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Photo: Hannah Grant and Lasse Kusk
Photo: Hannah Grant and Lasse Kusk

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The best places to eat in Tokyo

Danish chef Hannah Grant and her American husband, Lars Williams, a head chef at Noma, travel the world looking for food inspiration. They have just come back from Tokyo where they found some tasty treats.

Yoyogi Park

Grab a quick bite from the vendor at the entrance to Yoyogi Park and find a spot to watch the locals practice their dance routines.

Yoyogi Park

2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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Izakaya Narukiyo

This is a proper Izakaya bar where the sake flows in bamboo tubes and the food is cooked to order in front of you by the chef, who also enjoys a beer or two. Omakase means “chef’s choice” and that is the only way to go unless you read Japanese. This is the spot for some great fun and interesting servings like horse sashimi (basashi). Remember to ask for a seat at the bar if you’re not comfortable sitting the Japanese way.

Izakaya Narukiyo

Nakamura building B1, 2-7-14 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku

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Streamers Coffee Company

Order the matcha latte and a donut and be wowed by the Japanese sense of detail.

Streamers Coffee Company

1-20-28, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku

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Bridge Coffee and Ice Cream

Get your coffee fix in a creative workspace popular with architects and don’t miss their tasty matcha ice cream.

Bridge Coffee and Ice Cream

3-1-12 Matsugaya, Daitou-ku (Kappabashi)

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Salmon and Trout

Salmon and Trout is a modern Japanese dining bar that serves a tasting menu consisting of pure innovative flavor combinations in a relaxing atmosphere. It is owned by two passionate friends, Shion Kakizaki and Chef Kan Morida, who create modern dishes from seasonal local ingredients, accompanied by handpicked modern and classic sakes. Don’t miss this spot!

Salmon and Trout

4-42-7 Daizawa, Setagaya

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Jimbocho DEN

Every dish here is a work of art and every bite is a flavor and texture explosion. DEN was awarded two Michelin Stars in 2012, but one was taken away later because Chef Zaiyu-san didn’t follow strict traditional Japanese Kaiseki rules in cooking. His creativity was too much for the guide to handle, but luckily he kept following his path and the restaurant has now been voted the one to watch by the World’s 50 best restaurant list 2016. You’ll need to book a long time in advance for a table.

Jimbocho DEN

2-2-32 Kanda-jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku

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GEM by Moto

GEM by Moto’s owner, Marie Chiba, is a groundbreaking sake sommelier, aging sakes in her own fashion and serving them how she likes it best. Taste your way through amazing sakes served both hot and cold with an ocean of small specialty food servings on the side.

GEM by Moto

1-30-9 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku

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Ishinohana

A very classic Tokyo-style cocktail bar known for its martinis. The service is flawless, the bartender is as fast as a ninja and the drinks are amazing. A perfect end to a night out, if the karaoke bar is not calling after a couple of drinks.

Ishinohana

Dainiyagi building B1, 3-6-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku

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Photo: Hannah Grand and Lasse Kusk

Saboro

Entering this Tiki Coffee bar is like entering a 1950s time capsule, where the original founder still welcomes you at the door. The seats are tiny and the atmosphere is amazing.

Saboro

1-11 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku

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Ozeki Supermarket

You haven’t really been to a city until you have visited a local supermarket. Get your snacks from this shop that looks like an amusement park.

Ozeki Supermarket

2-9-5 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku

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Jazz Olympus

A locally-famous, delicious Japanese curry in a jazz bar – what’s not to like?

Jazz Olympus

3-24 Kanda-ogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku

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Waltz

This tiny, hidden wine bar serves a choice of four reds or four white wines at a time, keeping it simple and avoiding complicated menus. But beware, you may not get in if the owner thinks it’s too crowded, so a stroll around the area first might be necessary.

Waltz

Shimada building, 4-24-3, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku

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Bar Oboro

This recently-opened bar serves cocktails made from ­seasonal fruits and vegetables. Don’t be surprised to find cauliflower and burdock root on the menu – this place is a playground for Tokyo’s new generation of mixologists.

Bar Oboro

Akiyama building 3F, 4-1-15 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku

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Commune 246

This is an outdoor, half-covered street-food court with everything from vegan biodynamic food and wines to sake, yakitori and sausages. Grab a bite and enjoy the cool Tokyo atmosphere.

Commune 246

3-13 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku

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Last edited: August 2, 2017

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