Kichijoji

North side

Cafe Russia (Russian). 0422-23-3200
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 to the kitchen's most popular dishes. [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-4-10, Nine Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Montana (Curry). 0422-21-0208
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 want to try their tsukemen noodles with curry.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-10-2. Open 11:30am-10:30pm daily.
Namaste Kathmandu (Nepalese). 0422-21-7010
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 around Y2000.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-11-7, Yokose Bldg. B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm daily.
Touan (Izakaya). 0422-29-7660
Creative tofu dishes and excellent grilled chicken are the specialties here, and they're especially proud of their tofu dumplings. The sake list is small but well-chosen, with seasonal specials. Around Y3500 for dinner with drinks.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-16-17, Westside Array B1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Mamezo (Curry). 0422-21-7901
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 are priced Y850-1000.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-18-15. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Sukhothai (Thai). 0422-20-2600
Home-style cooking, plus "Thai sukiyaki." Lunch served weekends only.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-2-10. Open 5-10pm (LO). Closed some Tuesdays.
Kochiya (Antenna shop). 0422-23-7450
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 jars of tiny kibinago (silver-striped herring) fillets, and candied deep-fried fish bones. Wheat-gluten (fu) snacks come in flavors like ginger, yuzu and strawberry. [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-25-7. Open 10am-7:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Atre Kichijoji (Retail). 0422-22-1401
This branch of JR's Atre shopping complex offers a sprawling, rather impressive food hall, on a par with Shinjuku department-store food floors.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24. Open 10am-9pm daily.
Rose Bakery (Cafe). 0422-22-1506
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 burgers. They also have branches in London and Paris. Open from 9am on weekends.
no smokingSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji 1F. Open 8am-10pm daily.
Wired Cafe Atre Kichijoji (Cafe). 0422-22-2168
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji 2F. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Midori-zushi (Sushi). 0422-27-5581
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.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Rikyu (Yoshoku). 0422-23-8141
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. A set menu with grilled tongue, curry, oxtail soup and salad is Y1575. [Go to branch review]
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji B1F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Temari no Ouchi (Cat cafe). 0422-23-5503
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 with an imported beer or original cocktail, or choose from a range of herbal teas and coffee-based drinks. There's also an extensive menu of desserts, snacks (popcorn shrimp, sausages), and full meals (keema curry, Hawaiian loco moco). [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-13-14 3F. Open 10am-7:30pm (LO) daily.
Amrita Shokudo (Thai). 0422-23-1112
There are several Thai restaurants in the neighborhood, but this sprawling shop stands out for its comfortably laid-back, ethnic-cafe atmosphere. There's a menu of Thai standards along with plenty of desserts and exotic drinks, all at very reasonable prices.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-17-12. Open noon-2:30, 5-10:20pm (LO) daily.
Soybean Farm (World cuisine). 0422-21-0272
An interesting miso and miso soup restaurant, with seasonal dishes like kimchee nabe and several varieties of cabbage rolls. Many dishes are vegetarian.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-15-2. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm (LO) daily.
!Allt Gott (Swedish). 0422-21-2338
Excellent Scandinavian cooking from the former chef of Gamlastan in Kichijoji. Lunch starts at Y1500; dinner averages around Y4000 with drinks. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-28-1, Shibata Bldg. 2F. Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm. Closed Mondays.
Il Cafe (Cafe). 0422-20-1306
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 old-fashioned Tokyo-apartment-style kitchen takes up the back wall. There's even a small tatami corner. [Show more]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-8-2-3F. Open noon-11pm daily.
Luckluck (Ramen). 0422-20-4172
A ramen shop by day, at night Rakuraku turns into a dining bar with music, drinks, and an inexpensive food menu. Daytime noodle specialties are tonkotsu ramen and tsukemen. Earlier hours on Monday evenings.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-8-9. Open 11:30am-4:30, 5:30pm-1am daily.
Bicke (Beer bar). 0422-21-8775
This specialty beer bar features craft beers from around the world along with a rotating selection of Japanese microbrews. The food is fancier-than-average bar fare - fried chicken, Caesar salads, spareribs, a risotto of the day. There are several tables and a large counter bar, and the room is dominated by a big-screen TV.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-13-7, Grandale Bldg 3F. Open 5pm-midnight (from 1pm weekends). Closed Wednesdays.
Parisienne (French). 0422-21-7133
Lunch Y1,800-6,000, dinner Y3,000-15,000.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-13-7, Grandale Bldg 4F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9pm daily.
Harukiya (Ramen). 0422-20-5185
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.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-14-1. Open 11am-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Uoshin (Izakaya). 0422-23-2039
Good grilled fish, sashimi and sake from this small chain izakaya.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-18-8, 2F. Open 4pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Katsukura (Tonkatsu). 0422-23-8651
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 late lunch.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-3-1, Tokyu Dept. Store 9F. Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Ume no Hana (Tofu). 0422-28-0320
Tofu and yuba specialties. Dinner from Y3600. [Go to branch review]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 2-3-1, Tokyu Dept. Store 9F. Open 11am-3, 5-9pm (LO) daily.
AB Cafe (Cafe). 0422-23-3778
A cute little cafe with snappy decor, free wifi and a simple, inexpensive food and drink menu.
decorSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-11-2, Michelle Kaihatsu Kosha Dai-ni Bldg B1F. Open noon-1am daily.
Kushiya Monogatari (Kushiage). 0422-28-7735
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 hours. There are also inexpensive all-you-can-drink plans to go with your meal.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-11-30, Daiya Palace Kichijoji 2F. Open 4-11pm daily.
Sometime (Jazz club). 0422-21-6336
Jazz nightly from 7pm, from Y1500. Check their schedule for live events.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-11-31, Ishikawa Bldg. B1F. Open 7pm- daily.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji north) (Yakitori). 0422-23-4567
Spicy chicken wings and yakitori; one of four Toriyoshi branches in the neighborhood.
lateSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-14-8. Open 5pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Ippudo (Ramen). 0422-23-8186
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.
lateSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-18-1, Kichijoji New Plaza Bldg B1F. Open 11am-4am daily.
Screw Driver (Bar). 0422-20-5112
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rums in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
lateSunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-20-15, Toei Bldg 4F. Open 7pm-4am daily.
Ryukyu (Okinawan). 0422-21-6015
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 tasty stir-fried vegetables. Some of the other dishes can be a bit oily. The interior could best be described as "tropical kitsch," featuring seashell lamps and seashell beaded curtains.
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-29-5, Sun Square 1F. (on a side street a few blocks behind Yodobashi Camera) Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Lan-sang (Thai). 0422-21-8412
Excellent, spicy Thai and Laotian food. Dinners Y2,500-5,000. [See FULL REVIEW.]
SunmapKichijoji Honcho 1-32-9, Motohashi Bldg. #202. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.

South side

Musui (Cafe). 0422-26-7020
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 and fish dishes after 6pm. In the mornings, bread, soup and beverage combos start at Y380. Lunch specials are served from 11am-2pm.
SunmapGotenyama 1-5-7. Open 7am-11pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (honten) (Yakitori). 0422-76-7129
Spicy chicken wings are the specialty, but they have every other kind of chicken dish as well, from yakitori to chicken sashimi.
lateSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-10, MA Bldg. 1F. Open 5pm-2am daily.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji #2) (Yakitori). 0422-76-7140
Set up to handle the overflow from the nearby main branch.
lateSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-5, Chudai Bldg. 2F. Open 5pm-1am (LO) daily.
!Holic (Beer bar). 0422-49-6638
An unpretentious basement bar stocking an excellent selection of craft beers from Japan (particularly Baird and Hitachino Nest) and around the world.
lateSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-1-8, Keyaki Bldg B1F. Open 7pm-5am; Sat/Sun 6pm-5am daily.
Calico (Cat cafe). 0422-29-8353
One of Tokyo's largest cat cafes, with 28 felines to hang out with. Y900 for one hour; soft drinks are Y100-200.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-5-7, Yuki Bldg 4F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
!Pizzeria GG (Italian). 0422-26-5024
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.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-17-1, Purejiru Bldg B1F. Open 11:30am-3:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Peppermint Cafe (Bar). 0422-79-3930
A Kichijoji institution, more popular for its music, drinks and casually hip atmosphere than for the not-very-authentic Thai food.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-15-14, B1F. Open 5:30pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Toneri (Izakaya). 0422-46-2818
Seasonal izakaya fare and gourmet oden, plus very impressive lists of shochu and sake.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-17-10, F&W Bldg. B1F. Open 5:30-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Miss Saigon (Vietnamese). 0422-71-1932
Inexpensive Vietnamese dishes.
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-8-5, B1F. (downstairs from Tom Yum 2.) Open noon-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Toriyoshi (Kichijoji #4) (Yakitori). 0422-48-4600
The newest and fanciest Kichijoji branch of this excellent yakitoriya, at the entrance to Inokashira Park.
decorSunmapKichijoji Minamicho 1-21-1, Inokashira Parkside Bldg. B1F. Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Africa Tairiku (African). 0422-49-7302
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 black eyed peas) and suiya (grilled mutton).
SunmapKichijoji Minamicho 2-13-4, Unius Office One B103. Open 7pm-2am. Closed Mondays.

Mitaka

Falconer Cafe (Bird cafe). 0422-57-7762
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 bird-lovers, and some customers bring their own birds along. The cafe's small food menu features curry rice and stir-fried ginger pork.
SunmapMitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 1-11-8. Open 1-7pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Kotori Cafe Kichijoji (Bird cafe). 0422-29-9224
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are on display at this second branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located across the street from the Ghibli Museum. You can enjoy a cup of coffee and cake, a light meal or a drink with birds in the background, then optionally spend a few minutes playing gently with the birds in the interactive area.
SunmapMitaka-shi, Shimorenjaku 1-14-7. Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.
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