I spent a LOT of time in Ginza since my hotel was only a 5-10 minute walk from Chuo Doori, and I’m pretty glad it was because my impression of Ginza before I went was fancy international brands with clothes and computers I couldn’t buy and an Alice in Wonderland theme restaurant (that I didn’t get to go to T_T) so besides the Alice cafe, I wasn’t that interested because all I wanted to do was see people dressed up crazy.
Good to know I was wrong ;D
Lunch was in a shabu shabu/hotpot restaurant in some shopping building (sorry, can’t remember). Since everyone knows how hotpot looks like, I decided to post a photo of my dessert instead – cold jelly that you dip in brown sugar syrup. It’s a like-it-or-hate-it type of dish and I really liked it… But then again I love all kinds of jelly :3
Afternoon snacks are always a must, because my idea of travel besides taking photos of everything is shopping and EATING and people watching. This was a doughnut place near Matsuzakaya that was really crowded and claimed to be one of the best so we bought two – the original (stick one, as pictured on the right) and chocolate (round one, in the middle). They were nice, light and fluffy but not mindblowing. The original flavor (bestseller) is better.
SHOPPING TIME!!!!! (this post is not in chronological order). Below are my top recommendations (not that I can remember all the shops I went to OTL):
Matsuzakaya -The building is 1/4 Muji, 1/2 multi-brand department store, 1/4 Forever 21 (freaking 5 or 7 storeys!!)I hate department stores, but this one has claims over my first purchase in the land of forward-fashion which was a leopard print Visalia skirt. I was not only mindblown at how easily I found it but at the customer service! The girl there CARRIES YOUR SHOPPING BAG OUT OF THE SHOP .The second floor is full of cool gyaru brands and the third has nice hosiery (socks, tights) and shoes (they’re actually affordable, not everything in Ginza is $$$).
Hakuhinkan Toy Park – this store gets a post of its own later. I swear, it is the absolute BEST shop in Ginza. Wait for the post.
Uniqlo – the Ginza branch is their flagship store. I didn’t take any photos of the outside because I was busy inside, but they have 2 multi-storey buildings split into men’s/women’s fashion. Bought tights and PJ’s, the Disney and One Piece collaborations were available at the time. Photo below to prove how much my family LOVES Uniqlo.
Found this clever display window in the side street, I’d like to make friends with whoever wrote it.
…and an Alice in Wonderland-themed display. The clothes inside aren’t as whimsical as the window, though.
Now to end this post with ANOTHER snack at the Shiseido Parlor Cafe where I had a banoffee parfait that tasted as good as it looked. It’s in the same building above the actual hair salon and their bathrooms have Shiseido hand soap. I think I saw hostess girls here too haha.
WAIT FOR MY BLOODY GOOD HAKUHINKAN POST, YOU WON’T REGRET IT.
P.S. street fashon snap and literally photos of the street will be posted later on, I have more Ginza posts.