Tokyo Bucket List

Wonderguide by

Nína Hjördís Þorkelsdóttir

Tokyo for Foodies and Vintage Lovers

I had heard so many great things about the culinary scene in Tokyo before I went there so my expectations were quite high. However, the food was even better than I dreamed of – simply out of this world! Here are a few restaurants and bars in Tokyo that I absolutely loved.

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Cheap eats 🍤

Eating well in Tokyo on the cheap is an easier than I thought. Even the convenience stores have a nice selection of sushi, bento boxes and other delicious treats at a pretty low price.

Image - Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi
Nína:Tried this sushi place in the Shibuya district on my first night in Tokyo and I urge you to do the same! There are no servers at Genki, only conveyor belts. This is a chain restaurant that can be found in other countries in Asia and it's also a bit touristy, but I still recommend that you try.
Image - Japan Street Food, Tokyo
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Nína:Check this article for tips and tricks on how to eat well in Tokyo on a budget.
Image - Maruka
Nína:An iconic ramen place.
Image - Ichiran Shibuya
Ichiran Shibuya
Nína:Also a famous chain restaurant but the ramen is absolutely delicious. Close to perfection, I'd say.
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Lovely Vintage Shops 👜

I was amazed by the number of vintage stores in Tokyo (and Kyoto). It's simply incredible. Here are a few very nice vintage stores I came across in Tokyo.

Image - Jantiques
Nína:Every item in this store seems to be very carefully selected. It isn't cheap, but instead you'll find a number of unique and stunning pieces. A lot of other nice vintage stores on the same street.
Image - RAGTAG Shibuya Store
RAGTAG Shibuya Store
Nína:Here you'll find a lot of fashion labels, such as Comme des Garsons, Céline, Martin Margiela and more.
Image - Shinjuku Chuo Park
Shinjuku Chuo Park
Nína:There's a flea market in this park 1–3 times a month (on a Saturday).
Image - Flamingo原宿店
Nína:Nice clothes, reasonable prices.

Shopping 💸

Image - EW.Pharmacy
Nína:Here you can by a customized bouquet of dried flowers.
Image - 85[ハチゴウ] Hachigo
85[ハチゴウ] Hachigo
Nína:Fermentation shop

Bars + restaurants in Nakameguro 🍸

Image - Caldo
Nína:A nice Spanish restaurant – excellent tapas, good vibe and outdoor seating. It's under a train track, so it's a bit noisy (but I wouldn't worry about it unless you're really sensitive to noise).
Image - Japanese Sake bar 「Robata-no-sato」 Nakameguro
Japanese Sake bar 「Robata-no-sato」 Nakameguro
Nína:Loved everything about this sake place. Amazing sake, amazing food, delicious desserts and such a vibrant atmosphere. There are in fact so many excellent sake bars all over Japan and the ones I visited were all fantastic. Definitely my pro tip for visitors in Japan!

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  1. Genki Sushi
  2. Maruka
  3. Ichiran Shibuya
  4. Jantiques
  5. RAGTAG Shibuya Store
  6. Shinjuku Chuo Park
  7. Flamingo原宿店
  9. EW.Pharmacy
  10. 85[ハチゴウ] Hachigo
  11. Caldo
  12. Japanese Sake bar 「Robata-no-sato」 Nakameguro

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