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A Walking Tour of Shimokitazawa

23 Jun

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Shimokitazawa… One of the highlights of my Tokyo trip!  Absolutely love this charming little place!  Shimokitazawa is located in Setagaya, Tokyo.  We didn’t know exactly where to go after we got out of the train station.  So we just followed the flock of young people and the shops and cafes were just around the corner 🙂

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Shimokitazawa is similar to Harajuku but it’s less crowded and more intimate 🙂  A lot of the stores sell used clothing, shoes and accessories as well brand new items.  Some stores sell goods from around the globe, like India, Mexico and Africa.  Take a walk with me and I’ll show you some of the interesting things I saw .  Warning:  this post is photo heavy.  Hehe!

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Most of the stores had such cute displays and made it more inviting to enter 🙂

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You could also find home stuff here 🙂

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Artists are welcome here! (Artist was a bar ata coz it was still closed. Hehe!)

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So many cafes to choose from! 🙂

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Spotted some tissue art.  Hehe!  Cute!

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You’ll never get thirsty here in Tokyo.

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I loved how this store looked, Fig London.  Looked like a little country home 🙂

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Don’t forget to look up!  There are stores also on the second floor! 🙂

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Some stores look so small from the outside but once you enter, it’s a like a cave of great finds!!!  Like this shop.  Can’t read their super faded sign though 🙂

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Look at that little girl inside the shop 🙂 I thought she was a mannequin, too.  So cute 🙂

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A lot of cute pet stores, too!

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There are so many things I wanted to buy here just because they’re cute, even if I had no use for it.  LOL! 🙂

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What a great afternoon this was! Lots of good finds, good vibes and a must-see when in Tokyo! 🙂  Thanks for taking me here, Dants! Love this place 🙂

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Village Vanguard Diner

22 Jun

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I am still going through a Tokyo hangover.  After being there for five days, it still wasn’t enough. Haha!

The first place I would like to share with you is Shimokitazawa.  I looooove Shimo!!!  Thanks so much for taking me there, Dante!  (My husband, the best tour guide ever!)

Shimokitazawa is such a charming place with cute stores that sell vintage items, used and unused and other kawaii things!!! 🙂  Will be posting the stores in a separate entry.  Hihi… It’s quite a lot.  But before exploring Shimo inside out, lunch muna!!!

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Check out the sign that says: Vilids Varnga:d 🙂 Hehe love the direct translation! 🙂

What I love about travelling with Dante is, anything goes 🙂 We saw a “home made hamburgers” sign outside a resto called Village Vanguard Diner.  Done.  Lunch will be here at “Vilids Varnga!”  🙂

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So excited for lunch!  I love these basement establishments.  It looks small from the outside…

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But it actually is so spacious! 🙂  I love the diner vibe of this place.

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All lunch meals come with a drink 🙂 We chose Iced Coffee.  I must say, they have really good coffee everywhere in Tokyo!

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Their menu was inserted in a photo album 🙂

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Lots of reading materials.

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Dante ordered the Village Vanguard Special.  It had some special sauce inside.

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And I had a cheeseburger.  I was tempted to try their specialty, burger with avocados.

But avocados are fattening right??? Haha! AS IF! 🙂  When I’m more adventurous next time 🙂

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Even the buns were so good and buttery! I liked Dante’s order better because it was tastier but they were both really really good! 🙂

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Time for my Iced Coffee to get me ready for exploring Shimokitazawa!!! That was a winner lunch! 🙂  You must try out their burgers if you’re in the area!  Village Vanguard is located in Setagaya-ku, Daita 6-3-1 B1.

To find out where it is exactly, click HERE for the map 🙂

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More of Shimokitazawa to come! 🙂