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Strut your stuff through designer boutiques and Cat Street
Omotesando (表参道), Aoyama (青山) and Gaienmae (外苑前) are each both workplace and playground for the modern adult, complete with designer stores, stylish bars, cool restaurants and taxis waiting to take you anywhere you want to go. Omotesando—a grand avenue lined with maple trees leading up to Meiji-Jingu shrine (明治神宮)—is a catwalk for the cosmopolitan. Freeway 246 (affectionately called “ni-yon-roku” [“2-4-6” in Japanese]) is perpendicular to Omotesando and is lined with great restaurants, both casual and fancy.
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Aoyama Book Center (青山ブックセンター)

A great stop for books on design and art, especially by Japanese artists. Although their foreign fiction is limited, many of their design-oriented hardbacks are in both English and Japanese. There is a wide range of foreign and domestic magazines.
Address Cosmos Aoyama Garden Floor, 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-5485-5511
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit B2)
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Ginza Natsuno Aoyama (銀座 夏野 青山店)

chopsticks specialty shop
This gem of a shop, tucked behind busy Omotesando's main street, has row after row of handmade, one-of-a-kind chopsticks and other Japanese utensils that will tempt you with its artisanship and beauty. They make great souvenirs, too.
Address Aoyama Natsuno Building 1-2F, 4-2-17 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
tel 03-3404-6033
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A2)
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Kinokuniya International (紀ノ国屋)

grocery store
A gourmet grocery with many hard-to-find imported foods, kitchen supplies and home amenities lining the shelves. For ¥525, same- or next-day delivery of online and in-store shopping items is available to select locations.
Address 3-11-13 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
tel 03-3409-1231
station Station: Omotesando (metro exit A4)
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