Ginza, Marunouchi, Nihonbashi
Cafes, bars and casual dining
Kimijimaya - Liquor shop: Ginza
[Open 10:30am-9pm (Sat -8, Sun -7) daily.]
A branch of the huge Kimijimaya liquor store in Yokohama, this Ginza outpost offers a good selection of sake and runs an informal standing bar corner as well. Fourteen types of sake range from Y300-900 for a small tasting-size glass, or you can try...
Marugoto Kochi - Antenna shop: Ginza
[Open 10:30am-8pm daily.]
Food products from Kochi Prefecture are sold in the first-floor "Tosa Market" retail shop, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unusual items include rice ice cream and yokan candies in flavors like eggplant, garlic and potato.
Numazuko - Sushi: Ginza
[Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.]
This upscale conveyor-belt sushi shop serves good-quality fish along with craft sake from smaller breweries around Japan. You can choose from at least four or five sake by the glass (starting at around Y700) and several more by the bottle. Of...
Bar Del Sole Due - Cafe: Ginza
[Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.]
This picturesque little Italian-style cafe-bar is worth noting for their late-night hours (till midnight most evenings); stop by for coffee, a glass of wine or a light Italian snack.
Favori - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
[Open 5:30pm-2am. Closed Sundays.]
The 100-odd different beers in their serve-yourself refrigerator include several previously hard-to-find varieties. Mussels and other Belgian treats are on the food menu, and they're even open on Sundays.
Bulldog - Beer bar: Ginza
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-11:15pm daily.]
Although it looks like an ordinary after-work salaryman hangout, Bulldog offers a nice selection of ten beers on tap, including some guest taps for local and imported craft beers. US brews are also available by the bottle, and there's a wide...
David Myers Cafe - American: Ginza
[Open 10:30am-7:30pm (LO) daily.]
The Famous David Burger (Y1944) definitely belongs in Tokyo's top burger ranks. The juicy patty has a good fat ratio, and is served medium-rare to accentuate the meatiness. It's topped with a nice bit of sharp cheddar and good-quality cole slaw. ...
Chronic Tacos - Tex-Mex: Ginza
[Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.]
Yet another taqueria hits Tokyo, this one hailing from Newport Beach, California. In addition to tacos they serve burritos, burrito bowls, spicy pork fajitas, quesadillas, meaty salads and Chronic Cheese Balls. Some Japan-only menu items include...
Tsurutontan - Udon: Ginza
[Open 11am-4am (Sun -11pm) daily.]
Late-night dining options are rather limited in this part of town, especially combined with affordable prices, so this flashy gourmet noodle shop is a welcome addition to Ginza's nighttime landscape. And although they only display noodle bowls in...
Tokuoka - Wine bar: Ginza
[Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
Cheese lovers take note - the custom five-cheese platter at this casual wine bar, priced at Y980, may be one of the best deals in town. The cheese counter offers dozens of different varieties, so you may even give in to temptation and order a...
Mariage Freres - Tea shop: Ginza
With 450 varieties of world teas from 32 countries, Mariage Freres in Ginza offers the tea aficionado a rare combination of elegance, atmosphere and quality. Only the "finest harvests" are offered to complement an excellent selection of light meals...
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Ginza
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
Located on the top floor of Comme des Garcons' Dover Street Market complex, this British-style Paris-based bakery-cafe serves up good cakes and tarts and a lot of different teas. If you want to splash out on a mid-afternoon feast, the opulent Y2800...
Toriba Coffee - Retail: Ginza
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
This on-premises coffee roastery offers deluxe bean blends with names like "Deep House Mix" and "Acid House Mix." Prices start at Y750 for 100g (Y1500 for 250g) and climb from there. There's a small "tasting corner" but most business is in...
Antwerp Six - Belgian rest/beer bar: Ginza
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.]
You'll find good Belgian food (including mussels and great frites), a nice selection of beers, and convenient late-night hours from this branch of the Belgian Beer Cafe chain (they also run Antwerp Central in Marunouchi).
Meal Muji - Cafe: Hibiya
[Open 6:30am-9:30pm (LO) daily.]
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi. Breakfast is served from 7am.
Ringer Hut Tokyo Premium - Japanese regional: Hibiya
[Open 11am-10:30pm (LO; Sun -9:30) daily.]
In case you're wondering how this "Tokyo Premium" branch of the popular Nagasaki-based noodle shop is different from regular Ringer Huts, the answer is in the vegetables. They offer extra vegetable-heavy versions of their tasty champon and...
Tama - Wine bar: Marunouchi
[Open 11am-2:30, 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.]
Tama serves Okinawan food and wine, which turns out to be a pretty good combination. There are five wines by the glass every day, all priced at Y550, and many more bottles lining the wall, all with prices on display for easy ordering. The rafti...
Meal Muji - Cafe: Marunouchi
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi, inside their huge flagship store in Yurakucho.
Antwerp Central - Belgian rest/beer bar: Marunouchi
[Open 5pm-3am (LO), to 11pm Sat, Sun. Open every day.]
AC's atmosphere and decor are very European in feel, and the large food menu includes surprisingly authentic Belgian specialties like "stoemp" - a hearty platter of mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The bar serves more than 30 Belgian beers,...
Tokyo Karaage Bar - Chicken: Marunouchi
[Open 10am-9pm (LO) daily.]
Fried chicken reaches a whole new level of greatness at Tokyo Karaage Bar. First of all, you get to choose your favorite parts of the bird - wings, breast, thigh, fatty bonjiri (tail), liver, gizzards - which are then freshly prepared in the deep...
Soba Kichi - Izakaya: Marunouchi
[Open 11am-3:15am (LO) daily.]
This popular after-work drinking spot offers very affordable prices - you can enjoy a couple of drinks and snacks here for under Y2000. Deep-fried kushiage skewers start at around Y140, and you can supplement your skewers with grilled pork belly,...
Kyobashi, Yaesu, Nihonbashi
Akita Pure Rice Sake Bar - Yakitori: Yaesu
[Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.]
Craft sake from Akita Prefecture is the specialty at this comfortable counter bar, which stands at the front of a chicken specialty restaurant called Honke Abeya. You can just drop by for a quick glass of sake or two, or you can order some skewers...
Erick South - Indian: Yaesu
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun -9pm) daily.]
Erick South specializes in dishes from southern India, and serves up some of our favorite budget curries in Tokyo. Curries and side dishes are all distinctively flavored, and the quality is a few cuts above even the the more expensive Indian shops...
Hitachino Brewing Lab - Beer bar: Yaesu
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
This second Tokyo branch of Kiuchi Brewery's sort-of-brewpub offers ten taps of Hitachino Nest beer, including a few unusual seasonal brews that are hard to find elsewhere. Regular draft beers are all priced at Y680, and they also have some...
Mixology - Bar: Yaesu
[Open 6pm-1:30am (LO; Fri -3:30am). Closed Sundays.]
Codename Mixology serves inventive, wonderfully oddball drinks, and just might be our new favorite cocktail bar in Tokyo. The bartenders make use of fresh herbs, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal and home-made spirits, and science-lab...
100% Chocolate Cafe - Cafe: Kyobashi
[Open 9am-8pm (11am-7pm weekends) daily.]
This dessert cafe offers a big selection of chocolate-themed dishes - eight kinds of chocolate cake, frozen fresh chocolates, and hot chocolate drinks. Located in the headquarters building of the Meiji chocolate company, the cafe sports a stylish...
Hidemi Sugino - Bakery: Kyobashi
[Open 11am-7pm (Sun -6pm). Closed Mondays.]
World-class pastries from an internationally renowned patissier and past winner of the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) are served at this tiny cafe and retail shop. Sugino is known for his artistically styled mousse-based...
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Otemachi
[Open 11am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
A wide selection of reasonably priced craft beers along with good food are the draws at this popular chain of bars. Each branch has its own distinctive menu, and Otemachi specializes in Mexican-inspired dishes. The thirty taps dispense mostly...
Maison Kayser - Bakery: Nihonbashi
[Open 7am-10pm daily.]
Excellent breads and pastries are available to take out, or you can stop for a pastry and an espresso in the lobby seating area. There's also a nice lunch menu, priced at Y1200 and Y1600.
Midette - Antenna shop: Mitsukoshimae
[Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun -6pm) daily.]
Fukushima Prefecture is justifiably famous for their excellent sake, and you can try several of them in one sitting in the sake-tasting corner of this antenna shop. Three-part tasting flights are Y1000, and there are around 22 different sake to...
Wired Cafe News - Cafe: Mitsukoshimae
[Open 10am-11pm. Closed Sundays.]
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Craft Beer Market Mitsukoshimae - Beer bar: Mitsukoshimae
[Open 11am-2, 5-11:30pm daily.]
CBM offers thirty beers on tap - mostly Japanese craft beers - priced at a very budget-friendly Y480/glass or Y780/pint. The food menu is also fairly impressive, with dishes like roast duck a l'orange, and they offer a small but interesting...
Maru - Wine bar: Hatchobori
[Open 5-11pm. Closed weekends.]
A liquor shop, a standing bar, and a casual sit-down grill, Bar Maru is many things to many people. Browse the shelves, and if you find something you like you can crack it open on the spot for a modest Y500 corkage fee. Pop into the tachinomiya...
Sunday Morning Coffee - Coffee shop: Kayabacho
[Open 10am-8pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
In addition to coffee, tea and cafe snacks, this charming little neighborhood coffeehouse offers a respectable roster of craft beers and ciders from Japan and the rest of the world. The selection from the five taps changes quite often, but when we...
Gustavo - Wine bar: Ningyocho
[Open 5-11:30pm. Closed Sundays.]
A joint venture by ham importer Principe and wine producer Zonin, this casual wine bar specializes in top quality cured meats from San Daniele del Fruili and Italian wines. The interior resembles a stylish Roman cafe, with shiny red acrylic...