This West Coast breakfast-centric café in Daikanyama has plenty of meat-free offerings. Located just a minute’s walk from Daikanyama Station, Blu Jam Cafe has a warm interior with exposed bricks, high ceilings and modern art. The staff is kind, accommodating and offers service in English. The restaurant's signature breakfast, cornflake-crusted crunchy French toast served with a vanilla bean sauce, is offered all day, as well as other morning staples. For vegetarians, the menu features the Florentine Benedict with poached eggs, baby spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and hollandaise sauce atop lightly toasted English muffins. Vegan options include a spicy Tex-Mex tofu hash, veggie sandwich and a vegan burger. The kitchen staff also are happy to make other dishes vegan or gluten-free, if possible. Address: 20-20 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku Website: blujamcafejapan.com    Tel: 03-6455-1446

This restaurant's popular dishes include a 30cm-long baguette with slices of terra pate and soy-based ham and vegan sushi. The café also offers a quinoa-rice bowl, curry, salad, and pasta. Freshly squeezed juices, lemonade, organic teas and coffee can be purchased with your meal. For those wanting vegan food at home, this restaurant is available on Uber Eats. The cafe is located near a National Supermarket that holds a variety of vegetarian and vegan offerings from Tofurkey and Amy’s Kitchen to freshly made vegan bento boxes. This restaurant closed is 2020. Address: 45-6-5 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku Website: www.swellbowls.jp Tel: 03-6450-3020

Address: 3-17-14 Higashi, Shibuya-ku Website: hempcafetokyo.com    Tel: 03-6427-1984

This burger joint has become popular for its 100% vegan menu. The patty is made from a combination of mushrooms, soy meat, and konnyaku. Fries can be loaded with vegan cheese. The restaurant also offers salad bowls burrito, and vegan macaroni and cheese. Ripple also invites traveling chefs who host special events! Address: 2-46-8 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku Website: ain-soph.jp/ripple/    Tel: 03-6380-3205

This Shibuya vegan restaurant pairs nicely with its hipster-esque aesthetic. Tucked away on an obscure backstreet, about five minutes-walk from the station, Nagi Shokudo has a cool Bohemian vibe, complete with micro-brews and indie rock. Seating about 20 people, it’s pretty small. However, there is a raised tatami area where you can sprawl out. The restaurant is best known for its vegan karaage (Japanese fried chicken), made from in-house soy meat and served with either sweet chili sauce or grated yam. On that note, all items from the deli counter and desserts are vegan as well. Besides the incredible karaage, Nagi Shokudo has vegan curry and stew available on a seasonal, rotating basis. This restaurant is temporarily closed as of 2020. Address: 15-10 Uguisudanicho, Shibuya-ku Website: nagishokudo.com Tel: 03-3461-3280

How Much: ¥2,800 (plus tax) for an all-you-can-drink set, plus food Address: 5F Cheers Ginza, 5-9-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: ginza-totojyu.business.site Tel: 03-3569-2838

A fun dining experience in a bright and pleasant environment, Crowley's California Kitchen serves sumptuous and flavorful dishes that are prepared using seasonally fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located in Tokyo's bustling district of Shibuya, the place only just opened at the beginning of December but is already creating quite a buzz. It is owned by Jefferey Bischoff, a guitarist with the band TILT who also runs its sister shop Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe in California along with Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt. With links to the entertainment world, it is unsurprisingly a very trendy spot but that doesn't mean it's only for young hip artist-types. Crowley's is a reasonably priced family-friendly eatery with a menu that has a broad demographic appeal. It also boasts a fantastic mix of Japanese and Californian flavors. There's an extensive list of dishes on offer including a variety of appetizers such as spinach salad with cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese, potatoes au gratin with roasted garlic, and a pumpkin soup with yogurt, basil and croutons. We went for the shrimp and maitake mushroom with wasabi aïoli and it tasted heavenly. Our main: A fried chicken sandwich with Japanese coleslaw and curly fries was even better, though the chicken with waffles and maple syrup, and ravioli of the day also looked very tempting. A hugely satisfying meal ended with a homemade chocolate cheesecake and strawberry sauce which was simply divine. Address: 40-5 Kamiyamacho, Shibuya-ku Website: crowleyskitchen.com/food/ Tel: 03-6804-7530

The biggest music lounge in Tokyo, and unquestionably one of the most stylish as well, PLUSTOKYO held its long-awaited grand opening this week on the top floor and rooftop of Kirarito Ginza. Some would describe it as a club but in reality, it is so much more. On the 12th floor just past the reception, there is a 15-meter long gallery exhibiting artwork that will change over time. For the opening exhibition, the multifaceted platform Gas as Interface along with Yar present Neon Museum, a series of iconic signs, that will last until spring. It is then just a short walk to the sleek asphalt-designed main bar which is 30 meters long and has great views of the city. Two B-BOY statues, designed by hip-hop sculptor Taku Obata, are placed at opposite ends of the bar. They will remain there throughout December. The Lobby, the name given to the main room where people can enjoy lunch during the day or use as a dance floor at night, is very chic and classy. Along with gorgeous sofas, colorful plants, and wooden floor, there is also a huge painting of Mt. Fuji on one of the walls. It was painted by well-known sento (public bath) muralist Morio Nakajima. On the other side of the wall is a deep red version of Fuji that arguably looks even better. Elsewhere on the main floor, there are two VIP Rooms; Rose, and Salon, the latter being for exclusive members only. There are also two more bars. The first is POPBAR, a pop-up bar that will feature collaborations with various drinks makers, brands, and shops. The other is Mixology Spirits Bang(k), a trendy bar serving only Japan-made craft spirits. The creative cocktails come highly recommended. The rooftop will only be used for events. It is a wide-open space with fantastic views of both Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree depending on which side you are on. The heaters will keep you warm during the winter months. In summer and autumn, you can enjoy barbeques, while in spring a merry-go-round will be set up. Included in the food menu is a delightful burger, a sushi platter, and some Chinese-style spicy chicken, plus an assortment of desserts. A special brunch set can be enjoyed in the Lobby during the day with prices starting at ¥1,700. In the evenings, there are some light finger food options such as Japanese wafers, fruit, and foie gras. Address: 12F/RF, 1-8-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku Website: plustyo.com Tel: 03-3563-3776

Tucked away on the third floor of a red-bricked church in Setagaya-ku, Punk Doily is a small but charming pie shop serving the very best versions of the traditional Aussie and New Zealand pies. Run by Aussie native Kif Saint and his wife Noriko, this hole-in-the-wall is open on weekends, often baking up new and delicious recipes to tantalize the taste buds and satisfy the stomach. Hearty (but not stodgy) meat pies are always on the menu, in any number of variations: steak and wine, meat IPA, pork, apple and cider, and more. Vegetarian options, both savory and sweet may be available, but if you have any special requests or would like to confirm availability, it's best to contact Punk Doily in advance. For updates on each week's selection, see the Punk Doily Twitter or Facebook accounts. Address: 3F, 3-28-21 Oyamadai, Setagaya-ku Website: punk-doily.business.site Opening Hours: Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm

Connected to Ralph Lauren’s flagship store in Omotesando, Ralph’s Coffee is an elegant yet warm and inviting coffee shop serving a range of beverages, sandwiches, and cakes. The special blends on offer are made with organically grown beans and decaffeinated using an all-natural water process. There is a wide selection of coffees to choose from, though we would recommend either the Espresso or Ralph’s Drip Coffee both reasonably priced at ¥400 and ¥500 respectively. There’s also hot chocolate, orange juice, lemonade, and various teas such as Ralph’s American Breakfast, Earl Grey and Raspberry Herbal. As for food, we recommend the sumptuous BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) sandwich, as well as ham and cheese, and a tuna melt followed by a heavenly chocolate cake. Hours: 11:00-16:00 How Much: ¥500~¥1,200 Address: 4-25-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku Website: ralphlauren.com    Tel: 03-6438-5800

Tuck into delicious, hearty meat dishes at Komatsuya, a quaint steakhouse in Ginza made to satisfy every meat lover’s cuisine dreams. The restaurant's name is taken from the owner’s father’s eponymous butchery, and the menu is inspired by the flavors and ingredients the owner grew to love as a child. The owner also owns a farm from which prime cuts of Wagyu and Agu pork are imported to concoct the mouthwatering menu items served at Komatsuya. The owner describes himself as both a "meat fanatic" and farmer, producing superb quality ham and sausages from meat that is aged using a traditional technique called karashi, which has been passed down through the ages amongst Japanese butchers. Wagyu is synonymous with Japanese traditional cuisine and holds its own among staples such as sushi, ramen and tempura; so why not give it a try at a restaurant that has mastered meat-centered dishes? As for Agu pork, which comes from a breed of pig specific to Japan, Komatsuya is one of the only restaurants in Japan where you are guaranteed to be able to eat 100% authentic Agu pork at any time. For menu suggestions, we highly recommend the Tomahawk six-course menu, featuring thick cuts of roasted rib chop – the only dish of its kind that you can eat in Ginza. It's prepared using only salt, pepper and olive oil, letting the Agu pork’s distinctive flavor stand out. Enjoy a delicious course of wagyu with refreshing beer or quality wine for the very reasonable price of ¥10,000. How Much: ¥600-¥10,000 Address: 6-12-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku Open: Lunch 11:30-14:00 (L.O. 13:30), Dinner 17:00-23:00 (L.O. for food: 21:30, drinks: 22:30). Closed for lunch on every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Website: tabelog.com    Tel: 03-6280-6167

Tucked away near Meiji-jingumae station, Gomaya Kuki offers a mixture of nutty and sweet tastes in their specialty menu items using ground sesame seeds. From a scoop of sesame ice cream plopped on top of pancakes or in zenzai, a traditional Japanese soup made of sweet red beans and mochi, to the Autumn Hojo Tea Parfait, the delightful staple taste of sesame seeds creates an exquisite sweet and savoury twist to your menu choice. You can even choose between two intensities of sesame flavour in your ice cream; either pick tokunou (strong) or chou tokunou (super strong). And if you’re daring, try the goma shio, or sesame salt flavour. Visitors can relax while enjoying their unique ice cream in the modern and sleekly designed shop with wooded accents and western acoustic music playing in the background. How Much: ¥380~¥1,000 Address: 4-26-22, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 150-0001 Website: gomayakuki.jp Tel: 08-0796-18516

How Much: Courses range from ¥4,800–7,800 (Wednesday lunch course ¥3,800) Address: 3-41-9 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku Website: magicamente2011.com Tel: 03-6450-2210

Address: 5-4 Yoshidamachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0041 Website: antenna-america.com    Tel: 04-5315-5228

Noge has long been known as the cheap drinking area of Yokohama – hole-in-the-wall bars adorn the main road, with even smaller drinking places along the river. Noge West End sprung out of Una casa de Gubi Gubi El Nubichnom, possibly Japan’s smallest craft beer bar since Thrash Zone moved to a larger location. Noge West End focuses on pairing Japanese craft beer, and also the upcoming cider industry, with a Japanese menu that focuses on fresh fish and vegetables. Address: 2-16 Miyagawacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 243-0003 Website: facebook.com/NogeWestEnd    Tel: 04-5231-0133

TDM 1874, or to give it it’s full name of Ten Days Market 1874 (a translation of the local train station Tokaichiba), opened in 2016 and is the latest opening in a local alcohol enterprise that started out in 1874. Sakaguchiya had long been supplying sake, wine, and beer to local restaurants before opening the brewpub TDM 1874. Consisting of the brewery, bar space, and a kitchen, there is also a bottle shop where you can buy beers, wines, and sakes to take home with you. Address: 835-1 Tokaichibacho, Midori-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 226-0025 Website: sakaguchiya.co.jp/shop Tel: 04-5985-4955

The Craftsman chain, with other branches in Tokyo and Tohoku, focuses on different cuisines, with the Yokohama branch’s menu being based on Mexican-Italian food. Combine that with a lineup that many bars would be envious of, with beers from Japan, the USA, the UK, and others on tap, and you have an interesting combination ahead of you. With almost 30 taps encompassing a variety of styles, from lagers to stouts, there is something for everyone at some of the cheapest prices in Yokohama. Craftsman also promotes beer from the breweries in the Yokohama area, and also Kanagawa. Address: 2-16-4 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa, 221-0835 Website: craftsman-craftbeer-yokohama.com    Tel: 050-7542-6189

Address: 2-10-7 Tsuruyacho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, 221-0835 Website: beerdrinkinginternational.com    Tel: 04-5514-9947