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5 Restaurant and Café Recommendations in Tokyo for Vegetarians

1. Lima Café

It is the trailblazer of macrobiotic cafes, located in the Shinjuku, Yoyogi Area. Other than “meats, fish, eggs and dairy products” they refrain from using “white sugar, and artificial flavors”. They are considerate of the busy bodies of modern people. One meal portion is relatively small, making it suitable for someone preferring a lighter meal or to help with detoxifying after being tired from travelling. Most of the items on the menu are available for takeout. You order at the register and pick up your food once they call your number. There is a shop located on the same floor where you can purchase deli breads and macrobiotic seasonings. You may be able to find a nice souvenir for your vegan friends.


Area: Shinjuku, Map
Open seven days a week


2. Meu Nota


This is a vegan style café in Koenji that does not use any “meat, fish, eggs and dairy products”. Dishes like “30 ingredient taco rice” and “seasonal curry with small salad” on the lunch menu that help you eat a lot of seasonal vegetables are popular items on the menu. The entrance is on the 2nd floor as you walk up the stairs from the street. How about strolling around this area during the day to see the many vintage clothing shops and sundry shops of the area, and enjoying organic wine and a vege-snack in the evening while listening to some live music? Be sure to check out information on events held at the shop.  


Area: Koenji, Map
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Official Website


3. Vege Herb Saga

This is an authentic Indian restaurant that offers the real flavors of India in a completely vegetarian style cuisine. Other than the popular South Indian meal set miels and the North Indian meal set tahari, there are specialty dishes such as the vege kebab with flavors of beans and vegetables that compare favorably to flavors of meat. This is not just an ethnic style cuisine that has been arranged to suit the Japanese palate. Wouldn’t you like to try the authentic flavors that have gotten the seal of approval from Indians living in Japan? You should be able to experience the “essence of Indian food made through full extraction of flavors and nutrients”.


Area: Okachimachi, Ueno, Map
Open seven days a week
Official Website


4. Future Food: Tubu Tubu Café

This is a 100% vegan shop focused on vegetables and grains. They do not use any animal-based products of course, but additionally refrain from using sugar, artificial sweeteners and honey. For desserts, they use their homemade amazake (traditional sweet, non-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice) as a sweetener. Fans say that “There are sharp contrasts in both flavors and texture!”. The concept of the shop is “a showroom café offering a new vegetarian style dining”. Inside a store where you can feel the warm mood of the wood, you should be able to have a nice relaxing time.
Currently showing recipes using grains, in English on Tubu – Tubu.


Area: Shinjuku, Waseda, Map
Closed: Tuesday
Official Website


5. Patisserie Potager


Potager is the first shop in Japan to specialize in vegetable desserts, located in Nakameguro. They use organic vegetables that are directly ordered from affiliated farms. They offer a variety of healthy cakes with consideration for health and food safety. The popular items are the “green short tomato” with a vividly colored sponge cake the color of komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach), “avocado rare cheese” that is a rich non-bake cheesecake topped with avocado and fresh lemon gelee. It is getting a lot of attention from not only vegetarians but from sweet-tooths saying it is “delicious even though it is low in carbohydrates”. 


Area: Nakameguro, Map
Open seven days a week


Organic Food Culture from Japan: Macrobiotics

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I am necoja, a Japanese living in Thai. I return to Japan about twice a year to check out shops and culture from an outsider perspective.

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