Afuri is a chain of ramen restaurants (and it’s the first ramen I had in Tokyo). I can recommend the yuzu ramen, but if time permits come here more often and try different ramens. There are more restaurants throughout the city, I’ve been to the ones in Ebisu and Nakameguro, they are all great.
Afuri was my go-to ramen chain in Toyko. At the end of my stay in Tokyo I was living quite close to this one, so I’ve frequented this the most. While the others have a basket for your belongings (like many places in Tokyo), this one has a rack. Read a little bit more in the note about the shop in Harajuku.
A lovely vegetarian cafe/restaurant in Nakameguro.
A two floor soup restaurant in Jiyugaoka (be sure to catch a table on the top floor).
Great breakfast place in Omotesando, but I’d recommend coming during the week as there are long queues on weekends. Loved the French toast.
An outdoor food court close to the Omotesando subway station.
Good coffee, sandwiches and breakfast in a very nice building. Run by motorcycle enthusiasts.
A great Yakitori place in Yoyogi-Uehara. I think it is best to have a reservation as it is usually very crowded.
A great burger place on the top floor of Omotesando Hills. There are more branches throughout the city, but this is the one I’ve been to the most.
This sushi bar is located in the Ritz Carlton – a friend gave me the tip to go here for lunch and it was great. Sitting at the counter you can watch the sushi master preparing your food while enjoying the scenic views (it’s on the 45th floor). There are also three other areas for Kaiseki, Tempura and Teppanyaki, but I haven’t tried them.
There are more branches of this ramen chain, but this is sadly the only one I’ve visited. Loved the ramen, especially the brooth is great.
Located in Daikanyama this place serves great (and huge) sandwiches.
A bit hidden in Tomigaya. The menu is Japanese only, but the staff is very helpful and the food is awesome. There is a nice little store upstairs as well. I wish I came here more often.
American pizza place in the basement of the H Beauty & Youth store. This one is great for a quick bite.
Head for the Tokyo Ramen Street in the Tokyo station (near the Yaesu exit) and queue up (mostly likely, there was always a line when I went) for a great bowl of Tsukemen ramen with the best (very thick) broth I’ve ever tasted. There is also a shop at Haneda airport to get a last bowl before leaving Japan.
Great pizza place in Nakameguro with only two options: margherita or marinara. That’s it. But this was the best pizza I had in Japan.
An udon shop near Shinjuku station. Expect a queue, but it moves fast and the food is well worth the wait.
This Michelin starred ramen place near Sugamo station was well worth the trip. Be there early in the morning to pick up a ticket for a time slot later in the day. How to spend the time between? The nearby Rikugien park is great, in the opposite direction there is a nice market (maybe only on weekends, I was there on a Saturday with lots of elderly shoppers – somewhere online I read the term old people Harajuku which sums it up perfectly) and there is also a great tram, the Toden-Arakawa-Line. Once back to Tsuta be prepared for some of the best ramen you’ve ever had.
Vegetarian restaurant in Yoyogi-Uehara.