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The area around Kanazawa is known for its own regional cuisine, called Kaga-ryori, a sophisticated style of cooking built around local seafood, sansai (wild greens), and heirloom vegetables.

Food is often served on the brightly colored Kutani-yaki pottery of the region. Kaga-ryori dishes can be found at ordinary izakaya in Kanazawa as well as at upscale specialty restaurants.

The area also produces some excellent craft sake from long-established breweries. Tedorigawa, Tengumai, Sougen and Kikuhime are some names to look for.

Kanazawa

Daiba - Izakaya
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
One of the better dining choices in the Kanazawa station area, Daiba offers creative izakaya fare, with lots of local Kaga dishes like jibuni duck stew and steamed heirloom Kaga vegetables. The...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm (LO) daily. ]
Sen - Izakaya
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5pm-midnight (LO) daily. ]
Good food, flashy decor and very reasonable prices draw in the crowds at this popular station-area izakaya, located around the corner from the Nikko Hotel. There's a good selection of local sake...
[ Open 11am-2:30, 5pm-midnight (LO) daily. ]
Ohmicho Shokudo - Japanese
[ Open 10:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
When you're strolling through Kanazawa's famous Ohmicho Market, eyeing the long-legged crabs and shiny fish hooked that morning from the Sea of Japan, you will no doubt want a taste of Kanazawa's...
[ Open 10:30am-2:30, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily. ]
Ohmicho Market - Attraction
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This open-air market in central Kanazawa is popular with both local household shoppers and restaurant professionals. Dozens of stalls sell excellent crab and other seafood from the nearby Sea of...
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Chayu - Cafe
[ Open 10am-sunset (from 1pm in winter). Closed Thursdays. ]
If you're a sucker for interesting ice cream flavors, you will want to stop into this Higashi Chaya sweet shop for a lick. Miso, soy sauce, black sesame, kabocha pumpkin, yuzu, tofu - theyfre all...
[ Open 10am-sunset (from 1pm in winter). Closed Thursdays. ]
Curiente - Japanese
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays. ]
As we consumed the amazingly beautiful food served in this Higashi-Chaya restaurant, we imagined our spoon as a wrecking ball. Digging into our second course, served in a highball glass, first we...
[ Open 11:30am-2, 6-8:30pm (LO). Closed Mondays. ]
Mishoan - Japanese regional
[ Open 9am-9pm daily. ]
This teahouse overlooking a carp-filled pond in the middle of Kenrokuen Garden is a gorgeous spot in which to lunch on local Kaga cuisine. Prix-fixe lunches are priced Y1575-3150, and they're built...
[ Open 9am-9pm daily. ]
Ippudo - Ramen
[ Open 11am-3am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily. ]
There is the risk of falling into a pork-induced coma after lapping up a bowl of Ippudo's rich tonkatsu ramen, but the addictively tasty Kyushu-style noodle soup is well worth the crash. Ippudo may...
[ Open 11am-3am (Fri, Sat -4am) daily. ]
Full of Beans - Cafe
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Onigiri junkies should plan on stopping into this artsy cafe known for its rotating selection of homemade rice balls. Grab a few to go, or hunker down in the bohemian dining room for a lunch set...
[ Open 11am-11pm. Closed Wednesdays. ]
Kaga Daiko - Yakitori
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It's grimy, divey, smoky and cramped, but this, of course, is all part of the charm. The other charming bit is the ever-smiling and joking owner who will bang a drum when you leave, laugh maniacally...
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Kabochaya - Bar
[ Open 6pm-5am. Closed 2nd Wed. ]
The bar in this late-night izakaya is lined with action figures and scribbled with white graffiti and Hello Kitty faces. But Kanazawa's version of an American dive bar serves up tasty (and often...
[ Open 6pm-5am. Closed 2nd Wed. ]
Iwashigumi - Izakaya
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
An often scowled-at and underappreciated fish in North America, the sardine is celebrated in dozens of dishes at Iwashi-Gumi, which means "gang of sardines." Try them pureed and deep-fried into...
[ Open 5-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays. ]
Machrihanish - Bar
[ Open 6:30pm-2am (LO). Closed 6:30pm-2am (LO). ]
The friendly, English-speaking owner of this specialty bar has visited every distillery in Scotland, and he stocks an impressive selection of single-malt whiskeys here. The food menu includes simple...
[ Open 6:30pm-2am (LO). Closed 6:30pm-2am (LO). ]
Dai-nana Gyoza - Chinese
[ Open 11am-2am. Closed Wednesdays. ]
"No frills" would be an understated description of Kanazawa's most popular and gushed-over gyoza joint. But where it lacks in decor it makes up for in gyoza which, besides a couple of soups, rice and...
[ Open 11am-2am. Closed Wednesdays. ]

 
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