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Konaya - Udon: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
The thick udon noodles here are served in a rich, very tasty curry-flavored broth, and served with shrimp tempura, bananas or mochi (rice cakes).
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Daidaiya - Asian fusion: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Daidaiya serves up innovative fusion cuisine drawing on Korean, other Asian and Italian influences - their "modern" sushi variations are especially interesting. Smaller than most, the Ikebukuro...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Takewaka - Japanese: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-4:30, 4:30-11pm daily.
The fish here is absolutely fresh, caught from big pools at the center of the wrap-around counter. Full-course dinners are Y5000-12,600, and lunches start at Y1260. Fugu is available in season.
Open 11am-4:30, 4:30-11pm daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
One of several Tokyo outlets of this popular Sendai-based beef-tongue specialist, this branch offers an especially wide menu. The more than a dozen dishes range from tongue sausages, meatballs, and...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Amapola - Spanish: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Many varieties of paella (from Y3200 for a two-person portion), Spanish standards, and Spanish wines from Y1900 per bottle.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This department-store branch of the popular Sendagaya cafe serves Neapolitan-style pizzas, gourmet burgers, salads and lots of market-fresh vegetable dishes. Budget around Y1000 for lunch, Y2000 for...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Keishoan - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Nagoya cochin, an heirloom breed of chicken prized for its flavor, is the main bird here, in the form of yakitori, fried chicken wings, nabe-style stews, and a fantastic version of oyakodon (chicken...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Pesri's Kitchen - Thai: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good, very affordable Thai cuisine from the popular Tokyo-based Tinun chain; budget around Y1300 for food at dinnertime, or Y900 for lunch.
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Harvest - Japanese: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Harvest provides a natural-foods buffet with more than sixty different mostly Japanese-style dishes, including lots of vegetables. The price is Y1888 at dinnertime and Y1573 at lunchtime.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Mango Tree Cafe - Thai: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Accessible Thai cuisine buffet service from the Bangkok-based Coca chain. The lunch buffet is Y1600 and is served from 11am-3pm (last order at 2pm; 90-minute limit). At dinnertime the price is...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Yamaya (Ike. west) - Liquor shop: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Well worth the long hike from the station; they offer an excellent selection of wines from around the world at discount prices, as well as liquor and some cheeses and imported foods.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Palmyra - Middle Eastern: Ikebukuro
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Syrian cuisine; prix-fixe dinner menus from Y2800, or a la carte.
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Phrik - Thai: Ikebukuro
Open 4pm-3am (LO) daily.
Very authentic Thai cooking served in a modest little shop. They also run a small Thai grocery store across the street.
Open 4pm-3am (LO) daily.
Marhaba - Pakistani: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
From the owner of Al Flah supermarket, an authentic Pakistani restaurant popular with Pakistani customers. All meats are halal, and curries average Y800-900.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Miyarabi - Okinawan: Ikebukuro
Open 5:30-10:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, holidays.
This is Okinawan food as haute cuisine, with a good number of special Royal-style dishes in addition to the usual champuru stir-fries. Recommended dishes are the minudaru (tender roast pork with a...
Open 5:30-10:45pm (LO). Closed Sundays, holidays.
Beer Saurus - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
This large late-night bar offers an excellent selection of beers from around the world, including some very nice US microbrews, at decent prices. The happy hour from 6-8pm is an especially good...
Open 6pm-3:30am (LO) daily.
Agalico - Misc. Southeast Asian: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-8am daily.
Billing themselves as an "Oriental Bistro," this late-night drinking spot serves Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian fare at very reasonable prices. The front of the restaurant is open to the...
Open 6pm-8am daily.
Mocha - Cat cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
Located overlooking West Ikebukuro Gate Park, this cat cafe is a little oasis of relaxation in the heart of the city. As soon as you climb the stairs to the third floor and enter the cafe, the warm...
Open 10am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm) daily.
Owl Park - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
One of a growing number of owl cafes in the city of owls, Ikebukuro, Owl Park opened in September 2015 in the middle of a bustling nightlife district. A spacious room on the second floor of a busy...
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Mimi - Rabbit cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Mimi has some of the friendliest and most relaxed rabbits we've encountered in Tokyo - we were impressed with how well they get along with each other, and how easy-going they are with human visitors....
Open 11am-10pm daily.
Belg Aube - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; drinks LO 10:30) daily.
Located in the unadorned lobby of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, this branch of the popular Delirium Cafe chain has somewhat less atmosphere than usual, although there is a bit of outdoor seating...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO; drinks LO 10:30) daily.
Mekong - Thai: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
A leftover from the days before Nishi-Ikebukuro went relatively upscale. Delicious curries and ambitiously tacky decor. On weekends there's a good lunch buffet.
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Tuesdays.
Nonsuch - British pub: Ikebukuro
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
English beers and UK rock music are on tap at this cozy second-floor bar; they're named after an album by XTC. The British-inspired menu includes fisherman's pie, traditional fish and chips, and...
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays.
Akiyoshi - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
It's not fancy, but with its reliable food and very reasonable prices, this small yakitori chain offers good value for money.
Open 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Malay-chan - Malaysian: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Well-prepared Malay and Malay-Chinese dishes.
Open 11am-2, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Yugi Shoten - Retail: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-midnight daily.
One of the best places in town to buy Chinese groceries, from fresh fish and vegetables to frozen and dried foods, seasonings and liquor.
Open 10am-midnight daily.
Nikko Asia Shokuhin - Retail: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
A multi-story ethnic supermarket covering all your Taiwanese-ingredient needs, from fermented bean curd and dried tangerine peel to fresh vegetables and frozen dim sum.
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.

East Side

Miyagi Furusato Plaza "Coco Miyagi" - Antenna shop: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-8pm daily.
The highlight of this mid-sized prefectural antenna shop is probably their big selection of Miyagi-ken sake - some fifty or sixty varieties on sale in the second-floor liquor area. Down on the...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Yamaya - Liquor shop: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Discount wines and liquors, with some cheeses and other imported foods.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Club of Famous Curry Diners - Curry: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Five of Tokyo's most popular Japanese curry shops are assembled in this casual one-stop destination, where you can try their curries individually or in various combinations. A set of all five curries...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Katsu - Sushi: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Run by the well-known (and always crowded) Midori-sushi chain, this conveyor-belt sushi shop is perhaps even more popular than the parent chain, with very long lines at mealtimes, especially on...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Bincho - Unagi: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Excellent Nagoya-style grilled unagi eel is served here, grilled over only the finest binchotan charcoal and served with their own special low-salt tamari sauce. Hitsumabushi (a traditional Nagoya...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza Ikebukuro - Antenna shop: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-8:30pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
The smallest of the four Hokkaido antenna shops in Tokyo, this branch is located at the north end of the ISP underground shopping complex next to Ikebukuro station. There's the usual dried fish,...
Open 10am-8:30pm (Sun -8pm) daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This popular Osaka-based shop lets you cook your own kushiage skewers in a deep-fryer right at your table. It's all you can eat, including various side dishes and a big variety of skewered tidbits. ...
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Saigon Restaurant - Vietnamese: Ikebukuro
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Good food and service and a lively atmosphere. Cheap lunch specials (Y680 including coffee).
Open noon-2:30, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Iroha - Gyukatsu: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Iroha's gyukatsu is covered with a thin, crunchy coating that softens quickly when dipped in sauce. Each diner is supplied with a miniature brazier with which to heat up individual slices of beef...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Wolfgang Puck - International: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Accessible California cuisine - gourmet pizzas and interesting takes on American standards like meatloaf and Cajun chicken.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Ikefukurou Cafe - Bird cafe: Ikebukuro
Open 2-5, 6-9pm daily.
Located just a few minutes south of Ikebukuro Station, the delightfully named Ikefukurou has fourteen owls for your viewing, photographing and petting pleasure. The place runs like clockwork as...
Open 2-5, 6-9pm daily.
Ganko - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Ganko's shio ramen uses a closely guarded family recipe. If the soup isn't perfect on a particular day they might be closed.
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm daily.
Vivo - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The amply punctuated Vivo! Beer + Dining Bar serves interesting beers and foods from around the world. There are some twenty beers on tap, including local brews like Yona Yona real ale on draft and...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Moyan Curry - Curry: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Moyan offers a huge variety of tasty Japanese-style curries and ethnic-style side dishes, along with inexpensive wines and cocktails.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Zaian - Izakaya: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
The funky basement space and sixties-jazz soundtrack give this cozy little izakaya the relaxed atmosphere of a neighborhood drinking spot. The food menu offers good, solid fare - down-to-earth...
Open 11:30am-2, 5pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
King Kong - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11pm daily.
The draws here are the great tsukemen noodles, herb-grilled pork, and a sweet fish-pork blend soup that incorporates blueberries and other fruit.
Open 11am-11pm daily.
Rock'ando - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The first thing you'll notice at Rock'anDo is the color scheme. Green is everywhere, from the signage to the little green army men on a shelf. This should clue you in - you'll be eating green...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Buffalo Tap - Bar: Ikebukuro
Open 6-11:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays.
Bottled craft beers and Swedish-style calzones are served at this small neighborhood bar; you'll also find wine, steak tacos and quesadillas. Note that on some nights they don't open until 7:30pm or...
Open 6-11:45pm. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays.
Toriyoshi (Ikebukuro #2) - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 4-11pm (LO; 4am weekends) daily.
Spicy chicken wings, yakitori and Nagoya miso specialties.
Open 4-11pm (LO; 4am weekends) daily.
Tsukada Nojo - Japanese regional: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
At first glance it looks like just another cheap and cheerful budget izakaya - unpretentious rustic decor, bouncy J-Pop background music, enthusiastic young staff and boisterous after-work drinkers. ...
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Ikebukuro #1) - Yakitori: Ikebukuro
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Scrumptious fried chicken wings, yakitori, chicken sashimi and much more.
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Cafe Pause - Cafe: Ikebukuro
Open noon-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A very stylish cafe on an Ikebukuro backstreet; they serve cocktails and a limited snack menu as well as coffee and tea. This is also headquarters for the hip toy company Roughtoyz.
Open noon-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ippudo - Ramen: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-2am (Fri, Sat -3am) daily.
Sekai no Yamachan - Izakaya: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
One of Nagoya's most popular izakaya chains, Yamachan serves regional delicacies such as spicy fried chicken wings and miso-based stews, all at very reasonable prices.
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Hanamasa - Retail: Ikebukuro
Open 24 hours a day.
Relatively inexpensive meats and produce, 24 hours a day.
Open 24 hours a day.
Pump - Beer bar: Ikebukuro
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Pleasantly modern in its decor, Pump Craft Beer Bar is quieter and more low-key than the other craft beer bars in Ikebukuro, offering a decent selection of both imports and domestic beers from its...
Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Mondays.

Sunshine City, Alpa

Maison Kayser - Bakery: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Excellent pastries and breads to go from this French bakery, or you can relax with a cup of coffee or tea and a snack in the cafe area. There are a few outdoor tables for when the weather permits. ...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
Aux Amis 59 - Wine bar: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
This wine bar with a view offers lunches from Y1500 and prix-fixe dinner menus from Y5000. The all-French wine list is quite extensive, ranging from Y4,000 - 99,000 per bottle.
Open 11am-11:30pm daily.
Joe's Shanghai - Dim sum: Ikebukuro
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
A branch of the original Joe's Shanghai in NYC, known for their first-rate shoronpo (xiaolongbao) and other dumplings. Budget around Y1500 for lunch, Y5000 at dinnertime.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Vinos Yamazaki - Liquor shop: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
A well-stocked wine shop with a decent cheese selection. There's a pretty good selection of wines by the glass at the tiny, five-seat bar area.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Namja Gyoza Stadium - Gyoza: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Around a dozen famous gyoza shops from around the country are gathered here in this unusual dumpling-centered theme park inside the very noisy Namja Town game center. (Weekdays tend to be quieter.) ...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Agio - Italian: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Agio call themselves a "market restaurant," and serve delicious grilled fish and meat and brick-oven-baked pizzas.
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ringer Hut - Japanese regional: Ikebukuro
Open 10am-10pm daily.
This budget chain serves two kinds of Nagasaki-style noodles - sara-udon (crisp fried ramen noodles topped with vegetables, pork and seafood in a thick sauce), and Nagasaki champon (similar to the...
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Malaychan Dua - Malaysian: Ikebukuro
Open 11am-2:15, 5-10:15 (LO) daily.
The second branch of this popular ethnic restaurant, located just above Higashi-Ikebukuro station, serves up Malay and Malay-Chinese dishes at very reasonable prices. Some specialties include their...
Open 11am-2:15, 5-10:15 (LO) daily.

Otsuka

Kushikoma - Izakaya: Otsuka
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
The specialized sake selection at this small neighborhood izakaya is beyond reproach, while the food menu is notable for its sake-infused dishes such as ginjo-steamed chicken with apricots and wasabi...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Vivo Daily Stand - Wine bar: Otsuka
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Cheeses, pates and other snacks are just Y400, while wine ranges from Y500-700 per glass at this casual neighborhood wine bar.
Open 5pm-2am daily.
Bakushuan - Beer bar: Otsuka
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Although it looks like an old-fashioned izakaya inside, Bakushuan serves a modern selection of ten Japanese and US craft beers on tap in addition to its very respectable sake list. The food menu is...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Bistro Juillet - French: Otsuka
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Lunch Y1,500-5,000. Dinner Y3,500-Y8,000. "Pub time" starts at 9pm, with a limited a la carte food menu.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-9pm (LO). Closed Mondays.
Shinasoba Tanaka - Ramen: Otsuka
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
The master at Tanaka commutes in to this shop every day from the far side of Chiba, about two hours away. He is a surfer, and that part of Japan has some nice waves in the morning. That part of...
Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (Sat 11-3). Closed Sundays.
Nabeya - Nabemono: Otsuka
Open 5-7:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The top-level seasonal Japanese nabe stews here are served in private tatami rooms and come with a serious pricetag. The menu changes almost monthly and is priced at 17,000-19,000; from November...
Open 5-7:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Donaiya - Takoyaki: Otsuka
Open 10am-9pm daily.
The takoyaki here embodies a dramatic contrast of textures - a firm and slightly chewy outer shell surrounding an interior that's squishy and gooey, ready to come gushing out when prodded with...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Souten (Minami-guchi) - Yakitori: Otsuka
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Tokyo has no shortage of good yakitori shops, but Souten really stands out from the the crowd thanks to the quality of both their chicken and their craft sake. The entrance sports an extra-large...
Open 5:30-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Riddle Coffee and Bar - Beer bar: Otsuka
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Gourmet coffee, natural wines and craft beers are the focus of this self-styled gastropub. There's a decent selection of offbeat US imported craft beers by the bottle, and a few taps devoted to US...
Open 11am-midnight daily.
Cona - Bar: Otsuka
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Known for their budget-friendly wines, pizzas and other snacks and drinks, this casual standing bar is located conveniently close to Otsuka station.
Open 5-11pm (LO) daily.
Tennoji Hachihachi - Akashiyaki: Otsuka
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Akashiyaki, takoyaki and Kansai-style oden are the mainstays at this very down-to-earth drinking spot, which is the Tokyo outpost of an Osaka-based shop. The akashiyaki has a soft and slightly runny...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.

Sugamo

Shilingol - Mongolian: Sugamo
Open 6-9:45pm (LO) daily.
A charming, unassuming converted coffee shop where every surface is covered by bric-a-brac - spice jars, tea-making equipment, musical instruments, wooden carvings of horses, and the like. The food...
Open 6-9:45pm (LO) daily.
Tsuta - Ramen: Sugamo
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Tsuta, near Sugamo Station on the northern side of the Yamanote train line, can be a bit of a hassle to get to. They are only open for lunch, and often have a huge line. Expect a wait of twenty or...
Open 11am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays.
Cafe Muji - Cafe: Sugamo
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi. The surprisingly spacious interior features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street.
Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.
Ikoshi - Izakaya: Sugamo
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Great sake, from a list that changes every week, at this local, hole-in-the-wall drinking spot. You'll find bottles from small breweries that are seldom seen in retail shops, and the staff are ready...
Open 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Konaya - Udon: Sugamo
Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
The thick udon noodles here are served in a rich, very tasty curry-flavored broth, and served with shrimp tempura, bananas or mochi (rice cakes).
Open 11am-7:30pm (LO) daily.

Mejiro

Shimura - Cafe: Mejiro
Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
The kakigori at Shimura can be ordered on the second floor, above the traditional sweets shop that has been in the area for many, many years. Their kakigori menu features all the usual suspects,...
Open 10am-6:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Tanakaya - Liquor shop: Mejiro
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
This spacious basement shop near Mejiro station offers one of the best selections of American craft beers in Tokyo, along with Hasegawa Liquors (Yaesu) and World Beer Market (Kita-Senju). You'll...
Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
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Updated 2016-06-24