This twin brother of the hipster Shimokitazawa has more space and breed and fewer tourists. Take the southern exit, then a long market-like street and you'll find yourself in Koenji with its thrifts, and workshops where old stuff is completely refurbished, traditional Japanese coffee shops, a great Mexican bar, Chillin' shisha bar with its unlimited tea and coffee for Y 500 and outside food allowed, LOHAS organic shop and lots of stores with second-hand furniture and gadgets. In the north you have a dilemma: where to eat in this abundance of Indian, Thai, Chinese and Italian places standing next to sushi-bars, noodle and dumpling houses – they all smell perfect.
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