What’s the first thing you do when you visit a new place? Perhaps you’re the type to create spreadsheets with links and locations to visit, or maybe you’re a person who likes to visit a bunch of bookmarked websites for inspiration and guidance. This is the first edition in our series of neighborhood guides for different parts of the world, and today’s post features recommendations from our own team of creatives, on the best places to travel to Sangenjaya, Tokyo.
Read on for our favorite places to eat, lounge with a cup of something warm (or cold), take care of yourself, and more, below!
Obscura Coffee Roaster
Address: 1-9-16 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0024
Hours: 11am – 9pm Holiday: Every 3rd Wednesday
Cafe Obscura is a charming little coffee shop with a huge variety of oversea favours. The interior is simple and elegant, with a bit of the owner’s personal style. Make sure to try the Latte Macchiato with a bit of Rum. This idilic place is good for a read or to meet with your best friends for a chill Sunday chat or even
a romantic date.
Address: B1 1-35-5 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0024
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am – 12am Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holiday: Tuesday Tel: 03-3487-9057 (appointments only)
At ceaseven, stylists work one on one with their customers. Your designated hair stylist will wash your hair to cut, color and style – without an assistant. That’s because they want to make your hair salon experience as personal and satisfactory as possible. As they spend more time with your hair, they’ll pick up on your hair’s unique and particular texture. It’s also one of the few salons open till 12am. And hair isn’t all they do — they also specialize in manicures, pedicures and eyelash extensions. Make sure to make an appointment by phone or web.
Sakae Engei (flower Shop)
Address: 1-33-15 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0024
Hours: 10:30am – 8pm
This flower shop is like an oasis in the middle of the street. You’ll find beautiful seasonal flowers, many different types of indoor plants and gardening supplies. The friendly staff at Sakae Engei will kindly assist you on any questions about flowers, plants and gardening.
Fuku No Kara (FRIED YUMMY)
Address: 4-28-8 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm
Fuku No Kara offers tasty Karaage, aka classic Japanese fried chicken. Their specially blended soy-sauce marinated chicken is fried to a crispy perfection on the outside, with a juicy and tender on the inside. They have a variety of flavors including ginger and garlic, as well as an assortment of yakitori (skewered chicken). Stop by for a snack or take some food to-go for dinner.
Desk Labo (stationery shop)
Address: 4-28-9 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm – 8pm Sun 12pm-7pm
Holiday: Wednesday Tel: 03-3421-7409
This stationery shop’s cute blue front door will catch your eye as you walk through Sangenjaya’s shopping street. Step inside to see a collection of designer notebooks, pens and staplers from all over the world. Enjoy the shop’s London-like interior design. It’s conveniently situated right next to Obscura Coffee Roasters Cafe.
The 3rd Burger
Address: 4-28-11 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0004
Hours: Open everydat 9am-10pm
Their signature dish is the 3rd Burger. It has a juicy patty with spinach marinated in mustard and a slice of fresh tomato, topped with its house-made Wasabi tartar sauce. But they are also famous for their original burgers; potato salad burger, hot dog burger, and don’t forget, your dessert burger with sweet red bean, custard and cream in a bun.
Address: 3-14-8 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
Hours: 11am – 8pm Holiday: Wednesday
Allow the organic scent of wood to fill you up with wood as you enter this shop. Their specialty is interior design, selling furniture, accessories (toys, cups, clocks, etc.) and artwork made from wood. The second floor is also a showroom with displays of its gorgeous wooden floors and doors. From precious gifts to fulfilling your house remodeling needs, this store is not to be missed.
Klala (household and vintage goods)
Address: 5-13-1 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0004
Hours: 11pm – 7pm Holiday: Tues & Weds
This select shop offers a wide variety of simple yet elegant household goods ranging from wooden kitchenware to linen bath towels. Take a look at their imported vintage products and art objets. Whether you’re looking for gifts or cute and stylish objects to give your home a natural and unique touch, you’ll be sure to find what you need here.
It’s worth noting that every season (once every three months), KLALA holds a Sunday Market. Different venues in Sangenjaya get together to sell their famous products and services like organic vegetables, freshly made bread, delicious cake and even foot massages.
Stay tuned for our next neighborhood guide! Let us know if you have a chance to visit any of these places, or if you like what you see, in the comments below 🙂