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Tokyo Hot Spot
New but nostalgic: the neighborly spirit of Meguro's shops
MEISTER opened in 1997 in the vanguard of furniture retailers that now pack Meguro-dori. Located in a renovated, traditional Japanese house, it sells newly designed items on the first floor and vintage antiques upstairs.
MEISTER, 4-11-4 Meguro, Meguro-ku
tel. 03-3716-2767; open daily (except Wednesdays) from 11 AM to 8 PM
COW BOOKS, owned by Yataro Matsuura, is a vital part of the Meguro-gawa scene. The book selection, which stimulates the interests and sensibilities of people who gather in Meguro, has contributed significantly to the maturing of riverbank culture.
COW BOOKS, Corpo Aobadai 103, 1-14-11 Aobadai, Meguro-ku
tel. 03-5459-1747; open daily (except Wednesdays) from 12 noon to 9 PM
VEGAS is a multipurpose shop that stands out prominently even by Meguro-gawa standards. It has captivated riverside residents both for its selection and its lounge. You'll find it on the ground floor of the building that houses headquarters for the hot clothing brand called "moussy."
VEGAS, Aobadai Imon Building B 1F, 3-18-3 Aobadai, Meguro-ku
tel. 03-5784-4451; open 11:30 AM to 12 midnight (to 8 PM Sundays); cafe closed during daytime Saturdays; closed Sundays and holidays
Japanese cherry trees along the Meguro-gawa (Meguro River) mark the seasons, part of the riverbank scenes represented in wagashi (Japanese confections). These sweets are always created to reflect the current season. Confectionery shop HIGASHIYA has, among many things on its menu, seasonal namagashi (unbaked Japanese cake) and shochu (distilled spirits) with seasonal flavors. You can enjoy these in their sabo (teahouse).
HIGASHIYA, 1-13-12 Aobadai, Meguro-ku
tel. 03-5428-1717; open daily (except Tuesdays) from 11 AM to 10 PM, teahouse from 12 noon to 3 AM
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