Describing Shibuya as the melting pot of what’s in vogue in the Japanese culinary scene is an understatement. Shibuya’s best foods come in different shapes and sizes. Pamper your taste buds and experience a wide variety of choices in food, creamy and outstanding desserts and snacks as well as new things the area has to offer. My personal favorites are number 7 and 8, satisfying my savory cravings every time.
All restaurants and stalls cater to locals and tourists alike. When trying out the 10 of Shibuya’s best foods, always come in early and expect the queue of people coming for lunch break or early/late dinner. Food from long lines is always worth the wait. Let’s get started.
1. Shiawase No Pancake (幸せのパンケーキ)
At the family-friendly Shiawase no Pancake Shibuya, you get to taste not just delicious varieties of pancakes, coffees, black teas, you also get to enjoy a merging of east and west culinary concepts mixed with genuine Japanese hospitality, a very clean, non-smoking, and cozy fashion-forward ambiance.
Address: Dogenzaka Plaza 3F, 1 Chome-18-8 Dogenzaka Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: Weekdays 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM (last order 7:40PM）
Weekends and National Holidays 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM (Last Order 7:40 PM)
Website:http://magia.tokyo/ (Japanese Only)
2. Zen Kashoin Shibuya Hikarie (然花抄院 渋谷ヒカリエ)
Zen Kashoin Shibuya Hikarie is one of Tokyo’s most exquisite teashops. They serve sweets, coffee, and tea in an ambiance of calm and cleanliness. It prides itself of a spectacular view, especially at night, from its location. With 44 seats including sofa and couple seats, Zen Kashoin Shibuya Hikarie’s modern stylishness is exceptional. However, it serves authentic Japanese culinary taste.
Address: Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs 5F, 2 Chome-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6434-1517
Hours: Mon to Sun 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
3. Shibuya Nishimura and Shibuya Nishimura Fruits Parlor (渋谷西村 西村フルーツパーラー)
Two of Shibuya’s favorite ice cream and juice shops are Shibuya Nishimura and Shibuya Nishimura Fruits Parlor. They serve smoothies and shakes, ice cream, fruit parfaits served with fresh fruits and toppings, sweets, sandwiches as well as yogurt mixed drinks all in authentic Japanese.
Address: 22-2 Udagawacho Shibuya Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3476-2002
Hours: Mon to Sat 10:30 AM to 11:00 PM (Last order 10:30 PM)
Sun and National Holidays 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM (Last order 10:00 PM)
Official Website: http://www.snfruits.com/parlorenglishchina.html
4. Shiroichi Shibuya (白一 渋谷店)
Another ice cream shop in the heart of Shibuya; Shiroichi specializing in soft raw milk ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sherbets. They also serve coffee as well as several varieties of drinks and smoothies plus sweets. Spacious dining areas and wide seats perfect for kids and families.
Address: 1 Chome 7-7 Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6416-5574
Hours: Mon to Sun 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Official Website: http://www.shiroichi.com/ (Japanese Only)
5. Mr. Bean Shibuya (ミスタービーン渋谷店)
Mr. Bean specializes in health and beauty drinks, coffee, tea, shakes, and smoothies using soymilk. The drinks, as well as food, that they serve are filled with nutrition, low in calories, and all natural. Food like the Soy Milk Custard with Ham and Cheese, the red bean custard and pumpkin filled buns and waffles are outstanding.
Address: 2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6415-5108
Hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Sunday
Official Website: http://www.mrbean.co.jp/index.html (Japanese Only)
6. Sekai De Nibanme Ni Oishii Melon Pan Ice Cream Shibuya (世界で二番目の美味しいメロンパンアイス 渋谷)
Sekai De Nibanme Ni Oishii Melon Pan Ice Cream boasts of being the second most delicious melon pan ice cream in the world. Originally from Kanazawa, the take-out stand boast of light, delicate, buttery melon bread with surprisingly crisp edges filled with creamy vanilla ice cream. It made its way to Shibuya, Tokyo to satisfy melon bread craving with a twist. It is a popular snack/dessert of students and young professionals.
Address: Iwase Building, 1 Chome-15-9 Jinnan Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday to Sunday
Official Website: http://melonpan-ice.com/ (Japanese Only)
7. Curry House Tiri Tiri (カレーハウス チリチリ)
Curry House Tiri Tiri serves super delicious and spicy Japanese curry at a reasonable price. Visitors must try the Tomato Masala Spicy that has moderate acidity, perfect with rice and a choice of meat or seafood. The couple who owns the shop live and breathe curry. Their take on the Indian dish is quite different from the usual Japanese curry, with more complex flavors and you can choose the level of spiciness.
Address: 1 Chome-27-9 Higashi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3499-4678
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Official Website: http://xn--7cka6jb.com/pc/index.html
8. Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店)
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten serves standard Japanese sushi – tuna, prawns, salmon and more. But customers swear that they love the sushi which they find to be very delicious and very fresh. It is the best alternative to early morning fresh sushi from Tsukjii Fish Market. I personally swear that the wait is worth the taste of sushi that practically melts in the mouth.
Address: Marc City East 4th Floor, 1 Chome-12-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-5458-0002
Hours: Mon to Sat and National Holidays 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Official Website: http://sushinomidori.co.jp/eng/
9. Zuichou Shibuya (瑞兆)
Zuichou’s specialty is the katsu-don. They have perfected this dish by cooking the pork and the egg separately to make a super crispy and delicious pork cutlet on the sweetened egg. Thus Zuichou is a must-visit for tourists who want to taste excellent Katsu-don, with a bowl of Miso soup. A small place but tourists take time to look for it for the tasting experience.
Address: 41-26 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Mon to Fri 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Sat 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM
10. Pariya Shibuya
Pariya is a great gelato shop at Tokyu Toyoko Department Store. Their seasonal flavors, especially the ones with a bunch of fruits are popular with locals from teenagers to grown-up ladies. Pariya is not only a gelato shop with lots of seasonal flavors, but they also have healthy takeaway delis.
Address: 2 Chome-24-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.pariya.jp/shop/shibuya.html (Japanese Only)
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