Restaurants

Street Food in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Ebisu-yokochō

Locals love this retro arcade chock-a-block with food stalls dishing up everything from humble yaki soba (fried buckwheat noodles) to decadent hotate-yaki (grilled scallops). Seating is on stools, while tables are f…
Cafe in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Pokémon Cafe

Fans of the franchise will find it hard to pass on this chance to sample Pikachu-themed food and drink, made with classic kyara-ben (character bentō) techniques (like using thinly sliced daikon and nori to make roun…
Cafe in Ueno & Yanesen

Kingyozaka

We've seen a lot of cafe mashups on our travels but this might just be the only ornamental goldfish breeder-cum-cafe around. Kingyozaka (the name means 'goldfish slope') has some serious history: it's been in the or…
Cafe in Ueno & Yanesen

Hagi Cafe

Part of the gallery and event space Hagiso, run by students from Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), this is a good all-rounder for meals, drinks and sweets in the heart of Yanaka. Its Japanese-style breakfast is…
Market in Harajuku & Aoyama

Farmer's Market @UNU

On weekends a farmers' market, with colourful produce, pickles and preserves, sets up on the plaza in front of the United Nations University on Aoyama-dōri. There are usually at least half a dozen food trucks, too, …
Street Food in Ebisu, Meguro & Around

Ganko Dako

This street stall dishes out steaming hot tako-yaki (grilled octopus dumplings). Choose your toppings – the classic is 'sauce' (ソース) – and whether you want them karitto (crisp) or yawaraka (soft). It’s located, unfo…
Street Food in West Tokyo

Kōenji Gādo-shita

This is Kōenji's signature eating and drinking strip, a collection of shabby (and cheap!) yakitori joints, spruced-up wine bars and more underneath the overhead JR tracks. Since most places are super-tiny, and the r…
Deli in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Meal MUJI Yūrakuchō

Those who subscribe to the Muji lifestyle will be delighted to know that the 'no name brand' experience goes beyond neutral-toned notebooks and linens. Meal MUJI follows the 'simpler is better' mantra with fresh del…
Market in Harajuku & Aoyama

Commune 2nd

Commune 2nd is one of the rare alfresco dining spots in Tokyo. It's really more like a semi-permanent food-truck gathering (no one knows how long it will last; the land is incredibly valuable). There are a dozen or …
Sandwiches in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Camelback

As Camelback demonstrates, when a sushi chef switches allegiance from rice to bread the result can be a beautiful thing. The speciality here is the tamago-yaki (the kind of rolled omelette that you get at sushi shop…