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Our Edit Of The Best Shopping And Eating Destinations In Tokyo

Tokyo will always have a place in our heart for her magical charm. Not just known for her city skyscrapers to national parks and shrines, we go beyond the surface of the city to suggest some of our favourite spots and best places to shop.

Best Places To Eat

Narukiyo

2 Chome-7-14 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002

With a pretty obscure entrance, one would think twice about walking down a fleet of stairs that lead to a hidden omakase gem. Constructed more like an izakaya for late-night drinks and eat, the bar area overlooks an open kitchen counter where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal. Our host greeted us with tight running shorts (much to our amusement), and led us to a small eating area, where you remove your shoes and sit on the elevated ground. There is no English menu, except for a Japanese menu written on a scroll, but the host is able to grasp our orders: ‘sashimi bowl’, ‘seabass’, ‘asparagus with tomatoes’, ‘sake’ and ‘vegetable soup’. Everything came fresh and of scrumptious quality. And of course, served with fresh wasabi which was grated by the chef. We were also bold enough to try ‘fish sperm’, which was a sac of wobbly, buttery milt of male cod fish. I’ve decided there and then, that that would be the last adventurous meal I would ever try in my life! The ambience, cosy, with 70s dance music blasting from a stereo, and the crowd was a mixture of both locals and expats on business appointments. I’d strongly recommend you to pop into this izakaya, and reservation is advised for a big group of four or more.

Tsukij Fish Market

4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture

There’s no better place to experience fresh seafood, than Tsukiji Fish market, brimmed with tourists from around the world, clamouring here to snap, shop and eat. While most of us are eager to savour fresh sushi, a lot of the locals know to come here for donburi bowls, soba and curry rice. Walk along the streets and you’ll notice street stalls and restaurants with colourful offerings: one of the popular ones is Segawa, where you can order a tuna bowl topped with soy sauce, seaweed and served with rice. If you’re looking for a healthy option, order the soba noodles at Choseian with a side of kakiage tempura to entice your tastebuds