The night before, I googled for a recommended cafe for breakfast and Centre The Bakery came out to be the top few in my list. It is a Toast Speciality Cafe located within Ginza. Good reviews were found on TripAdvisor with a rating of 4. We decided to give it a try.
Centre The Bakery starts operating at 10AM. We arrived at 9.30AM and saw a long queue. There were 2 queues and we were confused of which to go for. The manager explained that the shorter queue was for lunch dine in and the longer queue was for take away. We got seated at 10AM. I love the simple and clean design of the store. They have an open kitchen concept when all the breads are baked. Jam and butter are placed on every table. Toasters are displayed on a rack near to the entrance for consumers to choose. Pretty cool concept which I have yet to see in Singapore. Price of the food is reasonable. I guess some would find it expensive just for a few pieces of bread. To me, it’s worth it because it’s all handmade and taste good. Thick but really soft.
Toast Purchase Hours: 10am – 7pm
Cafe Hours (Lunch): 10am – 5pm
Cafe Hours (Dinner) 6pm – 11pm (Don’t think they sell toast for dinner)
Address: 1-2-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number: 03-3562-1016
Hermes mission started right after breakfast. There’s a 3 storeys Hermes store right down the street at Ginza. As usual, their service staff were extremely “friendly”. They knew what people were looking for and didn’t bother to entertain. It’s a $10k over bag and you still need to beg to buy it. Seriously… Anyway, no bag but a necklace for his mum. At least, not empty handed.
Further down the street, there’s a Dior store. We went in and got served by a Chinese lady who spoke fluent Japanese. Her service was excellent compared to Hermes. Obviously, you will feel so much better giving the sales to her. No not me, his mum bought a sneaker from her.
We shopped around Ginza for quite a while before heading for lunch. Where to for lunch? That’s always a headache. Yes, we could just popped in to any random store but I wanted to have some good food. Google gave me the answer. We had our lunch at 銀座 寿司処 まる伊総本店. We ordered 2 mains and quite a few sushi for sharing. Well, it’s mostly fresh Sashimi. Do take note that they only accept cash for lunch time.
After lunch, we head off to Aoyama to visit the Thom Browne store. Along the street of Aoyama, there’s quite a few main stream brand. Prada has a very nice 6 storeys boutique in Aoyama, following Rem Koolhaas’ Prada Flagship Store New York.
The intent is “to reshape both the concept and function of shopping, pleasure and communication, to encourage the meshing of consumption and culture.” The Tokyo store is a strikingly unconventional 6-story glass crystal that is soft despite its sharp angles – as a result of its five-sided shape, the smooth curves throughout its interior, and its signature diamond-shaped glass panes, which vary between flat, concave and convex “bubbles”.
Thom Browne store is along one of the small lanes in Aoyama but it’s not difficult to find. The store itself was pretty empty and choices of clothes were limited. He came in with an objective to get a sunglass but felt disappointed with the range available. So.. he left the store empty handed. Price wise, I don’t think it’s any cheaper compare to buying it online. To be honest, online store has more choices.
Feeling tired after shopping? There’s a cafe called Blue Brick Lounge (Yoku Moku) along the main street. They are famous for their cookies and it’s pretty good. It’s a good choice to buy for friends and family. We went there for our coffee break. They served nice desserts. I wouldn’t recommend you to order their shaved ice because it’s just like any others and it’s pricey.
Address: 5 Chome-3-3 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm
We continued to roam around the area and found some interesting stores. Over there, there’s a Muji Cafe for people to dine in. I guess it’s the food available are some what simple to the Muji Cafe opened last year at paragon. By walking down further, you will see The Pool Aoyama. It’s named after The Pool because it used to be a pool and someone converted into a concept store. Cool stuff but I didn’t get anything for myself.
Address: Japan, 〒107-8550 Tokyo, Minato, 南青山５丁目１２−２４
Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM
We head back to Shinjuku around evening time. It was quite crowded and there was protest going on the street. We squeezed our way through to snap a photo of Hachiko Statue. That’s one of the iconic spot in Shinjuku. You probably will appreciate more if you know the history of the dog.
Dinner was at Ichiran again. We wanted to have it before we flew back to Singapore the next day. The queue was extremely long but that was kinda expected. The waiting time was about 30-45 minutes. Hungry to the max. We intended to get some instant ramen back but it’s out of stock again. Where did the stocks go???
That’s about it for the day! Bye…