Yoyogi station

Bistro Hitsujiya (Middle Eastern). 3320-3651
Everyone's favorite Yoyogi-area all-lamb restaurant. They do kebabs from all over, cous cous and lamb steaks. There's also a big menu of Cajun specialties, including some serious gumbo.
mapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-59-1. (located midway between Nishi-Shinjuku and Yoyogi) Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Vivo Daily Stand (Wine bar). 5351-1299
A chain of neighborhood wine bars, Vivo offers decent wines at inexpensive prices (from Y500), while small tapas-style plates are just Y400.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-10-7. Open 5pm-2am (Fri -3am) daily.
Artica (Bar). 3320-3217
Artica is not just a water bar - it's a jazz water bar! There's live music most evenings, with a music charge of Y1000-2000, and a water list featuring more than forty choices. If you want something stronger you can try one of their featured whisky and water sets, or request your favorite cocktail. There's also a cafe menu with curries, pastas and pretty good miniature pizzas.
latemapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-41-3, 2F. Open 11am-2:30, 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Imahan (Shabu-shabu). 3370-8565
Kyushu pork shabu-shabu from Y3500; Hokkaido lamb from Y4000; Wagyu beef from Y5000.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-45-4, B1F. Open 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Code Kurkku (Italian). 6300-5231
Located in the trendy and ecologically conscious Yoyogi Village complex, Code Kurkku serves sophisticated, organic Italian and international cuisine in an elegant dining space. Lunch starts at Y1200, but if you want to reserve you have to order a prix-fixe menu (from Y3500). Dinner menus are Y5,000-10,000. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-28-9. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-11pm (LO) daily.
Code Kurkku Cafe (Coffee shop). 6300-5392
Part of the Yoyogi Village eco-friendly shopping complex, the former "Roots and Beat" cafe serves good coffee made from organic, sustainably grown, fair-trade beans. Beans are also available to go.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-28-9. Open 9am-8pm daily.
Ama (Nepalese). 3374-3599
Oriental Table Ama serves good, reliable Nepalese and Indian curries along with crowd-pleasing pan-Asian side dishes (momo dumplings, Thai fishcakes, spicy lamb skewers, samosa, sate). The third-floor dining room, up a narrow staircase, looks out over the intersection in front of Yoyogi station. Dinner averages around Y2500, and the three-curry set lunch is Y850.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Yoyogi 1-32-12, Paris Bldg 3F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-midnight daily.
Vietnam Garden (Vietnamese). 3341-9889
Nicely prepared, authentic Vietnamese fare. The dining room is fairly ordinary, but the terrace is pleasant in warm weather.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-24-3, NTT Docomo Annex 1, 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Watering Hole (Beer bar). 6380-6115
Unlike Shibuya, the Shinjuku-Yoyogi area isn't quite so well populated with craft beer bars, but Watering Hole helps to fill the gap. This lively little bar serves twenty craft beers, mostly from Japan, on draft. Prices are about average for this kind of beer, but note that pints are a much better deal here than half-pints. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-26-5. Open 3-11.30pm daily.
!Kakua (Ramen). 3341-4100
Miso ramen is prevalent in Japan, but few shops truly excel. It is an easy dish to make; season a thick soup with some miso paste and be done. But to make a memorable bowl, a ramen chef needs to blend the right amount of miso into the right soup, and pair it with the right noodles and toppings. Japan has dozens of local styles of miso, so this can be quite a task. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 5-29-27. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Kao Tip (Thai). 3404-6226
A fairly basic menu of Thai standards, and a list of 20 different wines starting at Y1,500 a bottle.
mapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-26-12. ( from Yoyogi station go past the koban and through the tunnel on the way to Sendagaya -- it's on the left) Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Camp (Curry). 5411-0070
Vegetable-centered curries - variations include four-bean keema, asparagus and bacon, and German potato and soft-boiled egg. Lunch and dinner sets average around Y1000.
mapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-29-11, B1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
!Tanta Bocca (Italian). 5771-4099
This is the kind of unpretentious neighborhood trattoria that we love, serving good grilled meats and nice pastas, with some very reasonably priced wines in the Y3000-5000 range. Budget around Y2500-4000 for food at dinnertime.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-5-1. Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Bistrot d'Artemis (French). 5770-7155
This bistrot branch of the highly regarded L'Artemis restaurant in Jingumae offers a more casual experience and convenient late-night hours. The extensive wine list starts at around Y3000; budget Y4500-7500 for dinner. [Show more]
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 4-5-11, Victoria Plaza 1F. Open noon-2, 6pm-1am (LO). Closed Tuesdays, 3rd Monday.

Jingumae 2-chome

Yao (Cafe). 3475-0860
The menu here is French-influenced casual cafe fare - liver mousse, ratatouille, mussels and clams steamed in white wine, roast beets with Roquefort cheese. French wines start at around Y3000. Budget around Y2500 for food at dinnertime.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-33-12, Villa Bianca 1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Curry Up (Curry). 5775-5446
Having conquered the worlds of music and fashion, "A Bathing Ape" founder Nigo has turned his attention to curry rice. The small Curry Up shop on the northern edge of Harajuku was designed by Wonderwall and reportedly named by hiphop producer Pharrell Williams. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-35-9-105. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-8:30pm (LO) daily.
Kazusaya Shinkichi (Izakaya). 3401-3917
Inexpensive sashimi and other fish dishes, offering good quality for the price. There's an assortment of premium sake brands as well as shochu to drink. (Formerly called Higashi-no-17.) Cash only.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-19-16. Open 4-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
After Sayak (Bar). 090-6002-1628
This tiny, funky ten-seat bar run by Guam native Jamie Skye attracts a mostly local crowd, both Japanese and foreign. Music ranges from String Cheese Incident to Style Council to Scandinavian jazz.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-20-12. Open 8pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Bonobo (Bar). unlisted
This comfortable sofa-furnished lounge attracts a Japanese hipster crowd and features jazzy DJs and occasional live performances; there's also a tiny art gallery and chill space upstairs. The hidden entrance is at the back of another bar.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-23-4. Open 8pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
!!Emilia (Italian). 3402-5517
Skillful Italian cooking in a casual but comfortable trattoria setting. Main courses include game in season, and the finest small-farm-raised meats and regional seafood year-round. There's a good selection of wines under Y7000, with at least a half dozen by the glass. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-4. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10:30pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Bessho (Liquor shop). 3401-1991
This small neighborhood shop stocks a good selection of wines from around the world, sold at very reasonable prices.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-25-5. Open 3-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Le Sang des Poetes (Bar). 5771-5598
More suited to chilling out than carousing, this quiet neighborhood bar plays prog-rock and is furnished with bookcases overflowing with poetry books, with an emphasis on the Beat era. Decorated in a vivid red-and-black color scheme, it's perched in a tiny fourth-floor garret that's reachable only via a narrow outdoor spiral staircase.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-3-26, La Boite Noir 4F. Open 6pm-1am (Sun 3-10pm). Closed Mondays.
!Cocongo (Cafe). 3475-8980
The decor of this cute little cafe is a mix of early-sixties batchelor-pad modern with African and Asian knick-knacks, while the soundtrack covers the range of Afro-pop and world music. There are plenty of cozy seating areas, including a couple of chairs perched in the tiny back garden. The menu features flavored teas, original cocktails, Singaporean chicken rice and Thai curries.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-31-9. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Az Finom (Hungarian). 5913-8073
Well-prepared Hungarian food and an excellent selection of around 40-50 Hungarian wines, mostly under Y10,000 and mostly served by the glass. The dining space has an old-fashioned European air about it, with a big wide counter area, three tables and a tiny private room off to one side. [Show more]
no smokingmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-19-5, Azuma Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bepocah (Peruvian). 6804-1377
Bepocah serves upscale Peruvian fare, with an impressive selection of cebiches, tiraditos and other marinated fresh-seafood dishes. Prix-fixe menus are Y4500 and Y5000, or you can order a la carte. The convenient late-night hours - open until 5am on weekend nights - are an added bonus.
latemapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 2-17-6. Open 5pm-2am (Fr, Sa -5am). Closed Sundays.


Good Life Lounge (Bar). 5474-7789
This casually hip bar and sometime music performance space is often open many hours later than the official midnight closing time. No cover charge.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-1-8. Open 7pm-midnight daily.
!Kowloon (Chinese). 3402-3202
The specialty of the house is dragon ramen, made with large chunks of kakuni (stewed pork), tomatoes and octopus. They also offer garlicky gyoza and simple stir-fry dishes, all of very high quality.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 2-1-8. (Meiji-dori, just north of Sendagaya Shogakko) Open 11:30-2am (to 10:30pm Sun.). Open every day.
Terra Australis (Australian). 6455-4827
Run by an Australian wine importer, this stylish upscale dining spot focuses on modern Australian cuisine, with prix-fixe dinners starting at Y5800. The third-floor bar is open until 11pm (last order) and offers a more casual food menu.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-29-2. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Tas Yard (Cafe). 3470-3940
A very pleasant garden-style cafe with decent food and drink.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-3-14. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Himalaya Curry (Nepalese). 3423-8455
Lots of good curries, great momo dumplings and "special nan" - potato, keema, coconut, etc. - at very affordable prices. The tiny basement dining space is enlivened by Nepalese music videos. Open all day long, with lunch served to 4pm.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-3-3, Executive Harajuku B1F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Mangia Pesce (Italian). 3403-7735
A luxury-level Italian trattoria, with lunch from Y1500, dinner from Y6500.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-50-11. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Be A Good Neighbor (Coffee shop). 5770-3195
Serious espresso is served at this tiny neighborhood kiosk, and the friendly staff are happy to talk coffee all day long. A single espresso is Y150 while a large cafe latte is Y420; they also do drip coffee and sell beans (Y1050 for 150g). Open 11:30am-5pm weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Sendagaya 3-51-6. Open 8:30am-6pm daily.

North of Takeshita-dori

JamRock (Caribbean). 3478-2364
This lively cafe serves authentic Jamaican dishes like stamp and go (fish fritters), pepperpot soup and jerk beefsteak. Lunches are served weekends only, with specials starting at around Y900. In the evenings there's a full menu along with Appleton Rum cocktails, plus plenty of good music on the stereo at all hours.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-21-15, ATM Bldg 4F. Open 5-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Masala Hut (Nepalese). 3402-5010
Very good Indian curries, tandoori dishes, and Nepalese specialties. Full-course dinners from Y2500 (or Y2000 for the vegetarian special). The dining room is tiny but cheerful.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-21-15, Napole Harajuku 2F. (about one minute N of Harajuku Sta Takeshita-dori exit) Open 11am-3, 5-10:30pm daily.
Sakuratei (Okonomiyaki). 3479-0039
Attached to an experimental art gallery called Design Festa, Sakuratei is definitely the most artsy okonomiyaki shop in town, and it attracts a young Bohemian-leaning crowd. The menu offers some fifteen variations on Osaka-style okonomiyaki as well as Tokyo-style monjayaki, yakisoba, and yaki-udon noodles. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-20-1. Open 11am-11pm daily.
This unusual cafe-bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery space called Tokyo Design Festa. There's a small indoor section where you stand around overturned barrel-tables, and an outdoor portion furnished with normal tables and chairs in the tree-filled garden courtyard. Both sections look onto the gallery's exhibition spaces, so you can enjoy some fresh art along with a bit of nature while you imbibe. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-20-18. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Sen (Taiwanese). 3479-5337
A popular neighborhood hangout with good mid-level Taiwanese cooking. (Saturdays, Sundays dinner only.)
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-24-1. Open 11:30-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Reissue (Cafe). 5785-3144
This laid-back daytime-only Harajuku cafe serves as the atelier of latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto, one of the pioneers of 3D foam latte art. (Read our profile of the artist and his work at our sister site Shinkansen.com.) Besides the artistic coffee offerings, the kitchen turns out a nice chicken stew and other appetizing dishes for a late lunch. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-25-7. Open 10am-5:30pm (LO) daily.
!Sopra Sotto l'Ovest l'Est (Wine bar). 5771-0770
Managed by the folks who run the Kyoto restaurant Agaru Sagaru Nishi-Iru Higashi-Iru in the basement of this building, this casual wine bar offers value-conscious wines and simple Italian fare. Some of the best dishes on the menu are the salads and vegetable dishes, which are made with beautiful (and hard to find in Tokyo) Kyoto heirloom vegetables.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-25-8, Takeyama Bldg 2F. Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
We're not sure whether to call it casual modern kaiseki or creative Kyoto cuisine, but the food at Agaru Sagaru is exquisite in both flavor and presentation. The nine-course menu follows a traditional kaiseki sequence of preparation styles, and as each dish arrives the waiter provides detailed explanations of the many seasonal ingredients incorporated therein, right down to the origins of the miso paste and seasonings. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-25-8, Takeyama Bldg B1F. Open noon-2pm, 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Ikiba (Bar). 6447-2457
An experimental venture from the trendy folks who run the Aoyama Farmers Market, this cafe-bar complex has several distinct zones - two separate bars, lots of outdoor seating in the yard, a tiny treehouse-style space up front, and a second-floor library and small exhibition room where cigars and pipes are on display. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-21-17. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
!Hohokam Cafe (Burgers). 5775-5708
Choose from more than two dozen burger variations at this comfortable American-style cafe, including fun combinations like baked apple and gorgonzola or chili, cheddar and jalapeno. They also offer a dozen different sandwiches, including a decent grilled-cheese made with both cheddar and mozzarella. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-22-14, 2F. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Justin (International). 5772-8858
Eclectic cuisine in a convivial cafe-style setting, with brick walls and a pleasant open-air front area. There are numerous party plans, or you can order a la carte - budget around Y4000 at dinnertime, Y900 for lunch (served until 4pm). On Sunday mornings they're open from 8am. [Free wifi via Freespot; registration required.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-25-18, The Share 1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
San Francisco Peaks (Cafe). 5775-5707
Gourmet hot dogs are the specialty here, but they also offer a good selection of Japanese craft beers, including interesting small breweries like Sankt Gallen and Baird. The hot dogs are made from pork, beef, chicken, lamb and venison, and livened up with flavorings like Wild Rosemary and Garlic or Chipotle with Smoked Cheese - more than ten varieties in all. There's also a choice of toppings (grilled onions, sauerkraut, jalapenos) and potatoes (chips, fries or hash-brown) on the side. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 3-28-7. Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
!Restaurant I (International). 5772-2091
While Chef Keisuke Matsushima is best known for the regional southern-French cuisine at his Michelin-starred restaurant in Nice, his newer venture in Harajuku adopts a more eclectic approach. The kitchen draws on French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese techniques, all filtered through a distinctive Tokyo sensibility. And it's a point of pride that nearly all the ingredients used here are sourced from Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto region. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-4-20, Park Court Jingumae 1F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed various days.


Wolfgang Puck Express (International). 5786-4690
Good burgers and other simple California fare at this most "express" level of the Puck family of restaurants.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-17-1. (at the entrance to Takeshita-dori, across from the trains station) Open 11am-11pm daily.
Harajuku Taproom (Brewpub). 6438-0450
More than twenty craft beers from the excellent Baird Brewery in Shizuoka are on tap here, along with decent yakitori and other light fare. The bar is popular with an international crowd and the atmosphere can be quite lively.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-20-13, No Surrender Bldg 2F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Sunday Jam Harajuku (American). 3478-5707
Yes, it's yet another pancake restaurant, this one offering unusual variations like ham-and-cheese; caramel-ginger; apple-turnover; and a spicy Latin pancake. The ham-and-cheese pancake was a meal in itself, studded with big juicy chunks of ham and served with mashed potatoes, a small salad, and an excellent iced coffee for Y1550 in total. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-28-28, Lucessimo Bldg 2F. Open 9am-9pm (LO) daily.

South of Takeshita-dori

LoyKratong Resort (International). 5772-6800
This flashy tropical-themed restaurant serves Thai-inspired European fusion cuisine - something that wouldn't be out of place at an adventurous Mediterranean restaurant inside an upscale Phuket resort hotel. Dishes like shrimp lemongrass carbonara and tom yang kung-style bouillabaisse share the bill with more European-sounding fare like grilled Norway salmon in red wine sauce and beef poele in blue-cheese sauce. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-8-10. Open 11am-3, 6-10:45pm (LO) daily.
Ryu no Ko (Szechuan). 3402-9419
One of the few places in Tokyo serving spicy Szechuan-style cuisine, Ryu no Ko does a better job with their weekday lunches than they do in the evening. The mabo-dofu and tantanmen are both recommended.
mapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-8-5, B1F. (on Meiji-dori near Takeshita-dori) Open 11:30am-3, 5-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Kebab Box J (Turkish). 3470-0706
First-rate doner kebabs, substantial in size, ready to take home or just eat on the sidewalk outside the shop. Kebabs are chicken, beef, or mixed, served in toasted pita bread and topped with a sauce that's mild, medium or extra-spicy. Y500.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-8-8, Coxy 188 Bldg 1F. Open 10:30am-9pm daily.
Chiles Mexican Grill (Tex-Mex). 6434-9693
The menu here covers the usual bases for fast-food Tex-Mex - tacos, burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, and burrito bowls - with beef, chicken and pork fillings and customizable toppings. Margaritas and other tequila and rum cocktails are available. (Open until 10pm Saturdays, 8pm Sundays, 4pm Mondays, 9pm other days.)
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-8-24. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Devi (Indian). 3478-8089
Interesting curries and other Indian fare at very reasonable prices. Budget around Y2000 for dinner, Y1000 for lunch.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-15-1. Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Las Dos Caras (Tex-Mex). 6631-1111
This glitzy two-story bar-restaurant is worth knowing about for their late-night hours and their selection of three craft beers on tap, from US breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point. In addition to beer, drinks include Mojitos, Margaritas, and twenty Italian and California wines priced at Y2500 per bottle. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-10-37, Cascade Harajuku B1F/1F. Open 11:30am-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Jangara Ramen (Ramen). 3404-5572
Famous Kyushu ramen; kakuni (Chinese-style stewed pork) is one of their specialties, and helps explain the long lines at lunchtime.
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-13-21. Open 11am-2am (Fri., Sat. to 3:30am). Open every day.
Singapore Holic Laksa (Singaporean). 6804-1833
Singapore-style laksa spicy noodle soup starts at Y500 at this fast-food shop, with your choice of short or long noodles and four levels of hotness. The flavor is rich, shrimpy and quite spicy, even at the regular hotness setting. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-13-21. Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed Mondays.
Guzman y Gomez (Tex-Mex). 3470-0770
Meaty, well-prepared tacos and burritos are served at this Tokyo outlet of an Australia-based Tex-Mex chain. For added structural integrity, the tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and you can choose from a variety of fillings like pulled pork, grilled chicken, and beef flank steak, all of them noticeably spicy. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-11-6, La Foret 2F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Tokyo Apartment Cafe (Cafe). 3401-4101
Designed to resemble a stylish Tokyo dwelling (complete with bedroom, living room, and dining room), this popular Harajuku cafe offers shoppers a comfortable place to sit and watch the world go by. Lunch sets from Y840 on weekdays and Y945 on weekends.
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 1-11-11. Open 11am-10:50pm (LO) daily.
Bills (Australian). 5772-1133
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon (Y1400), and ricotta hotcakes with fresh bananas and honeycomb butter (Y1400). [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-30-3, Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 7F. Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
SW11 Kitchen (British). 6804-1456
The British menu here, served from 6:30pm, features bubble and squeak, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and roast lamb, while the drinks list offers Pimms cocktails and cider. This casual London-themed cafe also sells a selection of English old Pyrex, wooden salad spoons and other kitchenware. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-26-27, Lucid Jingumae 3F. Open noon-10:30pm (LO). Closed Wednesdays.
Toriyoshi (Yakitori). 3470-3901
Spicy grilled chicken wings with pepper, all kinds of yakitori, chicken stews, and chicken sashimi are just a few of the superb dishes from the extensive chicken-oriented menu. Try the tori senbei -- this shop's answer to fried pork rinds -- they're crispy, amazingly flavorful "sembei" crackers made from deep-fried chicken skin. The elegant, modern interior is large enough for big groups of customers, but they won't take reservations for groups of only 2 or 3. Service can be hit or miss.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-28-21. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Hasegawa Saketen (Liquor shop). 5785-0833
A very well-stocked sake shop, plus a small stand-up bar where you can try samples in small 50ml tasting sizes. Usually there are around ten sakes open for tasting, priced Y200-400. There's also a small snack menu - prosciutto, cheese, dried mentaiko. The retail side of the shop stocks over 100 premium brands of sake, and unlike many shops that seem to specialize in those humongous isshobin bottles that won't fit in your fridge, most of the sake here is in convenient 720ml bottles or in tiny single-serving mini-bottles.
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-12-4, Omotesando Hills 3F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yasaiya Mei (Japanese). 5785-0606
Healthy vegetable-oriented cuisine is the concept at this attractively appointed dining bar - everything from bagna cauda and vegetable terrines to robatayaki-style skewered morsels. Drinks include wines, shochu and sake - budget around Y5-6000 for food and drink at dinnertime. Lunches like their Japanese vegetable curry start at Y1300.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 4-12-4, Omotesando Hills 3F. Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.

South of Omotesando

Eco Farm Cafe 632 (Cafe). 3498-0632
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full bar up on the balcony level. In back is a sprawling dining room where you can even get breakfast (9-11am).
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-32-10. (in the street behind Condomania) Open 9am-11pm daily.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers (Burgers). 5774-2288
The burgers at this popular Hawaiian chain are indeed rather big - flat and wide rather than thick - and charbroiled to order. A regular-size burger (5 ounces) is Y880, or Y1200 with fries and a soft drink. The surfboard-decorated shop interior is fairly fast-foodish, but they have a pleasant five-table outdoor terrace area looking out over central Harajuku.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-28-5, Miyazaki Bldg 2F. Open 11am-8:15pm (LO) daily.
Smith (International). 6419-7789
Smith's eclectic international menu features dishes like foie-gras truffle pizzas, grilled Iberico pork, and oven-baked chicken and mushrooms with raclette cheese. Drinks include eight Japanese craft beers on tap, plus their own house IPA and one US import. There are also another 8-10 craft beers by the bottle for a bit more variety. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-28-6, Q Plaza Harajuku 4F. Open noon-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO; Fri, Sat -11) daily.
Castle of Owls (Bird cafe). 080-3732-0532
The star attraction at the new branch of Castle of Owls, which opened in Harajuku on September 2015, is a little owl called Bolt. After his lunch of raw quail meat, Bolt likes to take a little siesta. Unlike the other owls who sleep standing on one leg, Bolt likes to stretch out and lie down on the comfy fake grass for a bit of shut-eye (well, one eye anyway). According to the staff, this behavior is usually only exhibited by chicks in the safety of the nest, and shows that Bolt is completely relaxed and unafraid of predators. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-5-6, Sanbo Sogo Bldg 503. Open 11am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) daily.
Tokyo Snake Center (Animal cafe). 6427-9912
You can get a milk snake to go with your iced coffee and cake at Tokyo Snake Center! As you enter, you'll find a dozen colorful snakes in clear Perspex cases at the door. These are the "attendant" snakes and you get to choose one snake in a box to have as your table companion. The waiter then gives you a quick lesson in snake etiquette and cafe rules (available in Japanese and English), and leads you to your table. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-5-6, Sanbo Sogo Bldg 8F. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Cafe de Take (Cafe). 5778-3941
This surprisingly spacious cafe is quiet enough for conversation or reading, and provides ample space between tables. The small food menu includes tasty curries, donburi dishes and cakes and pastries; the Harajuku Curry house special is made with cubes of kakuni stewed pork.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-6-2. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Harajuku Gyoza Lou (Gyoza). 3406-4743
With its big wrap-around counter as well as row of booths along the side, Lou is quite a bit larger than the average gyoza specialist, and seems like one of the cooler places in town to satisfy your dumpling requirements. They're also open until the first train of the morning every night but Sunday, making this a good place to stop in for a tasty snack when you've been out all night. [Show more]
lateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-2-4. Open 11:30am-4:30am (Su -10pm) daily.
Luke's (Sandwiches/ deli). 5778-3747
Lobster rolls - lobster meat sandwiches in a toasted bun - are the specialty at this New York-based shop. All the lobsters come straight from Maine, and a display in front of the shop shows their fisherman suppliers and identifies the lobster of the day. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-7-1. Open 11am-8pm daily.
Great Burger, The (Burgers). 3406-1215
Premium burgers, with Y1000 lunch sets till 4pm (2pm weekends).
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-12-7. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ra.a.g.f (Rabbit cafe). 6805-0328
Pet, play with and feed the dozen staff rabbits at this small rabbit cafe. Entry is Y600 for the first 30 minutes, or Y1000 for the first hour, and Y500 for each additional 30 minutes. Coffee and soft drinks are free, and a dish of greens and carrots for feeding the rabbits is Y100. The initials stand for "rabbit and grow fat," in case you were wondering. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-14-15, Maison Harajuku 3F. Open noon-7pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11-7:30). Closed Fridays, 3rd Thu.
Zip Zap (Sandwiches/ burgers). 3499-1150
The inside may look like a Harajuku cafe, but the menu is straight out of an American diner - good (though pricey) burgers, big sandwiches, Mexican favorites and simple starters like fried calimari. Lunch specials are served until 3pm weekdays and 5pm weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-9-11. (from the La Foret intersection walk towards Shibuya on Meiji-dori, take the first left, then right; it's on the left) Open 11:30am-10pm daily.
Kiki (French). 3797-9282
The concept at this casual bistro is "French tapas," although most dishes here are larger than typical tapas-bar fare. The chef spent ten years working in France and three years as sous chef at Lugdunum Bouchon Lyonnais in Kagurazaka before opening Kiki. The venue itself is quite intimate, with just two tables and five counter seats. Budget around Y5500 at dinnertime for food and drink.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-9-9, Avenir Omotesando 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Roastery (Coffee shop). 6450-5755
This comfortable and spacious cafe serves espresso, cafe latte and Americano, along with NY Rings, the Roastery's own take on New York cronuts. Coffees are brewed from single-origin beans from Nozy Coffee in Sangenjaya, whose buyers roam the globe purchasing fine coffee beans directly from producers.
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-17-13. Open 8am-8pm daily.
!Smokehouse (American). 6450-5855
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and during the evening you can snack on sandwiches (from Y1200) or indulge in mains like their voluminous four-meat platter with two side dishes (Y3800 for two people). In addition to beer, the bar carries well-chosen craft bourbons and other artisanal liquors. The soundtrack leans heavily towards the blues. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-17-13. Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Bulgari, Il Cafe (Italian). 6362-0500
A more casual branch of Bulgari's flagship Ginza restaurant, Il Cafe offers full-course meals as well as a la carte choices - simple starters, pastas and sandwiches. One especially luxurious dish is the Matsuzaka beef and foie gras hamburger (Y4500). Prix-fixe menus start from Y2400 (weekday lunch); Y3500 (weekend lunch); and Y4500 (dinnertime).
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 2F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Le Pre Verre (French). 3486-1603
The first Japanese branch of Marc and Philippe Delacourcelle's popular Parisian wine bistro, Le Pre Verre offers French organic wines and modern, casual French food (the same menu as in Paris). Mix-and-match three-course dinners are Y4500, and in the daytime you can stop by the bar for cheese, charcuterie and wines by the glass.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 4F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ukaitei (Teppanyaki). 5467-5252
Top-class teppanyaki in a glitzy 1920s-style setting. Specialties include abalone and lobster, and premium beef from their own ranch in Hyogo-ken. Prix-fixe lunches start at Y6830, dinners from Y16,800.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre 5F. Open noon-2:30, 5:30-9pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Kaila (American). 6427-1310
Pancakes, waffles and French toast at this Hawaiian-based shop come covered in fresh blueberries, strawberries, bananas and other fruit. Other all-day breakfast dishes include omelettes and Eggs Benedict, quesadillas, breakfast wraps, and croissant and bagel sandwiches. Open from 8am on weekends.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre B1F. Open 9am-7:20pm (LO) daily.
Cerfeuil (Retail). 5468-2868
This gourmet grocery store offers a big selection of both imported and hard-to-find regional Japanese foods. Everything from goat butter and Hokkaido artisinal cheeses to fresh ramen noodles from Kyushu. They also carry dozens and dozens of unusual jams, preserves, dips and relishes. And if you can't find it here you might find it nearby - four more gourmet shops, including a well-stocked tea shop and an excellent bakery, share the basement of the Gyre Building.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-10-1, Gyre B1F. Open 11am-8pm daily.
!Dominique Ansel (Bakery). 3486-1329
The popular New York-based bakery Dominique Ansel is best known as the inventor of the cronut, the croissant-doughtnut combination that took New York by storm when it was first introduced. In addition to cronuts, which sell briskly until they're all gone, pastry daredevils can try frozen s'mores, miniature meringues, tiny cheesecakes, and "cookie shots" - warm, moist chocolate-chip cookies baked in the shape of a shot-glass and filled with vanilla-infused milk. [Show more]
decorSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-7-14. Open 8am-7pm daily.
Heiroku Sushi (Sushi). 3498-3968
A large conveyor-belt sushi restaurant on Omotesando; very popular with tourists.
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-8-5. Open 11am-9pm daily.
La Boheme (Italian). 5467-5666
Good, inexpensive pastas and budget wines are the draws at this long-running Harajuku-area Italian spot.
no smokinglateSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-8-5. Open 11:30am-3am (LO) daily.
Madosh Cafe (Cafe). 3400-1188
Billing themselves as an "avocado cafe," this sprawling, comfortable space is filled with mismatched furniture and charmingly primitive artwork (or perhaps projects from a kindergarten art class). Eating utensils are nestled in empty Spam cans. We nearly tripped over a big shaggy dog asleep just inside the entrance. A DJ setup stands ready for the cafe's regular music nights and occasional art events. [Show more]
SunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-28-7. Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
PDX Taproom (Beer bar). 6450-5455
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft beers from various Oregon breweries. Prices are Y700 for a half pint and Y1100 for a pint. [Show more]
no smokingSunmapShibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-30-2, 2F. Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.
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