One of Tokyo’s most unique neighborhoods, Harajuku is a wonderful place to get lost in. It has a world of its own that manages to surprise every time regardless of how well-documented this place has been. It is chock-full of shops and is crowded by a mix of the city’s most fashionable, most eccentric, and most youthful people. Suffice to say, roaming its streets is a delightful assault on the senses, where the visuals are kaleidoscopic and the noise endlessly energetic. As for the smells, they are truly inviting because as much as this area is a shopping destination, the food finds are likewise remarkable. Characteristic of the neighborhood, Harajuku’s food scene is as colorful as it gets. Dive head first into sumptuous meals and treats with the area’s most popular food recommendations:

Crepes in Takeshita Street

Crepes are perhaps the food item most associated with Harajuku. Along Takeshita Street – Harajuku’s iconic shopping alley, the numerous crepe stalls are unmissable with its colorful food display storefront. Whereas a single whiff of the cooked batter is all it takes to get you to line up for one, the deciding part on what to have, on the other hand, is not as simple. Like the neighborhood, Harajuku-style crepes are flamboyant, offering endless varieties from sweet to savory flavors.

Of the many creperies in the area, Marion Crepes is the most popular. It is credited to have started the neighborhood’s love for crepes by improving on the basic French recipe and turning it into the creative treats they are now. The shop has over 70 kinds of crepes, so good luck choosing!

Address: 1-6-15 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999


Fluffy pancakes at Rainbow Pancake

Rainbow Pancake is dubbed as one of the best pancake restaurants in the city. Its soft and fluffy pancakes are amazing, but what really sets them apart is their creative spin on the flavors. Items on the menu include things not usually paired with pancakes like avocado and chili beans for their Mexican flavored pancake. As for the crowd favorite, the title goes to their much raved about Macadamia Nut Sauce Pancake creation. Located in an alley off Takeshita Street, its somewhat obscure location was never a deterrent for hungry pancake fans. Expect to find a long line and about an hour’s waiting time especially during peak hours.

Address: 2F Ares Garden Omotesando, 4-28-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: (Japanese only)

The largest cotton candy at Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory is a testament to Harajuku’s whimsical side. This shop along Takeshita Street sells a huge collection of sweets in a neon-lit candy room, but the item they are most known for is their giant cotton candy called Totti Harajuku Special. It’s so big that it’s probably the size of three heads combined, and with its four-color streaks, it definitely feels like you’re munching on rainbow clouds.

Address: 2F Ryu Apartment 1-16-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: (Japanese only)

Crazy food at Kawaii Monster Café

If you feel like being transported into another world, you will most definitely be thrilled to step inside and dine at Kawaii Monster Café. The brainchild of popular artist Sebastian Masuda, this café promises kawaii overdose with its bright, colorful, and wacky concepts embodied in its décor, food, and service. The place is set up to have different experience zones distinctly designed to tickle one’s imagination. The food served is psychedelic and anything but ordinary like rainbow-colored pasta. The staff in charge of the whole experience are the so-called “Monster Girls”, revved up versions of the famed Harajuku girls.

Like Alice falling into a rabbit hole to find herself in Wonderland, your journey inside Kawaii Monster Café is a strange and dream-like one. It only takes ¥500 to score a 90-minute ticket to take a peek inside this universe, but of course, we strongly recommend that you dine-in as well to get the most out of this unique experience.

You can make a reservation for Kawaii Monster Cafe right away at Voyagin's website. The place is very popular so make sure to book ahead if you are interested!

Reservation for Kawaii Monster Cafe (View at Voyagin)

Address: 4F YM Square Building, 4-31-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999


New style sushi at Gonpachi NORI-TEMAKI Harajuku

Gonpachi, as known as Kill Bill Restaurant, has been famous for many years from the Quentin Jerome Tarantino’s film “Kill Bill”. That Gonpachi restaurant introduces a new sushi style "Temaki" (hand-rolled sushi) in Harajuku. They serve freshly made sushi after customer's order in a casual atmosphere and reasonable price. We have written a review article about this restaurant, so check it out to learn more!

Learn more: The famous Kill Bill restaurant opened a sushi restaurant in Harajuku!

Address: 1F Co-op Olympia, 6-35-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku,Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥1,999


Find more sushi in Harajuku: 10 Best Sushi in Harajuku and Omotesando to Taste Delicious Sushi

Fine ramen at AFURI

The Harajuku crowd is a lover of all things modern which is why Afuri – Tokyo’s small chain of modern ramen, is the designated ramen recommendation in the area. Afuri bowls are unique because of its use of spring water from Kanagawa’s Mt. Afuri, whose ph quality is said to be the key factor for its soup base. The chicken broth is served a lot lighter than what you’d get from traditional ramen joints, and the signature bowls would have that citrusy yuzu kick. Another interesting deviation from the standard is its non-use of MSG, while in terms of service, its branches are all chic and classy spaces. In Tokyo’s ramen world, Afuri’s approach to ramen surely stands out. It brought a lot of finesse to this well-loved Japanese comfort food.

Address: 1F Grandeforesta, 3-63-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999


Find more ramens in Harajuku: 10 Best Ramen Shops In Harajuku to Enjoy Great Ramen

Hawaiian pancakes at Eggs ‘n Things

Eggs ‘n Things is a popular Hawaiian pancake house based in Oahu. Inviting diners to enjoy breakfast at any time of the day, this restaurant serves pancakes and a slew of breakfast items like omelettes, eggs benedict, waffles, and crepes. It’s a piece of sunny Hawaiian culture in the midst of energetic Harajuku. A perfect pairing, no doubt about it.

Address: 4-30-2 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999


Ricotta cheese pancakes at Bills

The legendary status of Bills’ ricotta cheese pancakes is so that its original Sydney restaurant was hailed to be serving the best breakfast in the world. These days, there are more places to enjoy this world-famous hotcake with Bills opening new branches in the UK, Hawaii, Korea, and of course, Japan. Menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner vary, but good thing this signature item is available for order all throughout the day.

Address: 7F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 3,000 ~ ¥3,999


Find more pancake places in Harajuku: 10 Best Pancake Restaurants in Harajuku Loved by Locals

Chocolate chunk pizza at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

If you’ll devour anything chocolate, then this Chocolate Chunk Pizza by chocolate culture specialist Max Brenner is a must-try. Rich chocolate on pizza dough smothered with slightly torched marshmallows will give you more than enough sugar rush you’ll need to match the over-the-top energy of Harajuku.

Address: 1F Omotesando Hills 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥1,999


Garrett Popcorn

Quick to hop on the gourmet popcorn craze is another US-based company, Garrett Popcorn. Its building along Takeshita Street is an attention-grabber with its attractive façade decorated giant popcorn and its trademark blue bucket. There are seven staple flavors with the Chicago Mix (a blend of cheese and caramel) being the most popular, while seasonal flavors surprise customers every once in a while. Like Kukuruza, Garrett Popcorn is a hit in Harajuku that an hour’s worth of queueing up is considered tolerable.

Address: 1-13-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999

Website: (Japanese Only)

Croquant Chou ZakuZaku

When something is from Hokkaido, it must be good. Croquant Chou ZakuZaku is that confectionary shop hailing from Japan’s northern island that is making Tokyo fall in love with its unique iteration of the cream puff. ZakuZaku’s version is served as sticks with a crunchy almond-crusted coating and rich custard cream filling made with milk sent directly to the store from free-range farms in Hokkaido. The day’s supply is made fresh inside the store, which you can freely observe from behind the glass walls of its kitchen area. It’s so heavenly and addicting, you might be tempted to hoard for a few days’ stock, but alas, the shelf life is only good for a day.

Address: Cute Cube Harajuku 1F, 1 Chome-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999


Japanese and Western fusion treats at Toraya Cafe AN STAND

Toraya, one of Tokyo’s long-standing Wagashi makers, may be a company steeped in centuries-old traditions, but that doesn’t mean they do not evolve with the times. While the traditional sweets sold at their confectionery stores are left unchanged, their Toraya AN STAND offer some leeway for modern sensibilities. Here you can enjoy desserts like pastries, baked goods, confiture, and ice cream served with a Japanese twist.

Address: 3 Chome-12-16 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥1,000

Website: (Japanese only)

Taste authentic Japanese Daifuku mochi and monaka at Mizuho

Mizuho is a Japanese sweet shop opened in 1981. With its over 30 years history, they have made their signature Daifuku mochi in perfection. Their mochi is loved for long and made Mizuho's name famous in Japan. It is called "Mame Daifuku" and contains salty beans in the dough and plenty of red bean paste stuffed inside. You will instantly fall in love with the peerfect mochi here! Don't forget to sample their Monaka as well. Be sure to get here first thing in the morning because it sell outs pretty fast.

Address: 6 Chome-8-7 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥1,000


Good Town Doughnuts

Opening its doors in 2015, Good Town Doughnuts is one of the latest additions to the already colorful and sugar-infused Harajuku food scene. However, despite being a newbie, it is already worth mentioning because one cannot simply say no to a good old-fashioned doughnut. There are 15 variants to choose from with their bestseller being the Sea Salt Caramel. If you eat in, the menu is surprisingly extensive for a doughnut shop. They offer paninis, muffins, and toast for food, and a wide selection of hot and cold concoctions for the drinks.

Address: B1F J-Cube Building 6 Chome-12-6 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥999


Harajuku Gyozaro

They only serve gyoza and that’s ok, because theirs are the best pork dumplings you’ll ever get to taste in all of Tokyo. These gyoza are said to be best eaten sans the sauce to fully appreciate its flavor, and while you’re at it, choose to partner it with either beer or tea, and a rather limited selection of side dishes. Though situated in Harajuku, this restaurant lacks the panache that is the driving force behind almost all of the establishments in the area. On the contrary, Harajuku Gyozaro is a no-frills diner where you simply line up, order, eat, and then get going. But then again, it’s a luxury they can afford for being the best one in their league in this very competitive city.

Address: 6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥1,999

Website: (Japanese only)

Lobster roll at Luke’s

Generous chunks of unadulterated fresh Maine lobster meat tucked in between a slightly buttered bun is what makes a Luke’s lobster roll. A lot of New Yorkers have gone crazy over this, and somehow it has found its way to Tokyo; in particular, somewhere along Harajuku’s Cat Street. They also sell crab and shrimp versions, mac and cheese, and clam chowder soup.

Address: 6-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999


Asian food at Chao Bamboo

Head to Chao Bamboo for a different kind of food craving. Nasi goreng, pad thai, fresh spring rolls, and tom yum are some of the Thai-Vietnamese-Chinese meals you can order here. Of all the tricks Harajuku has hidden up in its sleeves, this ranks among the gems for it is not that easy to find authentic-tasting Southeast Asian cuisine served cheap in Tokyo. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant’s ambiance is so on point as well. Little details in the décor – like the use of metal stools and tables extending out into the street, bring out the street food dining concept with which these meals are associated. For a little while, you’ll forget that you’re in Japan while feasting on your stir-fried dish.

Address: 6-1-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 2,000 ~ ¥2,999

Website: (Japanese only)

Milk Bottle Combo from COOKIE TIME

COOKIE TIME is a cookie specialized store originated in New Zealand. Their Milk Bottle Combo is the most popular drink. A cookie comes with a milk bottle with a cute illustration. You can choose from coffee, chocolate, strawberry, and plain milk flavors.

Address: 1-chome-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo


Ice cream from Eddy's Ice Cream

Find the most Kawaii ice cream ever! At Eddy's Ice Cream, you will be able to taste the cutest ice cream you have ever seen. It comes with ribbon, heart, candy shaped toppings, etc. This is one of the most unique ice cream that you can only find in Japan.

Address: 4-chome-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo


Matcha desserts from Ujien

Ujien is a long-standing tea shop in Kyoto. The shop here in Harajuku offers various matcha and Hoji-cha flavored desserts and drinks. The establishment with wooden building is also feels relaxing. Ujien is a great place for a break from strolling Harajuku.

Address: 4-chome-15-2 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo


More delicious food finds in Harajuku and Tokyo

- The famous Kill Bill restaurant opened a sushi restaurant in Harajuku!
- 10 Best Sushi in Harajuku and Omotesando to Taste Delicious Sushi
- 10 Best Ramen Shops In Harajuku to Enjoy Great Ramen
- 10 Best Pancake Restaurants in Harajuku Loved by Locals
- 10 Best Cafe in Harajuku that will Impress You!
- 10 Best Bars in Harajuku for Superb Drinks!
- 10 Best Local Food in Tokyo You Must Eat

Extra Information

Do you want to enjoy the most of Harajuku from local's point of view? Our partner Voyagin offers a private walking tour in Harajuku and Shibuya area. You will get to walk main streets including Takeshita Street and eat recommendable ramen or sushi. Check out details if you want to walk the town like a local!

Harajuku - Shibuya Private Walking Tour (View at Voyagin)



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