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Address: 1-3-18 Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku Website: www.claska.com Tel: 03-3719-8121

Inaugurated in 2011, the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is located in the center of Omotesando. Designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, the Espace lies in a glass box on the top floor of the Louis Vuitton building. The Espace is both visually stimulating architecture and an exhibition space that seeks to foster and celebrate contemporary creativity. Past exhibits have featured work by Dan Flavin, Mariko Mori, and Ernesto Neto. The exhibit on display is constantly changing, so be sure to check their website before visiting. Address: 5−7−5 Jingumae Website: www.espacelouisvuittontokyo.com Tel: 03-5766-1094

Address: 6-1-23 Yanaka Website: www.scaithebathhouse.com

Started by a Japanese family in Melbourne, Cibi is now bringing people together in Tokyo over beautiful, good food cooked with seasonal ingredients. Both a concept store and cafe, this spot is a place to gather and be happy. The lunch bowls and cakes are delicious. They arguably have the best hot chocolate in Tokyo, too. Located in Sendagi, Cibi's surrounding neighborhood is reminiscent of old-school Tokyo and fun to wander. Average Price: Lunch ¥1,300 Address: 3-37-11 Sendagi Website: www.cibi.jp

Tucked away in the heart of trendy Daikanyama, Okura epitomizes the simple yet elegant nature of Japanese fashion. Okura's designs are modern but informed by and made using traditional craft skills. Almost everything is dyed in natural indigo, a staple in Japanese fashion since ancient times. Everything at the shop is made in Japan. Tip: Okura's location also houses an excellent spot for lunch and curry named Bombay Bazaar. Address: 20-11 Sarugakucho, Shibuya-ku Website: www.hrm.co.jp Tel: 03-3461-8511

Walking through eclectic Dover Street Market Ginza is like walking through an art installation. The DSMG experience is more about appreciation and reverence than it is about shopping. This avant-garde concept store is Rei Kawabuko's (also founder of Comme des Garçons) brainchild. Rei's vision: "I would like for Dover Street Market, Ginza to be the place where fashion becomes fascinating." DSMG features some of the most sought after brands as well as promising, budding talent. The store collaborates with designers to create cutting-edge, trend-setting pieces. Tip: There is a Rose's Bakery on the top floor, which is the perfect spot to relax and exchange notes after your DSMG experience. Address: 6-9-5 Ginza Website: www.ginza.doverstreetmarket.com Tel: 03-6228-5080

Considered one of the best curated fashion shops in Tokyo, exclusive Restir is an uber-hip spot where you can find the latest fashion picks. Restir often collaborates with designers and art galleries to deliver a constantly changing, unique shopping selection and environment. In fact, Restir carries a range of Chanel bags unique to the boutique, an honor Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld has only ever bestowed upon one other store in the world. Restir's Akasaka location features a surf-themed cafe. Address: 9-6-17 Akasaka, Minato-ku Website: www.restir.com Tel: 03-5413-3708

How much: ¥2,900 Address: Clubs in Roppongi, Shibuya, and Nakano Website: www.govoyagin.com Tel: 03-3261-5872