Welcome to a little bit of paradise, Chanel’s Le jardin de tweed (the garden of tweed) is conveniently located at the rooftop of their Ginza store. So, if you’ve had a tiresome day shopping at Tokyo’s most luxurious streets, this is the terrace to visit and replenish your energies.
The terrace design is sleek and stylish, offering either the option of basking in the sun and working on your jet setter St. Tropez tan or sitting under the safe guard of a parasol.
The stylish terrace offers café-style food with aperitifs and other deliciously elegant snacks. It is catered by Beige’s chef Alain Ducasse which is conveniently located a level down in the Chanel building.
The Champagne Perrier Jouët themed bar serves a range of summery cocktails including champagne of course, but also tea, coffee, and lemonade.
The fabulous view that features Tokyo’s very own version of the Parisian Eiffel tower in the distance, namely Tokyo Tower.
The food arrived in this fabulously simple basket and was presented in a very tasteful manner. I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what a Chanel menu tastes like. I nibbled on a small salad, some poisson (fish) bruschetta and cup of legumes (vegetables). For dessert some pound cake, rose and mint flavored marshmallows, a fabulous macaroon with possibly what tasted like hazelnut filling and some fruit. Such a scrumptious menu!
I couldn’t get enough of the dessert menu so I ordered an ice latte to enjoy with some Chanel chocolates.
If you find yourself in need of a trip to the ladies or mens room, you may find yourself searching for quite a while as the outside looks more like a stylish walk in closet than a restroom. A collection of Chanel perfumes is on proud display as is a classic Chanel handbag and some men’s ties.
The ladies room sign was by far the most stylish one I’ve seen to date.
The men’s room sign proved equally stylish with three Chanel ties in the colors of le tricolore (France’s flag).
Details from the Ginza Chanel boutique windows.
Visited the stylish Hermès boutique in Ginza where the white knight waving Hermés scarves greets you from the top of their very own building. He kind of looks like the French Napoleon riding his horse promoting the luxury brand. At 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, he is known as l´artificier.
This home away from home was created by architect Renzo Piano, who was inspired by Japanese lanterns. You might be surprised that an architect would go for a steel and glass construction in an unpredictable environment like Japan, where earthquakes and trembles are frequent features, but the building was constructed like a traditional anti-seismic structure, just like the old temples.
Inside, is a small lounge that’s hidden away in a secluded little corner of the otherwise vast boutique, which covers 6000m2. Dark and sophisticated, the lounge features a bar with chairs and comfortable club chairs in trademark Hermès leather.
With a selective menu featuring mainly drinks, I opted for a freshly squeezed healthy orange juice and chocolates. Unlike Gucci café, Hermès didn’t have the option of picking up one of their orange boxes filled with super chic chocolates to take on the go.
Before taking off into the friendly skies, it’s always nice to be well rested and relaxed. It also doesn’t hurt to have an extra energy boost.
That’s why I spent my afternoon at Nicolai Bergmann’s Minami Aoyama flagship store, which also happens to have an adorable little café. The gorgeous flower arrangements create the perfect oasis. I just can’t believe I’ll be heading back to London so soon.
Energy boost, I kid you not. This fruity bad boy’s packing a heavy punch of lethal vitamins. Germs be gone!