7 Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo You Shouldn’t Miss

Japan ranks amongst the top culinary capitals in the world. Not so for vegetarians and vegans. Finding options for vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo, the land of raw fish and oversized bowls of noodle soup, can be limited – “no meat” often means shrimp or fish. But with changing attitudes and the demand for healthier eats, progressive restaurants are increasingly catering to vegetarians and even vegans. Our list will help inspiring and practicing vegetarians feel right at home in and around Tokyo.

1. Marugo Deli

Location: Ebisu

Opening hours: Daily, 9:00a.m. – 9:00p.m.

Did you know: They have a kitchen available for rental on the third floor.

With roots as a cold pressed juice stand, Marugo blossomed into a deli with a conscience. Apart from their wide variety of juices, their range of hemp cookies and smoothies make for an interesting deli selection. Drop by on a lazy afternoon to enjoy their seasonal beverages and delectable array of sandwiches. Their online store is a good resource for some good vegetarian produce like tempeh, granola and a variety of hemp products.

2. Ain Soph Ripple

Location: Shinjuku-ku

Opening hours:

Monday-Saturday, 11:00a.m. – 9:30p.m.

Sunday & Holidays, 11:00a.m. – 8:30p.m.

Did you know: Located in the bustling district of Shinjuku, Ripple offers a place to relax from the noise and enjoy a break accompanied with craft beers and mouth watering vegan burgers!

Ain Soph Ripple is one of many burger joints emerging in Tokyo. However, it’s one of the only one that can keep the entire burger-loving city salivating. The ever popular Ripple cheeseburger is the kind of burger that any self-respecting burger lover would take to immediately. It has a thick patty oozing with cheese that is topped with a secret sauce, a generous slice of tomato, and guacamole — all of which sits between fluffy burger buns. Additionally, there is a side of cheese fries that is just right, to top it all off Ripple is vegan.

3. Nataraj

Locations: Aoyama, Ginza, Ogikubo, Shibuya, Tateshina

Opening hours: Do check their website for opening hours at individual locations

Did you know: Nataraj has been recognized by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific (PETA) as one of the top ten meatless meals restaurants in Asia. They are also one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo.

You can be sure that Nataraj stays true to their healthy, homestyle cooking even after 26 years of serving up Indian vegetarian cuisine in Tokyo. The sophisticated menu leaves vegetarians spoilt for choice and meat lovers wondering how something so delicious excludes meat. Most unusual is the use of wheat gluten and soy-based meat, neither of which are typical of traditional Indian cuisine. The restaurants use organic vegetables from their farms in Chiba, Yamanashi and Nagano as well as specially curated ingredients like non-GMO cooking oil. You may also like to check out their online store for naans, curries, beans and spices.

4. G-Veggie/ G&V

Location: Ginza

Opening hours: Daily, 10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.

Did you know: G-Veggie has a cooking school where you can sign up for a 1-day workshop to learn macrobiotic cooking.

Macrobiotic food never sounded so pretty. G&V serves up a menu of delightful dishes they call ‘kirei (Japanese for pretty) cuisine’. G&V’s ‘kirei cuisine’ is all about serving up food that is bursting with natural energy from Mother Earth such as grains, vegetables and traditional Japanese fermented foods like natto (fermented soy beans). For a taste of it all, we highly recommend the monthly G&V Buffet Night for a chance to sample the best of ‘kirei cuisine’ macrobiotic dishes that will most certainly challenge your relationship with food.

5. Alishan Café

Location: Saitama

Opening hours: Mondays – Fridays, 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

Did you know: They have an organic shop next door where you can pick up produce that you enjoyed from your inspiring meal.

This down-to-earth café serves organic vegetarian and vegan dishes sourced locally and seasonally. Deli favourites like carrot cake, oatmeal cookies, flavourful curries and veggie burgers are given their creative twist to guarantee a sensory and visual experience. Perhaps you will never look at good ‘ol soy meat, hijiki (a kind of seaweed), agave and carob the same way again. These guys are located in Saitama, but we put them in the list of vegetarian restaurants in Tokyo as a trip out there for a healthy meal, hiking and even a swim in the crystal-clear mountain river next door is highly recommended.

6. L for You

Location: Aoyama

Opening hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10:00-20:00
Sunday and Holidays: 10:00-19:00

Did you know: L for You bases their entire menu on a philosophy of good gut health through a wonderful offering of balanced probiotic-filled vegetarian delicacies.

L for You offers a wide range of vegetarian offering along with a few non-veggie items for the carnivores in your life. The majority of their ingredients are organic as the owners take an immense amount of time to procure healthy produce and seasonings.

Lunch plates are available from 11:30 to 15:00 providing a well-balanced meal loaded with good probiotics from miso, amazake, vinegars and other natural seasonings familiar to a Japanese kitchen. Dinner plates in the evening. The food is eclectic. Gluten-free paninis and french toast are there for those craving carbs. You can also put together a meal from their vegetable deli which includes cold dishes, pickles, salads and other tasty morsels.

Also a great place for organic drinks and raw sweets to ease your afternoon hunger pangs.

Tucked away in the fashionable Minami Aoyama district, a definite go-to for the local crowd. If your visiting Japan, do try L for You.  Feel free to bring back some of the healthy products they offer in their adjoining shop.

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