Yanesen is one of Tokyo’s old neighborhoods and hidden gems abound, waiting for people to discover them. While the atmosphere is quaint and peaceful, the traditional Japanese culture is still lively and it can be felt when exploring the city.
While you take a stroll, it’s a given that you’ll bump to delicious food along the way. Countless cafes, restaurants and speciality shops are scattered all over the city. It helps in giving you a taste of the local delicacies as well as specially made crafts that you’ll find nowhere else. Make your way to these 10 food finds in Yanesen for delicious treats.
1. Udon Noodles at Kamachiku (根津 釜竹)
Kamachiku is one of the most unique places in Nezu where you can enjoy udon noodles. Have you ever tried eating udon in a renovated storehouse? Well, you can try it here for the experience. The wooden style interior has its own charm, and the view is good. The handmade noodles are made fresh every day. It seems that the off beaten path doesn’t stop people from going to this restaurant to try their popular udon noodles.
Address: 2-14-18 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
2. Japanese sake and delicacies at Nezu Nihonshu Tada
Nezu Nihonshu Tada is a gem that is worth looking for. The seasonal delicacies that they offer are all delicious. You can feast yourself on their seafood delicacies like sashimi, oysters, shrimp, and other dishes that go well with sake. The atmosphere is lively and you will get the urge to come back to this place once again with your drinking buddies.
Address: Kimura Bldg 1F, 2-15-12 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
3. Croquette from Niku No Suzuki
Niku No Suzuki is located at Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street. They have a wide variety of tasty croquettes that you can choose from. You can easily find the place by looking for a long queue of people because this store is very popular. Menchi-Katsu is the most popular item on their menu. It is made from 100% beef. It is very delicious, and very affordable. That is also the reason why you should try it for yourself when you find yourself in Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street.
Address: 3-13-1 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
4. Shaved ice from Himitsudo
Himitsudo is a great place to enjoy the sweet temptation of shaved ice (kakigori) coated in syrup. Many people attest that they serve the best shaved ice in the city. One of their most highly recommended concoctions is the Himitsuno Ichigo Milk (available in winter time only). It is shaved ice topped with strawberry, syrup, and milk. Their menu changes from time to time, which is a great treat for those who looking for new flavors to try every now and then.
Address: 3-11-18 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://himitsudo.com (Japanese Only)
5. Taiyaki from Nezu No Taiyaki
Nezu No Taiyaki is quite popular in the area for serving taiyaki. It is just 5-minutes walk from Nezu Station, and you can tell that you are close if you see a line of people waiting outside the store. Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese snack that looks like a fish and filled with red bean paste. Nezu No Taiyaki opened in 1957 and still going strong till today. Take note that their taiyaki usually gets sold out at around 2 pm in the afternoon. This proves that their taiyaki is one of the best in town.
Address: 1-23-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
6. Japanese sweets from Wagashi Kunpu
Wagashi Kunpu is a traditional Japanese sweet shop that serves wagashi (Japanese confectionary) and sake. A place where you can enjoy your snack while drinking your favorite sake. The wagashi can also serve as a great souvenir to bring back home. Who said that sweets and sake don’t go hand in hand together?
Address: 2-24-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
7. Cat tail shaped donut from Yanaka Shippoya
Yanaka Shippoya is a store that sells donuts that looks like a cat’s tail. Shippo means tail in Japanese and hence the cat tail theme snack is born. They come in many styles, colors, and flavors. They also have cute names like “tora” (tiger in Japanese) and it is one of their most popular snacks. It’s not too sweet, and the taste is good for a snack you can munch as you stroll around the city.
Address: 3-11-12 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
8. Tokoroten from Sanyou Shokuhin
Torokoten (a noodle dish made with seaweed) is a snack that can be enjoyed at Sanyou Shokuhin. This snack is best enjoyed with vinegar, soy sauce, and other condiments. The unique taste that Torokoten brings out is very popular with the locals. If you want to try something new, make sure to drop by in Sanyou Shokuhin.
Address: 3-8-9 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
9. Egg sandwiches from Kayaba Coffee
Kayaba Coffee is a hidden gem where you can enjoy the most filling breakfast in the city. Their sandwiches are all delicious, especially the egg sandwich. Pick your favorite among their menu and get a coffee and you’re good to go. The cafe is very popular so expect it to be crowded with people.
Address: 6-1-29 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
10. Japanese craft beer at Beer Pub Ishii
Beer Pub Ishii is an amazing place where you can enjoy some of the best tasting craft beers in the city. Although the shop is small, the quality you can get here is top notch. Enjoy your favorite pub snacks as you tap your favorite craft beers and chug them down until you’re satisfied. Best enjoyed in the company of friends and acquaintances.
Address: 3-5-8 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Data is as of April 2019
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