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.
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.
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.
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.
I usually keep it pretty simple. We go to Curry Up where there is a private dining room and the curry is amazing.
I go either to a convenience store or Maisen for a classic pork sandwich.
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.
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