Shibuya Street Food: 8 Hidden Gourmet Gems in Tokyo

Shibuya Scramble

Well known as one of trendsetting areas where creates lot of pop cultures, Shibuya is also rich in street foods.
Shibuya Street Food introduces 8 hidden and delicious Gourmet gems ranging from Restaurants for meeting a stomach to Sweet shops.
Why don’t you drop in when you go out for shopping ?

【Street Food in Shibuya, Tokyo】Japanese snacks

Shibuya Street Food introduces Street foods we found in Shibuya area.
Between stylish high rises there are hidden nostalgic affordable street food shops.




Takoyaki is a ball shaped and bite size pieces of dumpling made from grilled puffs of seasoned batter, containing a small piece of octopus in the middle. Takoyaki will end up crispy outside and soft, gooey inside when it is ideally baked.
It must be fun to observe Takoyaki vendor skillfully flip Takoyaki ball with a pick in rapid pace.
Takoyaki is served still hot in paper dishes resembling little boats.
Allow them to cool slightly and enjoy hot taking care not to burn your mouth.
Try this super popular snack invented by Japanese and you will be addictive, no doubt about it.

Recommended shop in Shibuya

Tsukiji Gin Dako


Price : around 600yen for 8 pcs
Opens : 11:00 – 23:00
No regular closing day




Okonomiyaki is a kind of pan cake consisting of batter and cabbage.
Usually filled with octopus, shrimp, pork, squad, Okonomiyaki can be arranged with other ingredients.
As Okonomiyaki is not sweet, so more accurate description may be pizza.
Okonomiyaki’s batter is usually made of flour, grated yam, water or dashi, eggs and mixed with shredded cabbage.
The ingredients may vary depending on the preference of the customer, but usually are green onion, meat, octopus, squid, or shrimp.
The topping is okonomiyaki sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, dried sea weed called aonori, dried bonito flakes.
Okonomi means “As you like”, so you can arrange with your favorite ingredient such as rice cakes and cheese.
Some Okonomiyaki restaurants serve Kansai style Okonomiyaki, others serve Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki.

Recommended restaurant in Shibuya



Price : around 950yen
Kansai style (western Japan) Okonomiyaki can be eaten.
The chef bakes Okonomiyaki on steal plate in front of you.
Opens : 17:00-24:00
No regular closing day

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Onigiri, Iroha

Onigiri, Iroha

Onigiri is a big version of Sushi. Onigiri is basically triangular and rolled with Nori, dried seaweed by hand.
The ingredients are various  foods such as salmon and kombu, kelp.
Onigiri is easy to eat size and convenient as quick meal.
Freshly made Onigiri is more delicious.
Convenient stores sell many kinds of Onigiri having around 20 different ingredients.

Recommended shop in Shibuya

Iroha, Shibuya


Price range : around 180yen-300yen
Iroha uses only unpolished rice and select ingredients for good health.
Opens : 10:00~21:00
No regular closing day




Gyoza (餃子, gyōza) are dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables and wrapped in a thinly rolled dough.
Also known as pot stickers, gyoza is originated in China (where they are called jiaozi).
Juicy inside, crispy on the outside Gyoza are popular meal and sometimes served as appetizer for the dinner.
You can eat at specialty Gyoza shops, Izakaya, Ramen shops or Yatai stands at festivals.
We usually eat Gyoza by dipping in soy sauce, vinegar and chili oil, but can eat without any sauce.
After being wrapped in a thin dough, Gyoza can be pan fried, boiled, or deep fried.

Type of Gyoza

Yaki Gyoza (pan fried)

Yaki Gyoza are first fried in a hot pan until crispy brown on the bottom sides, then a small amount of water is added.
The pan is covered to steam. Steaming makes gyoza soft and juicy while making a thin crispy bottom, which is the ideal textures.
You can enjoy crispy bottoms and soft tender tops with juicy filling inside.

Sui Gyoza (boiled )

Sui Gyoza are boiled and served in a light broth. Much less common than yaki gyoza they are mainly served at Chinese restaurants or specialized gyoza restaurants.

Age Gyoza (deep fried)

Age Gyoza are deep fried mainly at Chinese restaurants and Gyoza specialty restaurants.

Recommended restaurant in Shibuya

Shibuya Gyoza

Price : around 312 yen
Wide variety of ingredients from salmon to conger eel


Opens : 11:00am-5:00am (L.O.4:00am) on weekdays
11:00am-24:00 (L.O.23:00) on Sundays
No regular closing day

Meat Skewers

Meat Skewer

Meat Skewer, Maruju Seiniku-ten

Maruju Seiniku-ten Beef Skewers, Shibuya

Price : 500 yen
Beef / pork skewer is affordable 500 yen and can be easily eaten as pieces of meat are skewered. The shop opens till late at night.


Opens : 11:00-23:00
No regular closing day

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【Street Food in Shibuya, Tokyo】Iconic Japanese Sweets

Shibuya is also well known for its Kawaii cute sweets.

Iconic Japanese Sweets introduces those fancy, delicious sweets in Shibuya.

Melonpan Ice Cream

melonpan icecream

Melon pan ice cream, shibuya

Melon pan ice cream is made by adding a delicious ice cream to the center of freshly baked pan with cookie dough on the top.
As the square-block pattern on the surface of cookie looks like a melon it was named after melon.
It is named melon, but actually not melon flavored.
A warm melon pan bread has plenty of cold ice cream inside, and is very delicious since the bread is warm and the ice cream melts as you eat it.
Melon pan and ice cream are both sweet, but not too sweet than it looks, and delicious since the bread is warm and the ice cream melts as you eat it.
You can choose from vanilla, chocolate or match ice cream.

Recommended shop

World’s Second-Best Freshly Baked Melon-Pan Ice Cream (Shibuya)

Price : 400yen


Opens : 11:00-22:00
No regular closing day




Taiyaki, Hiiragi

Taiyaki is shaped like a sea bream and looks like a waffle.
Usually filled with sweet red beans jam, but some with custard, chocolate, and sweet potato jam.
Fish shaped sweet is eye catching and served in hot, so makes you feel warm even in cold winter.

Recommended shop in Shibuya

Taiyaki  Hiiragi

Price : about 400 yen


Opens : 11:00-20:00
Regular closing day : Mondays

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Crepe is filled with whipped cream, seasonal fruits and sweet syrup and wrapped in a thin paper, making it easy to hold and eat without touching by fingers.
Japanese crepes tend to contain less sugar than western desserts because Japan is a health conscious country where girls and young ladies wish to be slender.
Instead there are many kinds of toppings such as fresh seasonal fruits including strawberry, melon, orange,  grape, berries, Japanese matcha green tea ice cream and puddings.
As Japan has four clear cut seasons,  toppings are seasonally different like strawberry in spring, and kuri, chestnet in autumn.
While nuts toppings are effectively used available year round, kuri, chestnuts are a popular seasonal ingredients in autumn.

CREPEs are so cute, photogenic and so much fit for Japanese Kawaii culture.

Recommended shop in Shibuya

Dipper Dan Shibuya BEAM

Price : around 370 yen



Opens : 11:00-21:00
No regular closing day, but contact Dipper Dan Shibuya Beam