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Top Choice Bar in Sendai

Peter Pan

A music-loving father-and-son team runs this lounge-room-vibe 'rock' bar. Dad provides the soundtrack with his extensive, alternative-rock vinyl collection, while Son busies himself with the clientele. Coffee, booze…
Top Choice Historic Building in Sendai

Zuihō-den Mausoleum

The mausoleum of Date Masamune sits majestically atop the summit of a tree-covered hill by the Hirose-gawa. Built in 1637 but destroyed by Allied bombing during WWII, the current building, completed in 1979, is an e…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Sendai

Ohisamaya

The vegetable curries, macrobiotic tofu and fresh, colourful salads are the highlights of this stalwart of healthy dining, which rotates its menu regularly from a library of cookbooks on display. The occasional fish…
Cultural in Sendai

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri

Sendai’s biggest event celebrates a Chinese legend about the stars Vega and Altair. Vega was the king’s daughter who fell in love with and married Altair, a common herder. The king disapproved, so he formed the Milk…
Music in Sendai

Jōzenji Street Jazz Festival

Hundreds of buskers from across Japan perform in Sendai’s streets and arcades. Book your accommodation way, way in advance.
Bar in Sendai

Gallo

Bar Gallo is a tiny basement bar that keeps the tempo low and slow and mixes fruit-infused cocktails with a Japanese twist. Our pick is the lemon-and-ginger-spiked umeshū (plum wine, ¥650). The city's more eclectic …
Craft Beer in Sendai

Craftsman Sendai

When there's a global trend, like craft beer, the Japanese are never far behind. This small Craftsman outlet (there are a few popping up around the country) combines casual Italian dining with Japan's independent be…
Japanese in Sendai

Aji Tasuke

In a city of fans of charcoal-grilled cow tongue, this little gyūtan has been steadily among the top few for some time now. Perch at the counter to watch – and smell – the grilling in action. It's next to a small to…
Japanese in Sendai

Rikyu Ichibancho Yanagimachi

The best gyūtan (charcoal-grilled cow's tongue) place in town is this tiny hole-in-the-wall filled with locals. It's very cheap, very fresh and there is an English-language menu so you don't accidentally order the t…
Japanese in Sendai

Santarō

Spectacular evening kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) courses and crunch-for-lunch tempura are served in this evocative traditional building in the heart of Kokubunchō. Best for dining with two or more.