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This guide covers the area along the Odakyu line from Sangubashi to Shimo-Kitazawa.
This guide covers the area along the Odakyu line from Sangubashi to Shimo-Kitazawa.
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Sangubashi

En Okonomiyaki - Okonomiyaki: Sangubashi
Open 5pm-1am (LO) daily.
A little neighborhood shop serving okonomiyaki and Tokyo-style monjayaki, plus meats and seafood grilled teppanyaki-style. What sets them apart, though, is their menu of imported German beers -...
Open 5pm-1am (LO) daily.
Violette - French: Sangubashi
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tue, 1st + 3rd Wed.
A convenient place to eat before or after an afternoon in Yoyogi Park, this casual neighborhood brasserie offers outdoor seating and allows dogs. The Y1200 lunchtime deli platter is a good deal - it...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Tue, 1st + 3rd Wed.
Arms - Burgers: Sangubashi
Open 11am-11pm daily.
You'll find excellent gourmet hamburgers at this pleasant little parkside cafe, including some interesting special toppings that change seasonally.
Open 11am-11pm daily.

Yoyogi-Koen

Camelback - Sandwiches/ deli: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Modern, Japanese-inspired sandwiches prepared by a former sushi chef are served at this tiny take-out counter. Sushi-style tamagoyaki omelettes, steamed monkfish liver and home-cured lamb bacon are...
Open 9am-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Newzea Platform - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Occupying what must be one of Shibuya's thinnest buildings, this specialty bar serves around two dozen New Zealand wines, including several by the glass, as well as three different beers from Stoke,...
Open 11:30am-2, 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
Bondi Cafe Yoyogi Beach Park - Cafe: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 9am-2am daily.
A spacious cafe with an Australian beach motif, Bondi serves international-style cafe fare, including pizzas from a wood-burning oven, along with reasonably priced wines (Y2200 for a 500ml carafe of...
Open 9am-2am daily.
Fuglen - Bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Japanese and Norwegian craft beers and artisanal cocktails are served at this very stylish Norwegian bar - the main branch is in Oslo. During the day they offer serious espresso beverages and tea,...
Open 8am-midnight. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays.
Ahiru Store - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Good luck getting into this "secret wine bar" that everybody knows about; they don't take reservations after 6:30pm, so be prepared to line up. Wines from the rotating list - mostly French, mostly...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Hashiya - Yoshoku: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
This Japanese-spaghetti pioneer has been offering their unique take on pasta since the 1950s, with over sixty variations on the menu. One of the more popular options features sea urchin, squid and...
Open 11:30am-9pm (LO). Closed Thursdays.
Dog Heart - Animal cafe: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11am-7pm daily.
A pack of happy, tail-wagging pups greeted us in boisterous fashion upon our arrival at Dog Heart, letting us know that we'd be in for a lively afternoon at one of Tokyo's more gregarious animal...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Cristiano's - Portuguese: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
One of Tokyo better Portuguese restaurants, with nice grilled dishes. Budget around Y4500 at dinnertime.
Open 6pm-midnight (LO). Closed Mondays.
Arms - Burgers: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Good burgers to go, including some interesting seasonal variations, at this take-out-only branch of the popular gourmet burger shop. They also offer delivery service to most of Shibuya-ku.
Open 11am-10pm. Closed Mondays.
Roast Works: The Coffeeshop - Coffee shop: Yoyogi-Koen
Open 10am-8pm daily.
After you've selected the type of coffee bean, you can take your pick from Aeropress, French press or hand-dripped preparation for your cup of freshly made coffee. They also sell a couple of dessert...
Open 10am-8pm daily.

Yoyogi-Uehara

Swanlake Pub Edo - Beer bar: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 9am-10:30pm (LO Sat, Sun 9:30) daily.
If you're in the Uehara neighborhood and have a hankering for craft beer, this taproom run by Swan Lake may be of interest - they offer a handful of beers from Swan Lake plus a few guest taps. Guest...
Open 9am-10:30pm (LO Sat, Sun 9:30) daily.
Fireking Cafe - Cafe: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
With its spacious, lively dining room, convenient late-night hours, huge bar and wide-ranging food menu, Fireking has established itself as the hub of Uehara nightlife since its opening in 2000. ...
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Sasagin - Japanese: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 5-11pm (to 10:30pm Sat.) (LO). Closed Sundays.
Once known for their amazing sake selection, excellent food, and good prices, Sasagin still offers an amazing sake selection. There's some decent food too, but the menu is hit-and-miss, as is the...
Open 5-11pm (to 10:30pm Sat.) (LO). Closed Sundays.
Gatemo Tabum - Bhutanese: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
A tiny cafe with a limited menu of four Bhutanese stews with rice, including a fiery version of ema datshi, a cheese and chili stew that's Bhutan's national dish. The other stews (pork and daikon,...
Open noon-2, 6-11pm. Closed Mondays.
Dish - Wine bar: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11:30am-3am daily.
In laid-back Yoyogi-Uehara, magazine-reading, designer sneaker-wearing hipsters gather at Dish, a cheerful cafe just a stone's throw from the station. The space has an open, casual feel, decorated...
Open 11:30am-3am daily.
En Boca - Italian: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 5:30-10pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
First-rate pizzas, creative Italian-Japanese fusion cuisine and Belgian beers are served here in an elegant but comfortable dining room - a nice setting for a date or special celebration. The...
Open 5:30-10pm. Closed Mon, Tue.
Ippudo - Ramen: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11am-1am 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-1am daily.
Fuku - Yakitori: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
The grilled chicken here is just about perfect - the wings and the "kashiwa" (chunks of chicken thigh) are especially recommended, and most of the side dishes and non-chicken grilled items are...
Open 5:30-11:30pm. Closed Wednesdays.
Mi Choripan - Argentine: Yoyogi-Uehara
Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.
Mi Choripan proudly serves up "Argentinian Soul Food" - aka overstuffed chorizo-sausage sandwiches seasoned with chimichurri sauce, which are sold from street stalls in Argentina and other parts of...
Open 11am-10pm (Mon 11-8). Closed Tue, 2nd, 4th Mon.

Higashi-Kitazawa

Enrique Maruesco - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moroccan cuisine.
Open 6-9:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Uchimura Egyptian Deli Shop - Middle Eastern: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays.
The Egyptian fare at this tiny deli-style shop is tasty and impressively inexpensive. Well-seasoned mutton and chicken-spinach curries run Y500-600, and come with rice or pita bread. Chicken and...
Open 11am-8:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Senrigan - Ramen: Higashi-Kitazawa
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.
There is a ramen shop in Japan called Jiro (not to be confused with the famous sushi shop of a similar name). Jiro features thick, wheaty noodles in a mega-porky soup. Add to that copious amounts...
Open 11am-2:30, 5-9:45pm daily.

Shimo-Kitazawa

Daniela - Italian: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A more casual sister shop of the excellent Emilia restaurant in Harajuku, Bar Alimentari Daniela offers inexpensive snacks and drinks as well as Y2000-3600 prix-fixe dinners and a Y4500 three-pasta...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Le Petit L'ouest - Liquor shop: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 4-11pm (Sat 2-11, Sun 2-9). Closed Tuesdays.
This neighborhood liquor shop stocks a wide selection of over 100 Japanese craft beers, although it helps to know what you're looking for, as there are plenty of clunkers as well as hidden gems. You...
Open 4-11pm (Sat 2-11, Sun 2-9). Closed Tuesdays.
440 - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-3:30 (LO), 5:30pm-3am daily.
This live music venue also serves lunch and keeps their bar open until 3am.
Open 11:30am-3:30 (LO), 5:30pm-3am daily.
Champrouse - Okinawan: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
A three-story Okinawan restaurant - the first floor has a noodle-shop atmosphere, with inexpensive Okinawan soba. The second floor is more of a nomiya, with some 50 different types of...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Mondays.
Inspired by Starbucks - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 9am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Unlike regular Starbucks branches, this "Inspired by Starbucks" cafe serves wine and beer along with the usual coffee and dessert drinks, making it a popular evening gathering spot. The atmosphere...
Open 9am-10pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.
Uoshin - Izakaya: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Sashimi is the specialty here, along with a nice sake selection.
Open 5:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
3rd Stone Cafe - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 2pm-5am daily.
The decor here is all earth tones, raw concrete and slabs of wood, with a big tree sitting right in the middle of the floor. Music ranges from reggae to laid-back rock, and the atmosphere is totally...
Open 2pm-5am daily.
Torikizoku - Yakitori: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Cheap and cheerful are the bywords at this Osaka-based yakitori chain, with all dishes and drinks priced at Y294. Besides the usual yakitori (the wings are suprisingly good) there are entertaining...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Free Factory - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-3am daily.
By day it's a busy work cafe, but after 6pm Free Factory turns into a late-night bar, with a full range of cocktails as well as a "world food journey" menu.
Open 11:30am-3am daily.
Tag Cafe - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Tucked away in a back alley near Shimo-Kitazawa station, Tag is a pleasantly relaxing spot for an afternoon break. The musical soundtrack is on the mellow side, and tablet computers are supplied on...
Open noon-11:15pm (LO) daily.
Genpachi - Yakitori: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
Good grilled chicken and a decent sake list to go with it have made this casual yakitoriya a neighborhood favorite. The wings are nicely charred and crisp, while skewers of lamb are full-flavored...
Open 5pm-midnight daily.
La Verde - Italian: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
High-quality budget Italian, nice-size portions and a good wine selection.
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Ohisama - Rabbit cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.
Unlike most rabbit cafes in town, Ohisama serves full meals. Y2300 gets you a pasta dish, salad, small dessert, drink and 90 minutes of rabbit time. If you just want coffee, the cover charge is...
Open noon-4:30, 5:30-8pm daily.
Excello - Oden: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
This unusual merger of an oden shop and a soul music bar lets you listen to classic seventies soul in the background as you enjoy Shizuoka-style oden (it comes in a darker, beefier broth than the...
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
Marusan Foods - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-3am daily.
An extensive vinegar menu is one of Marusan's quirky features: they list several pages of oddly compelling vinegar-based cocktails and soft drinks, and even the food menu has a vinegar soup section...
Open noon-3am daily.
Eat a Peach - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 8pm-8am daily.
This tiny, ramshackle hole-in-the-wall is a late-night Shimo-Kitazawa legend, going strong since 1974. The space behind the bar is filled with mountains of CDs and shelves of vinyl (many of them 70s...
Open 8pm-8am daily.
Apollo - Bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 8pm-3am daily.
This tiny basement bar hosts live performances from local jazz musicians a few evenings a week, and plays a wide assortment of jazz CDs and videos the rest of the time.
Open 8pm-3am daily.
Alicia - Japanese/health food: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-7pm. Closed Mondays.
The atmosphere may seem somber, but the carefully constructed vegetarian dishes are first-rate.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5-7pm. Closed Mondays.
Ushi-Tora - Beer bar: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
This pioneering craft-beer bar attracts Japanese connoisseurs from all over town with its excellent selection of twenty beers on tap, many of them brewed by Ushi-Tora themselves. Taps include a few...
Open 5pm-2am. Closed 1st and 4th Tuesdays.
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Fashioned after an American roadside diner, Village Vanguard offers diner-style comfort food, including tasty apps like mozarella croquettes and entertaining burger variations such as garlic mushroom...
Open 11:30am-midnight daily.
Cateriam - Cat cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9:30) daily.
With its spacious, comfortable lounge area, Cateriam is a pleasant place to relax over tea and scones or a glass of wine. While there are only a few perches, the room is well furnished with...
Open 11am-9pm (Sat, Sun 10-9:30) daily.
Sunday Brunch - Cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 11am-8pm daily.
A spacious, high-ceilinged bakery-cafe in the midst of Shimo-Kitazawa's young-fashion shopping district. The menu includes casual dishes like shrimp and avocado salad with French toast and cream...
Open 11am-8pm daily.
Tepito - Mexican: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 6-10:30pm (LO; Sun -9:30). Closed Mondays.
Without a doubt one of Tokyo's best Mexican restaurants, the festively decorated Tepito offers a wide menu of regional dishes and Mexican standards prepared south-of-the-border style. Mexican wines...
Open 6-10:30pm (LO; Sun -9:30). Closed Mondays.
Robson Fries - Canadian: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Poutine - that peculiar Canadian version on french fries served with gravy and cheese - is the exotic specialty at this small take-out shop. They're served with toppings ranging from fried onions...
Open noon-9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Usagi no Ehon - Rabbit cafe: Shimo-Kitazawa
Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.
Even among Tokyo's animal cafes, Usagi no Ehon (Rabbit Picturebook) pushes the twee end of the scale, with dozens of children's picture books lining the walls, shelves lined with bunny-themed...
Open 1-6pm. Closed Mondays, Thursdays.
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Updated 2016-06-24