Yanesen is considered as one of Tokyo’s old neighborhoods and a treasure trove for delicious food. Travel the off-beaten path and take in the sights and sounds of Yanesen that are very different from the modern cities of Tokyo.
It is located on the east side of Ueno Park and includes the Yanaka, Nezu, and Sendagi neighborhoods (that is also the reason why it is collectively called Yanesen). Various restaurants, cafes, and specialty stores can be found here with their own unique products that will amaze you.
Feel free to try these 10 street food finds in Yanesen (Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi) area for delicious food.
1. Yanaka Menchi from Niku No Sato
Yanaka Menchi from Niku No Sato is a very popular snack. It is made from deep-fried minced meat cutlets that are super tasty. The butcher shop “Sato” is located along Yanaka Ginza shopping street and had been featured many times on local and foreign news. If you happen to visit the area, make sure to buy a few and enjoy their deep-fried specialties.
Address: 3-13-2 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
2. Chestnut flavored desserts from Waguriya
Chestnut flavored desserts are very popular in Japan. In Yanaka, there is one store called Waguriya, and they take the chestnut flavor to a higher level. Some of their products like the chestnut soft-serve ice cream, chestnut pastries, chestnut daifuku mochi, and many more will blow you away! Even though you’re not a big fan of chestnuts, the unique flavor may grow on you as time goes by.
Address: 3-9-14 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.waguriya.com/ (Japanese Only)
3. Croquette from Niku No Suzuki
Niku no Suzuki is well-known for their Croquette and Menchi-katsu. The croquette that you can buy here comes in many different flavors like plain potato, kani (crab) cream, and curry flavor. A perfect snack after taking a stroll in the city.
Address: 3-15-5 Nishi Nipppori Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.yanakaginza.com/谷中ぎんざ店舗一覧/肉のすずき/ (Japanese Only)
4. Cat tail shaped donuts from Yanaka Shippoya
The cat tail shaped donuts from Yanaka Shippoya gives you a new perspective from the usual donuts that you find in Tokyo. This small store in Yanaka tried something new, and it became a sensation. The cute and tasty donuts are easy to carry and are the best snacks for little children.
Address: 3-11-12 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.yanakaginza.com/谷中ぎんざ店舗一覧/しっぽや/ (Japanese Only)
5. Taiyaki from Nezu No Taiyaki
Nezu No Taiyaki only sells one thing, and that is none other than all-time favorite Japanese snack “Taiyaki.” These fish-shaped pancakes are filled with sweet, azuki beans. The shop had been around for a very long time, and you would often see a long queue when you get there. The shop closes as soon as they ran out of ingredients for the day, so be sure to get there early if you plan on buying a few of them for yourself.
Address: 1-23-9-104 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
6. Apple pie from Mammies An Sourire
Mammies An Sourire is found between the Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street and Nezu Shrine. This small dessert shop is well-known for their delicious apple pies! Their apples come from different parts of the country, and they only select the best. Aside from apple pies, they also have lemon pies, peach pies, banana pies, almond, and cheesecakes.
Address: 1-2-2 Nishikata, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.mammies.co.jp (Japanese Only)
7. Tokoroten from Sanyo Shokuhin
Torokoten is a special noodle made from seaweed and agarophytes. It has jelly-like characteristics and dipped in a special sauce to bring out that delicious taste. Sanyo Shokuhin serves affordable and delicious Tokoroten that is great for those on a diet.
Address: 3-8-9 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
8. Taiwanese fig desserts from Ogyochi
Ogyochi is just a short distance from Ueno Park and a good place to enjoy some Taiwanese fig desserts. It is a type of yellow Taiwanese jelly in lemon syrup. An interesting dessert that you can enjoy in Ogyochi.
Address: 2-11-8 Uenosakuragi, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.guidenet.jp/shop/2210/ (Japanese Only)
9. Cat shaped dessert “Fukunyanyaki” from Manekiya
Fukunyanyaki is a cat-shaped taiyaki that resembles a Maneki-neko (beckoning cat). It is a symbol that attracts good luck, and customers and shops often have them as displays. Manekiya made these snacks in order to beckon customers to come into their shop, and they definitely succeeded with their plan. Fukunyanyaki is a lucky snack that you can’t afford to miss.
Address: 3-9-15 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.manekiya-gurume.com (Japanese Only)
10. Delicious Cup of Coffee from Yanaka Coffee
Yanaka Coffee is a small coffee shop that can only accommodate a few people. A shop that you can easily miss if you are not particularly looking for it. However, their affordable coffee blends had become a favorite of the locals in the area.
Address: 3-8-6 Yanaka, Taito-Ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.yanaka-coffeeten.com (Japanese Only)
Data is as of October 2019
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