Tokyo food guide

When it comes to gastronomy, Tokyo is a true gourmand’s delight.

From Michelin-star fine dining to traditional cheap eats, there's something to whet all appetites and suit every budget. Take your taste buds on a food tour through the city spending as little or as much as you like while being as adventurous or as habitual as you please.

Traditional eats

Delving into traditional dishes is the best way to get a taste for the city. Sushi, sashimi, yakitori and tempura are just a handful of Japanese offerings that you'll find wherever you turn in the city. Although there are sushi joints on every corner, some of the freshest sashimi and bite-sized sushi morsels can be found in the stalls that surround Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market. Sushi aficionados should try one of Tokyo's many kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) joints for a contemporary twist on a classic. Just across the river, in Tsukishima, you'll find what has become known as Tokyo's monjayaki capital. Over 70 restaurants in the area compete to serve up the city's best monjayaki - a thinner, crispier, delicious cousin to Japan's better-known savoury pancake dish, okonomiyaki. If it's a touch of spice you're craving, look no further than the city's numerous ramen restaurants.

World-class cuisine

Those looking to discover some of the world's finest dining have come to the right place: Japan's capital city is the culinary capital of the world, home to more Michelin star restaurants than any other city. Dining in Tokyo doesn't have to be an expensive affair with a handful of starred restaurants well-suited to shoestring budgets. Expect crowds, but the world's first Michelin-starred Ramen restaurant, Tsuta, shouldn't be missed. World-class cuisine native to other continents is easy to come by too: some of Tokyo's best Michelin-star restaurants are known for their French, Korean, Italian and Chinese delicacies.

By night

It's a city that never sleeps, and once the sun goes down, locals flock to the streets as an abundance of neon illuminates Tokyo's gleaming skyscrapers. While it's easy to get lost amongst the dazzling lights, forgo Tokyo's flashing night clubs and make your way to Golden Gai to experience a slice of local nightlife. Just a short stroll from Tokyo's fabled Shinjuku station, this quaint maze of alleyways is frequented by both businessmen and visitors alike looking to start the evening in one of the many teeny-tiny bars and informal eateries called izakayas. The use of seasonal ingredients has always been key to Japanese cuisine, and bartender Gen Yamamoto applies this same thinking to his creations at his eight-seater cocktail bar in this vibrant little district.

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