The best shops in Shibuya

From massive department stores to independent shops and boutiques, these are the places you need to hit up next time you're in Shibuya

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Shibuya covers such a large expanse of Tokyo that it's almost impossible to shop through the entire area in a single day. Filled with cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops and fashion boutiques, you can literally find anything your heart desires here. To help you filter through the craziness, we've picked out the best stores you must visit next time you enter this shopping oasis.

The best Shibuya shops

Shopping, Designer

Ambush Workshop

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Shibuya's famed Cat Street welcomes the first-ever flagship for Tokyo-based brand Ambush. The space stretches across 140 square metres and its design remains true to the gender-neutral vibes of the brand’s collections. Situated in the former site of American Apparel’s Shibuya Men’s store, the store houses the brand’s conceptual jewellery alongside a growing number of its original apparel range...

Shopping, Kitchen and bathroom

The Conran Shop Kitchen

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The world's first completely kitchen-focused Conran Shop is found inside the Hikarie building and sells stylish supplies hand-picked from all over the globe. Alongside kitchenware is also a range of tasteful home decor, lighting and lifestyle items. It's all very pricey, sure, but just looking at the displays might inspire you to start freshening up your own kitchen...

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D47 Museum

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The eighth-floor museum in the towering Hikarie building is all about spreading the love: each exhibition is devoted to showcasing a particular theme, as represented by all 47 of Japan's prefectures. The retail space also sells and supports a range of items focused on Japanese craftsmanship from each of the different prefectures...

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Mandarake

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You don’t have to go all the way to Akihabara to get your otaku fix: this subterranean shop in central Shibuya is overflowing with manga, anime, collectible toys and more. Stay tuned for store events and auctions where collectors can get their hands on rare finds...

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Mujirushi Ryohin Shibuya Seibu

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Imagine a place where all is calm and beautifully designed with clean lines and a neutral palette. This is Muji. It stocks everything from home and office accessories to toys, crafts and even a range of skincare. A recent revamp saw it reopening in November 2013 and this branch now also features a delicatessen, Café & Meal Muji, which offers some much-needed respite from the madding Shibuya crowds...

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Nude Trump

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If you need to spice up your outfit before hitting a fashionable party in Shibuya (perhaps at hipster playpen Trump Room, just upstairs), stop by this long-standing vintage clothing shop beforehand. Run by absurdist fashionista Hayao Matsumura (who originally started the shop in Koenji in the late ’80s), Nude Trump is a chaotic jumble of outré garments and accessories...

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Shopping, Eyewear

Paris Miki

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Offering a wide range of both popular international labels and Japanese brands, Paris Miki is your one-stop shop for all your eyewear needs. The Shibuya location could easily be mistaken for a ’70s diner, as its bright red interior is decked out with flashy retro furniture and nostalgic accents amidst the stock of glasses...

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Postalco

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Steeped in the atmosphere of a bygone era, Postalco is proof that good taste never goes out of style. This classy stationery and accessory shop started life in Brooklyn in 2000 and did a lengthy stint in Kyobashi before relocating to its current home in Shibuya at the end of 2012. If you still prefer paper to iPads, you're probably going to appreciate their fabric and calfskin legal envelopes...

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Pulp 417 Édifice

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Housed inside the new Shibuya Cast complex at the south end of Cat Street, this streetwear shop is the epitome of cool. Attached to their adjoining café and restaurant, it lets you lick on an ice cream cone as you browse through the selection of labels and footwear for both men and women. Although they do have designated men’s and women’s items, most things in the shop are meant to be unisex...

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Shibuya 109

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This landmark store is the domain of the joshikosei – the fashion-obsessed teenage girls who don’t just follow trends but start them. Take a stroll around to see them in action and indulge in some amateur anthropology...

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Shibuya Hikarie

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Never mind Shibuya's reputation as a hub for youth culture: one of the area's most prominent additions is courting an older and more refined brand of consumer. Opened in April 2012, the 34-floor Hikarie building stands on the site formerly occupied by the dome-topped Shibuya Tokyu Bunka Kaikan, and houses classy boutiques, restaurants and an arts complex to rival the nearby Bunkamura.

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Shibuya Publishing Booksellers

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The staff at this ultra-hip bookshop are more interested in encouraging new discoveries than hawking the latest bestseller. Magazines and books, both new and used, are arranged according to theme, meaning that you might find a philosophical tract alongside some manga or art books...

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Shopping, Menswear

Studious Jinnan

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Stocking Japanese brands only, Studious is a rising 'select' store that seeks to promote local products to a global audience. Its store in Jinnan is a high-end version selling leading Japanese brands like N.Hoolywood and White Mountaineering. Be sure to check out the ‘Tokyo Souvenir’ section for stylish Tokyo-related goods...

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Tokyu Hands

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From stationery to toilet-seat covers, this is the largest household goods store in Tokyo, packed with knick-knacks for the home. Particularly interesting is the party supplies section, which gives a unique glimpse into the Japanese sense of humour. It can be difficult to find your way around the multitude of floors, but getting a bit lost is part of the fun, right? 

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Shopping, Music and entertainment

Tower Records

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Tower Records was given an extensive overhaul in late 2012 that increased its whopping 5,000 square metres of floor space. There’s now a bookstore and a decent café on the second floor, the music sections now give prominent placement to back catalogue stock as well as new arrivals...

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ABC Mart

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There are many ABC Marts dotted around the city as they are a convenient place to pick up an incredibly cheap pair of shoes offered at heavy discounts. You'll find the likes of brand-name footwear including Nike, Vans and Adidas as well as dress shoes and other styles to suit your needs.

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HMV Record Shop

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If you're a music enthusiast who still swears by vinyl and enjoys digging through piles of secondhand records, then this Shibuya shop will feel like a small slice of heaven. HMV stocks up to 80,000 titles, with a focus on releases from the '60s to the late '90s. On the first floor you'll find rock and pop records, secondhand CDs, books and mags, accessories and music players, while the second floor is dedicated to genres like soul, reggae and jazz. Most records on sale in the shop can be tried out on the freely usable laser turntable, allowing you to confirm the sound quality before buying.

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Shopping, Fashion

Laila Tokio

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The futuristic decor, featuring 8,000 tiny pyramids, is just one thing to love about Laila Tokio. Lovers of classic and cutting-edge designer looks will relish in the hard-to-find designers’ archives such as Helmut Lang and Raf Simons. Look out for up-and-coming brands from Japan and across the globe as well, fitting into the stores' theme of 'new couture'.

Shopping, Music and entertainment

Lighthouse Records

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This atmospheric Shibuya record store focuses on genres such as house, disco and Balearic house, and also boasts a pair of handsome vintage Klipschhorn floor speakers. Prices are very reasonable, and the shop gets a shipment of new stock every week, so check back regularly. 

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Loft Shibuya

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Spanning seven floors and stocking goods such as stationary, watches and accessories, health products, homewares, interiors, and variety goods, this specialist in lifestyle goods has got everything. The seasonal display on the first floor is particularly worth a visit. Festive items for special events such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day get a showing here, as do items which will give you a taste of Japanese culture. Goods on display in summer include Japanese fans and cotton towels, while in winter you can find items for the New Year such as the customary New Year money envelopes.

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The Monocle Shop

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As shop manager Keisuke Imaizumi says, 'This is where Monocle becomes 3D.' It's the perfect way to describe the store, as it's here that lifestyle products and fashion featured in the magazine spill from the page into reality, but it's also an apt description for the overall evolution of the Monocle brand. Since launching in 2007, it has grown into a brand that now encompasses a 24-hour radio station, cafés around the world, and retail stores in London, New York, Toronto, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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Seibu Shibuya

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The Shibuya store is split into two buildings, Annexes A and B, which face each other across the street. Annex A sells mainly womenswear; Annex B menswear, children’s clothes and accessories. The tax-exemption counter is on the M2 (mezzanine) floor of Annex A. Seibu also runs retailers Loft and Movida, both of which are within easy walking distance of the store. Aimed at a young crowd, Loft sells interior decorations and various knick-knacks, while Movida houses top-end fashion store Via Bus Stop.

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Shibuya Modi

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What was once Marui City has reopened as Shibuya Modi. To describe the newly opened shopping complex in a few words, it's a kind of 'smart mall' – a place where you can get pretty much anything you want in one place. It has everything from clothing to coffee to decor stores to karaoke – you know, just in case you feel like belting out a few tunes in between browsing. If you're not confident in Japanese, look out for the multi-language touchscreen information panel. Want to know more? Read our blog: 'Five reasons to visit Shibuya Modi'.

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Uniqlo Shibuya Dogenzaka

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Spread across three floors, Shibuya’s biggest Uniqlo shop is particularly worth checking out at the weekend, when you might catch one of their blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sales.

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