Saying that Tokyo is a foodie’s paradise is an understatement – from exclusive Michelin-starred establishments to the best ramen you’ll ever taste for under $5, the city has it all. Keen foodies will notice that many pockets of the city cater to very specialist niches. Here’s everything you need to know.
Home to arguably the best Korean food outside of the country itself, the area has everything from Korean BBQ to bibimbap and everything in between. It’s impossible to pick a number one place here as competition is tight and restaurants continue to up the ante every single week, but to try a bit of everything you can’t go past Delicaondoru (でりかおんどる) a local establishment with over 160 items on the menu.
Harajuku: sweet tooth heaven
Walking down Harajuku’s main street Takeshita Dori you’d swear you’d stepped into the alternate version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. With its manic fast-paced energy and multi-coloured décor, the street practically runs on sugar. If you’re chasing crepes filled with cheesecake you can find an outlet on every corner. If you’re hungry for candy floss as big as your torso, pop by Totti Candy Factory. If multi-coloured strands of spaghetti or chocolate chicken tickle your fancy, make your way to the Kawaii Monster Café. No matter how crazy your sweet tooth you’ll be sure to satisfy your cravings here.
Totti Candy Factory – Shibuya, Jingumae, 1 Chome-16-5, RYU apartment,Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3403 7007
Kawaii Monster Café – Yamagatae 4 – chome, Shibuya – ku, Tokyo, 31 – 10 YM Square 4F, Japan, +81 3 5413 6142
Shinjuku: street dining like a local
Arguably the busiest pocket of one of the busiest cities in the world, if you’re hanging around Shinjuku you’ve got to be comfortable becoming a human tetris block ready to squeeze into any nook available. When it comes to eating and drinking establishments, making the most of a minimal space is an art form that Shinjuku-based bar and restaurant owners have down pat. To see the impossible be done check out the area’s two main drinking and dining laneways, Omoide Yokocho (aka Memory lane aka Piss Alley) and Golden Gai.
Omoide Yokocho – Tokyo, Shinjuku Ward Nishishinjuku, 1-1-1, Japan, +81 3 3364 3235
Golden Gai – 1 Chome Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, +81 3 3209 6418
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