- Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.
Ikebukuro is one of the few areas in Japan with many immigrants. Thanks to its Muslim population, there are quite a few Halal restaurants. So if you are a Muslim tourist looking for delicious halal restaurants, Ikebukuro would be a good spot to explore. Here are 5 selected eateries you would probably love. They are great places to try regardless if you are on a halal diet or not!
There are many really nice coffee shops around the bustling Ikebukuro Station. Among them, you'll find authentic ones and more modern ones serving delicious sweets, light meals as well as high-grade coffees. If you're around the Ikebukuro station, here are 5 awesome cafes you should try!
You might have heard of cat or owl cafes in Tokyo, but have you ever heard of a penguin bar? If you haven't, you're not alone. The reason is that there is only one of them in Tokyo (or perhaps the world?). The bar called Pengin No Iru Bar is located in Ikebukuro. Here is more on this unique place!
Uokin is an amazing franchise specializing mainly in seafood. You'll get quality, freshness and a great atmosphere at a surprisingly affordable price! If you want to try an outstanding izakaya in Japan where you can have delicious seafood dishes and a great time, Uoki is the place for you to go!
There are a good many French-style bistros in Tokyo but few stand out as much as L'Amitie for authentic quality at a reasonable price. Here is more on this Takadanobaba French restaurant you should definitely try out!
Tokyo's famous Harajuku district, known primarily for it's eccentric fashion, has also become a popular spot for crepe lovers. Unlike the traditional French crepe, the sweet treat of Harajuku is served tightly wrapped filled with a variety of ingredients such as whipped cream, fruits and chunks of cake.
This is one of Japan's staple summer vegetables. The bitterness of the goya has a cooling effect, which is one of the reasons why Japanese love to eat it in the summer. It was originally mostly eaten in Okinawa, but know its popularity has spread to all of Japan, and because of its surprising nutritional value, its popularity is also spreading quickly around the world.
You're doing "baba aruki" (walking around the Takadanobaba Station) and you eventually get a craving for grilled meat but you're not sure where to go for good yakiniku for under 3,000 yen or so. Recognize yourself in this situation? If so, the following information will be of tremendous benefit!
If you want to converse in your native tongue while enjoying all-you-can drink-coffee and tea for 500 yen, Mickey House in Takadanobaba is the place for you go! Here's more on this cafe for language learners.
Excelsior Caffe is a popular cafe chain with a great atmosphere for studying, reading a novel or simply enjoying your coffee break or a light meal. You'll find its stores everywhere in Japan. Here is more on this famous coffee house.