Dan Doyle’s Tokyo guide

Over the years Dan Doyle has worked for a number of Japanese brands in London, New York and Tokyo, including Ships and Comme des Garçons. He also ran the London retail department of BBC and Icecream, and was until recently Bape’s brand manager in Europe.

Hello Dan, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’re in Tokyo?

I recently returned to Tokyo to start working for Nigo. I’ve been going back and forth to Tokyo from London for about 20 years and I lived here from 1999 to 2003. I live in Ikejiri Ohashi, which is near Nakameguro. It’s a great area with lots of independent restaurants and cafés, and it’s reasonably quiet while still being close to the center of Shibuya.

How would you define your personal style?

I usually go to Alaska, a vegetarian restaurant near my apartment. It’s owned by Shunji Mori, a super nice guy who’s a member of the band Natural Calamity. I don’t usually go to vegetarian places and there aren’t that many I know of in Tokyo, but this place is so relaxing and the food is so good. Plus, the smoothies are rejuvenating after a long night.

Where do you stop on your way to the office, and why?

Sometimes I’ll go to Good People & Good Coffee. It’s a really friendly cafe with a shared office space for artists, florists and app developers. There is a gallery space as well. It’s a bit off the beaten track but worth hunting out if you have the time.

Where do you take important clients for a fancy breakfast meeting?

We sometimes have meetings at the 2-5 Café. It’s near the office and we use it like a staff
canteen. It’s also always nice for people to come and pay us a visit there. I haven’t had that
many fancy breakfasts there yet, but the pancakes are pretty fancy.

What about a swanky lunch?

I usually keep it pretty simple. We go to Curry Up where there is a private dining room and the curry is amazing.

Where do you grab a quick sandwich when you’re on your own?

I go either to a convenience store or Maisen for a classic pork sandwich.

4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo +81 120 428 485
Best place for drinks after work?

There are so many good bars here in Tokyo. Lots of my visitors like to go to JBS because of the amazing record collection and cheap drinks. My friend, who I know from when I lived in New York, has a bar called Callas. He also makes and repairs violins on the premises. It’s a really chilled spot.

Where would you take somebody on a date?

Disneyland Paris: perfect for when you have kids.
East Village in New York: the last proper neighborhood in Manhattan before the whole place becomes filled with new yuppies.
T-Site in Tokyo: the best retail experience in the world.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo +81 3 3476 3000

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