Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Tokyo

I wish I could report otherwise, but Tokyo’s vegan cuisine is just not progressive (think Vancouver 15 years ago). While it was comforting to dine at fully plant-based restaurants, I wouldn’t recommend going to many of them for an ‘exciting culinary experience’. 1.0 ingredients like rice, tofu and beans seemed to be the focus at vegan restaurants we tried. That said, we did find a few gems and certain must tries described below…

Mr. Farmer

4-5-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku | $$ | Vegetable-forward Cafe

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A breath of fresh air! This Japanese-owned, California-inspired healthy restaurant is an ideal spot if you're craving a green smoothie, fruit-and-herb-infused water or a big healthy sandwich. The menu contains a small amount of meat and many vegan options. Portions are large and this massive juicy sandwich (pictured) truly was one of the best things I ate all trip.

Elle Cafe

106-0032 Roppongi, Minato-k | $$$ | Healthy & Beauty Store

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Set in a shopping center within Roppongi Hills, this girlie shop and juice bar sells a handful of the healthy, vegan foods I'd been craving: 'coyo' (coconut-based yogurt, pictured), green juice, granola and vegan chocolate. Don't go out of your way for Elle, but if you're craving any of the above, it's a great little place to stock up.

T's Tantan

Tokyo Station, 1F, Keiyo St | $ | Vegan Ramen

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Tokyo's only vegan ramen restaurant, worth the 30 minutes it took us to locate within Tokyo station (the city's largest train station, also restaurant central). Plant-based ramen in Japan is like the needle in a haystack, and T's did not disappoint. The food comes fast, flavours are bold and fake meat subs in for its animal counterpart in multiple menu options.


5-10-17 2F Minami Aoyama, Minato-Ku | $$ | Vegan

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Walking into 8ablish, one of Tokyo's 100% vegan restaurants, felt safe. Sadly, the food was nothing to write home about, but it was refreshing to choose from nothing but plant-based options. Lunch, dinner, drinks and dessert are available. My top recommendation is their 'famous' dairy-free soft serve with toppings like bergamot oil, macadamia nut oil or caramel sauce (the latter was by far my fav).