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Unafuji Yurakucho2/4
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Tempura & Wine Oshio Hibiya3/4
Photo: Kisa Toyoshim
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Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaHibiya Okuroji

8 best restaurants and shops at Hibiya Okuroji

This new mall under the tracks between Yurakucho and Shimbashi stations has stellar unagi, wine-pairing tempura, and more

By Genya Aoki and Tabea Greuner
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Under the elevated train tracks between JR Yurakucho and Shimbashi stations, Hibiya Okuroji is a new shopping mall boasting 30 shops, restaurants and bars, all nestled inside 100-year-old brick archways.

At Hibiya Okuroji you can shop for premium kitchen tools from Niigata, pick up locally made leather goods, sample Nagoya-style eel specialities (which received a Bib Gourmand nod from the Michelin guide, no less), and sip creative cocktails. Here are the eight best venues to visit the next time you’re in central Tokyo.

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炭焼 うな富士 有楽町店
炭焼 うな富士 有楽町店
炭焼 うな富士 有楽町店

Unafuji Yurakucho

Restaurants Hibiya

Established in 1995, this unagi (eel) speciality store from Nagoya has opened a shop in Hibiya Okuroji. Opt for the restaurant’s signature dish, a rice bowl with grilled unagi coated in a sweet yet spicy sauce and topped with grilled liver (¥5,800). Cooked over high-grade Bincho charcoal fire, the eel is crisp and aromatic on the outside, and juicy on the inside.

Unafuji was conferred the Bib Gourmand honour in 2019, so if you’re craving a luxury unagi meal, this is the place to go. Keep in mind that you may have to wait a bit before getting a seat.

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天ぷらとワイン 大
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Tempura & Wine Oshio Hibiya

Restaurants Hibiya

Originally from Osaka, Oshio pairs seasonal tempura delicacies with wine and champagne. At its first Tokyo location, you’ll find about 30 different seasonal items on the menu, including unagi (eel) tempura in autumn. The batter is light, keeping the inside juicy and the outside crisp. For some reasonably priced high-quality rice bowls, we recommend visiting at lunch time.

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Somen Sososo Beyond
Somen Sososo Beyond
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Somen Sososo Beyond

Restaurants Hibiya

Ebisu's Somen Sososo is going luxe with a new outpost inside the recently opened Hibiya Okuroji commercial complex, located underneath the train tracks between Yurakucho and Shinbashi stations. Somen Sososo Beyond is set to reinvent the otherwise humble somen (very thin wheat noodles) by serving its hand-rolled noodles from Shodoshima island with decadent ingredients such as black truffles and lobster. 

There are cold and hot somen on the menu, but if you're looking for something unusual, try the pasta-style somen served in a metaiko cream sauce (¥1,250) or the refreshing tomato somen topped with soy tomato sorbet (¥1,100). You can also pair your noodles with natural wine as well as a selection of side dishes made from ingredients sourced from Kagawa prefecture. There's a carpaccio (¥1,150) made from fish caught off the Kagawa coast and a steak of Kagawa olive-fed beef (¥4,500). 

Somen Sososo Beyond offers more than just full meals; every afternoon between 2.30pm and 5pm, it serves up a cafe menu featuring traditional Japanese sweets and a premium tea selection curated by tea expert Takashi Ito from Salon de Thé Luvond in Omotesando. Coffee, on the other hand, is an original blend courtesy of Hagan Organic Coffee. Don’t miss the seasonal wagashi (¥550), anmitsu (agar jelly topped with red beans and fruit) (¥950) and the ice cream cookie sandwiches made with gelato from Shodoshima's Minori Gelato (¥1,000).

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エイトベース
エイトベース(Photo: Kisa Toyoshima)

Eight Base

Things to do Hibiya

At Eight Base, you can find speciality food and crafts made in Hachinohe-keniki, an area in southeast Aomori prefecture, which consists of eight small towns and villages.

At the back of the shop, you’ll find a dining space, where you can enjoy dishes made with mackerel, Takkogyu beef from Aomori, as well as fresh seafood from the Sanriku coastline. The hearty local dishes are best paired with some sake from Aomori, too.

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和菓子 楚々
和菓子 楚々

Wagashi Soso

Shopping Hibiya

At this modern and stylish Japanese confectionery store, you can not only fuel up on sweets, but also pick up a cup of freshly-brewed organic coffee or tea to go. 

Pair your drink with traditional Japanese dumplings (¥180 each) called dango. They come in different flavours ranging from mitarashi (sweet soy glaze), koshian (strained bean paste), and black sesame, to miso and nori shoyu (seaweed and soy sauce). If you’re visiting with friends, then opt for the Suama set (¥800), with five differently flavoured sweet mochi cakes perfect for sharing. You’ll also find some Western-style sweets, like truffle-flavoured cookies. All the confectionery here comes wrapped in stylish packaging, making for an ideal souvenir or gift.

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ミクソロジーヘリテージ
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Mixology Heritage

Bars and pubs Hibiya

This classic cocktail bar is the latest venue from Mixology Group, which has a reputation for original cocktails made using centrifuges and sous vide machines.

Keep an eye out for the bar’s small sign to find your way to this hidden gem. The Renaissance paintings and decor, along with the impressive lineup of rare vintage whisky and spirits, are designed to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

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タイドウェイ
タイドウェイ(Photo: Kisa Toyoshima)

Tideway Hibiya

Shopping Hibiya

At Tideway, you’ll find a large variety of leather goods made in Japan. The brand is known for playful designs that highlight the different features and kinds of leather. The shoulder bags here are especially popular, and are available in different sizes, colours and shapes. 

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ニイガタイチマルマル
ニイガタイチマルマル

Niigata Ichi Maru Maru

Shopping Hibiya

This antenna shop is operated by Hyakunen Monogatari, an alliance of companies promoting the local craftsmanship of Niigata prefecture. Here you can find a large variety of kitchen tools, tableware, stationery and more, all made to last a lifetime and more – the shop aims to sell goods that can be passed from one generation to the next as family heirlooms. At the on-site event space, you can also get a taste of Niigata sake and food.

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