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246COMMON – Omotesando

Posted in Places, Shops by tokyobling on August 25, 2012

Note: The 246COMMON is closed since April 30th, 2014.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary when it comes to restaurants in central Tokyo, I can wholeheartedly recommend 246COMMON in Omotesando, very close to Omotesando subway station. According to their website, it is a collective of cafes, restaurants, designers and makers who have gotten together in an unusual mix of entrepreneurs, chain stores and big corporations to create a rather wild open air food court in the middle of the most fashionable place on Earth. I have been in this spot hundreds of times as it has put to various uses over the years, the land itself probably the victim of the burst property bubble in the early nineties, I have seen it used as everything from a gallery spot to a car park to a farmers market. You might remember the post I did on the Hakushu Whiskey the other day, that cafe is at the far end of this spot. It gets buys later at night but it is by no means really discovered yet, so if you are in the area for lunch, dinner or drinks this summer, I really recommend heading over to try it out, There’s also a few stores selling handicrafts, and who wouldn’t want to buy handmade shoes while eating a vegetable burger and sipping champagne? I wish more of the urban blight areas in our cities could be put to instant creative use in this manner!

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  1. C said, on August 25, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Ahh, the food truck phenomenon hits Tokyo! Cool. Just saw a similar permanent setup in Portland (Oregon, not Maine) a couple of months ago. San Francisco has spots where these show up on a regular basis, too. Definitely a good way to make use of depressed areas. Interesting to see so much English there (as well as gaijin in the pics)


    • tokyobling said, on August 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Yes, it must be the European holiday season or something, a lot of foreign tourists recently! I guess the media hysteria over the nuclear problems are finally dying down… I also guess foreigners are more used to the idea of these “food truck parks”. (^-^)


  2. pk1154 said, on August 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Aha! I noticed the “photo please” on the door in one pic and scrolled down to find…a closeup. 🙂

    (I was up past my normal bedtime this week, because my friends and I went to see the Nice Young Man from the muffin place perform in a musical–Avenue Q. What fun! But had to go early to be the next day to make up for it. The night is for young people.)


    • tokyobling said, on August 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Haha… yes! I love it when they are generous with photography! It is getting better, a lot of small companies have realized the importance of social media and photo sharing in marketing and PR, whereas the big PR and Marketing companies have done the complete opposite…

      I agree, the night really is for young people. If I do not get in bed before midnight I am toast…


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