17-5 Sarugakuchō, Shibuya-ku
Daily from 7am to 2am (the second floor opens at 9am)
This is, by far, my favorite place in Tokyo. Tsutaya is a local bookstore chain, but the concept developed in Daikanyama goes way beyond a simple place to buy books. First of all the architecture of the place is astonishing. The buildings float in a garden, with areas to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or just walk around breathing the fresh air. There are three buildings, each with a different theme on the ground floor such as fashion, cooking, travel and sports. Everything is arranged in a way to keep you browsing for hours to find interesting things all along. The selection of magazines is staggering, with all major titles from the entire planet.
The aim of the place is to have people lingering. You can select some CDs and listen to them while enjoying the view from the huge windows. The leather seats are comfortable and there is always a free listening station. There is a Starbucks, a Family Mart, an Italian restaurant – the Ivy Place – and a cozy bar on the second floor called Anjin Library & Lounge. It is a place you will want to return a few times while in town.