Tokyo has innumerable hidden neighborhoods, and this guide is an attempt at uncovering some of the more interesting gems lurking in those crevices:

Who better to guide you through a city’s secret neighborhoods than the locals? We tracked down seven longtime Tokyo residents—from a French retailer to a Japanese designer and museum curator—and asked for their insider tips on what makes their piece of the city special. The answers may surprise you.

“I moved to Daikanyama a couple of years ago, and I am still discovering new places all the time. Daikanyama T Site has some good restaurants and makes an ideal resting point when you want to read a book or magazine over a coffee or cocktail, but it can get quite crowded, especially on weekends. But roaming through the alleys around it will bring you to all sorts of interesting shops and little cafes. Weekend Garage Tokyo is one of my favorite places to hang out. It has a garage-like atmosphere with high ceilings and lots of outdoor tables, and the food is very good value for money.”

Weekend Garage Tokyo sounds like my kind of place.