Ikebukuro, shopping, dining, and entertainment district of Tokyo is a bustling center of activities. There are a lot of things to do and plenty of attractions to visit, such as Sunshine City. This district is also a treasure trove for many restaurants and cafes that serve delicious delicacies waiting to be discovered. With every restaurant and cafe having their own theme and specialty dishes, you are bound to have an enjoyable experience.
Finding places that serve great food in Ikebukuro should be a priority for those who are planning to explore the city. You can’t possibly enjoy touring the place when you’re hungry, right? Whether you are alone or with the company of friends, make sure to check out these 10 foods finds in Ikebukuro for delicious foods.
1. Torinoana (鶏の穴)
Torinoana is one of the ramen joints of Ikebukuro. You can choose between the white soup chicken ramen or the spicy chicken ramen. Both are good so pick one according to your fancy. There are some seasonal dishes like curry and oyster ramen as well. If you don’t feel like eating chicken ramen then you can try their tsukemen, dipping noodles.
Address: 1-39-20 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://torinoana.com (Japanese Only)
2. Vege-pota Tsukemen Enji (ベジぽたつけ麺えん寺)
Vege-pota Tsukemen Enji gives a fresh twist to ramen. The thick vegetable soup combined seafood broth gives a rich and flavorful taste. The noodles are of medium thickness and quite chewy as well. All you need to do is dip the noodles in the broth and slurp away. By doing so, you’ll be able to understand why Vegi-pota Tsukemen Enji is very popular among those who love to eat ramen.
Address: 2-48-4 Ikebukuro, Toyoshima-ku, Tokyo
3. Kabuto (かぶと)
Kabuto is a restaurant that is famed for their specialty and that is none other than unagi. In Japan, most people only enjoy unagi during summer, because it is considered as a summer delicacy. Great news because in this restaurant, you can enjoy them in any season, even during winter! Of course, that is easier said than done. Getting a reservation in Kabuto is very hard as some people say that you need to at least make a reservation at least 6 months in advance. That is how popular this restaurant is so if you want to put their name to the test, make sure to prepare yourself to wait for a very long time.
Address: 2-53-2 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
4. Uchitateya (うちたて家)
Uchitateya is an udon shop that specializes in Musashino Udon. This type of udon is quite thick and needs more effort to chew. You can choose the type of broth that you like as an accompaniment to complete the set meal. Lining up during peak hours is the norm when visiting Uchitateya, so make sure you come earlier to avoid waiting for more than half an hour.
Address: 3-13-17 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.uchitateya.co.jp (Japanese Only)
5. Udon Sakaba Kagawa Ippuku (うどん酒場香川一福)
Udon Sakaba Kagawa Ippuku is one of the hidden gems of Ikebukuro when it comes to udon. You can find it at the north exit of Ikebukuro Station. It is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious udon dishes like curry udon and seat in a communal table along with other customers. If you plan to stay for a while, you might want to consider getting the all-you-can-drink course which will allow you to taste every drink that they have to offer.
Address: 1st Floor, 2-24-1 Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
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6. Kitchen Check (キッチンチェック)
Kitchen Check is an “open kitchen” Western-style restaurant where you can watch the chef prepare everything that you order. You can find it at the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station and is considered as one of the landmarks in the area. The most popular items on their menu are omurice (omelet rice), fried shrimp, and Hamburg (hamburger steak). Every dish here is delicious and if you want to eat some Western-style cooking in Ikebukuro then this is the place to be.
Address: 1-37-12 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
7. Yakiniku Champion Ikebukuro (焼き肉チャンピオン 池袋)
Yakiniku Champion Ikebukuro is located on the 14th floor of the TOBU Department Store. Here you can enjoy high-grade yakiniku meat that will melt your taste buds. They also have a salad bar during the lunch time, where you can choose your favorite salad combination knowing that everything they serve is fresh. You can dine here alone or with the company of friends and acquaintances.
Address: Tobu Department Store 14th Floor, 1-1-25 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
8. Suzumeya (すずめや)
Suzumeya is found in the back alleys of Ikebukuro and offers delicious dorayaki to those who are lucky enough to find it. Don’t judge this little store by its cover, because all of their dorayaki gets sold out in just a few hours after the store opens for business. Make sure to visit this famous store at least once when you find yourself in Ikebukuro.
Address: 2-18-5 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.d-suzumeya.com (Japanese Only)
9. Ajisaki (味咲き)
Ajisaki is a store in Ikebukuro that sells the classic snack in Japan called taiyaki. This fish-shaped pancake infused with sweet red beans (anko) is a favorite snack by many. The store also offers taiyaki with a different twist by adding matcha (green tea) into the dough and creamy custard as it’s filling. This unique combination brings out a unique flavor that is not often found in other taiyaki stores in Japan.
Address: Seibu Ikebukuro Main Store B1F, 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
10. La Famille (ラ・ファミール)
La Famille is famous French-style coffee shop known for their fluffy chiffon cakes. Just 5-minutes away from Ikebukuro West Exit, this coffee shop has a calm and quiet atmosphere. The cream of the chiffon cakes is not that sweet so you can expect to enjoy it without worrying too much about the sweetness. Some people frequent the shop to buy chiffon cakes for take-outs to give to their family and friends. If you happen to know someone who likes to eat chiffon cakes, then you know where to bring them next!
Address: Imamura Bldg. 1F, 3-4-6 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.la-famille.com/shop.html (Japanese Only)
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Data is as of June 2019
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