Located along Takeshita Street, Harajuku is one of Tokyo’s most unique neighborhoods where you can witness the ultimate fusion of fashion and culture. It is a major tourist hotspot that is known for its quirky fashion, street style, and niche subcultures. Apart from embracing the kawaii culture and enjoying the tranquility of the shrines, you can also feast on the inventive, colorful, and adorable food. You can sink your teeth into the savory, sweet, and creative offerings of Harajuku available at a range of eateries.
Many street food finds are available in Harajuku to choose from, but after reading this post, you’ll know exactly know which ones are worth visiting. Check out our 10 recommended places to enjoy delectable desserts, drinks, and snacks while taking a break.
1. Marion Crepes
Japan’s longest-running creperie, Marion Crepes, is one of the only crepe shops in Harajuku that has increased people’s love for crepes by improving on the regular French recipe and changing into incredible treats. It was started as a food truck in 1976 before moving to its current site. Their Japanese-style crepes are eye-catching, offering endless choices from savory to sweet flavors. These crepes are made with a combination of 10 different ingredients and can be customized with over 70 fillings available like brownies, cheesecake, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and many more.
Address: Junes Bldg. 1F, 1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
2. Le Shiner
Rainbow-colored food trends started in Korea, and in 2018, Le Shiner popped up on the streets of Harajuku. Le Shiner is a small café that specializes in rainbow-color foods and drinks that sees a constant flow of visitors waiting in a queue to set free all their unicorn fantasies. This café is widely known for its eye-popping rainbow cheese sandwich; when it gets torn apart has a 20-centimeter long stretch of melted colorful cheese. And if you are having a sweet tooth, you can go for another hot-selling item here, i.e., rainbow soft-serve ice cream that features five layers of different colors having ice cream and whipped cream. You can also try their Rainbow Cheese Hot Dog and cute Unicorn Gelato.
Address: COXY 176 Bldg. 1F, 1-7-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
3. Luke’s Lobster
If you are looking to have a light lunch, head to the famous street food find in Harajuku, Luke’s Lobster. It is a popular seafood joint from New York established in 2009. Luke’s Lobster is known for its delicious lobster rolls, and it uses seafood produced in northeast America and Canada. The lobster sandwich contains generous chunks of lobster meat stored inside a soft, buttered bun. The store sells other seafood rolls as well and enjoys a long line of people waiting to try their scrumptious sandwiches. Those who like some varieties can order “seafood rolls half” and choose a combination of different available rolls.
Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
4. Jongno Cheese Hatogu
Korean cheese hotdogs are presently a huge trend all across the globe, including Tokyo, especially among youngsters. Of numerous corn dog joints available around Harajuku, Jongno is the most famous that sees a long line of locals and tourists alike. The Korean hotdogs are served with different fillings, and toppings and the most famous is with Mozzarella Cheese. When one bites the hotdog, the cheese comes out melting and then stretches endlessly. Their extra options are also available with potatoes. They serve the sugar, mustard, and ketchup to roll the dog that double its taste.
Address: 1-8-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.hatogu.jp/ (Japanese Only)
5. Eddy’s Ice Cream
Forget boring ice creams when you can get pretty up your next sweet hit at Eddy’s Ice Cream. It is an ice cream parlor that specializes in selling the customizable, colorful ice cream decorated with cute toppings that pursue the real essence of kawaii. The store has a cute pink interior and has little booths and photo spots to let guests take some Insta-worthy shots. People can customize their ice creams as per their liking – by choosing from 3 different kinds of ice cream, 8 varieties of cones, and 14 types of toppings.
Address: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
6. Strawberry Mania
While in Harajuku, grab a cone to enjoy walking from the strawberry-obsessed café named Strawberry Mania. Located along Takeshita Street, this café is every strawberry lover’s dream. From eclairs to soft serve and cakes to parfaits, you can find different kinds of strawberry-flavored snacks and drinks. They serve many other things besides strawberry-flavored soft-serve like parfaits and shaved ice served with a giant strawberry.
Address: Ito Bldg. 2F, 1-6-12 Jingumae Shibuy-ku, Tokyo
7. Machi Machi
Machi Machi is a Taiwanese cheese tea specialty store that has stirred up a sensation in the whole country. This street food find in Harajuku is called God’s Cheese Tea by the Taiwanese media as it’s every cup enlightens the people with an amazing journey of deliciousness. The store has brought an entirely new sense of dessert drinks with the carefully extracted Taiwanese tea served with a salty, cream cheese. The main highlight here is the cheese cap (topping of rich, cream cheese) that gives the drink a perfect balance of flavors while almost filling the mouth.
Address: Laforet Harajuku 2F, 1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://machimachi.baycrews.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
8. Mot tram
As bubble drink is one of the trendiest drinks amongst Japanese youth, you should head to Mot Tram to taste the best bubble tea in Harajuku. They are known for serving fully handmade bubble teas, which are made using products obtained from Vietnam. The store has an incredibly amazing menu, which has made it one of the popular spots serving delicious tapioca teas. The interesting part is the cup could also be upsized to an extremely large size if the person feels extra thirsty.
Address: 1F, 3-25-18 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://mottram100.com/ (Japanese Only)
9. Gomaya Kuki
Ever wondered how does the unique combination of sesame and ice cream actually taste? To try out this amazing blend, head to the ice cream store Gomaya Kuki opened in Harajuku. The store specializes in sesame flavors, stocking seeds from the popular sesame house Kuki Sangyo in Mie Prefecture that continues since 1886. The seller claims to serve the world’s richest black sesame ice cream made out of 9,000 black sesame seeds. At Gomaya Kuki, you get the choice between black or white sesame with three different levels of richness (super-rich, rich, or standard). You can also try out their black sesame bubble teas, sesame and matcha parfait, pancakes, and tempura ice cream to enjoy the real taste of Japan.
Address: Harajuku H Building 1F, 4-26-22 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
10. Tiffany Café @ Cat Street
Tiffany & Co. opened its new concept store on Cat Street located, between Harajuku and Shibuya, where people can witness Tiffany’s creativity and appeal. Sitting on the top floor of the six-level store, The Tiffany Cafe serves breakfast, desserts, and New York-inspired food such as croissants, cheese pretzels, hotdogs, and Tiffany blue donuts. Their coffee and croissants, as well as iconic blue donuts and other sweet treats, can also be enjoyed at any time of the day. You can also take a walk around the concept store to pamper yourself by buying a piece of jewelry from Tiffany & Co. Later, you can end your Tiffany’s experience by taking an Instagram-worthy picture.
Address: 6-14-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.tiffany.co.jp/jewelry-stores/cat-street/ (Japanese Only)
Information in this article is as of the published or updated date
Thumbnail image is from Flickr