Besides the jet-lag experienced and the language difficulty, Tokyo is one of my favorite cities in the world. Japanese people are the most polite, respectful, fashionable and funny people I’ve ever met. Even if they don’t understand a word you’re saying they will go the extra mile by trying to make you feel understood (i.e. I got lost in the metro and this man who didn’t understand me at all stood by my side until we found someone who could explain me how to find my way, incredible!). Being such trendsetters, of course the healthy food scene in Tokyo is huge! So I just wanted to share with you a few of my Tokyo adventures and the places you can’t miss out if you’re looking to eat healthy, nutritious and delicious.
Chili Parlor 9: If you’re visiting Yasukuni Shrine, this small restaurant should be your lunch spot. It specializes in chili bowls (of course), all made with organic ingredients and grass-fed beef. They even have a homemade Oreo for dessert, so delicious! Address: 3-7-12 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm / Closed Sun & hols.
Kojimachi Cafe: Close to the Imperial Palace, this cute cafe offers organic food thats yummy and comforting (think lots of pasta and organic wine). Address: 1-5-4 Kojimachi | 1F, Chiyoda 102-0088, Tokyo. Hours: 11.30am-11pm.
Sky High Raw Juice: Health-conscious customers stop at this fashionable Aoyama shop for freshly pressed or mixed fruit and vegetable juice. Their enzyme-packed juices include the ‘Detox Green’, made with kale, celery, cucumber, cabbage, lemon and grapefruit. There is a total of 14 juice combos and nine smoothies available, while the food menu consists of raw food like salads and vegan sandwiches. Doesn’t get healthier than this! Address: Aoyama TN Bldg, 2-3-4 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11am-8pm / closed Sun & holidays.
Mr Farmer: This is my favorite healthy food spot. They serve organic plant-based food and cold pressed juices and smoothies. It’s heaven. The atmosphere is so nice, the place is so comfy and its just a few blocks from Omotesando, which is in my favorite district for clothing and new trends to follow. I had the soba noodles (buckwheat noodles), garland chrysanthemum & grilled tofu salad with miso ginger dressing, my favorite salad in Japan! I also tried the green detox smoothie, really good! For dessert they offer different variations of tiramisu, we tried the banana one and was delicious (but I could tell that it was a calorie bomb! hahaha). Address: 4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 9am-8pm.
Cosme Kitchen Juicery: They serve cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and healthy snacks to stay or on the go. Yum! It is actually a natural and organic skincare shop carrying many brands, and they’ve added juices to the menu, good for them! Address: Daikanyama Station Building, 19-4 Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 8am-7pm.
Pure Cafe: This is where vegans come to enjoy a super healthy meal in a super nice area of Tokyo. The whole menu is vegan, specializing in salads and wholesome sandwiches. I tried the salad special of the day and I loved it! My hubby got a PB & banana sandwich and a soy latte, I have to say I envied him for that amazing sandwich! You have to try it! Address: 5-5-21 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 8.30am-10.30pm.
Bills: This one is a must. And if you do go, the hotcakes are a must! This restaurant focuses on fresh ingredients, free of preservatives and nasty ingredients. Food is delicious and nutritious. Coffee here is amazing! One of the best ones I’ve had in my life (Japanese people take their coffee seriously!). The view here is stunning! Address: 7F Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 8.30am-11pm.
Crayon House: This is an organic specialty shop where you can find an organic and healthy mini market (seriously, this is supermarket heaven) and two healthy-oriented and organic restaurants (Hiroba offers Japanese food, while Home offers western food). Here is where you’ll find superfoods and where you can buy your organic groceries. Address: 3-8-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 11am-10pm.
Inner Beauty Bar: I’ve seen a lot of these kind of places in Tokyo: a shop inside another shop. In this case, Inner Beauty Bar is inside John Masters Organics shop in Shibuya. I got to try their Detox Green Juice which had lots of greens to really detoxify from the inside out. This kind of business is amazing: one of the shops (Inner Beauty Bar) specializes in nourishing your body from the inside out, while the other shop (John Masters Organics) does it through your skin. Such a great idea and such a beautiful place. Address: 神宮前 5-1-6, 渋谷区, 東京都 〒150-0001, Japón. Hours: 11am-9pm.
Why Juice: Another great juice bar. You can choose juices like ‘Charge’ (apple and carrot) or ‘Fresh Green’ (kale and celery) at the in-store counter, or pick up your drink from their bicycle-driven wagon (schedules and routes are announced on their website). Address: 1F, 13-8 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Hours: 7am-7pm.