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Fashion and Coffee in Tokyo: Four Boutiques with Stellar Cafes

The Tokyo fashion scene is vibrant, innovative and constantly shifting, and now the coffee scene is catching up. (See DCN’s recent coverage of the Seven of the Best Coffee Shops in Tokyo Right Now). In some splendid cases these two scenes meet, with high-end coffee stands becoming increasingly popular in high-fashion retail stores.

Here is a look at four of Tokyo’s hippest lifestyle shops that have jolted their in-store energy with a coffee kick:

Cafe Kitsune

Cafe Katsuni tokyo

Photo by Tikumi Ota

Already well known in Paris for their trend-setting and catchy remix compilations, 2013 saw Maison Kitsune finally bring their coffee-meets-fashion approach to Omotesando. With an outdoor bamboo seating arrangement and a small indoor counter, customers can enjoy some hip beats, sip a latte, and stare longingly at the swanky brand-name sweaters in the store.
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Bonjour Records

Bounjour Records Tokyo

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In the heart of Daikanyama lies Bonjour Records, a mish-mash of music, fashion, and books. Conveniently placed Discmans (retro!) allow for CD sampling before purchase, and there’s a corner dedicated to off-the-wall art/fashion/design books. While the Bonjour Brown Water doesn’t get more complicated than a cafe au lait, there are occasional limited run of their Geisha coffees, and consumers are willing to pay: 100 grams runs a little over 2,000 yen, or approximately $20 USD per 3 ounces.
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Saturdays Surf NYC

Surf Shop NYC in Tokyo

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A short walk from Daikanyama’s T-Site is Saturdays Surf NYC, a refreshingly simple and open space offering a curated line of surfing gear, as well as SSNYC’s inimitable, ready-to-wear fashion line. On the coffee side of things, it’s worth noting that the resident barista is none other than the 2012 winner of the Japan Barista Championship, Takayuki Ishitani. The space invites shoppers to sip a latte, soak up the sun on the wood-deck balcony, and take a leisurely stroll through T-Site to show-off their new purchases.
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Number Daikanyama

Number Daikanyama in Tokyo fashion coffee

Photo by Number Daikanyama

Hidden away on the outskirts of Daikanyama is Number, a smooth blend of vintage apparel and Italian Bon Dolfi coffee. The relaxed vibe lends itself brilliantly to window-shopping, and seasonal coffee offerings keep it interesting on the drinks front. The best time to go is when the weather is nice and the glass shutters are open.
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