Address: 16-15 Sarugakucho, Tokyo, JP
The death of print? Not at this upscale shopping complex in Tokyo’s trendy Daikanyama neighborhood, where the main attraction is Tsutaya, a gorgeous, sprawling media store that stocks movies, magazines, and yes, old-fashioned books. In spite of its contents, though, the building’s design—a tessellation of concrete ‘T’s courtesy of Klein Dytham architecture—is utterly modern. Pick up some reading material and head upstairs to Anjin, a cool café that mixes the old and the new to a tee. The wooden floor is chicly distressed and there are back issues of magazines strewn about, but the menus are on iPads. Daikanyama is for much more than lounging and learning, though. You’ll also find an electric bike store, a gallery, a pet store, and even a hospital.