RESTAURANTS, BARS AND CAFES IN AOYAMA
The Aoyama area is known for its wide array of organic and vegetarian dining options. Japan has not quite caught up with the rest of the world when it comes to natural eating, but Aoyama is the place to go for those looking for all-natural food options. Of course, there are plenty of other types of food to be found as well, including both international and Japanese cuisine.
Farmers Market at UNU
On Saturdays and Sundays, just outside of the United Nations University, you can find many stalls and food trucks selling boxed meals, produce, handcrafts and other things one would expect to find at a farmers market. This is a very convenient option for vegetarians and live music is also occasionally performed here.
5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
10:00-16:00 weekends only
Close by Gaienmae station, Garden Café is run by a salon and spa called Sincere Garden, which is very popular with women living in the area. The cafe has a seasonal menu with curries, salads and Asian fusion dishes. The ingredients are all organic and while not all of the dishes are purely vegetarian, there are plenty of veggie items on the menu.
3-5-4 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Malay Asian Cuisine
This is one of the best restaurants in the area, with delicious halal Asian food and friendly multilingual staff. At lunch time you order your main meal from the menu while soup, salad and tea/coffee is served buffet style.
2F Sanwa Aoyama, 2-9-9 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
This restaurant is known for its selection of grilled meats and red wines. It often seems to be filled up with a young, well-dressed crowd. There are many different wines to choose from, including French, Italian and American wines for around ¥500 a glass.
2-2-3 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku
18:00 until late
CAFE＆MEAL MUJI 南青山
This is a cafe run by the popular Muji company. They have a variety of salads, meats and other cooked dishes from around the world. You can get a set of 3 items with a side of rice for around ¥800. The food here is pretty good but probably won’t be filling enough for most people. There’s also a wide selection of baked goods by the entrance.
5-11-9 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
9:00-22:00, 11:00 – 9:00 on Sun.
This is a delicious vegetarian Indian restaurant near Gaienmae Station. They serve different types of meatless curries using all kinds of vegetables and lentils. A basic meal of curry and rice or naan will set you back around ¥1500. Reservations can be made through their web site.
2-22-19 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
11:30-15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
This is an organic supermarket located on Aoyama-dori, shortly before the intersection with Omotesando. The prices are pretty outrageous, but organic supermarkets are actually quite rare in Tokyo so this is still worth checking out for those making an effort to eat organic.
3-6-18 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku
10:00 – 22:00
For the health-conscious and vegetarian, Pure Café is a great choice for its soup, salads and sandwiches. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a nice selection of organic coffee, wine, sake and beer. A lunch set only costs around ¥1200 but a salad at dinner time can cost nearly as much.
5-5-21 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku
8:30 – 22:00
Sky High is a raw organic juice shop with sky high prices. The average drink costs around ¥1,000, but at least they taste delicious. There’s even a “liver detox” blend which might be useful after a long night out.
Aoyama TN Bldg., 2-3-4 Shibuya
11:00-20:00, 12:00 – 17:00 on Sun.
Aoyama Zero Cafe
Zero is a small nightclub that functions as a cafe during daytime hours. They serve set lunches such as chicken rice, om-rice (rice inside of an omelette) and green curry. The space, conveniently located just off of Aoyama-dori, is also host to workshops and even yoga classes.
1F Aoyama FM Bldg., 2-8-10 Shibuya