Restaurants & Cafés

The best restaurants and cafés in Tokyo, including restaurant reviews and new openings

Best street food and snacks in Harajuku
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Best street food and snacks in Harajuku

Eat your way through Tokyo's kawaii capital: rainbow cotton candy, animal ice cream cones, dessert crêpes and more

Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo
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Best regional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo

Where to savour regional Japanese cuisines in Tokyo, from Hokkaido's grilled lamb to Kyoto's matcha desserts and Osaka's takoyaki

Best bakeries in Tokyo
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Best bakeries in Tokyo

The city’s upper crust: these excellent bread shops and patisseries are definitely worth your dough

Best izakaya in Tokyo
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Best izakaya in Tokyo

We’ve rounded up some of our favourite English-friendly izakaya: the same rowdy fun, but without the language barriers

The most beautiful Starbucks in Japan
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The most beautiful Starbucks in Japan

In Japan, Starbucks has created unique and stunning coffee shops that marry art, architecture, local history and café culture

Restaurants of the week

Cibi
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Cibi

You’d be forgiven for thinking this Yanaka café feels like it’s been transplanted from the backstreets of Melbourne – because it kind of is...

Deli Fu Cious
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Deli Fu Cious

If you've always thought the world needs better fish burgers, then this new Nakameguro joint might be of interest. Run by chef Shinya Kudo, who previously worked at Ginza sushi temple Harutaka – owners of two Michelin stars – Deli Fu Cious is found an eight-minute walk from the station in the direction of Ikejiri-Ohashi. Opened in late December 2016, it boasts a dazzling menu dreamed up by the former sushi artisan: check out the Konbuzime Fish Burger, the Saikyo Grilled Fish Burger or the inventive Boiled Conger Tempura Dog. Using only sushi-quality ingredients, Kudo cooks everything to order, so there's no need to worry about soggy or stale burgers. The interior is akin to that of an old-school sento, while the name – well, just ask them how they came up with it when you visit.

Tokoshima
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Tokoshima

‘The chicken, the whole chicken, and nothing but the chicken,’ could be the motto for this Sangenjaya poultry palace

Rojiura Curry Samurai Shimokitazawa
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Rojiura Curry Samurai Shimokitazawa

The first Tokyo outpost of this Sapporo-born soup curry juggernaut entices the people of Shimokitazawa with Samurai's famed golden soup, ample quantities of Hokkaido veg and brand rice from the cold north. No additives are used here, and the soup comes in four different varieties that can be further customised for spiciness. The topping selection is also plentiful, ranging from cheese and pork slices to natto and okra.

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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo
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Best cheap Michelin-star meals in Tokyo

Michelin-starred restaurants aren’t all expensive. Here’s where and how you can enjoy a top-rated meal for about ¥1,000 – or less

Best udon in Tokyo
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Best udon in Tokyo

Slurp noodles on the cheap at these top Kagawa-style sanuki udon restaurants

The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo
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The 10 things you must eat in Tokyo

As one of the world's greatest food cities, the choices in Tokyo can be overwhelming. So start these 10 iconic Tokyo-born dishes

Best specialist cafés in Tokyo
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Best specialist cafés in Tokyo

Tokyo is reinventing the café culture with specialist joints; think cafés that focus on chiffon sandwich, sesame ice cream, Mont Blanc, fruit parfait and more

Best budget sushi in Tokyo
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Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

The best places for green tea in Tokyo
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The best places for green tea in Tokyo

Here are the capital's top cafés and teahouses for enjoying authentic Japanese ryokucha (green tea) and matcha

Food and drink events

Best food and drink festivals in Tokyo
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Best food and drink festivals in Tokyo

We round up the city's best gourmet festivals – from umeshu and coffee to oden, vegan eats and lots of sake

Mount Takao Beer Festival
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Mount Takao Beer Festival

Mt Takao's beer garden is located 500m above sea level, and does a good job of keeping hikers well satiated throughout the summer...

Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach Shinjuku
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Tokyo Sky Resort Wild Beach Shinjuku

For those wanting to experience the beach life without leaving the conveniences of the big city, Lumine Est is once again turning a part of Shinjuku into a beach-themed beer garden this year...

Shinjuku Beer Garden Land Meat Centre
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Shinjuku Beer Garden Land Meat Centre

Located on top of the Lumine department store, Shinjuku Beer Garden is hosting an outdoor barbecue in a lush green space that feels removed from its concrete jungle surroundings...

Hot new openings

Sushi M
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Sushi M

This Aoyama restaurant is a partnership between veteran sushi chef Michimasa Nakamura and sommelier Yoshinobu Kimura, who brings with him a decade’s experience as the head sommelier at two-Michelin-starred Narisawa in Tokyo...

Uoharu Nakameguro
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Uoharu Nakameguro

This seafood izakaya aims to be sustainable by reducing food waste...

Parfaiteria Momobukuro
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Parfaiteria Momobukuro

Craving a late-night parfait? This cosy café in Ikebukuro caters to those who prefer a sweet dessert over a boozy night on the town. From 5pm (3pm on weekends) you can devour an over-the-top parfait creation made from fresh fruit, sorbet, gelato, whipped cream and various other toppings. The items at this Hokkaido-born ‘parfaiteria’ change monthly based on what's in season, so you'll want to come back frequently to see what they have in store. 

Sour Harajuku
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Sour Harajuku

This new sour specialty shop inspired by Harajuku's shopping mecca Cat Street has its roots in Kyoto, and and has brought around 20 of their boozy creations to the streets of Shibuya. Choose from fruity options mixed with shochu including lemon, watermelon, pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit, all topped off with their respective pieces of fruit. Sour Harajuku's interior concept was also designed by the clever folks behind Kyoto-based shop and gallery Vou/Bo, where they've completed the space with artwork by artists from Japan's former capital.

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Ultimate guide to yakitori
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Ultimate guide to yakitori

Here's a photo menu to help you identify and order the different chicken parts in a classic yakitori meal

Ultimate guide to wagashi
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Ultimate guide to wagashi

Wagashi are the dainty Japanese sweets made for teatime. But can you tell your daifuku from your monaka and dorayaki?

Best restaurants at Toyosu Market
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Best restaurants at Toyosu Market

Just like its predecessor in Tsukiji, Toyosu Market is home to some of the top sushi restaurants in Tokyo

The best coffee in Tokyo
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The best coffee in Tokyo

The capital is now one of the world’s great coffee cities

Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo
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Guide to Japanese desserts in Tokyo

Got a sweet tooth? You've come to the right city as Tokyo offers many decadent Japanese desserts including kakigori, wagashi and more