Tokyo Bvlgari Italian Jazz Lounge

Bvlgari Italian Jazz Lounge Tokyo

I’ve now returned home to Tokyo, Japan and to fête the occasion I was indulged with a wonderfully luxurious evening spent at Bvlgari Ginza Tower. The evening included exceptional live Italian jazz music by Francesco Lomagistro & Berardi Jazz Connection Quintet enjoyed in great company and with flowing Dom Pérignon vintage champagne alongside a selection of small bite creations by Michelin starred executive chef Luca Fantin.

Francesco Lomagistro & Berardi Jazz Connection Quintet

Francesco Lomagistro & Berardi Jazz Connection Quintet

Bvlgari Italian Jazz LoungeFrancesco Lomagistro & Berardi Jazz Connection Quintet was full of energy and put on a terrific performance.

Bvlgari Italian Jazz Night with Linnea Nilsson

Bvlgari Italian Jazz Night with Linnea Nilsson

Le Jardin de Tweed Chanel

Ginza TokyoChanel’s Le Jardin de Tweed (The Garden of Tweed), housed on the rooftop terrace of the Chanel Ginza building lets diners take in the spectacular views of Tokyo’s premier luxury shopping district while sipping on Perrier-Jouët champagne and munching on everything from delicious cheese platters to a light meal with dessert. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in town!

Le Jardin de Tweed Chanel Ginza

Linnea Nilsson at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Ginza, Tokyo

Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Ginza, TokyoIf you really want to maximize your multitasking skills you can forgo the lovely shade provided by the parasols and work on your tan while both dining and socializing.

Cheese Platter at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Tokyo GinzaA succulent cheese selection from France that makes my mouth water just at the memory…

Lunch at Chanel Le Jardin de Tweed Tokyo GinzaGinza Sakura Box including a prosciutto salad, freshly baked focaccia, roasted pork with mustard, potato puree, marinated salmon and vegetables, beet-flavored ricotta cream, and for dessert a mango and vanilla matelasse and sakura macaron.

Beige Alain Ducasse at Chanel Tokyo

Chanel Beige Restaurant TokyoFeasting on Michelin starred cuisine on the skyline of Ginza- one of the world’s most luxurious shopping districts, is the best pick-me-up after an intensive shopping spree. Alain Ducasse’s restaurant Beige, in collaboration with fashion brand Chanel boasts two Michelin stars and offers a sumptuous setting with excellent service and delicious food that indulges both sight and taste senses.

Beige Alain Ducasse TokyoBeige tweed upholstery in line with classic Chanel suits is used on the dining chairs and the large glass windows feature a square quilting diamond pattern similar to that of the Chanel 2.55 handbag.

Linnea Nilsson at Chanel Beige TokyoI chose a delicate green lentil soup followed by roast chicken from Bresse as appetizer.

Chanel Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo

This was then followed by a main course of seared Kinmedai, two ways fennel, lemon jus.

Small Sweets at Beige Chanel Alain Ducasse Tokyo Small sweets included summery lemon and sakura (cherry blossom) macaroons with chocolate Chanel buttons.

ベージュ アラン・デュカスAs for dessert, I simply had to try the lavish and indulgent chocolate-praline Chanel square sprinkled with gold leaf and served with hazelnut gelato. Délicieux!

Ginza TokyoThe restaurant also offers a fabulous view of the luxury lined streets of Ginza with the Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co. and Cartier buildings in the near distance.

古橋まどか展 at Shiseido Gallery

Madoka Furuhashi Dekunobo Fushiana Shiseido GalleryWith Shiseido Gallery’s latest exhibition showing Madoka Furuhashi’s work, I had a definite flashback moment to the days I used to spend in Beijing’s 798 art district and the type of artwork that was often featured in their vast gallery spaces.

Madoka Furuhashi Dekunobo Fushiana Shiseido Gallery

Madoka Furuhashi Dekunobo Fushiana Shiseido GalleryThe exhibition featured a number of photographs and installations and this one above, reminded me of Chinese artist Wang Jianwei’s furniture installations which I had the pleasure of seeing up close and personal when I last visited his studio.

Mariage Frères Luxury Tea Shopping in Ginza

DSCN9173Although it’s no secret that I enjoy frequenting the luxury lined streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district, the best part has to be when I stumble upon something new and slightly out of the ordinary that isn’t part of the big brand names that fill the advert sections of magazines. So, tucked away on Suzuran-Dori, one of the quieter streets of Ginza I found the charming French luxury tea emporium Mariage Frères.

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DSCN9167The boutique’s walls are lined with a vast selection of exotic loose-leaf teas and everything else that you could possibly need to enjoy a good cuppa tea. I picked up a box of thé blanc au parfum de fleurs de cerisier (white tea with cherry blossom flavor) that smells like candy. Other amusing flavors that I’ll have to try at some point includes ‘sexy tea’ a ‘floral black tea, with seductive notes of red berries’ and ‘black opera’ a ‘velvety black tea with rich notes of fruit and vanilla’.

Mariage Frères Tokyo Ginza

グッチ・カフェ (Gucci Café)

DSCN5372For those of you that don’t already know, I absolutely adore all of the wonderful naughty things that people try to stay away from during their diets and that is pâtisserie. In all honest to god truth, could you say that your life isn’t that much better when biting into a  really tasty tarte aux framboises, tart aux fraises, or gelato? I decided to treat myself with just this at Gucci Café in Ginza, Tokyo. On the dessert menu was black currant gelato with an orange tart. Total bliss!

DSCN5380Let me be your reminder to indulge once in a while, there really isn’t a better feeling!

Ladurée Lunching

Ladurée Lunch SandwichIndulging in a Club Champs-Elysées sandwich with dried tomato, aubergine, black olive, courgette, riquette salad, mozzarella, parmesan cheese with pine nut, rosemary and basil dressing. So delicious!

Ladurée Ispahan Pastry DessertThen for dessert a summery Ispahan with rose petal cream, fresh raspberries and lychees in a smooth rose flavored macaroon biscuit. Could life get any better?