Lovely Lanvin in Tokyo, Week One

Tokyo cherry blossoms

Well it’s been a few weeks since I returned from Tokyo and as some of you already know, from following me on Twitter, FaceBook, Pinterest and Instagram, I had a fabulous time.  From the time I landed at Narita airport, just as the clouds cleared for a picture perfect sunset, until I left, at the peak of cherry blossom season, every moment of every day was perfect.  Hubby greeted me at the airport with a kiss, an iced vanilla latte and Sakura (cherry blossom) macarons from Starbucks (yes Starbucks).  Of course I was beyond happy to see him and I was ecstatic to be back in Japan, the country where I grew up and spent most of my life.  I was home.

Sunset in Tokyo

Sakura Macaron

As hubby and I made our way back to our condo, in the Azabujuban area of Tokyo about an hour and a half from the airport, all I could think of was what I was going to eat that first night.  I actually had been thinking about that for about a month.  I’m serious.  I never sleep and hardly ever eat on the plane so by the time I landed I was exhausted and starving.  I had only eaten about twenty pistachios and half of a Zing Bar during the nine and a half hour flight so I actually felt a little faint but believe me I was about to make up for it big time.  In this post I am sharing my photos of the fabulous food and fun places I visited during this trip.  I will be splitting the trip in two posts, week one and week two so I don’t overwhelm you.  I will be traveling to Japan three times a year and I will be sharing my lovely life in Tokyo with all of you.  Enjoy!

Azabujuban street

First night back in our Tokyo home.  Too tired to go out after being up for 24 hours hubby ordered Wonton Ramen and Egg Rolls for me from a local Azabujuban Chinese restaurant, Tohryu.  They are a bit pricier than your regular greasy spoon Ramen joint but they use the very best ingredients, it’s never too salty and their food is perfection.  Some of the best egg rolls I’ve ever tasted.  So nice that they deliver to our condo.  I was sleepy but I still wanted good food.

wonton ramen and egg rolls

My first full day was spent in Ginza with my hubby, my absolute favorite area of Tokyo.  First Brunch, French toast and an omelette, at Laduree in the Mitsukoshi Department Store.  After breakfast we made stops at the Lanvin, Hermes and Chanel boutiques.   Of course I had to buy a Hello Kitty box of macarons from Laduree and Mitarashi Dango and Ichigo Daifuku from Mitsukoshi’s Depachika to snack on later.

omelette and French toast

hello Kitty

mitarashi dango

Daifuku

I returned to Ginza with my good friend Genia later in the week, one day in Ginza is never enough for me plus Genia and I love the same things.  We always have so much fun together.  We shopped at the newly opened Dover Street Market, filled with a variety of designer labels like Comme des Garçons.  Of course I ran straight to the Azzedine Alaia section first.  We also stopped at the Rose Bakery on the top floor for a refreshing glass of Ginger Mint Tea and I picked up a bag of their yummy Granola for hubby.

Dover street market

rose bakery tea

Later Genia and I enjoyed a fantastic meal at the beautiful Michelin two star Bulgari restaurant.  Everything was sublime.  Loved the beautiful dessert!

Bulgari restaurant food

Bulgari restaurant food

Bulgari restaurant food dessert

A trip to Tokyo would not be complete without a day walking around Meiji Shrine, Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori and Omotesando, the best shopping and people watching area I think.  We devoured a yummy Chocolate Almond Crepe as we walked down Takeshita Dori then made our way to our favorite Takoyaki stand on Cat Street, an adorable cobblestone street off of Omotesando.  A must visit when in Tokyo!

meiji Shrine

Takeshita Dori

Takeshita Dori

crepe

Takoyaki

Cat Street is lined with adorable shops, restaurants and cafes.  They also have a Lanvin en Bleu shop, a more casual Lanvin line that is not carried in the US.  I ended up buying a very cute ribbon hair accessory there.  I had to get something right??

Cat Street

Lanvin shop window

Lovely Lanvin bow

After walking around for two hours we stopped at Maisen for a late lunch.  Maisen is one of the most famous Tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. I ordered a Mix Fry of Hirekatsu, Ebi Fry and Creamy Crab Croquettes, super yummy.

Maisen food

Our Azabujuban neighborhood has some of the best restaurants, cafes and shops in Tokyo.  Edoya is a favorite Yoshoku restaurant and I cannot return to Tokyo without  having Hamburger Steak, Omurice and Hayashi Rice and Edoya makes the best.

Edoya Shop

omurice

hayashi rice

hamburger steak

We also discovered an adorable French bakery right around the corner with exquisite little sandwiches, pastries and great coffee.

bakery sandwiches and pastries

Allez France

Another favorite neighborhood spot hubby discovered is Azabu Ramen, just a three minute walk from our front door.  I enjoyed a steaming bowl of Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen with Chashu pork and corn and Chashu Rice with Kimchi on the side.

Tonkotsu-Ramen-and-Chashu-pork-and-corn-and-Chashu-Rice-with-Kimchi

Next week I will be writing about my trip to Kappabashi, the kitchen District, the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms and the beautiful cuisine at Michelin two star Kadowaki and Three Star Tsukiyabashi Jiro.

cherry blossoms

Comments

  1. I love love love this post. It totally reminds me of my recent trips. I also went during cherry blossom season in 2010 and I also got those Starbucks macarons!!

    Of course, Omotessando is an awesome area to shop, and you can’t beat Ginza.

    Sigh . . can’t wait to go back. 🙂

  2. so lovely! thanks for sharing

  3. Shirley –
    This is beautiful and well written. Your love of Tokyo (and FOOD) is well showcased. Looking forward to the next part!

    ~Angie

    • Shirley says:

      Thank you for the sweet comment, I really appreciate it. I love sharing my Tokyo experiences with everyone.

  4. Shirley,
    Great post. I always enjoyed reading your story. Loved all the beautiful pictures. I’m looking forward for your Week Two post.
    Phiha

    • Shirley says:

      Thank you BFF!!! I hope you can come back to Tokyo with me in the Fall. It was so nice when you and Ty visited us a few years ago. I have SO much more to show you 🙂

  5. The food, the photos, the places.. I almost felt like I was there with you. I can’t wait for post #2!

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