Nakano, Kichijoji, Sobu-sen west
Cafes, bars and casual dining
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Listings for selected area cafes, bars, and casual dining spots, from our sister site Bento.com.

[Note: links on this page lead to full listings at Bento.com.]

Nakano

Good Morning Cafe - Cafe: Nakano
[Open 8am-11:30pm daily.]
A lively branch of the Osaka-spawned cafe chain, Good Morning Cafe Nakano draws a crowd of Meiji University students and other Nakano denizens with its salt-butter caramel waffles (from 8am), espresso beverages and gourmet burgers. In the evenings...
Zingaro - Cafe: Nakano
[Open 11am-9pm (Fri, Sat -11pm) daily.]
Located in the midst the manga, anime and toy stores of Nakano Broadway, Bar Zingaro is a project of well-known pop artist Takashi Murakami. The cafe-bar opened in early 2014 along with four contemporary art galleries in the same complex. It's...
Pasta Kitchen - Yoshoku: Nakano
[Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
Open since 1999, this pleasantly decorated basement shop serves several dozen variations of Japanese-style spaghetti - permutations of ingredients like tarako (cod roe), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), sea urchin, squid, natto, shiso, kimchee, shimeji and...
Vivo Daily Stand - Wine bar: Nakano
[Open 5pm-3am daily.]
A very casual local (non-standing) bar with reasonably priced wines. Most food items are priced at Y400 and come in tiny, bite-size portions.

Koenji

JAC - Ramen: Koenji
[Open 11:30am-3, 6pm-midnight. Closed Sun eve, Mon.]
Tokushima, a major city on Japan's smallest major island of Shikoku, is home to one of the most famous local styles of ramen. The signature points are a heavy, porky soup flavored with soy sauce and topped with a sliced pork stir fry and a raw egg....
Craft Beer Market Koenji - Beer bar: Koenji
[Open 5-11:30pm daily.]
Known for their good food, lively atmosphere and reasonably priced craft brews, the Craft Beer Market chain has been growing quickly, and this fifth branch is their first foray into a residential neighborhood rather than an after-work business...
Fatz's - Burgers: Koenji
[Open noon-3, 6-10pm (Sun noon-6pm). Closed Mondays, 3rd Tuesday.]
Run by an experienced American burger chef, this friendly neighborhood shop custom assembles all its hamburgers according to your instructions. A basic, single 120-gram beef patty on a bun with cole slaw and fries runs Y800 - after that you can add...
Whale - Middle Eastern: Koenji
[Open 5pm-2am daily.]
Well-selected and reasonably priced craft beers and wines are complemented by simple Middle Eastern fare (tajines, dips, falafel) at this tiny drinking spot. Located next to a sister shop called Kujira Curry Bar and across from a Vietnamese BBQ...
Coffee Amp - Coffee shop: Koenji
[Open noon-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
This coffee roastery sells beans from Y790/200g, and also has a cafe section with espresso beverages, drip coffees and pastries.
Planet 3rd - Cafe: Koenji
[Open 11:30am-midnight daily.]
Planet 3rd is a pocket of urban cool off the beaten track in Koenji. The spacious interior is well designed, the atmosphere open and friendly. Check your email at one of the free computer terminals and then sit back and enjoy your coffee. Dogs are...
Honohono Cafe - Cafe: Koenji
[Open 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
This comfortable neighborhood cafe serves a casual menu of ethnic dishes from around the world (spicy chicken spring rolls, gizzard confit), and provides customers with free WiFi.

Nishi-Ogikubo

Copo do Dio - Brazilian: Nishi-Ogikubo
[Open 3-11:30pm (LO). Closed Wed, 1st+3rd Tue.]
Hidden among the quiet streets north of Nishi Ogikubo station lies Copo do Dia, a tiny cafe that also functions as an informal Brazilian cultural center. The space, with its heavy wooden tables and simple white walls, is largely unadorned, the vibe...
Mu-hung - Singaporean: Nishi-Ogikubo
[Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
A comfortable smoke-free cafe that serves good Singapore-style chicken rice, although unfortunately they only serve it with fragrant jasmine rice on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month; you get regular rice the rest of the time. Other dishes...
Moss Core Coffee - Coffee shop: Nishi-Ogikubo
[Open 9am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
Well-prepared single-origin coffees are served at this friendly neighborhood spot, with your choice of two different coffees of the day. Espresso is Y350, cafe latte is Y450, and blueberry muffins and pound cake are around Y350. They also sell...

Kichijoji

Mamezo - Curry: Kichijoji
[Open 11am-9:30pm (LO) daily.]
A very relaxing place to enjoy Japanese curry - there's jazz on the stereo, art on the walls and cute knickknacks on the wooden shelves. Curries include a lot of vegetables and a nice rich roux, and are priced Y850-1000.
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Kichijoji
[Open 11am-2:30, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
The bars in the CBM chain all offer different food menus, and this sixth branch features Okinawan-style Chinese cuisine. The food is quite beer-compatible, with tasty small dishes like maguro poki (tuna poke), stewed pork and chozume...
Rose Bakery - Cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 8am-10pm daily.]
Good breads, cakes and vegetable salads at this cute, plant-filled bakery-cafe inside the Atre shopping mall. Lunch options include a "plate of vegetables" and vegetable tarts with salad as well as burgers. They also have branches in London and...
Wired Cafe Atre Kichijoji - Cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Il Cafe - Cafe: Kichijoji
[Open noon-11pm daily.]
The atmosphere at this hidden-away third-floor walkup is comfortable and homey, with big sofas and mismatched chairs and white concrete-block walls. A TV and stereo sit in one corner and an old-fashioned Tokyo-apartment-style kitchen takes up the...
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Kichijoji
[Open 11:30am-3, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
This fourth branch of the popular Yona Yona beer bar, its first venue outside central Tokyo, offers the same lineup of a dozen or so beers from Nagano brewery Yo-Ho, including seasonal specials. The stylishly appointed, massive dining room is far...
Zenon - Cafe: Kichijoji
[Open 11am-11pm (LO) daily.]
It may seem like you've walked halfway to Nishi-Ogikubo station, but when you get here you'll find a hip, very spacious cafe and art gallery that's lively at any hour of the day or night. In addition to gourmet teas and coffee you can choose from...

Mitaka, Koganei

Kotori Cafe Kichijoji - Bird cafe: Mitaka
[Open 10:30am-6pm. Closed 3rd Tuesday.]
Some two dozen finches, parakeets and other small birds are in residence at this second, smaller branch of Omotesando's Kotori Cafe, located right across the street from the Ghibli Museum. The birds occupy several glassed-in areas looking out onto...

Hachioji, Fussa, Tachikawa, Hino

Wired Cafe Lumine Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
Sign Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
[Open 10am-10pm (LO) daily.]
Coffee, drinks, music-listening stations and free wi-fi access.
Ramen Square - Ramen: Tachikawa
[Open 11am-11:30pm (LO) daily.]
Seven famous ramen shops are gathered together in a NY Times Square-themed food court.
Ikea - Swedish: Tachikawa
[Open 9:30am-9pm (Sat, Sun 8:30am-) daily.]
Swedish meatballs, sweet pastries and seasonal special dishes are served in Ikea's cafeteria-style restaurant, all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant also features a wide-screen cartoon-viewing theater area to keep younger children...
Meatrea - Attraction: Hachioji
[Open 11am-10pm daily.]
Seven meaty restaurants from around the country assemble here in Japan's first "meat theme park". Some popular shops include a Taiwanese fried-chicken shop and a Singaporean chicken-rice restaurant. See