You must have seen the iconic scene of hundreds of people crossing the well-known "Scramble Crossing" in Shibuya, either in movies or on YouTube.

Being in the vanguard of young fashion and culture, Shibuya is one of Tokyo's most well-known downtown districts. The dynamic image of hundreds crossing the junction at once has come to represent this busy city.

But I think Shibuya's appeal extends beyond its vibrant energy; it's also a center for chic eateries, cafes offering trendy pastries that young people love, and much more.

Tokyo's varied culinary culture is packed into one neighborhood, which has everything from upscale restaurants to laid-back cafes, unusual robot-staffed locations to bustling streets open late. 

With many stores that didn't exist a few years ago and new commercial buildings constantly rising, Shibuya is going through a once-in-a-century massive renovation.

As a resident of Tokyo, I would therefore like to present 22 of my favorite restaurants in Shibuya to visitors in 2024 in this post.

I've carefully chosen a wide range of restaurants to suit all preferences, from upmarket to laid-back. 

After seeing Shibuya's bustle, savor some great meals!

Table of Contents
While you can get a comprehensive look at Shibuya's food scene by reading this entire article, feel free to jump to the sections most relevant to you:

- 6 Recommended Stylish Restaurants for Enjoying Chic Ambiance and Cuisine at the Forefront of Shibuya's Trends
I introduce both casual and high-end restaurants known for stylish interiors and dining in Shibuya.

- 2 Restaurants Offering Unique Shibuya Experiences  
I introduce spots perfect for those seeking slightly offbeat experiences in this cutting-edge district. 

- 4 Cafes Serving Photogenic Sweets in the Youth Culture Hub of Shibuya
I introduce cafes offering "kawaii" desserts that will make you want to post on Instagram.

- 3 Recommended Restaurants for Enjoying Tokyo's Traditional Cuisine Inexpensively in Shibuya
I introduce places where you can casually savor traditional dishes like sushi and tempura in this area.

- 7 Recommended Spots for Nightlife and Drinking in the Vibrant Shibuya
Recommendations for pubs and izakaya alleys to experience Shibuya's renowned nightlife.

- Shibuya Food FAQs
My answers to common questions travelers may have about dining in Shibuya.

6 Recommended Stylish Restaurants for Enjoying Chic Ambiance and Cuisine at the Forefront of Shibuya's Trends

Here are 6 recommended restaurants in the metropolis of Shibuya, ranging from casual to high-end, where you can enjoy stylish ambiance and cuisine.

Shibuya Shokudo Ventuno Tokyo: A Casual "Yoshoku" Restaurant Popular with Locals

Shibuya Ventuno
Source: Tabelog by Shibuyashokudo Ventuno Tokyo

"Shibuya Shokudo Ventuno Tokyo" is a popular casual spot where you can enjoy "Yoshoku" – Western-style dishes with a Japanese twist.  

They offer an extensive menu ranging from curry rice to dishes priced between 1,000-2,000 yen.

On weekends, they also serve an "Adult Kid's Lunch" menu for 1,800 yen. This is their take on the typical Japanese "kid's lunch" platters with small portions of child-friendly dishes like hamburger steak. As a Tokyo local, it's one of my favorite menus here.

During dinner, they offer a reasonably priced 3,500-yen course menu, allowing you to indulge in authentic "Yoshoku" cuisine in a stylish ambiance without breaking the bank.

When visiting Shibuya, I highly recommend stopping by "Shibuya Shokudo Ventuno Tokyo" to experience the casual vibe and uniquely Tokyo-style "Yoshoku" cuisine.

<Store Information>
Address: B1F Takagi Building (IKEA Shibuya), 24-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: Sundays
Phone: 03-3477-1199
Hours: ​​11:30 AM–3:30 PM, 5–10 PM
Hours (Sundays): 11:30 AM–3:30 PM, 5–9 PM

TOMBOY Cafe Shibuya: Enjoy Asian Cuisine in a Stylish Setting

Tomboy Cafe Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by TOMBOY Cafe Shibuya

"TOMBOY Cafe Shibuya" is a casual eatery serving ethnic Asian fare like the popular Gapao rice plate.  

I fell in love with the Asian resort-like vibe and friendly service when I first visited with a friend for lunch. The staff was incredibly welcoming, and the food was simply amazing.

Their Gapao rice plate, with the perfect balance of aromatic spices and heat, was an absolute delight! At only 800-900 yen for lunch, it's a steal.

They also offer a 3,500-yen evening course menu, making it an ideal spot to indulge in ethnic cuisine in a stylish setting. Highly recommended!

<Store Information>
Address: 1F Flat Maruyama, 10-13 Maruyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0044 150-0042  
Closed: None
Phone: 050-5592-1161
Hours: 11 AM–11 PM

Tharros: An Italian Restaurant Loved by Tokyo Locals

Shibuya Tharros
Source: Tharros official website

For stylish ambiance and authentic Italian cuisine in Shibuya, "Tharros" is a top recommendation.  

This restaurant prides itself on using carefully selected, directly imported Italian ingredients to create delicious dishes, making it a favorite among local Italian food lovers like myself.

On my first visit, I was impressed by the sophisticated interior reminiscent of an Italian trattoria and the exquisite, authentic flavors. The portion sizes are generous, so my friend and I shared several dishes.  

They offer a reasonably priced 3,080-yen lunch course, allowing you to indulge in genuine Italian fare. In the evenings, pasta and other a la carte options range from 2,000-3,000 yen, perfectly complemented by their wine selection.

If you're seeking an upscale yet stylish Italian dining experience in Shibuya, "Tharros" is a must-visit.

<Store Information>
Address: 1F Shibuya SEDE Building, 1 Chome-5-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Closed: Sundays, Mondays  
Phone: 03-3464-8511
Hours: ​12–3 PM, 6–11 PM

KINKA Sushi Bar Izakaya: A Chic Sushi Bar Befitting the Metropolis of Shibuya

Shibuya Kinka Sushi Bar
Source: KINKA official website

For stylish, high-quality sushi in Shibuya, "KINKA Sushi Bar Izakaya" is highly recommended. This sushi bar chain has two locations in Tokyo, offering fresh, premium sushi.  

What left a lasting impression on me was their delectable seared sushi. The searing process brings out the umami flavors of the fish, adding a delightful smoky aroma.

During lunchtime, you can enjoy a generously portioned "Kaisen Don" (sashimi rice bowl) for 1200-1500 yen, which is immensely satisfying on its own.

Recently, I visited for dinner with a friend and tried their sushi set (6 pieces for 2,200 yen). While reasonably priced for an upscale sushi bar, the sushi was not only visually appealing but also incredibly fresh and delicious, leaving us thoroughly satisfied.

This popular spot often has a wait during lunch and dinner hours, but the fresh, stylish sushi is well worth it in my opinion.

<Store Information>
Address: 2F. 3-10, Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-6452-5258
Hours: 11:30 AM–2:30 PM, 5–11 PM

Restaurant A bientot: Enjoy Course Dining While Overlooking the Shibuya Cityscape

Shibuya A Bientot
Source: Tabelog by Restaurant A bientot

The biggest draw of "Restaurant A bientot" is undoubtedly its prime location. Situated on the 25th floor of a hotel, large windows offer stunning panoramic views of the Shibuya cityscape, especially captivating at night when the city lights up.

I previously visited with a friend to celebrate her birthday, and while the daytime views were impressive, dining on exquisite French cuisine while soaking in the breathtaking nighttime vista was truly a memorable experience that she thoroughly enjoyed.  

The lunch course starts at 4,500 yen per person, while dinner courses begin at 6,500 yen. Considering the quality, service, and stunning vistas, the pricing is well justified. Many Tokyo locals frequent this restaurant for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays, and after experiencing it firsthand, I can understand why.

If you're seeking a premium dining experience in Shibuya, "Restaurant A bientot" is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: 25F Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu, 1-12-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Closed: None
Phone: 03-5457-0132
Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5:30–9:30 PM
Hours (Tuesdays): 11:30 AM–3 PM

Barbacoa Grill Shibuya: A Stylish Grilled Skewer Restaurant

Barbacoa Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by Barbacoa Grill Shibuya

"Barbacoa Grill Shibuya" offers an all-you-can-eat Brazilian-style grilled skewer ("Churrasco") experience in a stylish ambiance.  

As you step inside, the enticing aroma of meat grilling over charcoal wafts through the air.

Large skewers of various meats are brought directly to your table, where the staff carves off portions of your desired cuts.

During my recent lunchtime visit, despite it being a weekday, the restaurant was bustling with diners. I was amazed by the variety of meats on offer – beef, pork, chicken, sausages, and more, providing an impressive range of flavors.

Lunch prices are 4,800 yen on weekdays and 5,600 yen on weekends, while dinner is 7,500 yen. While slightly on the pricier side, the all-you-can-eat meat is a real treat. Additionally, they have a salad bar buffet, allowing you to enjoy fresh vegetables and greens alongside the meat.

If you're seeking a dynamic dining experience in a stylish setting, "Barbacoa Grill Shibuya" is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: 7F, HUMAX Pavilion Shibuya Koen-dori, 20-15 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 050-1807-6960 
Hours: 11:30 AM–3 PM, 5:30–10 PM
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11 AM–4 PM, 5–10 PM

2 Restaurants Offering Unique Shibuya Experiences

Shibuya is home to some restaurants and izakaya pubs that offer slightly offbeat experiences. As a Tokyo local, I find these photo-worthy spots quite popular among both locals and tourists, so be sure to check out the following three establishments for a unique memory during your trip.

Ichiran: The "Flavor Concentration" Ramen Shop

Shibuya Ichiran
Source: Ichiran official website

For a unique ramen experience in Shibuya, "Ichiran" is highly recommended.  

While renowned for their rich, pork-bone tonkotsu ramen, Ichiran's most distinctive feature is their individual booths designed to allow you to focus solely on savoring your meal, shielded from other diners.

The depth of flavor in their tonkotsu broth is simply sublime – one sip, and I'm confident you'll become an instant fan too! You can also customize your bowl by adding extra toppings for an additional fee, allowing you to create your perfect ramen.

A bowl of ramen starts at 980 yen, with toppings ranging from 140 yen. Personally, I consider their soft-boiled flavored egg an essential topping, perfectly complementing the rich tonkotsu broth!

When in Shibuya, be sure to experience the delectable tonkotsu ramen and Ichiran's unique "flavor concentration counters."

<Store Information>
Address: Iwamoto Building, B1F, 1-22-7 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 050-1808-2546
Hours: ​12–6 AM, 10 AM–12 AM

Pepper Parlor: A Restaurant Staffed by Robots

Pepper Parlor
Source: Pepper Parlor official website

"Pepper Parlor" is a unique Shibuya restaurant where you'll be served by "Pepper," a robot created in Japan, offering a futuristic dining experience.

As you enter, you're greeted by multiple Peppers at the reception and one at each table, engaging in conversation and taking orders just like human staff. Their cute robotic appearance alone is a novelty.

On my first visit with a friend, we were like excited children experiencing something completely new. Even other families and couples seemed to be enjoying their interactions with Pepper, creating a lively, friendly atmosphere.

The cuisine, including pasta dishes priced between 1,000-1,300 yen, is reasonably priced. They also offer a variety of desserts, like a 980-yen trio of gelato flavors, making it suitable for a cafe visit too.  

If you're seeking an unquestionably unique experience in Shibuya, this robot-staffed restaurant is a must-visit.

<Store Information>
Address: B1F Takagi Building (IKEA Shibuya), 24-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: Sundays
Phone: 03-3477-1199
Hours: 11 AM–11 PM  
Hours (Sundays): 11 AM–10 PM

4 Cafes Serving Photogenic Sweets in the Youth Culture Hub of Shibuya

Beyond its lively atmosphere, Shibuya, a hub of youth culture, offers many "kawaii" (cute) desserts that are bound to make you want to post on Instagram. Here are four of my favorite cafes in Shibuya serving not only photogenic but delicious sweets.

Shibuya Nishimura Fruits Parlor: "Kawaii" Parfaits to Photograph

Shibuya Nishimura
Source: Tabelog by toshicki 100%

The popular "Shibuya Nishimura Fruits Parlor" is a cafe renowned for its photogenic "kawaii" desserts, especially their parfaits loaded with fresh fruits and cream that are not only visually striking but incredibly delicious too.

When I tried one of their parfaits, I was amazed by the generous portions and the freshness and sweetness of the fruits. Upon researching, I discovered this cafe has over 100 years of history as a fruit vendor, explaining the exceptional quality.

While their menu items range from 1,000-2,000 yen, which is slightly pricier for desserts, the beautiful presentation and authentic flavors make it well worth it in my opinion.

<Store Information>  
Address: 1F, 22−2 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3476-2002
Hours: 10:30 AM–9 PM, 10 AM–9 PM (Sundays)

EDW yellow Shibuya: Indulge in Decadent Pancakes

EDW Yellow Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by EDW yellow Shibuya

"EDW yellow Shibuya" is renowned for their fluffy pancakes piled high with generous toppings.

On my first visit, I was initially taken aback by the menu prices starting from 1,600 yen, which seemed steep for pancakes. However, once the towering stack arrived, dripping with cream and toppings, I understood the reason behind the pricing. The portion was massive, and the flavors were simply divine.

While they offer regular food items too, their pancakes are so filling that they could easily substitute for a meal. The generous portions will leave you feeling pleasantly satiated.

If you're looking for photogenic and satisfying sweet treats in Shibuya, "EDW yellow Shibuya" is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: 2F QFRONT, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None  
Phone: 03-6712-7844
Hours: ​11 AM–10 PM

THE MATCHA TOKYO: Casual Japanese Tea Drinks and Sweets

Matcha Tokyo
Source: Tabelog by Oniku Monster

"THE MATCHA TOKYO" specializes in drinks and desserts made with high-quality organic matcha (green tea powder).  

Unlike traditional Japanese tea houses, they offer modern twists on classic tea ingredients, such as matcha lattes and smoothies, creating a stylish menu.

On my first visit, I was impressed by their extensive selection – over 10 different matcha drink varieties alone! Drinks range from 600-1,000 yen each, which is relatively affordable for Shibuya.

My personal favorite is pairing their beautifully designed matcha latte with the vibrant green tea-flavored ice cream.

If you're seeking delicious and photogenic tea-based treats, this cafe is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: 6-20-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
Closed: None
Phone: 050-5435-1201  
Hours: 11 AM–9 PM

Shiroichi Shibuya: Creamy, Elongated Ice Cream

Shiroichi Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by

"Shiroichi Shibuya" is a popular cafe known for its unique, elongated ice cream that is both visually striking and a hit among Instagram-loving Tokyo youth.

Priced at 600 yen each, I initially thought they were a bit expensive for ice cream. However, the rich, creamy organic vanilla flavor won me over. In fact, this cafe prides itself on using premium organic ingredients.

The cafe opens at noon but closes once they sell out for the day, so it's advisable to arrive early, especially on weekends when they tend to sell out faster.

"Shiroichi Shibuya" is about an 8-minute walk from Shibuya Station. While slightly off the beaten path, I often stop by when visiting nearby shopping destinations like Parco.

<Store Information>
Address: 1F, ANDOS 2 Building, 1 Chome-7-7 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3461-5353
Hours: ​12 PM - This shop will be closed once the ice cream is sold out.

3 Recommended Restaurants for Enjoying Tokyo's Traditional Cuisine Inexpensively in Shibuya

Beyond stylish eateries, unique restaurants, and photogenic sweets, Shibuya also offers places where you can casually enjoy traditional Tokyo cuisine like sushi and tempura at reasonable prices. Here are three of my favorite such restaurants in the area.

Kaiten Sushi Katsumidori: Delicious Conveyor Belt Sushi

Katsumidori Shibuya
Source: Katsumidori official website

If you're looking to enjoy authentic sushi at reasonable prices in Shibuya, "Kaiten Sushi Katsumidori" is a great option. This conveyor belt sushi restaurant has multiple locations across Tokyo.

Even a single tuna order offers a range from 140 yen for 2 pieces to 600 yen at this restaurant. As a Tokyo local, I usually don't expect much from inexpensive conveyor belt sushi places, but the sushi here is consistently fresh and delicious.

Another highlight is their seasonal menu that changes to incorporate ingredients at their prime. In spring, you might find sea bream; in summer, conger eel; in autumn, saury; and in winter, oysters – all served in the fun conveyor belt style.

However, this popular chain often has lines during lunch and dinner hours, sometimes requiring a 30-minute to 1-hour wait. While I end up waiting each time, the quality and value make it well worth it.

For delicious yet affordable sushi in Shibuya, this restaurant is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: Seibu Shibuya, A Building, Floor 8, 21-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 03-5728-4282  
Hours: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Tatemi Tenpura KIKU: Affordable and Delicious Tempura Set Meals

Tempura Kiku
Source: KIKU official website

"Tempura" is a traditional Tokyo dish where seafood, vegetables, and other ingredients are lightly battered and deep-fried, resulting in a crispy texture.

"Tatemi Tenpura KIKU" in Shibuya offers casual tempura dining at reasonable prices.  

Their lunch sets, starting from 1,500 yen, offer a generous variety of tempura items at great value. In the evenings, I often order their tempura assortment along with drinks.

Despite being called a "standing bar," they do have seated areas where you can leisurely enjoy your tempura meal.

As a relatively lesser-known spot in Shibuya, you rarely have to wait long for a table during lunch or dinner hours, which is a plus.

If you're looking to savor authentic tempura cuisine at budget-friendly prices in Shibuya, this restaurant is highly recommended.

<Store Information>
Address: Shibuya Parco,  B1F, 15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042
Closed: None
Phone: 03-5422-3119
Hours: 11 AM–10 PM

Maruyamacho Wadatsumi: Recommended for Their Lavish Lunch Set Menus

Wadatsumi Shibuya
Source: Wadatsumi official website

"Soba" is a traditional Tokyo noodle dish made from buckwheat flour, served with a dipping sauce flavored with seafood and soy sauce.

If you're looking to enjoy authentic, reasonably priced soba in Shibuya, I recommend "Maruyamacho Wadatsumi." Beyond the delicious food, I'm also fond of the charming interior reminiscent of a traditional Japanese home.  

Seasonal soba dishes range from 1,000-2,000 yen. During lunchtime, they offer a great value "Soba Set" that includes a rice dish for 1,450 yen, making it one of my frequent lunchtime spots.

Apart from the set, I highly recommend their "Vegetable Tempura Soba," which comes with an assortment of lightly battered vegetable tempura – a luxurious combination with the soba noodles.

If you're seeking to enjoy authentic soba cuisine in a slightly retro ambiance in Shibuya, "Maruyamacho Wadatsumi" is a must-visit.

<Store Information>
Address: 6-1 Maruyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0044
Closed: Sundays  
Phone: 03-6455-0267
Hours: ​​11:30 AM–3 PM, 6–10 PM

7 Recommended Spots for Nightlife and Drinking in the Vibrant Shibuya

Shibuya takes on a different face at night, known as one of Tokyo's premier nightlife districts. Here, I'll introduce some recommended spots for enjoying drinks and nightlife in Shibuya.

Recommended Izakaya Pubs in Shibuya

"Izakaya" is a long-standing style of casual dining establishment in Tokyo, serving drinks along with a variety of dishes. Compared to bars, izakayas offer a wider selection of food items to accompany your drinks, making them ideal for experiencing Shibuya's food culture over a few drinks.

Zauo Shibuya: An Izakaya Where You Can Fish for Your Meal

Shibuya Zauo
Source: Tabelog by Zauo Shibuya

"Zauo Shibuya" is a popular izakaya among Tokyo locals, offering a unique fishing experience.  

The interior is designed to resemble a fishing port, complete with large tanks filled with various types of fish swimming around. You're given a fishing rod to catch your desired fish, which the staff will then prepare for you.

When I brought a friend with kids here, they all had an absolute blast fishing and eating the ultra-fresh catch. There's something truly satisfying about savoring fish you've caught yourself!

This family-friendly izakaya is perfect for a fun group dining experience. While their operating hours start at 5 PM on weekdays, they open at 11:30 AM on weekends, making it suitable for lunch too.

<Store Information>
Address: B1F Hymanten Jinan Building, 1 Chome-19-3 Jinnan, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0041
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6427-0207
Hours: 5 PM–11 PM
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11:30 AM–3 PM, 4–11 PM

Goryonsan: Photogenic Skewered Cuisine

Source: Tabelog by Goryonsan

The izakaya "Goryonsan" in Shibuya is renowned for its creative skewered cuisine.

As you enter, you're greeted by an array of vegetable-wrapped skewers, instantly making you want to snap photos.

However, Goryonsan's appeal goes beyond just visuals – the skewered dishes are absolutely delicious. I recommend their 4,500-5,000 yen course menu, which allows you to indulge in a variety of their signature skewers paired with drinks.

While this popular spot often requires a wait, it's well worth it for those seeking flavorful and photogenic skewered delicacies accompanied by drinks in Shibuya.

<Store Information>
Address: B1, Villa First Shibuya, 1 Chome-6-3 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6712-6700
Hours: 5–11:30 PM
Hours (Saturdays, Sundays): 11:30 AM–3 PM, 4–11 PM

Dogenzaka KATSU: A Locals' Hideaway Izakaya

Dougenzaka Katsu
Source: Tabelog by Dogenzaka Katsu

The "Dogenzaka KATSU" is a beloved hidden gem among Shibuya locals.

They offer a daily changing menu featuring dishes that highlight the seasonal ingredients, ranging from simple classics to creative fare.  

What particularly impressed me was their selection of Japanese wines, which pair exquisitely with KATSU's cuisine – a must-try in my opinion.

For those seeking a more local izakaya experience in Shibuya, I highly recommend paying a visit to this establishment.

<Store Information>
Address: Primera Dogenzaka, 109 1-15-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043
Closed: Sundays
Phone: 03-6809-0779
Hours: 5:30 PM–12 AM

Shokkan Shibuya: A Stylish Izakaya Offering Innovative Cuisine

Shokkkan Shibuya
Source: Tabelog by Shokkan Shibuya

For an elevated izakaya experience in Shibuya, I recommend "Shokkan Shibuya."

As you step inside, you're greeted by an open kitchen where skilled chefs meticulously prepare each dish, creating a live culinary performance.  

I often visit with friends for special occasions like birthdays, and we're always captivated by the chefs' deft movements as they craft each exquisite plate. It's a truly unique dining spectacle.

They offer an "Omakase" (chef's choice) course starting from 9,000 yen. While pricier than typical izakayas, you're treated to the finest creations using the freshest seasonal ingredients, perfectly complemented by their beverage pairings.  

While izakayas are typically lively spots, Shokkan Shibuya offers a more refined ambiance – ideal for those seeking a slightly upscale experience with innovative fare and drinks in Shibuya.

<Store Information>  
Address: B1, HAKKA Building, 3 Chome-5-5 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002
Closed: None
Phone: 03-3797-1911
Hours: 5:30 PM–11 PM

Recommended Yokocho Alleys and Streets in Shibuya

"Yokocho" refers to areas with narrow streets or alleys lined with small eateries and drinking establishments. These lively spots are popular hangouts among locals and visitors alike, truly coming alive at night. As someone who frequently explores Shibuya's nightlife, let me share a few recommended yokocho alleys and local drinking districts.

Shibuya Niku Yokocho: A Meat-Centric Alley

Shibuya Nikuyokocho
Source: Google Maps by Niku Yokocho

If you're seeking delicious meat dishes paired with drinks in Shibuya, "Shibuya Niku Yokocho" (Meat Alley) is highly recommended. This area is lined with pubs specializing in various Japanese meat cuisines.

It's a lively spot that epitomizes the local Shibuya vibe, always bustling with students and after-work crowds whenever I visit.

What I enjoy most about Niku Yokocho is the ability to sample dishes from multiple meat-centric establishments while sipping on drinks, rather than being limited to just one restaurant.

While the boisterous atmosphere may not suit those seeking a quiet solo drink, it's an excellent destination for groups of friends or families.

<Store Information>
Address: Chitose Kaikan, 2F, 13-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042  
Closed: None
Phone: 03-6416-4099
Hours: ​5 PM–3 AM

Nonbei Yokocho: A Photogenic Retro Drinking District

Shibuya Nonbei Yokocho
Source: Nonbei Yokocho official website

"Nonbei Yokocho" is a retro, nostalgic drinking district in the heart of metropolitan Shibuya.  

The narrow alleys are lined with around 40 bars and eateries, exuding an old Tokyo charm that captivated me on my first visit, prompting me to snap photos immediately.

While more of a local spot among Shibuya residents, it has recently gained popularity with foreign visitors too, making it an accessible area for tourists to experience the local nightlife.

The establishments here don't open until around 6 PM, so there's not much to see during the day. However, it's worth visiting during the daytime as well to truly appreciate the transformation at night.

Address: 1-25 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002

Dogenzaka and Hyakkendana: A Spirited Shibuya Nightlife Street

Shibuya Hyakkendana
Source: Google Maps by Masaki Sato

While not technically a yokocho, if you're seeking to experience Shibuya's gritty, local nightlife, I recommend exploring "Dogenzaka and Hyakkendana" street.

This area retains the atmosphere of old Tokyo's drinking districts, lined with bars and eateries exuding a distinctly local vibe that may feel intimidating for some visitors.  

I'd suggest initially just wandering through and observing the various establishments from the outside for an authentic glimpse into this side of Shibuya's nightlife.

However, families with children may want to avoid this area due to the presence of love hotels and its more adult-oriented ambiance.

But for those eager to immerse themselves in Shibuya's underground, local nightlife scene, a stroll through Dogenzaka and Hyakkendana is highly recommended.

Address: 2-18-16-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0043

Shibuya Food FAQs

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions travelers may have about dining in Shibuya.

What should my budget be for dining in Shibuya?

For lunchtime, you can enjoy a meal in the range of 1,000-2,000 yen. For dinner, budget around 3,000-5,000 yen, or 10,000 yen if you plan to include drinks. French and Italian cuisine tends to be slightly more expensive in Japan.

If I could only choose one thing to eat, what would you recommend?

My personal recommendation would be the tonkotsu ramen at "Ichiran." Their delectable pork-bone broth and unique "flavor concentration counter" system is sure to make for an unforgettable Shibuya dining memory.

Are there any food tours available in Shibuya?

Yes, here are three food tours I can recommend for experiencing Shibuya's culinary scene:

"Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo" by Magical Trip

Shibuya Tour Magical Trip
Source: Magical Trip

If you want to immerse yourself in Shibuya's nightlife, our "Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo" at Magical Trip is highly recommended.  

Over 3 hours, this tour takes you to 3 local izakaya pubs around Shibuya Station, including the famed "Niku Yokocho" (Meat Alley) featured in this article. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you'll get to experience off-the-beaten-path gems you might miss on your own.

Priced at around $99, the tour includes food and drinks at each stop, allowing you to indulge without worrying about the bill.

For those seeking to experience Shibuya's nightlife from a local's perspective, our tour is an excellent option.

Click here for more details: Shibuya Bar Hopping Night Tour in Tokyo

"Best of Shibuya Food Tour" by Arigato Japan Food Tours

Shibuya Tour Arigato Travel
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The "Best of Shibuya Food Tour" by Arigato Japan Food Tours is a comprehensive 3-hour experience visiting 5 hidden local izakayas.  

Priced at 24,000 yen (around $155), the tour includes hearty portions at each izakaya stop, ensuring you'll be more than satisfied by the end. An English-speaking guide will not only accompany you but share insights into Shibuya's dining culture.

While you'll spend less time at each individual location compared to our tour, this is an excellent option for those seeking to efficiently explore multiple Shibuya izakaya hotspots.

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"Shibuya All You Can Eat Food Tour Best Experience in Tokyo" by WashokuClub

Shibuya Tour Washoku Club
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For gastronomes looking to indulge in Shibuya, the "Shibuya All You Can Eat Food Tour Best Experience in Tokyo" by WashokuClub is highly recommended.  

Over 4 hours, this approximately $205 tour takes you to Shibuya's shopping malls, Nonbei Yokocho, and popular eateries offering all-you-can-eat Japanese favorites like sushi, yakiniku (grilled meat), karaage (fried chicken), and takoyaki (octopus balls).

The tour concludes at the iconic Donki discount store, where you can browse Japanese snacks and merchandise – a perfect opportunity for souvenir shopping after your food-filled journey.

This tour combines dining with sightseeing, making it ideal for those seeking a comprehensive Shibuya experience.

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In this article, I carefully curated 22 dining spots that collectively showcase the diverse culinary appeal of Shibuya, one of Tokyo's most iconic entertainment districts.

While renowned as a youth fashion and cultural hub, I believe Shibuya's food scene is equally deserving of praise, offering everything from upscale establishments and casual eateries to unique themed restaurants, photogenic dessert cafes, and lively working-class tavern streets.

As a Tokyo local, I've included only the restaurants and eateries I can confidently recommend. So for those visiting Shibuya in 2024, I encourage you to refer to this guide to fully immerse yourself in its gastronomic delights!