Tokyo is Japan‘s illuminated and electric capital, a melting pot of old traditions and modern innovations, and a place where neon-lit skyscrapers and anime shops mix with majestic temples and pretty cherry trees. With so much to see and do here, it’s inevitable visitors will work up an appetite after exploring the sights and sounds of the city. Here’s our guide to the 10 best places for brunch in Tokyo.
Located in the basement of a local store, Ichiran Shibuya is a small, warm and cozy venue serving tasty and authentic Japanese cuisine. Booth seating is arranged in cubicles here where diners can enjoy a range of ramen dishes, plates which can vary greatly in portion size and spiciness depending on the preference of each custome. A popular spot with the residents of the city, this is a top place in which to soak in the authentic, bustling atmosphere of a typical Japanese eatery.
The owners here are a pair of Californian-Japanese brothers who tie the best of both culinary cultures together to create a unique and excellent restaurant. Cedros’ ambience is laid-back and welcoming, and the service is particularly great, with every member of staff able to speak English with the aim of helping those who don’t understand Japanese. Come here to sample a brunch of tapas-style seafood, top picks of which are the spicy prawns and fried squid. There is also a wide selection of wines sourced from New Zealand and Australia available for a top tipple with your meal.
Yamazaki is located next to the vibrant Tsukiji fish market, and this is perhaps why the joint serves the most delectable sushi in the city. The salmon and seaweed rolls here are particularly delicious, and you can complement these options with one of the fragrant green or ginger teas on offer.
Il Buttero is like a little piece of Italy in the middle of Tokyo. With a simple, elegant interior, this is a sophisticated place in which to dine on some of the best Tuscan cuisine in the area. Top menu picks here includ the seafood platter, the mushroom fettucine and the lobster spaghetti, and there is a wide range of homemade rich and velvety ice-creams to enjoy for a sweet treat after the main course.
5-13-3 Hiroo, Shibuya 150-0012, Tokyo Prefecture +81 334459545
Umegaoka Sushino Midori Ginza
Umegaoka Sushino Midori Ginza restaurant is located in Ginza, an area which is a 15 minute walk from the vivacious Tokyo fish market. Another cozy restaurant serving up some delicious Japanese cuisine, reservations are made here via a machine just outside the front door, and once inside, diners will be met with polished wood furnishings and authentic artwork adorning the walls. Be sure to bring a hearty appetite here as the portions are extremely generous, and some of the most popular dishes include the sushi kani salada and the chawamushi.
7-2 Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-5568-1212
Berg is one of the most frequented spots for excellent coffee, breakfast and lunch dishes in Tokyo. Come here to try some dark and smooth coffee, as well as buttery toast, fluffy mashed potato and tasty boiled eggs; this is the spot for some comforting, homestyle breakfast fare. Relax here on the comfortable cushioned seating, and enjoy the friendliness of the waiting staff who are always sure to be wearing a smile. Furthermore the cappuccinos and lattes here are expertly made, created with strong coffee and sweet, foamy milk.
This is a seriously trendy Tokyo brunch spot, complete with modern glass furnishings and sleek, shiny tables and chairs. And Suke6 Diner is a place serving up a wealth of diverse brunch options, from sausage and bacon sandwiches, to eggs and vegetables which are delivered fresh every day from Miura Peninsula. Exuding a cool, comfortable atmosphere, don’t miss the Cuban sandwich when here, a dish served with a side of tasty roast potatoes and piccalilli.
The Peak Lounge
The Peak Lounge is a European bar and restaurant featuring floor-to-ceiling windows offering fantastic views over the kaleidoscopic Tokyo skyline. A number of exquisitely presented small courses are served here, and the peppermint, thyme and lavender tea selection can be enjoyed along with some Japanese macha sweets, food options which make for a delightful brunch or afternoon tea. Don’t miss the intricately decorated china here, too.
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai is renowned in the city for its delicious tofu kaiseki dishes. The restaurant is set at the foot of the daunting Tokyo Tower, and is a first-class joint where many Tokyo professionals go to enjoy some tasty dishes or colorful cocktails after work. The dining room here is spacious and beautifully decorated with eye-catching artwork and delicate lighting fixtures, and some of the top menu picks include the scallops with fried crumbs, the tofu in soya milk and the deep-fried yellowfin tuna. This is an elegant city venue in which to sample a top-notch brunch.
4-4-13 Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture +81 3-3436-1028
Peter, The Peninsula Hotel
Luxury grill restaurant, Peter, offers a decadent Sunday brunch on the 24th floor of Tokyo’s Peninsula Hotel. Take the whole family and enjoy some delicious food with even better views!
1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0006, Japan +81 3-6270-2888