This morning we headed for Omotosando in search of coffee, galleries and cute little shops. We had an early lunch set at an awesome cafe called A to Z. Not only was it super cute, it was filled with cool artwork by Yoshimoto Nara. Their lunch set was fabulous, and we just couldn’t resist the desserts.
Then we checked out a small gallery called Spiral Gallery. It had a shop, restaurant and a small exhibition of felted dogs. Some of them looked real.
We found the Crunchy Roll office, but it didn’t look like we were allowed in.
And Blainie found her favourite shop (again)
And we are just not sure about the name of this coffee product
Then we visited a place called Commune 246. It’s basically a bunch of food vans and pop up food vendors set up with some tables etc We had planned to have a beer and dinner here, but the weather turned a bit windy and cold, and it wasn’t entirely pleasant sitting outside. We had a coffee, and then some taco rice, before moving on.
Then (after not finding it earlier in the day) we found this place called Urasando Garden. It’s an old house converted into some shops and food places. One of the shops is a stationary shop called Kakimori and one of the things they offer is the ability to make your own notebook. You get to choose the cover, types of paper for the pages, binding etc etc Blainie could not turn down this opportunity. But it was all a bit overwhelming for a bit – how to choose!?!!
Once she had finally decided, the shop keeper assembles it all for you. We were told it would take about 20 minutes or so, so we went for a look around and found a sake bar downstairs. We took our shoes off, sat on the tatami and enjoying a couple of delicious sakes before it was time to pick up the notebook.
Then we wandered to Harajuku and had a bit of a look around, then decided the only sensible thing to do w to have Gyoza for dinner. We found the place we went to last year, and it didn’t look too busy, so we thought we would go in. Then we realised that it was indeed busy and there was quite a line. But it was too late, we had our hearts set on Gyoza. So we stood in line. In the end it was probably only about 20 minutes. Not so bad really, when you consider the delciousness at the end.