I really enjoyed staying in Shinjuku for our Tokyo trip. *See my hotel review in my previous blog called 5 days in Tokyo.
You can spend a whole day just in Shinjuku if you wanted. Although there might be not a lot to do sightseeing wise, there's plenty of shopping and eating to do!!!
*I read you can get a view of the city in the skyscraper part of town at the Metropolitan Government Office observation decks.
Alot of the shopping can be done just around Shinjuku Station.
At the south of the station there's Lumine1 where u can find Dean and Deluca
Lumine 2 is on the east side of station, where you can find more trendy clothing spots and a few eateries.
Inside the station there's a few convenience stores and a NYC treat Doughnut Plant on the southside!
***ALICE IN WONDERLAND CAFE
Northeast of the station, u will find the Odakyu/HALC shopping center along with BIC camera.
We got a cute cup of ratatoulle which was delicious! I took home their cute coasters
Their hours that were posted on the back of their flyer: October 2012.
Cafe Time 3pm-5pm
Dinner 5pm to 11pm
Another wonderful meal i had in Shinjuku was at Takashiyama Square at the tonkastu specialty place called Katsukura. My friend told me about how they have a pork cutlet that melts in your mouth delicious!
Takashimaya Square is just a bit south of the Southern exit of shinjuku station. It was about a 10 minute walk from my hotel (Sunroute Hotel). Exiting my hotel, i just had to head right and cross the bridgewalkway by and it lead us directly to Takashimaya square.
To work up our appetite, we shopped around first- they have a HUGE Tokyu Hands here where i found a bunch of cute stuff:
Katsukura is located on the top floor of Takashimaya with several other restaurants.They specialize in pork cutlet "Tonkastu".
On our last day in Tokyo, we did a little more exploring of Shinjuku. We hadn't yet ventured east of the station and there, we found even more goodies. If u walk a few blocks east, you'll find some cool department stores, Isetan being a big one with all the fancy stuff. But the JACKPPOT i found was the DESSERT MECCA at the basement of Isetan. It was full of DESSERTS GALORE, including quite a few places that had MACARONS, which seems even more popular in japan than in the states. Japanese love the French!!! The downside was that Isetan DOES NOT ALLOW PHOTOS. You can probably play dumb and snap a few, but they really frown upon it. And it killed me, cuz it's a photographers DREAM. Everything looks pristine. Cakes are perfectly decorated, cookies are beautifully packaged, beautiful colors everywhere. And did i mention that Tokyo is full of beautiful people too- perfectly make up'd faces and stylish (although some funky) clothes. There's also a savory foods section and even their piles of salads and pastas and fried stuff are perfectly stacked.
If you love desserts, ISETAN's confectionary floor is a MUST!!! I'm sure i could come here everyday for year, try something new and love it =)