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Bars and cafés Exploring Toky

Bars and cafés From the Telegraph's Danielle Demetriou Exploring Tokyo can be exhausting. Fortunately, numerous hip cafés and bars provide the perfect place to recharge batteries, while indulging in a spot of people watching. Some of the best can be stumbled across by simply wandering into the maze of tiny streets that lies off both sides of Omotesando. Take a stroll down Cat Street, past stylish fashion and design boutiques, before joining local hipsters over lunch at the the Bape Café (3-27-22 Jingumae), set up by the DJ designer behind cult Japanese label A Bathing Ape. Head towards the Prada building north of Omotesando and tuck into a virtuous herb tea and grain salad at the Pure Café (5-5-21 Minami-Aoyama), a serene eco-haven attached to the Aveda spa. Meanwhile, on the other side of Omotesando is the recently renovated Kurkuu (2-18-21 Jingumae), a sleek wood and glass architect-designed haven for style-conscious eco-lovers, complete with organic café, restaurant, bar and workshop. Art lovers should walk five minutes down the road to the hip basement café in the Mario Botta-designed Watari-Um Museum of Contemporary Art (3-7-6 Jingumae), checking out the current exhibition and its classy shop en route. A short stroll away – just next to exit three of Gaienmae metro station - is Sign (Yamakazi Building, 2-7-18 Kita-Aoyama), a vibrant cafe with bright graphic murals that attracts creatives by day and is home to a DJ and cocktail-sipping crowd by night. Those with quirkier tastes might wish to visit Office (Kita-Aoyama 2-7-18 Yamazaki Bridge 5F), a DJ bar decorated in the style of a conventional workplace, complete with filing cabinets, photocopying machine and bookshelves.
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