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Where to shop (and drink): Maison Kitsuné and Café Kitsuné

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Cafe Kitsune

Café Kitsuné

The Kitsuné brand has fingers in several pies – fashion, music and, it seems, coffee. Grab a well-brewed cup in the Japanese-style café next to the Maison Kitsuné shop in Omotesando, and browse records and selections from the Parisien and Kitsuné Tee lines. The décor incorporates Japanese touches like custom-made tatami and fusuma sliding doors, while the in-house barristas have been trained by Omotesando Koffee‘s Eiichi Kunitomo.

Details

Address 

3-17-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Omotesando Station (Chiyoda, Hanzomon, Ginza lines), exit A4

Telephone 03 5786 4842

Open Daily 11am-8pm (shop), 9am-5pm (café) / Irregular holidays

Maison Kitsuné

They’d been talking about it for years, but on Valentine’s Day 2013, Maison Kitsuné finally opened their own Tokyo shop. Make that two shops, actually: as with their Paris boutique, the action is split between a store showcasing the latest Maison Kitsuné collections and a café that also sells Kitsuné records and selections from the Parisien and Kitsuné Tee lines.

Details

Address 

3-15-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Transport Omotesando Station (Chiyoda, Hanzomon, Ginza lines), exit A4

Telephone 03 5786 4841

Open Daily 11am-8pm (shop)

 

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Things to do: Hotel Okura Tokyo charity art exhibit (Aug. 7 to Sept. 1)

Hotel Okura Tokyo charity art exhibit

From Aug. 7 to Sept. 1, the Hotel Okura Tokyo will hold a charity art exhibition, “The Great Masters of Japan and France with Monet, Utrillo and Saeki,” at the hotel’s Ascot Hall on the second basement level of the South Wing.

The exhibition will be hosted by the Corporate Cultural Exchange Committee to show masterpieces that are owned by companies, organizations and individuals and so cannot ordinarily be viewed. This year, the hotel will hold its 19th exhibition and donate all the net profit to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The exhibition will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (from noon on Aug. 7). Tickets are ¥1,200 for adults, ¥1,000 for students and free for those in junior high school or below.

During the term, the hotel will also offer an accommodation plan as well as special dishes related to French Impressionists at its restaurants. French restaurant La Belle Epoque will offer a special crème brûlée that was loved by people in Montmartre, an area of Paris where many such artists gathered. Special packages consisting of a ticket to the exhibit and a special lunch at the hotel’s restaurants will be available at ¥4,000 and ¥6,000.

The Hotel Okura Tokyo is a 10-minute walk from Toranomon, Kamiyacho, Tameike-sanno and Roppongi-itchome stations. For more information, call 03-3505-6110 or visitwww.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo .

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Where to eat: LA FÉE DÉLICE, the best crepes in town!

Authentic crêpes and refreshments at this colourful French cafe.

As exhausting as Harajuku can be, there are a handful of treasures peppered across the bustling neighbourhood, and La Fée Délice is one of them. Literally wedged in a little nook off ‘Cat Street’, this is the ideal place to take a breather from shopping and the loud crowds. The interior has only six or seven tables, but if the weather is nice another handful are set outside.

The place specializes in crêpes, the delicious thin pancake that has nothing to do with those sickeningly sweet and creatively-filled concoctions sold on nearby Takeshita-dori – this is the real deal. Both savoury and sweet crêpes are served there, so if you’re hungry for a meal you should order one of the galettes, which is buckwheat-based and topped in a few variations: the classic ham, cheese and egg, or if you feel more adventurous, you can add anchovies or blue cheese. If you’re just down for a snack (or dessert…), try a sweet crêpe – we loved the vanilla sugar and the ubiquitous banana-chocolate combo. Most crêpes are priced around ¥900-1,500.

Alcoholic drinks such as cider, wine and beer are served, along with the usual tea, coffee and soft drinks, which makes it the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon catching up or reading. The baroque-like decor and dark tones are typically Parisian, and the staff is both Japanese and French, so if you’re up for some small talk in French, this is the place to hit.

La Fée Délice (official website)

5-11-1 Jingumae, Shibuya (see map)

Open: 11:30-23:00

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