Shimokitazawa
Shimokitazawa
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Paul E
London, UK9 contributions
Aug 2019
I had ten days to spend in Tokyo and this is easily the best place for just hanging out in. Lots of stalls and shops. Lovely temples, a fascinating graveyard and a great little upstairs shop where you can see lots of good Japanese steel cooking knives.
Written March 5, 2020
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MinervaZee
Laurel, MD161 contributions
Jan 2020
This was a fun area to walk around. The specialty is vintage shops - mostly american clothing. Lots of boutiques, restaurants, bars, etc. Easy to pass the time sightseeing and shopping.
Written January 18, 2020
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BackpackingDave
14 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend Isaka Ya Ism restaurant. Catch the Odakyu Line and get off at Shimo-kitazawa Station. Head downhill and turn left into the alleyway with Mr Donut on the corner. A short distance in the restaurant is on your right. We went there on a recommendation of a friend. Fantastic food, and friendly welcoming staff. They seemed genuinely delighted to see us there. We returned two weeks later just for a drink, and the chef remembered us and where we sat the last time. We only went in for a drink, but we couldn't resist eating more! The chef kept feeding us small taster plates of dishes he was preparing for others.
Written February 26, 2013
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RobzPlanet
New Jersey19 contributions
Sep 2011 • Friends
Shinmokitazawa (Shimokita to the locals) is a very hip neighborhood in Tokyo that is not known by many western tourists. It was traditionally a low cost area where college students lived, but now has gentrified a bit and is an up and coming place for young professionals and people with a little more money to spend. There are tons of cool little shops that sell vintage clothing, housewares, etc. and many cafes and restaurants. During the day, Shimokita is a great place for a quiet walk through the narrow winding streets, window shopping, lunch or a coffee at an outdoor cafe. At nighttime, the bar scene takes over. There are hundreds of small bars, some with live music, and the scene is dominated by a young, lively crowd.

Definitely worth the visit if you are in the area!
Written October 11, 2011
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Jenn J
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
I went here because all my hipster friends suggested it. The neighbourhood is charming, with some really cute houses on the outskirts, and a bunch of yummy little cafes and antique shops. It's a nice place to go have a coffee on a sleepy Sunday morning and admire the small-town atmosphere. But I found the hype to be overblown, especially in terms of the boutique shops, which I was expecting to be thrilled by. The thrift-stores I visited were very small, overpriced and disappointing. To me it felt more like an ordinary inner-city neighbourhood with a handful of extra coffeehouses and trendy teens on bicycles. It's a nice place to go to get that neighbourhood vibe, but if you're looking to do some serious vintage shopping, I'd suggest going to Chicago or Kinji in Harajuku. I highly suggest cat lovers visit Cateriam, right near the West exit of the station. The guy who runs the place is really welcoming to foreigners and you can tell they truly look after the cats there. It's on the main road just above the 7 Eleven.
Written May 27, 2013
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Eoin B
12 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
This was definitely my best dining experience ever in Isaka ya ism. We used maps to find it. Take the Odakyu line to Shimo Kitazawa. I can't remember what exit we took from the station but head downhill and it's in a little alley that turns off by a Mr. Donut. Use Google maps. We sat right at the counter and the chef in front of us was preparing amazing dishes. He advised us what to try and we couldn't stop ordering more. The food in Tokyo is amazing but this place was next level for atmosphere, value and incredibly delicious food. So if you are in Shimo Kitazawa, seek it out. It's worth it. Take your shoes off, sit down and soak up the atmosphere!
Written May 2, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Shimokitazawa wasn't on my radar until my airbnb host recommended it. "Best place for young people, very cool", she said. Seeing as she has a kid of her own I took that with a pinch of salt but turns out she was absolutely right.

The neighbourhood is a labyrinth maze of low rise buildings and shop houses; where most of the roads are car accessible but they never get right of way due to the leisurely foot traffic; where you'll find great coffee and reading spots, amazing cream puffs, crepes and donuts; where the small space and narrow roads make it feel really intimate; where you'll see the best of Japan's hipsters sorting their way through endless racks of used clothes and shoes, and young mothers taking their kids out for tea. Everyone is friendly, almost everyone is young, and everyone is taking their time. Almost everything is affordable.

Forget Shibuya or Cat Street, go to Shimokitazawa!

Full disclosure: points expressed here are from the view of a 24 year old male.

Written January 1, 2016
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susanjoy_jj
Bangkok5 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
Shimokitazawa is only 2 stations away from Shinjuku station by train, Odakyu line. Take the North or South exit and start to explore the area. There are small roads around the area but it is not difficult to walk because it goes in circle. Not only cloth shops but there are cute cafes too so if you are tired from walking, you can rest, have a cup of tea or coffee and snack then start to walk again.

I really enjoyed walking there!!!
Written August 5, 2014
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leanne_pearc
perth517 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
We were fortunate to stay in this cool little neighbourhood town a few stops away from Shibuya. Small streets of boutique stores including vintage clothing stores, cafes and plenty of food places. The streets are small and although they can fit a car through I would say it is more like walking streets. The cafes in the area serve great coffee and there are plenty of them. Latte and Art is one of them. There is also a cat cafe called Caterian. I purchased a pair of Nike shoes from ABC Mart and a few other pairs of walking shoes, good prices.

Take the train to Shimokitazawa and be sure to explore both the North and South exits of the train station. There is a great cycling culture in the area and it is about a 20 minute cycle from Shibuya.

Cafe Normale near the North exit of the train station serve a great mozarella and cheese toastie, the bread is made in house. The lunch sets serve free flow coffee. There is a great evening yakitori place near the North exit that serves overflowing sake and tasty Japanese stew (tapas serving).A few doors down from the Peacock Supermarket (north exit) is a gourmet grocer, perfect for food gifts to take home.
Written April 7, 2014
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Ky0ka
Funabashi, Japan2 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
I had a good day off in Shimokitazawa, my favorite and so cool place. There are many clothes stores and most of them are old-clothes stores. We can buy old-clothes for a low price in there. The atmosphere of there is very stylish and cool men and women are in that place but not only young people. And also there are many restaurants and those are not so costly. We can take a rest at those restaurants. I recommend you to 'Stick out', the old-clothes store. In this shop, almost clothes sell for 700 yen. It's very affordable to buy and trying new fashion! But as only chagrin point, there is a little dusty so you should put a mask when you get in. I always forget to bring the mask and be allergic rhinitis. Be careful not to be like me. Overall, Shimokitazawa is good place for everyone who loves fashion.
Written December 2, 2013
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