Hip dining halls
There’s a convivial feel to these food halls, which are popping up everywhere, from old banks to train stations. Filled with an array of small venues, they’ll spoil you for choice in drinking and dining options. Choose to eat from just one place, or do a hashigo and swap between several – perfect for chronic FOMO sufferers.
In Hiroo, there’s Eat Play Works, a complex of 17 restaurants spread over two floors, covering Mexican to Okinawan cuisine. In Nihonbashi, Commissary offers pizza, tacos, craft beer and more in a Brooklyn-inspired diner. Or go back to the future at the glitzy Toranomon Yokocho, featuring Tokyo’s first gin distillery and offshoots of Michelin-starred restaurants. At Harajuku’s new Jingumae Comichi, you’ll find 18 different bars and restaurants tucked into a two-floor food hall designed to feel like a mini neighbourhood.