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Cafe Russia - Russian: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Authentic Georgian and Russian food is prepared by native chefs in this unpretentious basement cafe. Georgian- and Russian-themed set menus (Y3000-3200 for lunch or dinner) are a good introduction...
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Montana - Curry: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
A northern outpost of the very popular Peppermint Cafe near Inokashira Park, Montana serves nice pork curries, including several Thai-inspired, coconut-based varieties. Fans of novelty ramen might...
Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Namaste Kathmandu - Nepalese: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
A friendly, cozy little restaurant with good home-style Nepalese dishes. In addition to the curry selection there's a tandoori mixed platter (featuring chicken, sausage, fish tikka and prawn) for...
Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Mamezo - Curry: Kichijoji
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
A very relaxing place to enjoy Japanese curry - there's jazz on the stereo, art on the walls and cute knickknacks on the wooden shelves. Curries include a lot of vegetables and a nice rich roux, and...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sukhothai - Thai: Kichijoji
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed some Tuesdays.
Home-style cooking, plus "Thai sukiyaki." Lunch served weekends only.
Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed some Tuesdays.
Kochiya - Antenna shop: Kichijoji
Open 10am-7:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Fresh produce from Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku can be found in ample quantities at this well-stocked antenna shop, which also supplies local Kichijoji residents with regional specialty foods such as...
Open 10am-7:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Atre Kichijoji - Retail: Kichijoji
Open 10am-9pm daily.
This branch of JR's Atre shopping complex offers a sprawling, rather impressive food hall, on a par with Shinjuku department-store food floors.
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The bars in the CBM chain all offer different food menus, and this sixth branch features Okinawan-style Chinese cuisine. The food is quite beer-compatible, with tasty small dishes like maguro poki...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as...
Open 8am-10pm daily.
Wired Cafe Atre Kichijoji - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Open 10am-10pm daily.
Midori-zushi - Sushi: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
You'll find high-quality fish at affordable prices (Y3000-5000 with a few drinks) at this popular mid-priced chain, but you may have to wait on line during peak hours.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Rikyu - Yoshoku: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Good charcoal-grilled beef tongue from this Sendai-based chain. You'll also find beef-tongue curries, stews, sausages and other yoshoku-style dishes, along with regional sake from Miyagi Prefecture....
Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Temari no Ouchi - Cat cafe: Kichijoji
Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Typical of Tokyo's second wave of cat cafes, Temari no Ouchi strives to create a destination "relaxation space" for visitors rather than just a place to play with cats for half an hour. Kick back...
Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Soybean Farm - World cuisine: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Allt Gott - Swedish: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Excellent Scandinavian cooking from the former chef of Gamlastan in Kichijoji. Lunch starts at Y1500; dinner averages around Y4000 with drinks.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Il Cafe - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open noon-11pm daily.
The atmosphere at this hidden-away third-floor walkup is comfortable and homey, with big sofas and mismatched chairs and white concrete-block walls. A TV and stereo sit in one corner and an...
Open noon-11pm daily.
Bicke - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
The very spacious Bicke feels like an old-fashioned Tokyo bar, with dark wooden furnishings, a big-screen TV showing sports, and bouncy eighties R&B on the sound system. The beer selection is mostly...
Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
Parisienne - French: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Lunch Y1,800-6,000, dinner Y3,000-15,000.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Harukiya - Ramen: Kichijoji
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
This branch of the famous Ogikubo honten serves classic Tokyo-style ramen in a shoyu soup that's made with dried sardines. The wonton-men is especially recommended.
Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Uoshin - Izakaya: Kichijoji
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Good grilled fish, sashimi and sake from this small chain izakaya.
Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Jigemonton - Kyushu: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11) daily.
Although we're big fans of Kyushu cuisine in general, Nagasaki has remained unfamiliar culinary territory up until now, so we were excited to explore the Nagasaki-focused menu at this specialty...
Open 5pm-midnight (LO; Sun -11) daily.
Katsukura - Tonkatsu: Kichijoji
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
One of the best of the tonkatsu chains, Kyoto-based Katsukura offers nice side dishes like yuba (tofu-skin) croquettes and excellent Kyoto-style pickles. And they're open all afternoon if you need a...
Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana - Tofu: Kichijoji
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Tofu and yuba specialties. Dinner from Y3600.
Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
Hokkaido Umai Mono Kan - Antenna shop: Kichijoji
Open 10am-9pm daily.
The tasty things from Hokkaido sold here include a vast array of squid-related products, frozen herring and other fish, lots of cheeses, scallop soup, corn-flavored chocolates, and packages of...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
AB Cafe - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open noon-1am daily.
A cute little cafe with snappy decor, free wifi and a simple, inexpensive food and drink menu.
Open noon-1am daily.
Kushiya Monogatari - Kushiage: Kichijoji
Open 4-11pm daily.
Good, all-you-can-eat kushiage from this very popular Osaka-based chain. Pick your own skewers of fish, meat and vegetables from the counter and deep-fry them yourself at your table. Y2500 for two...
Open 4-11pm daily.
Sometime - Jazz club: Kichijoji
Open 7pm- daily.
Jazz nightly from 7pm, from Y1500. Check their schedule for live events.
Open 7pm- daily.
Toriyoshi Shoten Kichijoji North - Yakitori: Kichijoji
Open 24 hours a day.
This rebranded venture from the Toriyoshi chain offers a wider menu of izakaya fare, with everything from fried wontons to macaroni salad. At the core of the menu though you'll find their famous...
Open 24 hours a day.
Ippudo - Ramen: Kichijoji
Open 11am-4am 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-4am daily.
Screw Driver - Bar: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-4am daily.
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rums in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
Open 7pm-4am daily.
Ryukyu - Okinawan: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Mainly a place to drop in for an after-work drink of Okinawan awamori, they also have a full menu. The Okinawan soba is made from nice, roughly cut noodles and served in a peppery soup along with...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Zenon - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.
It may seem like you've walked halfway to Nishi-Ogikubo station, but when you get here you'll find a hip, very spacious cafe and art gallery that's lively at any hour of the day or night. In...
Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.

Mitaka

Falconer's Cafe - Bird cafe: Mitaka
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Located just down the block from the Ghibli Museum, this cafe features a large glassed-in aviary space housing the owner's falcons, hawks and owls. The shop attracts a community of Tokyo...
Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Kotori Cafe Kichijoji - Bird cafe: Mitaka
Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are in residence at this second, smaller branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located right across the street from the Ghibli Museum. The birds...
Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.

South side

Musui - Cafe: Kichijoji
Open 7am-11pm (LO) daily.
Bakery-cafe Musui is a handy place for visitors to Inokashira Park to stop for a snack, or to buy a picnic lunch. They offer deli and sandwich platters during the daytime, and pastas and simple meat...
Open 7am-11pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi Shoten Kichijoji South - Yakitori: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-5am daily.
This rebranded venture from the Toriyoshi chain offers a wider menu of izakaya fare, with everything from fried wontons to macaroni salad. At the core of the menu though you'll find their famous...
Open 11:30am-5am daily.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji #2) - Yakitori: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Spicy Nagoya-style chicken wings are the specialty of the house at this popular yakitori chain.
Open 5pm-5am daily.
Craft and Romance - Beer bar: Kichijoji
Open 5pm-1am daily.
If you're looking for a craft-beer tasting flight after the other Kichijoji craft-beer bars have closed, this seventh-floor spot is worth knowing about. While we were disappointed by the food and...
Open 5pm-1am daily.
Calico - Cat cafe: Kichijoji
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
The best thing about Calico, one of Tokyo's very first cat cafes, is that there are plenty of cats to go around - some 24 at last count. Perhaps because of the high cat-to-human ratio, the cats here...
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Pizzeria GG - Italian: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Thirty varieties of fantastic thin-crusted pizzas are ready to eat in or take out. The pizza makers trained in Naples, and they use a wood-burning pizza oven.
Open 11:30am-3:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Peppermint Cafe - Bar: Kichijoji
Open 5:30pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
A Kichijoji institution, more popular for its music, drinks and casually hip atmosphere than for the not-very-authentic Thai food.
Open 5:30pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Toneri - Izakaya: Kichijoji
Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Seasonal izakaya fare and gourmet oden, plus very impressive lists of shochu and sake.
Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji #4) - Yakitori: Kichijoji
Open 11:30am-4, 4-11:30pm daily.
The newest and fanciest Kichijoji branch of this excellent yakitoriya, at the entrance to Inokashira Park.
Open 11:30am-4, 4-11:30pm daily.
Africa Tairiku - African: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
Popular with members of the African expat community, African Continent serves West African food and hosts regular concert nights. Menu suggestions include yam and fish soup, moimoi (tofu made from...
Open 7pm-2am. Closed Mondays.
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Updated 2016-08-20