There are many nice places in Tokyo that you won’t find in any travel guide. One of them is “Shirokanedai”, an area with a lot of trees and a relaxed, calm atmosphere. Many people in Tokyo dream of living in this luxury residential area. Even though it isn’t affordable for most people to live there, going there for a nice lunch isn’t such a stretch. This time, I would like to introduce the popular “Shirokanedai Platinum Street” and some of its great lunch spots!
When you get out of the 1st exit of “Shirokanedai” Metro Station and head to the left, you will reach the Shirokanedai intersection. The beautiful Gingko lined street starting from here is called “Gaien West Street” (Gaiennishi-dori Ave.), but the part between here and the highway is also called “Platinum Street”. The Japanese word “shirokane” is “Platinum” in English. That might be the reason for its fancy English name.
Exploring Platinum Street
We entered Platinum Street and headed North. Many of the buildings there had a European touch. Also, I was amazed by all the trees and flowers everywhere. It’s quite hard to find such a green spot right in the center of Tokyo.
The first thing that caught my eye was a café called “Oslo Coffee”. That’s the perfect naming for an area like this, I thought. Although everything on the menu looked almost too delicious to resist, we decided to walk a little bit further down the street.
There are many cafés and restaurants that have an open terrace. Rich women living in Shirokanedai are called “Shiroganese”. There were a lot of gorgeous women (perfectly fitting this naming) who were enjoying lunch outside. There are menu signboards in front of most of the shops, so you can check the prices beforehand (there were also menus in English). There were restaurants with a 10,000 yen lunch, but there were also quite a lot of restaurants with an affordable 1,500 yen lunch menu. What a surprise!
Lunch on a terrace
The restaurant we finally chose for lunch was “Blue Point”. Their specialty is hamburgers, but of course, all of the other dishes are also very delicious. I ordered grilled vegetables and a vegetarian avocado sandwich. The sandwich was quite big and tasted superb!
The magical treehouse
“Shirokanedai Platinum Street” has not only restaurants but also plenty of spas, and select shops with miscellaneous goods and fashion. “BIOTOP” which is a building almost completely covered with plants is especially nice. There is a select shop with fashion and miscellaneous goods on the 1st and 2nd floor, but when going out into a small garden behind the shop, a surprise is waiting for you! There is a treehouse in a big tree that looks just like a magical treehouse that would appear in a picture book. We had to climb it!
This treehouse is at the same height as the 4th floor of the building. You have to climb quite a lot of stairs next to a select shop and a cafe on the 3rd floor on the way. The treehouse looks like a secret base for adults: there was an oven and a guestbook where you can leave a message.
We decided to take a break at the cafe on the 3rd floor. It was a very nice place with natural light coming through large windows. Also, the dessert we ordered was really yummy!! From the seats in the back, you can see the treehouse. They also have a terrace with a nice view: you can overlook “Shirokanedai Platinum Street”. All the other guests were Japanese. It seemed that this area isn’t well known among foreign tourists yet.
“Shirokanedai Platinum Street” is a great neighborhood. This is the perfect place for a walk starting at lunchtime. How about strolling down “Shirokanedai Platinum Street” and becoming a real Shiroganese?
Oslo Coffee Shirokanedai Store
4-19-11 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
11:00 – 22:00
4-19-19 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
11:00 – 23:00
4-6-44 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
11:00 – 20:00
Irving Place (Cafe)
BIOTOP 3F 4-6-44 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo