Tokyo Shopping Guide

Shibuya

Electrifying, energetic, and jam-packed with both people and stores, this neon-drenched area is the most well-known retail district in Tokyo.

Allodi-R

The Japanese have a healthy appreciation for all things French, and this sleek clothing and music shop covers the bases: Its garments come from emerging Parisian designers, while the CD selection is overseen by top French DJs.
1-6-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3462-2081

Products: Women's Clothing, Vintage
Type of Store: Boutique

Anateliér

Understated clothing with clever details, like a basic cardigan with purposely misaligned buttons, is Anateliér's forte, and this mix of the classic and unexpected makes for pieces that rise above the trends.
1-6-12 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3770-4315

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Baby Jane Cacharel

A number of internationally known labels have lower-priced spin-off lines available only in Japan. Baby Jane is Cacharel's contribution, and its designs are generally punchy, bold, and well-tailored.
6-17-11 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 03-5467-2153

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Designer Discount

Beams

Mixed-label boutiques are referred to as "select shops" in Japan, and Beams is the best known of the bunch. Its Shibuya flagship scatters multiple departments among a cluster of buildings: Beams Time sells accessories, Ray Beams purveys clothing from emerging lines, and Uniform Circus Beams offers up stylish active wear.
1-15-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3780-5501

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, Beauty
Type of Store: Department Store

Desperado

Things here have a surreal, intentionally rule-breaking feel, from the inventive clothing—jackets meant to be worn upside down; jersey knickers so full that they could be mistaken for a skirt—to the interior, where antlers serve as display hooks and a walk-in shower doubles as a dressing room.
4-23 Sakuragaoka-cho, 03-5459-5505

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Heathen

Shopping here is a trippy experience: Dolls with illuminated eyes watch from the window; the only way to traverse the store is along a winding gangplank (avant-garde garments from European lines like Ashish and Mélodie Wolf hang from racks that follow its path); and everything is bathed in rainbow-colored light.
1-5-15 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-3463-6589

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Journal Standard

Neutral tones, modern takes on traditional Japanese shapes, and soft natural fibers predominate among the carefully selected clothing from small designers. While you're in the area, check out the upscale Journal Standard Luxe next door.
1-5-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5457-0700;
Journal Standard Luxe: 2F, 1-5-7 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5457-0844


Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Laundry

Vibrant tees with offbeat graphics rule here, and the way they're displayed#8212;between counters made of hundreds of colorful, decorative stacked shirts#8212;only adds to their candy-like appeal.
Basement, Parco 3, 14-5 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, 03-3477-889

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Midwest

Of all the select shops in Shibuya, this is the most well-rounded. There's an admirable mix of the familiar (Paul & Joe, Eley Kishimoto) and the lesser known, like Yasuhiro Mihara, a popular Japanese designer who collaborated with Puma to create molded neoprene sneakers. Midwest's top-floor café is the ideal place to enjoy a reviving cup of matcha (a particularly potent green tea).
1-6-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5428-3171

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes
Type of Store: Boutique

Nano Universe

The current vogue among girls in Tokyo is to dress a bit androgynously; slouchy pants and oversize sweatshirts are especially popular. Nano Universe is the premier spot for chic clothing with boyish touches, like sharp vests and blousy tops.
2F, 1-19-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, 03-5456-8172

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique
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