Where to Eat, Drink and Sleep in Tokyo

Discover some of our favourite spots in the Japanese metropolis.

A hotel room in the Tokyo Peninsula hotel

The Peninsula Tokyo

In glitzy Ginza, the Peninsula makes a point of welcoming smaller guests: child-size bathrobes, slippers and in-room paper-folding puzzle.

What we loved In partnership with Pokémon, an interactive mystery game has you taking elevators and exploring hallways, for an entertaining cross-section of hotel life. Burgers at Peter Restaurant – kid and grown-up menus alike – are fantastic.


Two attendants behind the counter at ISETAN, a sweets shop in Tokyo.
   Photo: Nano Betts/travelwithnanob.com


Tokyo’s depachikas, department-store basements, are food wonderlands. This one in Shinjuku is tops: Pick up exquisitely packaged wagashi (confections) and sculptured shrimp crackers. Then mosey around the displays for lunch – onigiri and sushi, but also hyper-perfect baked goods – and bring your finds to the rooftop garden.


Five Japanese pastries shaped like cartoon bears arranged on a rectangular white plate.
   Photo: Alex Rretey Systermans

Shiro-Hige’s Cream Puff Factory

Off a winding street in the low-slung district of Shimokitazawa, this quirky bakery feels a million miles from the towering skyline. Take a seat in the upstairs café to enjoy the delightful dilemma of facing a custard-filled Totoro pastry eye to eye with fork in hand.


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