As befits one of the cooler gallery spaces in town, NADiff is near impossible to find. But if you manage to locate it – lurking in a quiet lane off an Ebisu back street – it’s worth the mission.
The building is home to a mini slice of contemporary art heaven: as well as three floors of independent gallery space, a key highlight is the bookshop. NADiff, spanning the ground and basement floors, stocks some of the best art, photography and design books in the capital, alongside its own gallery space.
The new build space – which opened its doors in 2008 – is a discrete haven of glass walls and concrete floors, complete with the paw prints of a stray cat across one space (an accident as opposed to a choreographed work of art).
Best of all, the building is crowned by the Magic Room – a cosy top floor café and bar which serves oversized creamy cakes in town as well as late night cocktails. Just don’t forget to bring a map to find your way there – and home again.