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This guide covers the area along Aoyama-dori between Shibuya station and Gaienmae. Omotesando Hills is in the Harajuku section.
This guide covers the area along Aoyama-dori between Shibuya station and Gaienmae. Omotesando Hills is in the Harajuku section.
Bordering neighborhoods:

Shibuya to Kotto-dori

Moyan Curry - Curry: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Moyan offers a huge variety of tasty Japanese-style curries and ethnic-style side dishes, along with inexpensive wines and cocktails.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Zoogunzoo - Wine bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
The smart interior here is a very Tokyo-exotic mix of baked-mud walls, heavy wooden furniture, and organic-looking extra-terrestrial lighting fixtures like something from the set of "Alien". But...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Sundays.
Beacon - Steak house: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
This swank dining spot from chef David Chiddo (Cicada, TY Harbor) bills itself as an "urban chop house" - basically a steak house, but with more seafood choices. The kitchen uses only top-class...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Beacon Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
The front bar area of the popular Aoyama steak house is a worthwhile destination in its own right, with excellent original cocktails, a good wine list with many choices by the glass, a casual food...
Open 11:30am-3, 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Marzac - Izakaya: Omotesando
Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
Charcoal-grilled meaty snacks and good-value wine by the glass are the draw at this casual late-night bar. There's a selection of around ten decently drinkable wines from France, Italy and the New...
Open 6pm-3am (LO; Sun -10pm) daily.
UN Cafe - French: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
A casual cafe where you can drop in anytime for a drink, a sandwich, or a full-course meal. The menu is California-style French, with both European and Asian touches. There's also a...
Open 11:30am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Las Chicas - International: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
International cuisine and drinks at this sprawling, tourist-friendly restaurant and cafe-bar.
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
El Vuelo - Spanish: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Spanish tapas and wines in a cozy setting. Budget around Y4000 in the evenings, Y900 for lunch.
Open 11:30am-2, 5-11pm daily.
Benoit - Mediterranean: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
From French celeb chef Alain Ducasse, a Mediterranean restaurant covering the cuisines of Italy, Spain, North Africa and Greece. The dining room is comfortable and attractively laid out, with nice...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Farmers Market @ UNU - Retail: Omotesando
Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).
Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale at the popular farmers market that pops up every weekend in front of UN University (across the street from Aoyama Gakuin). Besides the dozens of stalls...
Open 10am-4pm (weekends only).
Pariya - Japanese: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This stylish open-air cafe offers an all-day deli-style menu - i.e. small-plate dishes, lots of salads, and a "rice of the day" for around Y1050. The menu changes every week, and everything is...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Number A - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Located on a quiet back street smack dab in the center of Aoyama, Number A is a casual, laid-back cafe that's mostly noteworthy for their extended lunch hour (until 5pm) and reasonably priced cafe...
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO) daily.
Celeb de Tomato Omotesando - Italian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
This tomato-centric Italian restaurant/cafe offers full-course dinners from Y4000-7000. The buffet lunch (Y2500; Y3000 on weekends) includes a three-juice tasting flight, a choice of pasta, dessert,...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 2:30-5, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
To The Herbs - Italian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Tasty, sometimes unusual pizzas and well-constructed pastas at this budget Italian cafe chain.
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Kua 'Aina - Sandwiches/ burgers: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
Hawaiian-style burgers and deli sandwiches, plus Kona microbrew beers from Hawaii.
Open 11:30am-10pm (LO) daily.
3rd Burger - Sandwiches/ burgers: Omotesando
Open 7am-11pm daily.
With its sleek decor and lush wall of greenery, this is one of the more pleasant and relaxing spots along Kotto-dori to stop for a midday snack. Charcoal-grilled burgers (from Y450) are served with...
Open 7am-11pm daily.
Meal Muji - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 9am-10pm (Sun 11am-9pm) daily.
Inexpensive bakery and deli items and salads from the famous no-brand design store Mujirushi.
Open 9am-10pm (Sun 11am-9pm) daily.
Den Aquaroom Aoyama - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-2am daily.
This elegant, very relaxed bar features gigantic fishtanks filled with exotic tropical fish from Okinawa and environs. The menu includes tasty original cocktails and light food items. There's a...
Open 6pm-2am daily.
Les Cristallines - French: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Good, modern French cuisine and excellent service. Prix-fixe lunches from Y1750, dinners from Y3800, and wines (mostly French) from Y2800 per bottle.
Open 11:30am-2, 6-9:30pm (LO) daily.
Kotori Cafe - Bird cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-7pm daily.
This unusual cafe is populated by a diverse flock of parrots, parakeets, sparrows and cockatoos for your bird-watching enjoyment. They serve coffee and cake (Y1580 for a Kona coffee and cake set)...
Open 11am-7pm daily.
Nezucafe - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
The Nezu Museum's cafe looks out onto a beautiful wooded garden - a lovely, serene setting for a cup of coffee or an afternoon snack. The menu offers coffee, matcha latte and desserts as well as...
Open 10am-4:30pm (LO) daily.
Lauburu - French: Omotesando
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Lauburu is dedicated to the art of serious eating - specifically, the serious consumption of pork. Billed as a French/Basque country-style bistro, the food here is prepared simply - no rich,...
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Bar Rage - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-midnight daily.
Fancy fresh-fruit martinis are all the rage here, and owner Tomoyuki Kitazoe makes his own herbal and fruit syrups to use in them. The bar itself, located at the Nishi-Azabu end of Kotto-dori, is...
Open 6pm-midnight daily.

East of Kotto-dori

W Omotesando The Cellar Grill - Grill: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
This lively basement restaurant offers a great selection of wines from around the world at close to wine-shop prices. In fact a small retail wine shop is set up at the entrance, stocking a lot of...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30pm-midnight (LO) daily.
Gerbeaud - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Good Hungarian pastries at this Old World-style cafe; the main branch opened in Budapest in 1858.
Open 11am-10pm (LO; Sun -9pm) daily.
Two Rooms - Grill: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The former chef from the New York Grill (Park Hyatt) has teamed up with veterans from the Oak Door (Grand Hyatt) to create a glitzy new dining destination in central Aoyama. This international-style...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Two Rooms Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Attached to the Two Rooms Grill, the bar and lounge area offers cocktails and a wide choice of wines from around the world in a lovely setting, with a big outdoor terrace looking out over Harajuku...
Open 11:30am-2am daily.
Sitaara - Indian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Good kebabs as well as curries are served at this attractively appointed tandoori specialist. Weekday lunches are Y1050-1600, while dinner with drinks averages around Y4000.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sundays.
Coutume - Coffee shop: Omotesando
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Coutume Cafe has been an important specialty coffee destination since they first opened in Paris in 2011, where they also train barista staff and roast beans for more than sixty other cafes and...
Open 7:30am-9:30pm daily.
Ghungroo - Indian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Critically acclaimed curries in a pleasant little shop located on the little street parallel to Kotto-dori. The food is authentic and good, and Ghungroo even caters events at the Indian Embassy.
Open 11:30am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Denpachi - Izakaya: Omotesando
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
All kinds of sardine dishes, plus a number of beef-tongue items (perhaps for nutritional balance). Seating is a bit cramped, and customers are packed in like, um, fish in a can.
Open 5-11:30pm (LO) daily.
Nicolai Bergmann Nomu Cafe - Danish: Omotesando
Open 10am-8pm daily.
A lot of upscale Aoyama shops seem to have an obligatory cafe area tucked into a corner somewhere, but the combination works especially well at this Copenhagen-based designer flower shop. While the...
Open 10am-8pm daily.
Breadworks - Bakery: Omotesando
Open 8am-9pm daily.
The original Breadworks is in Tennoz Isle next to TY Harbor Brewery; this new branch is attached to TY's sister restaurant Cicada, and offers a similarly inspiring selection of pastries and savory...
Open 8am-9pm daily.
Cicada - Mediterranean: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO) daily.
First-rate Mediterranean cuisine from Chef David Chiddo and the TY Harbor group (Beacon, Ivy Place). Now located in the heart of Aoyama (after a decade in Hiroo), the spacious quarters are evocative...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30pm-2am (LO) daily.
Crisscross - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
A casual cafe attached to the popular Mediterranean restaurant Cicada; there's pleasant outdoor seating in the front courtyard when the weather permits. Craft beer fans can choose from six brews...
Open 9am-10pm (LO) daily.
Cafe Madu - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-11pm daily.
This cute and very spacious cafe has big front windows looking out onto the fashion-shopping alley next to Kotto-dori. The menu offers sandwiches, galettes and assorted pastries for mid-afternoon...
Open 11am-11pm daily.
A to Z Cafe - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
Those with a fondness for cartoon-character dolls and action figures will find a kindred spirit in Yoshitomo Nara, whose paintings and sculptures of devilish children are as disconcerting as they are...
Open 11:30am-11:30pm (to 4am weekends) daily.
A Piece of Cake - Cafe: Omotesando
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
A relaxing, quiet space inside a museum devoted to the whimsical works of sculptor Taro Okamoto.
Open 11am-7pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Fukui Minami Aoyama 291 - Antenna shop: Omotesando
Open 11am-9pm daily.
The food-and-drink section of this spacious prefectural shop stocks frozen fish, miso paste, goma-dofu (sesame tofu), assorted herbs, artisanal vinegars, and around thirty types of sake from Fukui...
Open 11am-9pm daily.
Blue Note - Jazz club: Omotesando
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
The venue of choice for top jazz and R&B acts from overseas.
Open 5:30pm-1am daily.
Senkichi - Udon: Omotesando
Open 11am-3am daily.
A popular all-day budget chain, Senkichi offers dozens of varieties of curry udon, with dozens more optional toppings. The "creative" curry here is golden yellow in color and seems to be at least...
Open 11am-3am daily.
Tinun Aoyama - Thai: Omotesando
Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.
This branch of the ubiquitous budget Thai chain has a larger-than-average menu, good food and take-out service. The decor is also a cut above the norm.
Open 11am-9pm (lunch to 2) daily.
Andersen - Danish: Omotesando
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Danish-style stews and other main courses in the restaurant area above the bread shop, and European-style breakfast in the morning.
Open 8am-9pm (LO) daily.
Andersen (bread shop) - Bakery: Omotesando
Open 7am-9pm daily.
This particular branch is one of Tokyo's better bakeries, with many varieties of fresh bread and pastries, baked on the premises. They also sell premade sandwiches to go.
Open 7am-9pm daily.
Andersen (sandwich counter) - Sandwiches/ deli: Omotesando
Open 9am-9pm daily.
Excellent made-to-order sandwiches and salads in the basement deli area underneath the bread store.
Open 9am-9pm daily.
Toriyoshi - Yakitori: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am daily.
Spectacular chicken wings and other chicken specialties, and a tasteful, traditional Japanese interior.
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-4:30am daily.
Crayon House - Japanese/health food: Omotesando
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.
The basement of Crayon House has an organic vegetable shop and two separate natural-food restaurants: "Hiroba", serving Japanese food, and "Home", with French cuisine. "Hiroba" offers an interesting...
Open 11am-9pm (LO) daily.

East of Omotesando

Radio Bar - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
If the walls of Radio Bar could talk, they'd sing like Chet Baker and laugh like Marlene Dietrich. The indigo interior combines elements of traditional Japanese design with Art Deco ornamentation,...
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Torimikura - Yakitori: Omotesando
Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
Excellent charcoal-grilled yakitori and other chicken dishes are the specialty at this branch of the Aburiya Fudo group of restaurants.
Open 6pm-2am (LO) daily.
Blue Bottle Coffee - Coffee shop: Omotesando
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Beignets in butterscotch sauce and good savory tartines accompany your coffee at this popular branch of the California-based gourmet coffee chain. The bustling, spacious dining room has a...
Open 10am-9pm daily.
Yona Yona Beer Works - Beer bar: Omotesando
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
A dozen beers from the popular Yo-Ho Brewing in Karuizawa are on tap here, including a very drinkable IPA and some seasonal specials. The food is well above average for a beer bar, with appealing...
Open 4-10:30pm (LO; Sat, Sun 11:30-10) daily.
Ippudo - Ramen: Omotesando
Open 11am-midnight (Fri, Sat -1am; Sun -10pm) daily.
A branch of the famous Hakata ramen chain, featuring thin, slightly chewy noodles in a pork-based broth ("red" or "white"), with or without extra chashu. You can add your own freshly grated garlic.
Open 11am-midnight (Fri, Sat -1am; Sun -10pm) daily.
Praca Onze - Brazilian: Omotesando
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Live music, dancing, and a good deal of drinking. Open Mon-Tue 6:30-midnight (no music); Wed-Thu 6:30-1am; Fri-Sat 6:30-2am.
Open 7pm-1am. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
Den - Bar: Omotesando
Open 6pm-4am daily.
A quiet place for late-night drinks just around the corner from Omotesando crossing.
Open 6pm-4am daily.
Omotesando Niigata Kan N'espace - Antenna shop: Omotesando
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Niigata is well known for its sake, and this large prefectural antenna shop carries over 100 varieties, with many available in 300ml mini-bottles and one-cup sizes. There's also non-alcoholic...
Open 10:30am-7:30pm daily.
Barbacoa Grill - Brazilian: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Brazilian-style all-you-can-eat churrasco grilled beef and other meats, along with one of Tokyo's best salad bars. Dinner is Y4500, weekday lunch Y3000.
Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Breizh Cafe - French: Omotesando
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO, 10pm Sun) daily.
Sweet and savory Breton-style crepes, with hard cider to wash them down, in a pleasantly decorated open-air cafe.
Open 11:30am-11pm (LO, 10pm Sun) daily.
Tora - Izakaya: Omotesando
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Great sake and fantastic charcoal-grilled fare served in a relaxed, pleasant dining room, all for a very reasonable price - Nanadaime Tora comes pretty close to embodying the Platonic ideal of the...
Open 11am-1:30, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Maisen - Tonkatsu: Omotesando
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Tokyo's second-most-famous tonkatsu restaurant, located in an unusually decorated former bathhouse. In addition to pork cutlets there's also a full menu of set meals and seasonal a la carte items.
Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Galali - Izakaya: Omotesando
Open 6pm-3am daily.
This stylish little izakaya offers excellent food, a good sake selection, and an entire menu page devoted to different varieties of salt - 12 of them in all. Charcoal-grilled seafood and vegetables...
Open 6pm-3am daily.
Gar Eden - Italian: Omotesando
Open 6-11:30pm daily.
An Italian restaurant with a good craft-beer selection is a nice find, but if you're not hungry you can come just for the beer. The ten taps dispense an assortment of Japanese, US and European craft...
Open 6-11:30pm daily.
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