From the narrow boutique-lined streets of Harajuku to the swanky designer stores of Ginza, Tokyo is a haven for fashionistas. As the city welcomes Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, check out Savvy’s top dining spots for all you dedicated followers of all things couture.
It would be a sin to mention fashion without referring to Vogue magazine, and so kicking off our list in style is the elegant pop-up restaurant Vogue Lounge at the new Ginza Six shopping center. Situated on the rooftop of the building, the Vogue Lounge, open for the first time in Japan, consists of a white bar surrounded by a manicured lawn. Café tables adorned with copies of Japanese Vogue provide areas for seating, and Lanson champagne is the drink of choice here. An assorted bubbles set is available for ¥3,000 and includes one glass each of three different types of champagne. Vogue Lounge is enjoyed best during good weather as the outdoor space has limited covered areas.
Where: Ginza Six Rooftop Garden, 6-10-1, Chuo-ku
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Until October 29, 2017
Cost: Champagne cocktails from ¥1,500 per person
The exclusive Café Dior is only for the dedicated fashionista as the entrance is not easy to find. Accessed via a hidden elevator door at the back of the Dior clothing store in Ginza, the café is on the fourth floor of the Ginza Six building. Once inside the café, diners are given an iPad from which they can order an assortment of desserts and drinks. An afternoon tea set for two is available for ¥9,500 or for those visiting in the evening, an after-work wine set can be had for ¥4,500. One of the more expensive cafés in Tokyo, a simple coffee here will set you back ¥1,000. Try the raspberry-and-rose-flavored soy milk for a sweet soft drink with a difference.
Where: Ginza Six 4F, 6-10-1, Chuo-ku
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: ¥1,000 for coffee
Beige, on the top floor of the Chanel building, is a collaboration between the fashion house and celebrity chef Alain Ducasse. The menu reflects a fusion of Japanese kaiseki (traditional full-course meal) and French cuisine seen in dishes such as fresh Japanese fish paired with a French onion tart. The set lunch menu costs ¥5,900 per person and includes appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee. For those of you foodie fashionistas, a lunchtime four-course tasting menu is available for ¥13,000 per person, with a new menu created daily. The restaurant also prides itself on its extensive wine selection, with over 400 bottles from which to choose and regular wine tasting events to try them.
Where: Chanel Ginza Building 10F, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch), 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (dinner)
Cost: Set lunch menu starts from ¥5,900 per person.
© Photo by Kawaii Monster Cafe
In the heart of the Harajuku fashion scene, you’ll find the popular Kawaii Monster Café, which opened in 2015 much to the delight of Lolita girls across Japan. Perhaps a frontrunner for the most bonkers restaurant in Japan award, the Kawaii Monster Café has different areas within the restaurant including the Mushroom Disco (a kind of delusional forest area), and the Milk Stand with giant baby bottles and unicorn heads on display. The waitresses are known as “Monster Girls” and the menu is as bizarre as the restaurant décor, with dishes available such as candy salad and chicken served with a slab of milk chocolate on the side. Yum.
Where: YM Square Building 4F, 4-31-10, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: ¥500 entry fee, cake set from ¥850, chicken with chocolate ¥950
The Italian-style lounge Il Bar is situated on the tenth floor of the Bulgari building in Ginza. Another luxury brand with dining facilities, Il Bar is known for its beautiful afternoon tea boxes. Savory sandwiches and mini Japanese beef burgers accompany a selection of pastries and cakes, all displayed in three-layered boxes — making it the perfect candidate for a beautiful Instagram shot. From 5:30 p.m. pre-dinner cocktails are the order of the day, with specialties to include its gin-and-tonic selection. Be warned, though: these glitzy surroundings come with a hefty price tag!
Where: Ginza Tower 2-7-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Hours: Afternoon tea is available from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cost: ¥4,300 per person for afternoon tea with tea or coffee
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