BARS, RESTAURANTS AND CAFES IN SHIBUYA
The Central Shibuya area has an endless number of eating options. There’s something for just about every taste and price range. There are also plenty of places for you to escape the crowds for awhile and relax with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
This is a bizarre hospital and prison combo-themed restaurant in Shibuya’s Dogenzaka area. Part izakaya, part haunted house, Alcatraz is perfect for those looking to get their “wacky Japan” fix. Come for the atmosphere and not for the food.
Harvest Bldg. 2F, 2-13-5 Dogenzaka
Sun-Thu 5pm-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-4am
050 5798 9316
Cat Cafe Hapineko
Whether you’re a cat lover or simply want to experience another quirky aspect of Japan, sit back and relax with Hapineko’s cute feline staff. Or at least as much as the staff lets you, as this particular cafe is notorious for its bad customer service. But it’s still the most well-known in Shibuya and conveniently located on central Dogenzaka.
Cratos Building 3F, 2-28-3 Dogenzaka
Located in central Shibuya’s bustling Center-Gai, take a break from the noise and crowds with a variety of flavors of shisha to choose from in a laid-back atmosphere. You can even bring your own food and drinks.
6F, Shinoda Bidg. 31-4 Udagawa-cho
14:00 – 24:00, until 5:00 on weekends
Gyossantei is a classy izakaya in the heart of Shibuya that specializes in food from Miyazaki prefecture in southern Kyushu. It prides itself on using high quality fresh ingredients, such as organic vegetables and free-range chicken. Find it across from Bunkamura on the 2nd floor of the Fhontis building.
2F, Fhontis Bldg., 2 -23-12 Dogenzaka
Tue.-Fri., 11:30 – 24:00, Weekends: 17:30 – 23:30
This is an elegant but reasonably-priced Japanese curry restaurant right across the street from Bunkamura. The ingredients are high quality and the portion sizes are decent. They also sell takeaway “curry pan,” or dough with curry filling. At lunch time you can expect to spend between ¥750 and ¥900 for a meal that should be filling enough for most people.
2-23-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
11:00 – 23:00
This conveniently located and tasty restaurant specializes in two of Japan’s favorite fried pancake-type dishes – monjayaki and okonomiyaki, which most visitors to Japan find delicious. You can even attempt the challenge of mixing up the ingredients yourself and frying it into a pancake at your own table.
22-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku
12:00 – 22:15, 15:00 – 22:15 Mon.
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
The 5th floor lounge is a great way to look over the scramble crossing from a quiet, luxurious atmosphere. The coffee or tea will cost you about double what you would pay at Starbucks, however. The 25th floor features both a traditional Japanese as well as a French restaurant, with buffet breakfasts at either restaurant going for ¥2,310.
Shibuya Mark City, 1-12-2, Dogenzaka
10:00 – 24:00 (5F), 7:00 – 23:00 (25F)
Soba Hiyamugi Sagaya
蕎麦 冷麦 嵯峨谷 渋谷店
Located just around the corner from Don Quijote, this delicious soba restaurant is both affordable and conveniently open 24 hours. The soba here simply tastes better than at other similarly-priced chains throughout the city. There’s no English menu but check the display outside for reference.
1F Plaza Dogenzaka, 2-25-7 Dogenzaka
東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-25-7 プラザ道玄坂 1F
Streamer Coffee Company
Opened in 2010, Streamer Coffee was started by “world champion” latte artist Hiroshi Sawada. Using milk, the baristas make intricate designs and patterns on your coffee, turning it into a work or art that you can drink. There are also a number of sweets and cakes to indulge in and the free wifi is an added bonus.
1F 1-20-28, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
8:00 – 18:00, from 11 on weekends
Sunday Coffee Stand
Just next to the Dogenzaka entrance to the back of Mark City, this is a great little coffee shop with a nice atmosphere and free wifi. They have a decent selection of coffee and tea, and it’s a good place for observing the many interesting characters of Dogenzaka street.
2 Chome-10-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya
8:00 – 24:00 everyday
The Shibuya branch of the popular Tsukiji-based sushi restaurant. The sushi here is reasonably priced and delicious. It must be one of the few restaurants where the actual food is bigger than how it appears on the menu. The 24-hour operating hours are perfect for those who like sushi for breakfast or as a midnight snack. There’s also another branch across from Shibuya Station’s East Exit.
Saito III Bldg. 34-5 Udagawacho
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten
This famous sushi shop is inside of Mark City and can easily be spotted by the long line of people waiting outside. The wait can be around 30 – 60 min. but many feel the wait is justified. The staff is friendly and accommodating to non-Japanese speaking customers. Try coming in the morning to avoid the queue.
1-12 Dogenzaka, Mark City East 4F
渋谷区 道玄坂 1-12-3 渋谷マークシティ 4F
11:00 – 22:00 every day
This popular 24-hour izakaya serves yakitori (chicken skewers) and other traditional dishes. Come between morning and 6pm to get draft beers for only ¥250 a glass. Yamaga is an easy few minute walk from Shibuya station.
B1F～2F, 1-5-7 King Bldg. Dogenzaka