in the Fashion Centers of Omotesando and Harajuku
The Harajuku/Omotesando area has always been one of the most popular areas to go to both for the fashion and the latest in cuisine. It is a place to keep track of if you want to know what the new trends among youngsters are. The Harajuku/Omotesando area is at the forefront of trends in Tokyo, and here are some places you can't miss, which are so popular you most certainly will need to queue up!
＜1＞ The Latest in Cuisine is Here! Must Eat Food Trends
Because the Harajuku area is often the originator of trends among the youth, many gourmet shops introducing the latest trends open their first outlets there. TOTTI CANDY FACTORY is popular for the TOTTI Tri-Color Cotton Candy (600 JPY and up) with three flavors including grape and cider. In particular, the Harajuku Rainbow Cotton Candy (900 JPY) that is approximately 45cm, is a very cute cotton candy with pastel colors that look good in photographs.
Lola's Cupcakes Tokyo is the first Japan store of the popular London cupcake chain with cupcakes you'll want to take photographs of. In addition to the 15 types of standard cupcakes, it offers seasonal items - all of which are photogenic.
The salad shop from Singapore, SaladStop! Omotesando, is popular as a place where you can create your very own voluminous salad with your choice of ingredients and dressing. Make your hearty "my salad" by choosing the greens, wrap, and grains!
Spontini Cascade-Harajuku marks the arrival in Japan of the long-standing Milanese pizzeria, Spontini, that has been in operation for over 60 years. Here, you can enjoy two different textures of the 3-cm thick chewy dough and light, crispy crust. The popular favorite, the Margherita (756JPY) with plenty of mozzarella cheese, is its specialty.
And here is the place for lobster rolls! LUKE's Omotesando is the Omotesando branch of an American chain that specializes in lobster rolls. The hefty roll with tons of lobster sandwiched in it (980 JPY/regular) comes with a lemon butter sauce that whets the appetite.
There are many more popular gourmet spots in Harajuku and Omotesando including Gong cha Harajuku Omotesando Branch, a tea cafe from Taiwan popular across Asia; A Happy Pancake The Omotesando, a popular shop with fluffy pancakes that bring a smile to people's faces; anovan Omotesando branch, which sells bouchée that has evolved from Kameya Mannendo's long selling product, Navona; and the fresh deli cafe, Franzè & Evans from London. So if you want to enjoy the latest gourmet food, go to Harajuku/Omotesando!
＜2＞ Kitschy and Cute Low-cost Goods
When you are walking around the Harajuku/Omotesando area, you come across many items that are well-made and have good design for surprisingly low prices. AWESOME STORE Harajuku/Omotesando Store, a bargain items store that started in Japan, is full of products to brighten your day. There are approximately 3,000 products including kitchenware, cosmetics, and miscellaneous items with prices mainly in the 190 JPY to 390 JPY range.
The popular variety store from Spain, muy mucho ,offers a wide selection of items from all over the world, such as aroma oils, candles, tableware, and accessories.
Søstrene Grene Omotesando Store is a general goods brand from Denmark where the imaginary sisters, Anna and Clara, introduce ways of livening up your life. There are many warm and fuzzy items, including furnishings.
ASOKO Harajuku Store, with its products with poppy colors at reasonable prices, is also popular. Be sure to check out all the stores, from international ones to domestic ones, to maximize your bounty!
＜3＞Visit the Hybrid Cafes with Interesting, Unique Concepts
In the Harajuku/Omotesando area, concept cafes where you don't just rest, but also play and participate in activities, is opening one after another. One such cafe, bunbougu cafe, is a cafe run by a stationery wholesaler where stationery is the star. All products in the store are free to use, so you can draw or play with masking tapes. There is also a wide selection of stylish and convenient stationery for sale. Nice that lunch is served till 5:00 pm.
Look for other specialty cafes such as KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU where you can enjoy the food and have a special experience as well.
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.09.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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