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2018年02月09日

Hidden Places Around Gakugei University

by Veronika 433

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"You can find old shopping streets and new
fancy shops around the area surrounding
Gakugei University, you always find something
new when you go for a walk", claims a second
year student and a writer A. Gakugei University,
located on the Tokyu Toyoko line has recently
been gathering attention from people with
modern sensibilities. The route we have chosen
has the theme of "fancy-at-home drinking"
and will take you to four shops beloved by
the locals and visitors alike.

Recommended Route:
Gakugei University Station (West Exit) →
1. FOOD & COMPANY →
2. Cheese Shop "Euro Art" →
HIGUMA Doughnuts →
Gakugei University Station (West Exit)

Distance: 2.8 km
Steps: 4658
Time: 35 min + shopping
Budget: 6,000 Yen

On your way from the station to the "FOOD &
COMPANY" you can find a wall with meaningful
and photogenic words "TOKYO is YOURS"!

What do you think? Seems like a great place for pictures!

1. Get some safe and delicious groceries.

Around 1 minute walk away from the graffiti
wall the fresh food store "FOOD & COMPANY"
is located. Making you feel like you are in a
fancy organic food store outside of Japan, this
shop is a necessary visit when inviting
health-conscious friends for a dinner.

The concept of the store is "bringing organic
products closer to the people", so their prices
are often more reasonable than those in the
big supermarkets. You can find both organic
vegetables and natural everyday supplies in
the store. If you ask the staff, they will teach
you some good recipes!

FOOD&COMPANY
3-14-15 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
03-6303-4216
Mon-Sat 11:00 ~ 22:00, Sun 11:00 ~ 21:00
http://www.foodandcompany.co.jp

2. Find the perfect cheese to go with your
wine or sake! 

When you leave "FOOD & COMPANY " and go
along Komazawa street towards Gohongi
crossing, you can find a cheese store "Euro Art".
After falling in love with cheese, this store's
owner spent 3 years in France learning about
the food and later opened the shop 10 years
ago. The store is popular among local restaurant
chefs and cheese enthusiasts alike. You can find
more than 100 varieties of cheese on display,
mainly French.

When you get lost among the many varieties of
cheese, refer to the helpful poster. The staff will
also gladly help you choose, so don't hesitate to
ask! The special feature of "Euro Art" cheese is
the aging technique. The aged cheese has a
uniqueness of character and flavor.

The most popular cheese in the store is "Truffle
Veil" (pictured above, 75 g for 1680 yen).
Combining truffle scent with mature
Camembert, this cheese brings happiness from
the first bite. There are also 11 types of special
original cheese and value sets. Ask for advice
to find the perfect cheese for your beverage
of choice.

Euro Art
2-35-17 Chuo-cho, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
03-5768-2610
Tue-Sun 11:15 ~ 19:00
Closed on Monday
https://www.euro-art2001.com

As you leave the cheese store and pass under
the Koka bridge, go into the bustling East exit
shopping ditrict, but don't forget to look around
for beautiful surroundings, like the window
frame in the picture below.
 
If you look closely, you can see that it is not
only in the retro style, but also has heart
shapes, making it very photogenic. It is
located on the opposite side of "Chiyo no Yu"
public bathhouse.

3. Look for the wine which is both delicious and
reasonably priced from a selection of over
1000 bottles! 

Located along the Meguro street is the small
wine shop "Minoya". Inside the tiny store wine
bottles are tightly lined up according to
country. The prices range from just under
1000 yen to expensive luxury brands, so you
can find the one most suitable for any specific
occasion.

There are so many adorable labels on the wines,
you might be tempted to buy one just based on
that, but there are explanations (in Japanese)
for most of them to help you choose.
The owner of the store is very friendly and will
help you pick your perfect wine depending on
your budget. He will explain the differences
between the sorts of grapes, tastes, and even
give you a short history lesson of the wineries,
so you can use this chance to become more
well-versed in wines.

Minoya
1-6-8 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
03-3760-0091 
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sat 11:00 ~ 19:30
Wed 18:00 ~ 19:30
Closed on Sundays

4. Delicious fluffy doughnuts with a cute mark
of a bear.

As you head towards Gakugei University station
from "Minoya", you can find a beautiful store
"HIGUMA Doughnuts". The doughnuts are made
from the highest quality ingredients from
Hokkaido, the birthplace of the owner.

The most popular doughnut is the Honey
Mascarpone (300 yen) with a drip of fresh
Hokkaido Mascarpone cheese. The doughnut
itself is not too sweet with a chewy texture,
and the sweetness of the honey and
Mascarpone makes a nice mix.

As a prize for walking so much, treat yourself to
the black soybean with salt doughnut in
soybean flour (260 yen). It is made from
organic black Hokkaido soybeans, and as soon
as you put it into your mouth, the flavor of
soybeans fills your senses. It is so good, you
will not even notice how quickly it disappears!
You can choose from 8 types of doughnuts,
and even take them out, which makes them a
perfect dessert for a house party.

HIGUMA Doughnuts 
2-18-16 Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
03-6873-8803
Mon, Wed-Sun 10:00 ~ 20:00
(Or until the doughnuts are sold out)
Closed on Tuesday
https://www.higuma.co

As you head back towards the station after
filling yourself up with delicious doughnuts,
you might want to visit this one more place.
 
Between the West exit and the "FOOD &
COMPANY", right by the alley of sakura trees
there is a Buddhist statue of Jizo. Somebody
even put a muffler on him, so he doesn’t get
cold. He looks so warm and cozy, so your
greeting should also be warm!

So how was your trip? The route this time was
made to introduce unique and special stores,
however if you wander around the area and try
talking to local shop owners, you are sure to
find some more amazing places. So definitely
try your luck!

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Original article in Japanese
https://sanporge.com/gakudaitakunomi/

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