After our previous vintage shop marathon was so well received (thank you!), I decided that a trip to Shimokitazawa was long overdue… Okay, it may not have quite as many individual vintage shops as Koenji, but what Shimokitazawa lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. I’m a huge fan of the laid-back boho vibe in this part of Tokyo, and it’s popular with students and fashion fans alike. I really enjoy the huge variety of vintage shops and boutiques here, for this alone Shimokitazawa should be high up on anyone’s list of places to visit in Tokyo – especially if you love vintage styles.
Here’s a look at eighteen of the best vintage sellers in Shimokitazawa:
Ruby Tuesday – Probably the best place in Tokyo for vintage menswear, with a classy British mod slant.
Chicago – homepage – Chicago has about a million stores throughout Tokyo, but one of our favourites has to be the Shimokitazawa branch, it’s not as picked-over as Harajuku, and has a great selection of vintage including designer silk scarves too.
Spooky? – homepage – Alas not as dark as you’d hope from the name, there’s a great choice of truly old items, as well as some bizarre Americana homewear.
Stick Out – homepage – With everything priced at 700Yen, you might not find a designer treasure, but you certainly will get your moneys worth here! You just can’t say no to good black t-shirts at such cheap prices – well, I can’t anyway…
Wow Retro – One of my favourites in Shimokitazawa, Wow Retro is well worth a visit for all lovers of fashion from days gone by, plus accessories to make dolly & mori girls’ hearts flutter.
Marine Nationale – Just next to Wow Retro, if you’re a fan of military and menswear as I am, then Marine Nationale is a must-see!
Milla Biflora – One of our first vintage discoveries in Shimokitazawa, Milla Biflora will always be on my list of places to pop into, not just for the huge carousel horse and amazing selection of womenswear.
Burrowz – homepage – A relatively new find for us, I really like Burrowz’ wide and quirky variety of clothing and accessories.
Crimie – homepage – Perfect for all menswear junkies! With everything from Levis, to Harris Tweed, to Pringle cardigans, there’s sure to be something (or several things) to catch your eye.
Uta – homepage – One of Shimokitazawa’s genuine hidden gems, Uta is (forgive me) a utopian paradise of proper 80s/90s womenswear, and it’s well worth a visit for extreme shoulder-pads, leather skirts, tiny backpacks and ‘gold’ jewellery. Amazing.
Haight & Ashbury – homepage – One of the undisputed crown jewels of vintage in Tokyo, Haight & Ashbury should be on everyone’s vintage shopping list, not only for the huge selection of mens and womenswear and antique clothing, but also for the huge white woollen tree in the middle of the store. Love it.
Juxtaposition – homepage
Lotty – homepage – You like kitsch girly stuff, right? Then my advice is to get down to Lotty right now for a fantastic variety of homewear and tiny bits & bobs that serve no purpose other than, y’know, wanting to own them.
Little Trip to Heaven – homepage – Sister shop to Small Change in Koenji, Little Trip to Heaven is similarly filled to the brim with dangerously lovely vintage items.
Flamingo – homepage – With its wide variety of clothing styles and eras, Flamingo almost reminds me of vintage shops in England, but with that Tokyo twist that means you’re sure to find a real bargain or two.
Don Don Down on Wednesday – homepage – With shops all over the country, Don Don is a vintage force to be reckoned with. Also known to Tokyo Telephone as ‘that place with the freaky mannequins outside’ – you have been warned!
Shimokita Garage Department/TouyouHyakkaten – homepage – A reason to visit Shimokitazawa in itself, this collection of tiny shops boasts several vintage stores, as well as hand-made accessories and more, all under one roof.
Well, I hope that this has inspired a few readers to check out Shimokitazawa – let us know what you discover!
(Oh, and for secondhand designer junkies like me, Grand Bazaar is amazingly good for Comme des Garcons, Jeremy Scott and KTZ, male high fashion and even lolita brands too – seriously dangerous for your wallet!)