Tokyo – fabulous food and endless shopping
Nicole Tan | On 29, Jan 2015
It’s 9 days to Christmas. Frantic gifting, parties and Christmas lights make this the most wonderful time of the year. But if you need a quick escape just before the New Year, CECILIA TAN suggests that you head for Tokyo where, with a little forward planning, you can have a great time.
Last year, I was able to revisit Tokyo. My first trip to Tokyo was in 2008 and it was always part of the plan to return to this beautiful land of Zen. Having toiled the entire year without a break, I decided that a getaway was in order. At late notice, I was able to scramble for a pair of tickets to enjoy the yearend in Japan.
With only 6 days to spare, my itinerary was crammed with must-go-to places.
Our Marriot Hotel Courtyard was barely 300m from the glittery and beautiful Ginza Boulevard. Lined with designer boutiques as far as the eye can see, Tokyo’s version of New York’s Fifth Avenue or Paris’s Champs Elysees is a shopaholic’s dream come true. Despite having read rave reviews about the Shiseido Parlour Cafe, I had doubts about the quality of the Japanese-style western cuisine from the renowned cosmetic company. Located on the top level of the Shiseido flagship building, this chic establishment lived up to its reputation with the bonus of impeccable service. Here and everywhere else, service staff are immensely polite, graciously helping you with your coat before pulling back your chair and offering you a hot towel. Coupled with the awesome views overlooking the glamorous shopping strip, and the excellent food, this was a highly memorable experience. Once lunch was done, I couldn’t resist wandering through the large Shiseido store, testing and experimenting with the wonderful array of demure eye shadow colours and kawaii styled blushers. I stepped out the store feeling extremely pleased with my makeover and have since became a die-hard fan of Japanese skincare brands.