If you’re traveling with kids in Tokyo, the Ritz-Carlton is a great place to stay because it is connected to the Tokyo Midtown mall in the posh Roppongi Hills. The area includes this vast park and a museum partnered and designed by Tadao Ando and Issey Miyake.
I had been to Tokyo Midtown only once before and never forgot how modern and spacious it was and is today.
Tokyo does not have a mall culture like Manila, so their malls are not very full. In fact they’re so empty it’s a bit sad.
But when they build a mall, they do it so beautifully.
Space = luxury
From the Ritz-Carlton Hotel you can access the mall through this beautiful outdoor area.
Imagine this scenario in 18-degree weather
Tsutaya has mostly Japanese books but there’s always something cool to buy
Their Starbucks is gorgeous
This way to the mall
On the basement level are many affordable little food outlets. We ate most of our meals here because on the upper floors are really expensive restaurants that can cost you an arm.
This is a yakitori place
There’s a famous tonkatsu restaurant called Hiratabokujyo
There are two Dean & Delucas: one is small and cute
The other one is huge with a grocery/deli and restaurant. Check out the baskets on the floor—the Japanese have respect for handbags—a concept that won’t work in Manila with our culture of thieves.
Everything at Dean & Deluca Tokyo is cute but not necessarily delicious. This mango juice tasted like medicine
I’m a sucker for Oreos. This alien-looking thing is called Crash Chocolate Muffin, but I wonder if they meant “crushed”?
Unfortunately I didn’t get to try this. My stomach was always full from all the food choices.
There’s a little Jean Paul Hevin store—but the one in Hong Kong has more choices. I find JPH so expensive—it is best to buy in Paris if anyone is going.
Moku Moku Tezukuri Farm sells this Japanese sausage on a stick. So big, I couldn’t finish one.
I took some home to Manila and grilled it.
Most convenient is the 24-hour Precce Premium supermarket
Shopping itself wasn’t exciting for me. I found the whole selection too expensive.
Worth noting is Kurachika—which is Porter bags heaven
Just a medium-sized Muji store
and a Plain People store.
To be honest, shopping in this mall is not exciting. (To be continued)
To know more about Tokyo Midtown, click HERE.