Cafes, bars and casual dining
Moyan Curry - Curry: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Moyan offers a huge variety of tasty Japanese-style curries and ethnic-style side dishes, along with inexpensive wines and cocktails.
Marzac - Izakaya: Omotesando
[Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.]
Charcoal-grilled meaty snacks and good-value wine by the glass are the draw at this casual late-night bar. There's a selection of around ten decently drinkable wines from France, Italy and the New World for just Y500 a glass, along with a big...
Two Rooms Bar - Bar: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-2am daily.]
Attached to the Two Rooms Grill, the bar and lounge area offers cocktails and a wide choice of wines from around the world in a lovely setting, with a big outdoor terrace looking out over Harajuku and points north. 10% service charge, but no table...
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe - Danish: Omotesando
[Open 10am-8pm daily.]
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the food and drink aren't so very different from a...
Crisscross - Cafe: Omotesando
[Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.]
A casual cafe attached to the popular Mediterranean restaurant Cicada; there's pleasant outdoor seating in the front courtyard when the weather permits. Craft beer fans can choose from six brews from T.Y. Harbor Brewery available on tap.
Cafe Madu - Cafe: Omotesando
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
This cute and very spacious cafe has big front windows looking out onto the fashion-shopping alley next to Kotto-dori. The menu offers sandwiches, galettes and assorted pastries for mid-afternoon snacking, as well as a diverse cocktail selection...
A to Z Cafe - Cafe: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.]
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are cute. A joint project with the Graf design firm,...
A Piece of Cake - Cafe: Omotesando
[Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
Fellows - Burgers: Omotesando
[Open 11:30am-4, 6-10pm (Sun 11:30-7). Closed Mondays.]
Located in a very quaint old building on the back streets of Harajuku, Fellows is highly rated by Tokyo burger enthusiasts. The burgers are well put together, with a hint of charcoal grilling but no heavy sauces to distract from the meaty flavor of...
Blue Bottle Coffee - Coffee shop: Omotesando
[Open 10am-9pm daily.]
Beignets in butterscotch sauce and good savory tartines accompany your coffee at this popular branch of the California-based gourmet coffee chain. The bustling, spacious dining room has a distinctively European feel to it - a bit like a Dutch...
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Omotesando
[Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.]
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing sausage variations (coriander-lemon, yuzu pepper,...
Design Festa Gallery Cafe & Bar - Bar: Harajuku
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
This unusual cafe-bar sits in the courtyard of a very bohemian art-gallery space called Tokyo Design Festa. There's a small indoor section where you stand around overturned barrel-tables, and an outdoor portion furnished with normal tables and...
Reissue - Cafe: Harajuku
[Open 10am-5:30pm (LO) daily.]
This laid-back daytime-only Harajuku cafe serves as the atelier of latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto, one of the pioneers of 3D foam latte art. (Read our profile of the artist and his work at our sister site Shinkansen.com.) Besides the artistic coffee...
Ikiba - Bar: Harajuku
[Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays.]
An experimental venture from the trendy folks who run the Aoyama Farmers Market, this cafe-bar complex has several distinct zones - two separate bars, lots of outdoor seating in the yard, a tiny treehouse-style space up front, and a second-floor...
San Francisco Peaks - Cafe: Harajuku
[Open 8-11:15am, 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.]
Gourmet hot dogs are the specialty here, but they also offer a good selection of Japanese craft beers, including interesting small breweries like Sankt Gallen and Baird. The hot dogs are made from pork, beef, chicken, lamb and venison, and livened...
Las Dos Caras - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
[Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.]
This glitzy two-story bar-restaurant is worth knowing about for their selection of three craft beers on tap, from US breweries like Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas and Ballast Point. In addition to beer, drinks include Mojitos, Margaritas, and twenty...
Singapore Holic Laksa - Singaporean: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm (Sat, Sun 10-7). Closed Mondays.]
Singapore-style laksa spicy noodle soup starts at Y500 at this fast-food shop, with your choice of short or long noodles and four levels of hotness. The flavor is rich, shrimpy and quite spicy, even at the regular hotness setting.
Guzman y Gomez - Tex-Mex: Harajuku
[Open 11am-9pm daily.]
Meaty, well-prepared tacos and burritos are served at this Tokyo outlet of an Australia-based Tex-Mex chain. For added structural integrity, the tacos are double wrapped in nice corn tortillas, and you can choose from a variety of fillings like...
Bills - Australian: Harajuku
[Open 8:30am-10pm (LO) daily.]
Australian chef Bill Granger is famous for his gourmet breakfast menu; this is his fourth Tokyo-area venture. Breakfast is served from 8:30am through the end of lunchtime, with signature dishes like sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach...
Eco Farm Cafe 632 - Cafe: Harajuku
[Open 9am-11pm daily.]
A quiet spot hidden on a back street just a few steps from central Harajuku. There's a spacious cafe up front with fresh-baked pastries, a nice outdoor courtyard where dogs are allowed, and a full bar up on the balcony level. In back is a...
Luke's Lobster - Sandwiches/ deli: Harajuku
[Open 11am-8pm daily.]
Lobster rolls - lobster meat sandwiches in a toasted bun - are the specialty at this New York-based shop. All the lobsters come straight from Maine, and a display in front of the shop shows their fisherman suppliers and identifies the lobster of...
Roastery - Coffee shop: Harajuku
[Open 8am-8pm daily.]
This comfortable and spacious cafe serves espresso, cafe latte and Americano, along with NY Rings, the Roastery's own take on New York cronuts. Coffees are brewed from single-origin beans from Nozy Coffee in Sangenjaya, whose buyers roam the globe...
PDX Taproom - Beer bar: Harajuku
[Open 3-11pm (Sat, Sun noon-) daily.]
There are maps of Portand Oregon on the wall and music from Portland indie bands on the stereo; the bartender sports a lumberjack shirt and a beard. Most important though, they sell Portland's greatest export - a rotating selection of ten craft...