Shibuya’s Latest Attraction! How to Enjoy Shibuya Stream
Shibuya is the birthplace of youth culture in Tokyo. It is also a hot spot where a string of new facilities are opening as a result of the redevelopment of the city. With that, here is an introduction on ways to better enjoy Shibuya Stream, a commercial complex that opened in the trendsetting Shibuya area in September last year!
What is Shibuya Stream?
Shibuya Stream is a massive commercial complex that opened on September 13, 2018 (Thursday). Inside, there is a commercial zone with around 30 shops that are overflowing in appeal. Many of them are eating and drinking establishments, such as the first Japanese branch of a Spanish restaurant and a trending cafe. It also houses a hotel with 177 guest rooms, the largest office space in Shibuya, and an event hall with a standing capacity of about 700 people.
There are cafes where you can dine from as early as 7:00 am and numerous restaurants that are open until around 11:00 pm, so it is a spot that is easy to fit in your itinerary. A huge bonus is that it boasts excellent accessibility since it is directly linked to Exit 16b of Shibuya Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, Den-en-toshi Line, and Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon or Fukutoshin Line!
1st Floor - 3rd Floor: [SHOPS & RESTAURANTS]
An area housing a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. It is characterized by the plaza facing the Shibuya River on the 1st floor. This waterside space is a great unwinding space, and it looks to be even more pleasant on a bright, sunny day!
4th Floor: [Incubation Office] [Cycle Cafe] [Multipurpose Square]
The 4th floor is an area where you can take part in a variety of activities, as it is where you will find a multipurpose square where you can exercise early in the morning or late at night, a cafe that you can take your bicycle to, and many other spots.
4th Floor - 6th Floor: [Shibuya Stream Hall]
Shibuya is an area where premier live music clubs gather! Leading Shibuya’s entertainment scene right now is Shibuya Stream Hall, a venue for concerts and live events that can accommodate around 700 people (standing).
4th Floor and 9th Floor - 13th Floor: [Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu]
Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu has fancy guest rooms adopting a vintage-modern design. True to Shibuya’s spirit of being a district with many workers in the creative industry, the entire hotel has well-designed interiors.
14th Floor - 35th Floor: Office Zone
The 14th to 35th floors are collectively called the Office Zone, where even Google has decided to move into. It is a flexible office space that can address the diverse needs of companies.
SHOPS & RESTAURANTS (1st Floor - 3rd Floor)
The area from the 1st to the 3rd floors is packed with a wide array of cafes, restaurants, izakaya (Japanese-style tavern), and bars offering different cuisines, including Italian, French, Spanish, and Japanese! There are so many attractive restaurants that you’d probably find it difficult to decide where to eat or drink. So, to help you search for restaurants, here is a simple guide on the vibe of each floor!
The 1st floor is perfect for those who are looking for a casual restaurant that is easy to enter. Shibuya River flows right beside the building, so you can enjoy dining in a restaurant that faces outside. There are five restaurants on this floor, including Bokkoku Kaiten Tori Ryori, the first Tokyo branch of a Mexican restaurant that originated from Osaka, and the famous hamburger restaurant, THE GREAT BURGER STAND.
The 2nd floor is an area that is lined with 15 restaurants in a way that resembles the streets of Shibuya. This is where you will find bar avin croisee, a restaurant where you can savor orthodox French dishes in tapas-size servings that are cooked in a fully open kitchen.
Meanwhile, the 3rd floor is comprised of nine restaurants, including the first Japanese branch of XIRINGUITO Escriba, a famous seafood restaurant in Barcelona that has become the talk of the town as of late. This floor is home not only to specialty restaurants, but also to restaurants with an open ambience.
SQUARE (1st Floor)
Made up of Inaribashi Square and Konnobashi Square, SQUARE is the outdoor plaza found on the 1st floor of Shibuya Stream that can be used for various events. It is currently used as the venue of Shibunan Market, which is held at Konnobashi Square (upstream of Shibuya River) every third Saturday and Sunday of the month.
The first Shibunan Market that was held last September was a crowded event with a total of 17 shops, including stalls selling dishes, bags, and other household goods, stores selling plants and paper crafts, and mobile bookstores. The household goods incorporating modern designs are all stylish and cute! If it is open when you visit, make sure to drop by.
ACTIVITY COURT (4th Floor)
Torque is a cycle cafe that was opened on the 4th floor. Catering mainly to people who love commuting to work or exploring the city by bicycle, this spot that offers dishes under the theme “spices & herbs” also serves as a place for boosting one’s “inner cycle” (metabolism) by improving the body from the inside. There is a path that will take you and your bike directly to the cafe on the 4th floor, and inside the cafe is a dedicated rack where you can hang or park your bike. It is definitely convenient for people who have come to Shibuya on a bicycle.
When you are in Shibuya - an area with plenty of trendy spots, even in the neighboring areas of Daikanyama and Naka-meguro - renting a bicycle can be a convenient way to explore the district. If you do decide to sightsee by bicycle, take the time to visit this cafe!
Aside from the above, the 4th floor is also home to the Activity Court where sports-related events and other activities are held.
HALL (4th Floor – 6th Floor)
With a floor area measuring about 250 sq.m., the HALL is a place where approximately 700 people can fit standing up. Live shows, concerts, and other events are held here.
The biggest attractions of this new hot spot are not only the shops inside the complex, but also the numerous photogenic spots! There are so many areas where you would surely want to snap a photo, such as the unique facade that combines vertical white panels and windows in a random fashion, and the escalator that has been painted yellow.
The following are two areas inside Shibuya Stream that are beautifully illuminated.
Inaribashi Square is right next to Exit 16b of Shibuya Station. A long, horizontal grand staircase connects this square to the 2nd floor of Shibuya Stream. It is illuminated in LED lights, making it a massive illumination spot. The view of the entire staircase lit up is really fantastic!
Shibuya River's Wall Spring
Shibuya River flows alongside Shibuya Stream. Seeing it lit up is fascinating; the man-made waterfall flowing along the revetment of Shibuya River, which faces the building, creates a water curtain that gets all lit up in beautiful lights! Visitors will be welcomed by a beautiful scenery of water and lights.
Recommended Foods at Shibuya Stream
Finally, here are the recommended foods at Shibuya Stream! Use this article as a guide to pick where to dine. It showcases the atmosphere and popular dishes the restaurants have to offer.
Nakame-no Teppen Shibuya Stream
Nakame no Teppen is a Japanese restaurant on the 3rd floor that serves delicious seasonal vegetables and fish that are cooked right at the counter. For lunch, there are a total of 10 dishes priced from 780 JPY, including the Luxurious Seafood Bowl that costs 1,580 JPY. For dinner, the Teppen Course (5,000 JPY (incl. tax)) with 12 dishes and a 2-hour drink-all-you-can service is recommended. Order this course and you will get to eat a wide array of dishes and drink as much as you want! Some dishes included in the course are seafood dishes such as sashimi, scallops cooked in butter, and grilled mackerel; meat dishes such as Oyama chicken thigh grilled with salt and shabu-shabu with Sangenton pork and white scallions; and the restaurant’s specialty dishes that incorporate fresh vegetables.
LEMONADE by Lemonica Shibuya Stream Branch
LEMONADE by Lemonica Shibuya Stream Branch is a dedicated lemonade shop on the 1st floor where you can drink various flavors of lemonade, including the Original Lemonade (320 JPY (incl. tax) for regular size). There is no doubt that drinking a refreshing yellow lemonade along the river would make a great photo! The unique seats inside the shop are quite photogenic, too, so make sure to check those out.
CITYSHOP PIZZA is known for letting customers customize their pizza to their liking, starting with the pizza dough! They will make a pizza with the dough, cheese, main sauce, and toppings you have chosen (prices start at 1,600 JPY (excl. tax) for pizza with a drink during lunch).
You can make a pizza with the usual pizza ingredients, but you can also choose to go with a black pizza dough that uses bamboo charcoal (rich in minerals and generates a detoxifying effect), 100% plant-based vegan cheese, fermented tofu cheese, and many other healthy and unique ingredients! Enjoy choosing and eating what you have created!
Shibuya is a fashionable city where people sensitive to the latest trends congregate. If you are planning to go sightseeing in Shibuya, then make sure to drop by and have a good time at Shibuya Stream with this article as your guide.
*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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