Today I visited Daikanyama, an area I’ve been wanting to visit for quite a while but never did. It’s not very far from Shibuya, one of the busiest area’s in Tokyo, but there couldn’t be a greater contrast. Daikanyama is a very nice, quiet area with small non chain shops and cute cafés.
You can either walk there from JR Ebisu station or take the Tokyu Toyoko line to Daikanyama station. It’s really nice to just walk around because, although there are quite a view people, there’s a very comfortable and quiet atmosphere. The area is filled with shops selling fashion (some quite intriguing), home accessories, Japanese souvenirs and a lot of cute things you don’t really need but still want to buy.
One of the highlights is the huge and beautiful Tsutaya bookstore (and the T-site around it), that also sells music, movies and stationery. It even has some corners with items that seem a bit random in a bookstore, like hairpins, tableware and some clothes. It houses a Starbucks, a café and various sitting areas to read or just relax.
Daikanyama also has plenty of cafés and small restaurants to take a break from strolling around. My advice is not to sit down at the first café that looks nice, because you’ll find many more and might regret your first choice. I definitly didn’t regret ordering the banana pancakes at Café Friendly.