Japan is a food lover’s dream. With Asian cuisine that has often emigrated from its island home, Japanese food is well-known all over the world. Servings of miso soup, tempura, and, of course, sushi are common in any major city. For the traditional and the strange, the elegant and the messy, check out these restaurants in Japan’s capital that will make your mouth water, no nix that, will make you drool! I found some of the coolest restaurants in Tokyo and MUST EAT Tokyo places ever. So read on as I introduce you to REAL Japanese food!
8 of the Coolest Restaurants in Tokyo
Osaka Ohsho (Shinjuku)
Nestled in the heart of the Shinjuku neighborhood, Osaka Ohsho is a small place that is perfect for a quick meal as you explore the city. Here you can find amazing bowls of ramen, dumplings, and various other dishes that are classically Japanese for a good price. Delicious food, cold beer, and great service mean you should definitely check this place out. And if need be, they also do Uber Eats.
Royal: Korean Dining and Bar (Chiyoda)
Located just outside the Imperial Palace grounds, Royal serves authentic (and spicy) Korean dishes to both business people and tourists alike. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a skyscraper and alongside other establishments caters to those that work here as well. A complimentary serving of green tea will pair well with just about anything on the menu. I highly recommend Royal if you have a thing for spicy food.
Dai Sui En (Shibuya)
A quaint, memorable mom-and-pop shop, Dai Sui En is located in the fashion district of Shibuya. This place has a history that shows through the massive mural of pictures of bar patrons enjoying themselves that span back decades. In addition to the easygoing vibe, the food is incredible. I highly recommend the sashimi which can come in the form of salmon, tuna, and various other fish species. Not to mention they have English menus on hand for tourists, which is perfect for me! But I know I am lucky since my girlfriend taught herself how to speak, read, and write Japanese!
Noodle Bazaar at the Cup Noodle Museum (Yokohama)
A multicultural experience awaits you at the Noodle Bazaar located inside the Cup Noodle Museum in Yokohama. A fun experience for both children and adults, the museum costs only 500 yen and allows you access to my favorite attraction, which happens to be the Noodle Bazaar. It is a large room with restaurants from around the world.
Here you can order from a wide array of vendors making classic noodle dishes from South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Italy. As you move about the room, the décor changes to match that of the restaurant’s country. A unique experience that allows you to sample noodles from all over Asia and Europe, the Noodle Bazaar is a must-see while visiting Tokyo.
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Kappa Sushi (Kawasaki)
A place extremely popular with the locals, Kappa Sushi is on the 6th floor of a mall in Kawasaki, about halfway between Tokyo proper and Yokohama. With high-quality meat and noodle dishes on offer, Kappa is an Asian food lover’s dream. They even incorporate the famous bullet train into their aesthetic as you order from a video board and your food is transported from the kitchen via a miniature Shinkansen. The high-quality food and the cool visual appeal of the digital service mean you will definitely want to tell your friends about this place when you return home.
Also located in Kawasaki just above the train station is Francetei. This restaurant’s specialty is red meat, hands down. They serve beef in a variety of ways that include various vegetables, cheeses and more. Each dish is served on a hot plate so when you hear that sizzle you know your dinner is shorty on its way. I loved the cheese patty; a burger patty covered in one type of cheese and had another variety inside the meat.
If you like to snack on deserts as well, check out the following gems as well! These are some of the coolest restaurants in Tokyo!
Kit Kat Chocolatory and Café (Ginza)
A neighborhood that is just a 20-minute walk from the Imperial Palace is the high-end district of Ginza. It is home to storefronts of luxury designer brands and megamalls that mix a bit of consumerism with local art. This allows you to enjoy the scenery while you shop. Hidden amongst the malls and robot hotels in this neighborhood is the one and only Kit Kat Chocolatory and Café, a specialty of Tokyo that no other city has adopted yet.
Here, on the first floor, you can buy Kit Kats made from some of the world’s most exclusive chocolate
manufacturing regions around the world. On the second floor is the café that serves a number of Kit Kat-themed desserts that will boggle the mind in how delicious they are. I highly recommend visiting this spot which has incorporated an everyday dessert into a luxury experience!
Local vendors in Chinatown Market (Yokohama)
If you want some great food to take with you on the go, Yokohama’s Chinatown is the place for you! The main street of this Chinatown is dotted with restaurants as well as single vendors that sell everything from steamed buns to candied fruit. And honestly, there is nothing else you will need after exploring these tight, winding streets. The steamed buns come in all shapes and sizes that can combine pork, beef, chicken, vegetables, and much more! The candied fruit comes on a skewer that has baked sugar on the freshest cherries and strawberries that bring life to even the most tired of tourists. And after trying all this food in some of the coolest restaurants in Tokyo, I was tired! But I wasn’t hungry!