Takebashi, Jimbocho, Suidobashi, Ochanomizu
Cafes, bars and casual dining
To The Herbs - Italian: Ichigaya
[Open 7am-11:30pm (Sat, Sun 11am-) daily.]
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain. Open all afternoon.
No 4 - Bakery: Ichigaya
[Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.]
A casual bakery and all-day cafe, No 4 (named after its Yonbancho location) offers local diners everything from fresh-baked sourdough bread, pastries and fantastic coffee (from the excellent Nozy coffee roastery) in the mornings to craft beers (from...
Due Italian - Ramen: Ichigaya
[Open 11am-4, 5-10pm daily.]
Italian-inspired novely ramen is the attraction here, with cheese-based "fromage" ramen and cold cherry-tomato ramen. The ham-and-cheese ramen comes with prosciutto and a small portion of noodles - let them know when you're done with your noodles...
Le Petit Tonneau - French: Kudanshita
[Open 11:30am-3, 6-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Bistro-style food from Petit Bedon chef Philippe Batton (including perfect duck confit and world-class roast potatoes), plus an eye-opening selection of wines from southern France, with many choices available by the glass.
Brussels - Belgian rest/beer bar: Jimbocho
[Open 5:30pm-1am (Sat 5-12). Closed Sundays.]
This original branch of the pioneering Belgian beer bar chain is spread out over three very narrow floors, with cozy seating niches. There's a small food menu and a very good selection of beers.
Katchan - Gyukatsu: Jimbocho
[Open 11am-3:30, 5-10:30pm. Closed Sundays.]
The recommended dish here is the double-size portion of gyukatsu (beef cutlet) with menchi katsu (deep-fried minced-meat patty) on the side (Y1180). The beef is tender and served rare in the middle, with wasabi and an excellent sauce that's both...
Craft Beer Market - Beer bar: Jimbocho
[Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-11pm (LO). Closed Sundays.]
Somewhat less expensive than the average Tokyo microbrew bar, US pints here are priced at just Y780 and glasses at Y480. (There's also a Y300 table charge.) You can choose from thirty different mostly local brews on draft, including an exclusive...
Paperback Cafe - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
[Open 10am-9pm (Sun -8pm) daily.]
Don't worry about being the only person working at the Paperback Cafe - you'll generally find laptops in use at every table, giving the place a busy, productive atmosphere. The cafe is spread out over three levels (two of them non-smoking) inside a...
Glitch - Coffee shop: Jimbocho
[Open 7:30am-8pm (Sat, Sun 9-7) daily.]
Glitch is the kind of coffee roastery and cafe that you'd expect to find in an up-and-coming warehouse district or a trendy residential neighborhood rather than here in business-oriented Jimbocho. Rustic wood and iron furnishings and burlap bags...
Iidabashi, Suidobashi, Korakuen
Craft Beer Server Land - Beer bar: Iidabashi
[Open 5-11:30pm. Open every day.]
A mid-sized basement bar with a big selection of 25 taps and good prices (Y480/glass, Y780/pint), although there's a Y380 cover charge. Not every beer is exciting, but you can usually find something good. Open noon-10:30pm on weekends.
Yamituki - Curry: Iidabashi
[Open 11am-11pm daily.]
The original Japanese curries here incorporate umami-rich coconut milk, ripe tomatoes and cheese as well as fresh seasonal vegetables. Some popular options (from Y730) are oysters and spinach with baked cheese; ripe tomato, eggplant and chicken;...
Okei - Gyoza: Iidabashi
[Open 11:30am-1:50, 5-8:50pm (LO). Closed Sun, 3rd Sat.]
This unpretentious Chinese noodle shop has been preparing their famous gyoza dumplings in the same style for some five decades now, with minced pork, chives and bok choy but no garlic. The gyoza are crunchy on the bottom with an otherwise doughy...
Hop-Scotch - Bar: Iidabashi
[Open 5pm-midnight daily.]
Craft beers and whiskey are given equal billing at this small but well-stocked bar. Eight taps dispense mostly US craft imports, typically priced at around Y700-800 per glass and Y1000-1100 per pint, while whiskey drinkers can choose from some...
Meishu Center - Sake bar: Ochanomizu
[Open 11am-9:30pm (Sun -7pm). Closed Mondays.]
This casual, very lively tasting bar offers more than 100 types of sake along with a small menu of sake-compatible snacks. All sake is served in tiny 45ml glasses, so you can try several different varieties when you visit. There's a small discount...
Wiz - Beer bar: Awajicho
[Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO) daily.]
Thirty-one taps of craft beer are ready to pour here - both top-grade Japanese brews and solid US and European imports. The food menu ranges from simple tapas-style dishes like salmon carpaccio to original versions of Tex-Mex fare like tacos and...