This Japanese department store is a quiet sanctuary dedicated to those who love to shop and have plenty of money to do so. ... More
This Japanese department store is a quiet sanctuary dedicated to those who love to shop and have plenty of money to do so. The atmosphere is soothing, perhaps enhanced by the minimalist ambience. In addition to upscale men's and women's clothing by today's trendiest designers, the store carries such exotic items as beautiful lacquered chopsticks, silk throws, antique wooden screens, men's and women's accessories, bedding, cosmetics and a beautiful gardening section with unusual plants.
I always go to Takashimia when in NYC once or twice a year. We found it looking for places in NYC that sell tea - and now often have lunch there. It is a unique experience and I have told many friends that go to NYC who now also always go in.
The bottom floor of the NY store houses the most wonderful selection of tea ware. Bowls of loose tea, beautiful tea sets, cups and mini tatami mats fill the room.
The employees are helpful, eloquent and know what they are talking about. I was recommended a wonderful matchatori sen cha blend for only $12 (around �7!!).
A typical tea cup will cost around $18 and upwards, with tea pots around $100. They are worth it though as you will never find such authentic and beautiful pottery outside of Japan
I've been fortunate enough to travel most of the world, and yet the constantly stunning Takashimaya Store remains at, or near the top of my list! To browse, perchance to buy and /or be inspired, this oasis of refinement never fails to amaze every one of my senses. I have never been in NYC and left without at least one visit to this wonderous emporium of exquisite taste.
This is the most consistently unique boutique department store in New York. The first floor features a flower department that crafts hand-tied stick sculptures that assemble into architectural structures for holding plants upright. The first floor accessories department features many one-of-a-kind items from $15 to $150 (although higher prices are also in the mix. Visit every floor for high-end products that include Japanese antiques and furniture, clothing (small sizes plentiful), and cosmetics. Make a luncheon reservation for their tea room for an authentic luxury experience within a reasonable budget.
My husband and I go to Takashimaya every time we visit the city. We look at all of the beautiful clothes and home goods and dream about life with a million dollars. The store is on several floors and laid out in a spartan manner.
The basement tearoom is where it's at, though! Enjoy one of several types of green and other teas with light, delicious food in a serene atmosphere. Goods in this area are more affordable.
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