Restaurants & Cafés

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

Best pork-free ramen in Tokyo
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Best pork-free ramen in Tokyo

The most authentic bowls of Japanese noodles that don't contain pork

The best cafés in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando
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The best cafés in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

Where to go for coffee, tea, desserts and light meals in Shibuya, Harajuku and Omotesando

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

Is this Tokyo's most elusive cheesecake?
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Is this Tokyo's most elusive cheesecake?

No physical store, online-only order, just two days a week...

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

Restaurants of the week

Ao
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Ao

There’s a lot to love about Ao. For starters, it manages to combine the casual vibe of an izakaya with the thoughtfulness of kaiseki cuisine. Don’t get us wrong – it’s never rowdy. Instead, it’s an unassuming little neighbourhood restaurant whose cosy, homely atmosphere belies its modern yet relaxed approach to Japanese food. It’s hard to pinpoint an overarching concept guiding the food, except that it’s based on fresh, seasonal Japanese ingredients, interpreted through techniques from other cuisines. On one of our visits: a gazpacho that celebrated the local tomato season was paired with smoky grilled aubergine and scallop – it was tart and cold and it opened up our appetite for more. The deep-fried ‘maki’ was also an inspired creation, in which the rice was replaced by the delicate white flesh of pike conger and rolled with ume (plum) and Chinese yam. We also loved the grilled bamboo shoot wrapped in roast pork, as well as the homemade miso cream cheese. Ao’s menu is extensive, but the most popular dishes can be enjoyed on a six-course kaiseki- like menu (sashimi included), which gets refreshed monthly. What’s really surprising is that the menu is priced at only ¥3,400, which makes the restaurant even more endearing. For honest good food that's unpretentious and thoroughly enjoyable, this is quite possibly one of the best deals in town. The best part is, Ao closes only at 2am, meaning you can eat well when most restaurants have shuttered for the night.

Ponchi-ken
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Ponchi-ken

The humble cutlet has undergone plenty of evolution since those days, culminating in the 2015 awarding of the first Michelin mark to a tonkatsu-only restaurant

Nezu Kamachiku
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Nezu Kamachiku

Kamachiku is quite possibly the most beautiful udon restaurant in Tokyo...

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

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Best restaurants in Shibuya
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Best restaurants in Shibuya

From sushi to yakitori and gyoza, here are the best places to eat in Shibuya, including the neighbourhoods of Daikanyama, Harajuku and Yoyogi

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 kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo
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Best kaiseki restaurants in Tokyo

The traditional multi-course kaiseki dinner is considered the epitome of Japanese cuisine, and these dedicated restaurants are the best in Tokyo

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

Tsukiji after dark: best late-night restaurants and bars
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Tsukiji after dark: best late-night restaurants and bars

Tsukiji may be a morning market, but it now has seafood restaurants, ramen shops, izakaya and bars that open late into the night

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

Food and drink events

Dai Tsukemen Haku
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Dai Tsukemen Haku

Dai Tsukemen Haku will be held at the Okubo Park between Shinjuku's Kabukicho and Shin-Okubo. The daily changing lineup of shops – a total of 100 vendors from all over Japan – will serve their noodle creations...

Tea ceremony by artless + asahiyaki
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Tea ceremony by artless + asahiyaki

Housai Matsubayashi, the 16th generation head of Asahiyaki, and graphic artist Shun Kawakami showcase their craftsmanship in the form of a traditional tea ceremony...

Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony
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Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony

A large-scale tea ceremony event where even those aren’t familiar with the custom are welcome to participate...

Shimokitazawa Curry Festival
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Shimokitazawa Curry Festival

Making Shimokitazawa the holy ground of curry' is the motto of this spicy two-week festival, which invites you to get a free map at the station (or print one out here), follow the curry trail and stuff yourself at the 142 participating restaurants...

Hot new openings

Eggslut
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Eggslut

As you can infer from its name, Eggslut is all about the humble eggs, but taken to new heights in a series of speciality breakfast sandwiches...

Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando
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Well Food Market & Cafe Imperfect Omotesando

Located on the first floor of Omotesando Hills, this new shop and adjoining café space offers a variety of sweets...

Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi
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Lanterne Ikejiri-Ohashi

Lanterne delivers on the convivial izakaya atmosphere and reasonable pricing, but does it in a hip, modern way

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...

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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

Best character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo
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Best character cafés and restaurants in Tokyo

Dine with your favourite characters at these themed eateries, from Snoopy and Pokemon to Peter Rabbit and Moomin

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