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On our second day in Harajuku we had some time to pass before Ice Monster opened and accidentally found this really cool store with plenty of gadgets and accessories called Hyper Market. They claim they are “a store seemingly contrasting concepts combining “MARKET” a traditionally casual community spot with ritualistically sounding work “HYPER”. We couldn’t leave empty handed and purchased some cool knickknacks.
Apparently shaved Ice, or kakigori, is a thing in Tokyo, and many places are selling this dessert. The first image that came to mind when thinking about shaved ice was not so appetizing, to say the least. But after seeing Ice Monster images online, I was sold. I had to taste this magnificent looking mountain of ice. I wrote all about my experience in this blog post.
After calming our stomach we crossed the street to spend some time in Tokyu Plaza, a shopping complex with many interesting stores.
After we finished with window shopping we headed to the top of Tokyu Plaza for the most beautiful Starbucks you’ve ever seen. This is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee, listen to the birds away from the hustle and bustle of the city and just relax.
We had some time to waste before our lunch reservation at the Michelin starred restaurant Ukai-Tei, so we strolled a bit around the streets, visiting 6% Dokidoki, Sebastian Masuda’s sugary pink boutique. It was nice but expensive and really not my style.
We then walked down Cat Street, which is also full of cute stores and the very stylish Candy Show Time store, where they prepare sweets right before your very eyes!
The Michelin starred restaurant Ukai-tei was an amazing experience. This is a teppanyaki restaurant located on the third floor of Chanel building. If you’re after a unique fine dining experience this place is right for you. The full story is available a here.
The Moma Design Store in the same building was so fascinating. I think we spent a solid hour there gazing at and experiencing the variety of their the unique items.We ended up buying some stuff, but it’s a good place to visit even if you don’t buy anything.
I haven’t tasted these gigantic cotton candy from Totti Candy Factory but if you want to let out your inner child go for it! You cannot miss this place – you’ll see teenage girls all around biting on these kawaii candies.
On to more cuteness you can take home with you – we bought some presents at the amazing toy store kiddy Land and some presents for ourselves at Craftholic which is full of gorgeous plushies as well as blankets, pillows, bags and much more.
We finished the day eating (of course) some sweets:
Croquant Chou from ZakuZaku. They specialize in freshly made croquant chou cream pastries which originate from Hokkaido. So tasty!
We also went to Calbee + to get some chocolate drizzled chips as well as Maple Syrup a & Cream Cheese chips. I wrote about it, and about some other out-of-the-ordinary Japanese snacks in this post.
On our third day we continued venturing into Harajuku’s stores and restaurants.
For breakfast I had one of the crazy ass Harajuku crepes from Santa Monica Crepes – Custard Strawberry & Mix Berry, Cheesecake & Mille feuille double whip. Yes, my crepe had a cake in it. All of this glory cost ¥600 ($5). Needless to say I couldn’t finish this bulk of pure sugar.
We saw some dogs and other furry friends you don’t expect to see on the streets. There are more here in my complete Japan dog post.
As an early lunch “snack” we had a dreamy lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster. I loved it so much it served as my first blog post.
We witnessed a surprising parade, which we don’t really know anything about and were too lazy to google about.
And since I have an extra stomach when traveling our next stop was one of the best burger joints in Tokyo – Fellows. Read here.
We continued to stroll along the streets, encountering odd and interesting things, like funny signs and a sushi place offering hamburger nigiri. Harajuku streets are just full of cute surprises.
No visit to Harajuku is complete without a stop at Kawaii Monster Cafe, the craziest food establishment we’ve ever been to. Trying to describe the magnificent world of Sebastian Matsuda won’t do it justice, so I advise you to check out more pictures in our blog post.
To wrap up the day, we visited Cute Cube mall. Their middle eastern food stand even had sampuru (fake food replica) of kebab in pita bread.
I’ve prepared a map which includes all the places I’ve been to and mentioned in this and previous posts. Hope you’ll enjoy your time in Harajuku as much as we did!