Shibuya: it's the 'hood with everything. Cutting-edge fashion boutiques, world-class nightclubs, unbeatable record shops, hip bars, dining options ranging from fancy washoku eateries to dirt-cheap diners – if you want it, you can probably find it here. But with so much to choose from, where on earth should you start? Read on for Time Out's 101 essential Shibuya tips: the best places to shop, eat, drink and party in Tokyo's most iconic neighbourhood. They're all taken from the latest edition of our 101 things to do in Shibuya, a pocket-sized guide that comes complete with a detailed map to help you find everything...
Brave the scramble...
It ranks among the busiest pedestrian crossings on Earth – yet you may feel a strange sence of solitude descend as you make your way through the crowds. Scramble Crossing
Built on the remains of the old Yamashita shopping centre in 1998, this lively izakaya arcade has plenty to offer for courageous diners, including western-style wine bars, sushi shops, oden, grills and even oddities such as horse or whale meat (at Jun-chan). Ebisu Yokocho
It's not a particularly intimidating monster; in fact you should have no trouble devouring the shaved ice dessert by Taiwan's popular Ice Monster chain. Head over for authentic Taipei-born flavours such as milk tea and mango, with a texture like powder snow. Ice Monster
The walls at this café-come-library are lined with books, while the menu features dishes and treats that have appeared in literature – including a chocolate cake from 1985 novel 'Kiki’s Delivery Service', later made world-famous by the Studio Ghibli movie. The table fee is ¥500, and you'll need to order at least one drink. Mori no Tosyo Shitsu
Run by the same family for three generations, Maruara Watanabe is a good place to pick up traditional Japanese souvenirs, but the quirkiest attraction has to be the pair of vending machines outside that dispense tourist trinkets 24 hours a day. Maruara Watanabe
The menu features a frankly terrifying list of expensive tipples from all over the world, but the enormous glass windows, which offer views of the entire Shinjuku skyline, make the 40th-floor Bellovisto well worth checking out. Book ahead for the best seats. Bellovisto
Standing out with its minimalist interior and plant-heavy décor, this mid-sized space is one of the better (and better-sounding) clubs to open in Tokyo in the past few years. Their bookings tend to be skewed towards the alternative, with international techno and house artists particularly well represented. Vent
Trump Tokyo's entrance is rather inconspicuous, but enter and you'll find yourself in a kitschy-come-luxurious room filled with antique chandeliers and mirrors – presumably set up so that the crowds can admire themselves. Local star DJs often stop by for a spin. Trump Tokyo