A Must-See for Cat Lovers! Yanaka Ginza Best Street Food

Yanaka Ginza is a famous shopping street in Tokyo that’s located in the downtown area near JR Nippori Station and Sendagi Subway Station. It’s garnered a reputation as a place to stroll and eat while browsing the cat-themed stores that line the route. In this article, we’ll introduce some of the most popular gourmet treats and sweets not to miss, from minced meat cutlets to chestnut ice cream and cat-inspired cakes.

  • 01

    [Minced meat cutlet] Niku no Suzuki

    Minced Meat cutlet 250 yen

    Minced Meat cutlet 250 yen

    Specializing in homemade meat dishes, Niku no Suzuki was first established in 1933 and has been loved by locals ever since. One of its most popular menu items is the Genki Menchikatsu (“Minced Meat cutlet”), which uses a combination of Japanese-grown beef shoulder with Australian-reared beef thigh. It costs just 250 yen (tax included) per piece and you can rest assured that the oil in which it’s cooked is fresh, with the staff changing it three times a day.

    Niku no Suzuki

    Niku no Suzuki

    Niku no Suzuki

    Niku no Suzuki

    Niku no Suzuki

    Niku no Suzuki

    肉のすずき
    rating

    4.0

    20 Reviews
    place
    東京都荒川区西日暮里3-15-5
    phone
    0338214526
  • 02

    [Minced meat cutlet] Niku no Sato

    Minced meat cutlet 200 yen

    Minced meat cutlet 200 yen

    This old-fashioned butcher offers high-quality beef, pork, and chicken that’s all sourced from Japanese farmers. It’s renowned for its Yanaka Menchi (200 yen including tax), which is believed to have sparked the minced meat cutlet boom in Japan. They also do delicious roast pork served with a special sauce that you can buy to take home. One quirk of this store is that it regularly plays the entrance song of the famed Japanese wrestler, Antonio Inoki!

    Niku no Sato

    Niku no Sato

    Niku no Sato

    Niku no Sato

    Meat no Sato
    rating

    3.5

    19 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taito-ku Yanaka 3-chome 13-2
    phone
    0338211764
  • 03

    [Drink] HAKKODO

    Honey Ginger (+ Mixed Berry) 500 yen

    Honey Ginger (+ Mixed Berry) 500 yen

    HAKKODO is a new addition to Yanaka Ginza, opening back in July 2019. They’re on a mission to make fermented foods more accessible to people, with their menu including grilled rice balls and delicious drinks that all involve some form of fermentation. Not to miss is their Honey Ginger (+ Mixed Berry), a soda that combines sweet and sour tastes. It costs 500 yen (tax included) and doesn’t have that vinegary hint of some fermented beverages.

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO

    HAKKODO(ハッコウドウ) おいしい発酵と出会う店
    place
    東京都台東区谷中3-12-1
    phone
    0358347737
  • 04

    [Drink] Sweets & Juice Japanese Banana Institute

    Miracle Banana and Milk 520 yen

    Miracle Banana and Milk 520 yen

    Another new arrival is the Sweets & Juice Japanese Banana Institute, which prides itself on being Japan’s first banana specialty store. If you’re after a liquid meal, try their Kiseki no Banana Gyunyu Wari (“Miracle Banana and Milk”), which features Hokkaido Hamanaka-cho milk - the same that’s used to create Haagen-Dazs ice cream. It’s packed with nutrients and costs 520 yen for a small size. The shop also sells a variety of other drinks with different levels of sweetness and taste, so you’ll be able to find something to suit you.

    Juice Japanese Banana Institute

    Juice Japanese Banana Institute

    スイーツ&ジュース国産バナナ研究所
    place
    東京都台東区谷中3-8-9
    phone
    05031968216
  • 05

    [Gelato] Chonmageimo Tamaru

    Babahera Ice 350 yen

    Babahera Ice 350 yen

    Chomageimo Tamaru specializes in Japanese sweets and gourmet foods, although it’s their gelato ice cream that we want to highlight here. The Babahera Ice (350 yen including tax) hails from Akita and is designed in the shape of a flower for a photogenic touch. They’re only available for takeaway, but there is a tarot fortune teller just outside the shop where you can have your future told (500 yen for five minutes) while you eat it!

    Chonmageimo Tamaru

    Chonmageimo Tamaru

    Chonmageimo tamaru
    rating

    3.5

    9 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Yanaka 3-11-15
    phone
    0358143460
  • 06

    [Cat Sweets] Yanaka Shippoya

    Nyanko Soft  350 yen

    Nyanko Soft  350 yen

    If you’re a fan of soft-serve ice cream, then head to Yanaka Shippoya, which is located in the middle of Yanaka Ginza. Aside from their Nyanko Soft (350 yen), they also create grilled donuts in the shape of cattails using locally-sourced ingredients. They feature a crispy outside and a soft interior, with paw prints or cat faces decorating each. More than 10 different types are available at any one time, with a highlight being the black cocoa dough and white chocolate chip “Tora”.

    Yanaka Shippoya

    Yanaka Shippoya

    Yanaka Shippoya

    Yanaka Shippoya

    やなかのしっぽや 谷中本店
    place
    東京都台東区谷中3-11-12
    phone
    0338229517
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  • 07

    [Cat Sweets] Manekiya

    Fuku Nyan Yaki 200 yen

    Fuku Nyan Yaki 200 yen

    No trip to Yanaka Ginza is complete without stopping at Manekiya, which has become famous for its Fuku Nyan Yaki (200 yen including tax). These sweet treats are filled with red bean paste from Tokachi and depict the renowned cat character created by Kenichi Kitami. Other flavors include cream cheese pizza and beef stew, as well as a matcha flavor. They’re an easy snack to grab and eat on-the-go or take home as a souvenir.

    Manekiya

    Manekiya

    Manekiya

    Manekiya

    Manekiya

    Manekiya

    Manekiya
    rating

    3.5

    9 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Met. Taitou-ku Yanaka 3-9-15
    phone
    0358348139
  • 08

    [Cat Sweets] Cafe Nekoemon

    Cafe Nekoemon

    Cafe Nekoemon

    Want to paint your own manekineko doll? Visit Cafe Nekoemon where you can decorate a “beckoning cat” while relaxing over a cup of tea. It costs 1,620 yen (including tax) for the experience (with tea and cake) or you can just enjoy one of their cat-themed cakes for 440 yen (770 yen if served with tea).

    Cafe Nekoemon

    Cafe Nekoemon

    Cafe Necoemon
    place
    Tokyo Taito-ku Yanaka 5-4-3
    phone
    0338222297
    opening-hour
    10:30-17:30
  • 09

    [Donuts] Manten Donuts

    Plain donuts 180 yen

    Plain donuts 180 yen

    Manten Donuts delivers fluffy donuts that are grilled rather than fried, with all of their products made at the shop. There are always at least 10 different types of donuts available at the first-floor store, which you can enjoy in the second-floor dining space. Plain donuts cost just 180 yen (including tax) per piece (flavored donuts start at 200 yen) and are individually wrapped so you can take them home as a souvenir or gift to a friend with a sweet tooth.

    Flavored donuts 200 yen

    Flavored donuts 200 yen

    Manten Donuts

    Manten Donuts

    Manten Donuts

    Manten Donuts

    谷中満天ドーナツ
    place
    東京都台東区谷中3-8-12
    phone
    0338247624
    no image
  • 10

    [Bread] Bonjour mojo2

    Panda Coppe 150 yen

    Panda Coppe 150 yen

    If you’ve got children, they’ll love the cute bread rolls that are produced at this store, which are both firm and delicious. Their Panda Coppe is a particular favorite and costs just 150 yen (including tax) each. When you visit Bonjour mojo2, there’s always something new and adorable to discover, including turtle-shaped melon bread (which resembles a melon) and elephant-shaped bacon and cheese bread.

    Bonjour mojo2

    Bonjour mojo2

    Bonjour mojo2

    Bonjour mojo2

    Bonjourmojo2
    place
    東京都文京区根津2-33-2 七弥ハウス101
    phone
    03-5834-8278
    no image
  • 11

    [Apple pie] Mammies an sourire

    Mammies an sourire

    Mammies an sourire

    There’s often a line leading out of this ever-popular apple pie store, which has been featured in countless media outlets. Their Apple Pie (500 yen including tax) is made without any artificial colorings or preservations, which allows the natural flavor of the apples to shine through.

    Mammies an sourire

    Mammies an sourire

    Mammies an sourire

    Mammies an sourire

    マミーズ・アン・スリール 谷中店
    place
    東京都台東区谷中3-8-7
    phone
    03-3822-8166
    no image
  • 12

    [Sweets] Waguriya

    Waguriya

    Waguriya

    Premium Japanese chestnuts are the focus of this confectionary store, with their chestnuts sourced from Kasama City in Ibaraki Prefecture. They pride themselves on using raw ingredients (no artificial colors, fragrances or stabilizers) to create their sweets, which include the popular Kurikaoru Soft Cream (500 yen including tax). This soft serve is made by combining a rich chestnut paste with fresh milk for a luxurious taste that can only be experienced in Yanaka Ginza.

  • 13

    [Cafe] CIBI

    Flat White 430 yen

    Flat White 430 yen

    Just five minutes’ walk from the Yanaka Shopping Street is CIBI, a concept cafe that was born in Australia. It features a minimalist concrete interior accented by the warmth of wood where high-quality espresso coffee is served. Experience Australia’s renowned cafe culture while sipping on a Flat White (430 yen including tax), with takeout options available if you’re on the go or if the cafe is already full to the brim (which is often the case on weekends and holidays!)

    CIBI

    CIBI

    CIBI

    CIBI

    CIBI Tokyo
    rating

    4.5

    20 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Bunkyo-ku Sendagi 3-37-11
    phone
    0358348045
  • 14

    [Access] How to get to Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

    As there is no parking available in Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street, it is recommended that you go by train. It’s just five minutes’ walk from Nippori Station, which is served by the JR Yamanote Line, the Joban Line, the Toei Toneri Line, and the Keisei Line. It’s also just five minutes from Sendagi Station, which is served by the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

    Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

    Yanaka Ginza Shopping Street

    Yanaka Ginza Shopping street
    place
    Tokyo Taito-ku Yanaka 3-chome

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