Azabu-Juban is a district just southeast of Roppongi known for its antique markets, international restaurants and a three-day matsuri, or summer festival, in the middle of August. Expatriate and Japanese residents alike explore all around its main streets and back alleys for a good find.
Taking exit number 4 at Azabu-Juban Station on the Oedo line with The Darjeeling tea shop greeting my arrival, I decided to take a stroll down the main Azabu-Juban Street and see what it had to offer. Here are a few of my shopping recommendations:
This small leather goods shop has the finest in Italian pieces. The shop had items ranging from purses to wallets, passport covers to backpacks, all classic looking with subdued elegance. Expect prices to range from ¥6,000 to ¥30,000.
With Everyone for the Earth
Not necessarily a place to find clothing, but if you’re jonesing for your organic foods fix, this shop is one to familiarize yourself with. First stepping through the entrance, I was immediately reminded of a home from Middle Earth, but in a very endearing manner. Fruits and veggies aren’t all this shop carries, but also wines, juices, skin care and even all-purpose cleaners.
M. Roman 2
Girly girls and fashionistas behold: a trendy haven just awaiting your arrival. The atmosphere was reminiscent of the Forever 21 vibe, except this boutique was stocked with attire from the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and just cavalli, to name a few. The staff was incredibly friendly (not unlike every shop I’ve been in here in Tokyo) and helpful in suggesting items for purchase. The modern metallic jewelry was moderately priced, but expect the clothing to be much pricier.
Gallery KAN KAN
One of my favorites by far is this boutique, located down a side street off the main road. The shop’s earthy vibe gave way to several Afro-Indo chic products, including clothing, jewelry and small furniture. The cozy aura and eclectic decor were incredibly inviting. If this is your style, you’ll want to buy up the whole store.
100 Yen Shop
These shops that pop up in nearly every district are always fun to take a peek inside. If you’re caught without an umbrella, need a quick snack or a cheap souvenir, these 100 Yen stores can provide you with something. Occasionally you can even find 500 Yen stores (one of which being in Harajuku), where you can find cute jewelry and accessories for ¥500 or less.
Surely, this is just a taste of what Azabu-Juban has to offer. Be sure to check out these stores or grab a map and head down the many back streets for even more shopping adventures!