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Things to do at Shimokitazawa
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Tokyo is one of the world's largest fashion hubs with constantly evolving trends on the streets. For thrift and bargain hunters, look no further than Shimokitazawa. There are a lot of second hand clothes and vintage clothing stores.

Situated only a few train stops from Tokyo, Shimokitazawa takes on a slightly more laid-back, bohemian vibe with its rows of vintage stores, bookstores, quirky cafes and vinyl record shops. For those who are looking for bargain buys, a photogenic spot, or a unique café to hang out, look no further than Shimokitazawa.

Here are some popular places to go in Shimokitazawa.

Vintage finds at a bargain

Tokyo is a fashion conscious nation. Clothes tend not to be worn much before they are given up by their previous owners for new pieces. Hence you will be able to find pretty good steals from quaint accessories to branded items in immaculate condition.

Haight and Ashbury
Haight and Ashbury

Look out for Haight and Ashbury with its iconic red stiletto at the shop entrance, known for its unique vintage items which are handpicked and sourced internationally.

New York Joe Exchange
New York Joe Exchange

For those who are willing to go the extra mile, New York Joe Exchange allows you to exchange your old clothes for store credits to offset your purchase! Don't forget to pay attention to its interior too as the shop used to be an old bathhouse.

Chicago
Chicago

Fancy something a little more traditional? Check out Chicago. This flagship store not only sells obscure vintage and designer items, but also kimonos and yukatas at affordable prices.

Antique Life Jin & Tokyo retro a.m.a
Antique Life Jin & Tokyo retro a.m.a

Even non fashion lovers will take to shops like Antique Life Jin and Tokyo retro a.m.a. They sell antique souvenirs and everyday items such as teacups, bowls and cutlery. Jin has a sister store called Jin2 2 minutes walk away, which sells antiques.

'Instagrammable' cafes at every turn

Reflective of its bohemian, hipster vibes, Shimokitazawa is lined with quirky cafes from modern ones selling artisanal coffee or craft beers to the traditional 'kissaten' (coffee shops). Many of the cafes boast unique decors and interesting experiences. You can often catch trendy Tokyo youths chilling at these photogenic spots.

Shirohige's Cream Puff Shop
Shirohige's Cream Puff Shop

Fans of Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour, Totoro should check out Shirohige's Cream Puff Shop for their irresistibly cute Totoro shaped cream puffs. The café's décor looks like a set out of a Studio Ghibli movie and also sells delicious snacks such as cookies and small pastries.

Bask in the vibrant music and literary scene

Flash Disc Ranch
Flash Disc Ranch

If you are a vinyl record collector, Flash Disc Ranch should definitely be at the top of your checklist. Once you have found the unmistakably cheerful entrance, head up to the second floor. All records are organized neatly and cover a wide range of genres including Rock, Soul, Jazz and Oldies. They even sell their own cleaning solutions for records.

Darwin Room
Darwin Room

For something out of the ordinary, do pop by Darwin Room for a cup of coffee. This unique arts shop/café sells not only books, but the insect specimens and taxidermy of animals that are on display.

B&B
B&B

For book lovers, head down to B&B. Short for Book & Beer, you can enjoy a glass of ice-cold beer together with your read.

Shimokitazawa with its unique hippy character, exudes an entirely different charm from the rest of Tokyo.
Just 20 minutes away from Shinjuku, this place should definitely be on your itinerary on your next visit!

For directions on how to get to Shimokitazawa, https://www.gotokyo.org/en/destinations/western-tokyo/shimokitazawa/index.html