RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS IN HARAJUKU
Harajuku has a wide variety of places to enjoy a meal or sip a coffee. Aside from the obvious choices on popular streets such as Omotesando, Takeshita and Meiji, there are some excellent cafes and restaurants to be found on one of the neighborhoods many backstreets. This list below features a mix of both.
AFURI is a popular ramen restaurant with a few branches throughout the city. It’s known for its unique use of yuzu (a certain type of citrus fruit) as the base for some of its ramen, which matches the dish much better than one would think. Chicken, fish or konbu-based stocks are also available. A bowl of ramen can be had here for under 1,000 yen and is a great choice for those who prefer their ramen a little bit lighter.
Grande Foresta 1F, 3-63-1 Sendagaya
10:30 – 03:00 weekdays except Sat.
Located on the top floor of the Tokyu Plaza, Bills is the place to go if you’re looking for a delicious Western-style breakfast in Harajuku. The Omotesando branch of the popular Australian chain has a funky atmosphere, a great view and excellent pancakes and sandwiches made with top-quality ingredients. The atmosphere and quality, however, come with a price. Expect to pay at least ¥1,300 at lunch time for a meal that while very tasty, won’t leave you full for very long.
7F 4-30-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
8:30 – 23:00 everyday
Bunbougu Cafe is a special cafe designed for those who love stationary and doodling. Even if you don’t have a particular interest in stationary, you can order lunch here or relax with a coffee. Just keep in mind that the lunches go for over ¥1000 and the coffees cost around ¥500.
B1F, 4-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
10:00 – 23:30 everyday
The Deck Coffee and Pie
ザ デック コーヒー & パイ
This is a cozy coffee shop where you can drink Indonesian, Ethopian and South American coffees either inside or out on the deck. As the name suggests, pie is also served here as well as lunch sets which feature pot pies and meat pies. Part of the cafe even includes a craft shop with work sold by local artists.
3-53−17, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku
10:00 – 20:00, 11:00 – 19:00 weekends
Located on Omotesando street, this is a very popular (and very touristy) rotary sushi restaurant for those on a budget. The cheapest plates of sushi go for a little over 100 yen, while the most expensive plates can cost you around 500. Heiroku is known for their unconventional combo plates and interesting use of toppings, such as herbs and sauces not normally used at typical sushi restaurants. English friendly.
5-8-5 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku
Everyday from 11:00 – 21:00
This little jazz cafe boasts a selection of 800 jazz CD’s for the customer to choose from, running through some fancy and expensive tube amps. Coffees go for around 600 yen. This is a nice little place to relax to some good music during a busy day shopping.
4-28-8, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
12:00 – 19:00 everyday
The Sad Cafe
An American style cafe decorated wall-to-wall with American superhero and movie memorabilia, from the ’50’s all the way up through the ’90’s. It’s a little tacky, but the food, which mostly consists of burgers and curry, is tasty Worth a visit if you’re looking for some “Standard American Diet” food or just to observe this colorful Japanese interpretation of Hollywood and Americana.
1F Loisdar Bldg. 1-9-12 Jingumae
神宮前 1-9-12, ロイスダールビル1F
11:30 – 24:00 everyday
Sakura Tei is an okonomiyaki and monjayaki restaurant located amongst the murals of Design Festa Gallery. A dish goes for a little over 1,000 yen, but you’ll want to order a couple to split amongst your group. Sakura Tei uses some unique ingredients not found at other okonomiyaki places, such as salami, jalapeno and taco meat. English menus are available and this would be a great first introduction to the Osaka-style dish.
3-20-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
This popular gathering spot serves coffee, curry pasta and hayashi rice. Tas Yard also hosts a number of workshops Connected to the cafe area is a little shop which sells garden supplies, interior goods and sometimes local vegetables. This is a popular place with locals but still somewhat unknown to those outside of the neighborhood, which only adds to its charm.
3-3-14 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku