Nicole Wong shares her travel style tips and reveals her favourite shopping and dinning spots in Japan’s bustling capital
TRAVEL STYLE TIPS 1. Always bring a leather jacket. It keeps you warm and it goes with everything — you can never go wrong with a classic black leather number. No matter how warm or cold my travel destination is, my leather jacket has always been my warm companion on planes.
2. I always love packing matching sets when I travel. It's effortless and functional. Both pieces can be worn together or separately. It's an easy go-to look when you need to make a quick dash in the morning.
3. Dress up, but stay comfortable in sneakers. While heels may elevate your look and legs, I find that it isn't worth the pain after hours of walking and exploring. My pick? White kicks.
4. If you're planning to travel light and save on space, stick to a colour palette. Clothes in the same family of colours allows mixing, matching and creating multiple outfits with ease.
5. Never forget your shades. I try not to wear too much makeup when I'm travelling because I like to let my skin breathe. Plus a good pair of sunglasses helps cover up any evidence of a late night.
FAVOURITE SHOPPING HAUNTS 1. Nude Trump Vintage store during the day, popular party spot at night. Trump has a long running reputation of having international celebrities and up-and-coming designers as customers. Be warned: Patience is needed to dig through this crazy store. 3F, 1-12-14 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Opening hours: 1-9pm
2. Ragtag Dry cleaned, verified and organised: Ragtag is the neatest vintage store I've ever witnessed. It's a great place for first time vintage buyers who might not be ready to battle through racks and racks of clothes. An unusual practice (but welcomed), Ragtag checks, mends and dry-cleans every piece before they are sold in the store. For store listings, click here.
3. Vintage Qoo Located in what seems like an office building, is this hidden gem. Open the door into a world of well curated vintage pieces with one of the widest vintage Chanel collection seen. Room 515, Tokyo Central Omotesando, 4-3-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001
4. Koenji, Tokyo This rising area is covered with endless number of vintage shops at one of the city's most historic neighbourhoods. You'll find everything from raw denims to streetwear favourites and a wide range of sukajan jackets.
GO-TO DINING SPOTS 1. 35 Steps Bistro My go-to place whenever I am in Japan — no trip is complete without it. Hidden underground (exactly 35 steps below) is a cozy Izakaya spot in the heart of Shibuya. 1-1 Maruyamacho, B1F Shibuya City Hotel, Shibuya, Tokyo
2. Afuri If you love Yuzu, here is your place. Just five minutes walk from Harajuku Station is a tiny restaurant that excels in their trademark yuzu ramen. Be prepared to queue for at least an hour during peak periods. 3 Chome-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0051, Japan
3. Ki Cafe There is no shortage of coffee places in Tokyo, but Ki Cafe (Ki means tree in Japanese) hits the spot for me with its coffee and minimal, clean aesthetic.
4. Brasserie Viron If you're a bread addict, hit up this French bakery for the amazing pastries — or if you're craving an American brunch. 2nd Floor, 33-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo