TOKYO, SUGINAMI-KU, KŌENJIKITA 1-4-12
WHERE TO EAT
If you’re looking for the perfect harmony of noodles and broth, then JAC is your go-to ramen joint. You’ll find your new-found soup haven only a few minutes away from Kōenji station. Press the retro vending machine buttons to order, have a seat and enjoy your ramen with egg, tender meat, shikuwasa (Japanese lime) and its signature creamy broth. Say hello to your new ramen pick-me-up.
PAL SHOPPING STREET, 高円寺南
WHERE TO TAKE A WALK
With backstreets and alcoves intricately mapping out the neighbourhood, walking almost anywhere in Kōenji is an expedition. When you’re not uncovering all the thrift stores and arcades spontaneously, take a stroll along Pal Shopping Street. There, you’ll be met with an array of restaurants, retail stores and entertainment. And when you’re done, walk just opposite to stumble upon Poem, a coffee shop whose design is typical to Kōenji’s signature architecture. Order the diligently prepared pour-over coffee and listen to locals chat over jazz floating from the speakers.