Jiyugaoka’s Top 5 Picks
Jiyugaoka is one of Tokyo’s off the beaten path neighborhoods where you can find many trendy and fashionable boutiques, lovely cafes, and posh zakka (miscellaneous goods) shops. Jiyugaoka’s narrow stone pavements will make you feel as if you’ve transported yourself to the streets of Europe’s most photogenic cities – and yet, it carefully incorporates an authentic Japanese touch. Every day in Jiyugaoka feels like a Sunday afternoon, with people leisurely shopping and walking around. In this blog post, we introduce with you 5 top picks from Jiyugaoka’s restaurants and cafes. If you are in the area, why not give them a try? Read to the end to see what Jiyugaoka got to offer.
1. Namino | 波の
If you are a fan of Japanese ikura don – rice with fish roe on top, this restaurant is a must-try in Tokyo where they serve ikura and other Hokkado-sourced seafoods. You can also choose to have uni/sea urchin or other seafoods such as King Crab’s legs, maguro as toppings. All the ingredients are amazingly fresh, and the regular bowl of ikura don starts from 1080 yen all the way to 2980 yen for a ikura and fresh uni don.
2. Saido | 彩道
Saido calls itself “a Japanese style vegan restaurant”. Indeed, you will be able to find many Japanese dishes using only vegetarian-friendly ingredients here. Just opened since 2018 and the restaurant has become a popular spot among vegans and vegetarian food lovers in Tokyo. Users on Happy Cow, a restaurant rating website, has chosen Saido as the top-rated vegan restaurant worldwide.
Saido doesn’t use any meat, fish, food chemical seasoning, refined sugar, five pungent roots (garlic, leek, Chinese onion, chives, onion or spring onion) while all other fresh and diverse ingredients are carefully chosen to ensure that all customers can enjoy Japanese culinary with a novel concept, one they can’t experience elsewhere.
Address: Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 1-24-23
Time: 11:00 ~ 18:30
Kosoan is a charming hidden tea house tucked away on one of Jiyugaoka’s streets. You wouldn’t notice it as a tea house as the entrance is low profile, with only the name and a small wooden sideboard which reads “open”. There is stone pathway which leads to the main pavilion, which can sit around 7-8 groups of 3-4. The menu only offers a few choices but they are all decent enough, as we are here to enjoy both the view and the atmosphere it offers and indeed it was very nice, the hot matcha latte made the rainy afternoon feel so Zen and calmer. The Anmitsu, a Japanese traditional summer desert, which comes with jelly, bean jams and fruits wasn’t too sweet, very simple yet very authentic Japanese.
4. Potato Cream
Address: Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 1-25-2-1F
Time: 11:30 ~ 19:00 (weekdays), 12:00 – 19:00 (Saturday & Sunday), closes on Wednesday
Website: not available
TimeOut says: “These potato salad specialists are located near Kumano Shrine in Jiyugaoka and make simply irresistible cream creations, topped with a handful of veggies and meat. Try the popular eggplant and minced-meat version with tomato cream, or the turnip and chicken with Gorgonzola cheese and potato cream – both priced affordably at ¥525. They also serve delicious seasonal specials, with our recent visit seeing two new varieties: a light pork-and-mushroom creation and a hearty shrimp stroganoff. Both eat-in and take-out options are available.”
Address: Tokyo, Meguro-ku, Jiyugaoka 2-8-17
Time: 11:00 ~ 19:00, closes on Wednesday
Nishikiya is actually a curry shop where you can buy ready-made Japanese curry packages. They have over 100 flavors, and with Halal certified meat. There are always free-to-try curry samples at the shop, hence, if you have problems deciding between flavors, this is a very good option to go shopping for curry.
The European town of Jiyugaoka still has many other interesting and trendy cafes and restaurants to offer. If you know any, comment down below and let us know! In the meantime, check out our women-only Jiyugaokanoie Guesthouse if you are interested in staying in this posh area of Tokyo.