Despite many new options, the Toyoko Inn chain – and other “business hotels” – are still a “go-to” place when we’re looking for hotels in Japan.
We now have a new place to stay in Tokyo: The Knot Shinjuku.
Markthalle Neun is one of the most famous places in Berlin’s food scene, but in some ways its success is a mixed blessing.
When we came Berlin in the early 2010s, this was the quintessential “hipster” place for us: We’d go and listen to the guy at the next table, boasting how he wasted €200 on drinks last night.
In Japan, almost every city has its own unsung wonderland: It’s called Tokyu Hands. To call it a “store” would be an understatement: A typical incarnation will sell everything that isn’t edible, and then some.
We’ve first been to Zen when we had an Airbnb in the area and didn’t want to hunt around for a lunch place. We’ve always had a soft spot for udon noodles: Compared to the better known, all-popular ramen they are thicker, more substantial and more “native Japanese”. They come in as many variations as ramen, though.