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Real Hambagu Restaurant
Price: 1100 yen
A hambagu restaurant in Shibuya. The taste here is good. Rather than a mixture of parts that often go into the making of hambagu in Japan, the one’s here are 100% beef, and taste close to those that you can get in America. Spices are kneaded into the burgers here, which makes them extra delicious. And they’re cheap, too. So, if you’re wanting a hambagu fix, you should give Gold Rush a look.
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Mocha Shibuya cat cafe is located near Harajuku Takeshita Street. It is a new cat cafe that opened last year. Due to the fact that it opened last year means that all the cats are still very young.Out of all the cat cafes I have been to, this cat café certainly is a very open, comfy, and cozy floor plan. The large windows mean that there is a lot of light filtering into the room. This cat café is suited for the cats. It allows them to roam freely. The hanging cages from the ceiling allow them to go and take a nap, and the key feature of the layout is the tree which the cats night to coming on.The price is ¥200 per 10 minutes. You can buy all you can drink for ¥350. You can play with the cats, take lots of photographs, watch them having a health check, and even get to feed them. The cats seem to really love feeding time.You can play with the cats, take lots of photographs, watch them having a health check, and even get to feed them. The cats seem to really love feeding time.English is available.
The Loft in Shibuya is a pretty huge place, covering over 6 floors. It's a little tricky to find if you're not familiar with the Shibuya area, but it's well worth the search.I suppose Loft is a zakka specialist; zakka being what you could describe as bits and bobs. The basement floor of this branch is stocked full of stationary. If the stationary item you're looking for isn't to be found here, it doesn't exist. Other goods in Loft run the gamut from toiletries and cosmetics through to rucksacks and travel bags. From daft party goods through to expensive watches.I use Loft a lot when I need to buy people presents/gifts for people who've already got everything and/or I'm short on ideas of what to get. This place is also a good resource for decent greetings cards.For anyone that likes products from Nixon (like me), the Loft in Shibuya usually has a fairly decent selection of Nixon watches, and rucksacks. The first floor of this Loft houses a special kind of limited-edition/themed section of goodies, sometime based around the release of a popular movie (they had a Star Wars section at one point).Of course, you don't have to come here to buy. The browsing potential in this Loft is off the charts. You could spend ages in here before you see the light of day again. Be warned; on the weekends it can be a bit frantic in here, especially in the popular sections, and there is the potential for pretty long queues to get served. As with any Loft (in my experience) the service is a bit cold.
When my friends or family come to visit me in Japan, they usually want to visit izakaya to experience the Japanese culture. I personally think that most of the izakaya only serves expensive appetizers for drinking, so it is hard to recommend it to anyone.Except this hidden izakaya located in a small alley at Shibuya, their appetizers are not expensive, taste good and very unique. You will never find it in other places. They are very busy at night, so make sure to call them and reserve your table.
It always comes as a surprise does Bunkamura in Shibuya. It just doesn't seem to fit the area that it's in. It's only a stone's throw away from the all-bought-and-paid-for sex fest that is the Dogenzaka area. Added to which, most the people you image visiting Shibuya are more concerned about the latest releases in 109 than the latest theatrical performance hosted in Bunkamura.Anyway, here it is, and we're happy for it to be so. This 'cultural complex' houses a concert hall, theater, museum, and cinema. The 1st floor entrance has plenty of information about what's on, including flyers for upcoming performances, TV displays, and an information desk.There are some shops in Bunkamura, mostly in the form of arts and crafts, and posh books. There's nothing here that you could imagine needing in your life, but they make for a good browse.One of the best things, for me, about Bunkamura, is the cafe Les Deux Magots Paris, located in the basement. With tables and chairs that look up high to the buildings atrium you can have the feeling of eating al fresco, and yet you're still inside. It's a little pricey (as are most things in Bunkamura) but it's a touch of class, and might provide a welcome sense of calm compared to much of Shibuya. Even if you're not here for a show/performance/movie, Bunkamura is a nice place to have a look around, and offers something unique for the area that it's in.
I bet this place rejoiced at the down fall of HMV (I didn't), as it must now be the No.1 record store in Tokyo. Well, at least in terms of size.This huge operation covers 9 floors in all, and stocks pretty much every genre of music you could want. The ground floor and main entrance is noisy. There is usually some kind of campaign going on, with lots of shouting, and loud announcements. For a bit of peace and quite(ish), head to the second floor where you'll find the Tower Records Cafe (nice, worth a look, but usually busy) and the book store. The book store used to be on one of the higher floors, and used to be much better, if truth be told. Now, the number of books have been reduced significantly, and it seems to be more in favor of stocking stuck-up arty coffee table books which are really expensive, and really no use to anyone. Still, there remains a half decent collection of novels here, and quite a good stock of magazine. You can also find some free English-language listing type publications on the counter.The Shibuya branch of Tower Records is pretty easy to negotiate and find the CDs that you're looking for. It also has a load of listening stations where you can loiter (and listen) to your heart's content.Sometimes there will be live performances here, although they are usually by local artists that I've never heard of. Overall, despite the regrettable changes to the book store, the Shibuya Tower Records remains a vital resource for those who want to browse and buy CDs. It's also a good people watching spot being only 5 mins from Shibuya Station. Let's just hope it doesn't go the way of HMV!