Last month, I went on a quick Kansai getaway with my college friends. 2 of them were first time visitors, while the rest haven’t been able to visit in the last 6-8 years. This being said, I became the designated tour guide by default! Right before the trip, I made a rough list of store recommendations in case we found our group separated while shopping along the very busy and crowded Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. If you like my style, and find Uniqlo’s price points reasonable, then this list is for you! And oh, don’t forget to bring your passport for tax-free deals!
You absolutely can’t miss this giant Uniqlo when you get out of Shinsaibashi Station. Everybody loves Uniqlo!
1,500 yen converts to around 670 pesos. Super affordable!
SPINNS (and WEGO) have a lot of bright and funky things that look straight out of a Harajuku street snap. The general SPINNS style isn’t exactly my style, but if you’re looking for the latest trends for cheap, this is the place to go. You’ll be surprised to see more affordable versions of items that you can find in dressier boutiques. Of course, there’s a difference in quality, but they’re good enough if you’re a scenester on a budget!
Personally, I go to SPINNS for the vintage section!
3) ROPÉ PICNIC
Another store that you can’t miss while walking in Shinsaibashi is this big and bright yellow Ropé Picnic store. The clothes here look straight out of my closet! The thing I like most about this brand is that they have a very subtle way in incorporating trends into their basics. Visit if you like modest, office-friendly, church-appropriate, meeting-your-boyfriend’s-parents kind of clothes.
2,900 yen converts to around 1,200 pesos. Not bad at all!
I absolutely loved INGNI in my early 20s! Their styling is always so youthful and kawaii.
1,900 yen is around 850 pesos, while 2,900 yen is around 1,200 pesos. You can already create a stylish outfit for just a little over 2,000 pesos.
Ever wondered how I can walk for long hours in heels or pointy shoes? Japanese shoe brands are on a different level when it comes to form *and* function. If you’re interested in find out the secret to how Japanese girls can walk in streets so effortlessly, I definitely recommend going to RANDA (and ESPERANZA) even though they’re slightly pricier than the stores I included in this post.
The RANDA along Shinsaibashi is special because it also carries their clothing line. Some RANDA stores (like the ones in Shibuya or Harajuku) only sell shoes.
Average price would be around 6,900 yen or 3,000 pesos, but you can score great deals if they’re on sale. Promise you it’s worth every yen!
THE MECCA. Whenever I tell people about GU, Uniqlo’s trendier and cheaper sister brand, I get the funniest reactions! For some reason, Japanese brands have garnered a reputation for being super expensive, so they can’t fathom the idea of one that sells clothes for sometimes as low as 590 yen (260 pesos).
GU is the place to be! I get everything here – even hats and accessories.
1,490 yen for a lot of things. That’s just about 660 pesos. Crazy, right?
7) LOWRYS FARM
LOWRYS FARM is part of a bigger company that carries other big name retail brands such as BLISS POINT, GLOBAL WORK, JEANASIS, HARE, RAGEBLUE, PAGEBOY, etc. I usually buy HARE for Rg and my brothers as pasalubong. I have a lot of JEANASIS and BLISS POINT in my closet.
Nowadays, I prefer spending for more quality pieces at apart by lowrys, LOWRYS FARM’s more feminine and mature (also more expensive) label, but I still get a lot of basics from the main label! Crissey and Farrah love this brand as well.
8) SENSE OF PLACE by URBAN RESEARCH
Saving the best for last! This brand has been my favorite for the past 3 years or so. If I only had to choose one place to go to for shopping in Shinsaibashi, this would be it. I completely adore their laidback, natural aesthetic, and the prices aren’t intimidating either.
Notice a pattern? Almost all the places I went to had some sort of striped top in their store displays! You can easily find the exact same trends in each store, so you’ll have to deliberate on your own which one is worth the purchase. Also, take note that most Japanese brands (minus Uniqlo and a few exceptions) also offer limited sizes or just one size only (and their sizes run small)!
Enjoy shopping along Shinsaibashi!