Prego is a small shopping arcade in the Katamachi commercial area of Kanazawa. There are just seven businesses in Prego which are built around an attractive open air courtyard. These include a café, a restaurant, and a variety of fashion boutiques. The style and the layout of the buildings around the courtyard creates a charming Mediterranean atmosphere and makes it an unusual but pleasant spot in which to shop, have a meal, or take a break.
Marc Jacobs is an American brand by New York fashion designer Marc Jacobs. His unique and playful designs have been at the forefront of fashion for over 30 years. This store is open from 11.00 to 20.00 and closed on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Undercover is a Japanese streetwear fashion brand designed by Jun Takahashi. This shop has a variety of clothing and accessories for ladies, men, and kids and is open from 12.00 to 20.00.
999.9 is pronounced “Four Nines” and sells stylish spectacles and sunglasses. The shop is open from 11.00 to 20.00 and closed on Wednesdays.
Slow is a leather goods shop which combines traditional Japanese techniques with classic American designs for bags, cases, wallets, and other high quality items. This brand’s approach can be summed up by the words Sports, Luxury, Outdoor and Work, which together form the acronym SLOW. The shop is open from 11.00 to 20.00 and closed on Wednesdays.
I-Primo is a select jewelry shop specializing in diamonds. Their main business is in loose diamonds which can be set in made to order jewelry and engagement rings. This shop is open from 11.00 to 19.00 and closed on Wednesdays.
Budoonoki is a European style restaurant serving pasta, and rice dishes, and Spanish style tapas. The open terrace seating makes it a nice spot for lunch or dinner. The restaurant opens from 11.00 to 22.00 with last orders at 21.30 and is closed on Wednesdays.
Caffé Arco di Campagne is an Italian style pizza and pasta restaurant and cafe. The café menu has a fine range of cakes, tarts, tiramisu, and affogato! Caffé Arco is open on weekdays from 11.30 to 22.00 with last orders at 21.00. On Fridays and Saturdays it is open until 24.00 with last orders at 23.00 and on Sundays and national holidays it is open from 11.00 till 22.00 with last orders at 21.00. It is closed on Tuesdays.
Prego is in the Katamachi commercial district. To get to Katamachi from Kanazawa Station you can take a Left Loop Bus from bus stop #7 of the east exit bus terminal. The journey takes 10 minutes for a flat fare of 200 yen. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays you can take a Machi Bus from bus stop #5 which only costs 100 yen. Here is a map of the location.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.