Nakano, Kichijoji, West Tokyo cities
Cafes, bars and casual dining
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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Wired Cafe Lumine Tachikawa - Cafe: Tachikawa
[Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Coffee, wireless internet access and good food from the popular Wired Cafe chain.
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...
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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
Village Vanguard Diner - Burgers: Machida
[Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.]
American-style diner burgers are the mainstay here, with lots of original recipes and seasonal variations like camembert-pepper and basil-mozzarella burgers. They also serve chicken- and fish-based sandwiches.