The Ultimate List of 13 Restaurants & Cafes in Ikebukuro

Publish-date: Apr 20 2018 Update-date: Nov 21 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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The Ultimate List of 15 Restaurants & Cafes in Ikebukuro

Ikebukuro is the third largest ward in Tokyo. Scattered with an abundance of shopping facilities like Sunshine City, Tobu Department Store, and Parco, it’s a popular destination for locals and visitors alike! After a day of shopping, you'll want to take a coffee break or enjoy a delicious dinner - and there's plenty of options for you here! More of these places are starting to serve extremely popular desserts as well. Here is a list of the top 13 places to visit in Ikebukuro!

1. Bistro Wine Cafe HEARTH Ikebukuro 1st Branch

1. Bistro Wine Cafe HEARTH Ikebukuro 1st Branch

Located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of Ikebukuro, Bistro Wine Cafe HEARTH Ikebukuro 1st Branch is a casual Italian and French restaurant that feels more like a hideout for grown-ups. Their most popular products are their wide selection of [Galettes]. Made with buckwheat flour from Hokkaido, their paper-thin crepes are used to wrap homemade smoked salmon. This wrap is then smeared with onion-based heavy cream that has a little lemon mixed into it. The aroma of smoked salmon and the rich flavor of the heavy cream spreading in the mouth can be further improved with an alcoholic drink!

Another favorite is their [Premium Cheese Fondue]. Made with an original cheese, it’s served in a cocotte and eaten with fresh vegetables. The dinner menu also includes rich offerings like the [Duck Rossini] that's seasoned with truffle sauce and [Beef Outside Skirt Steak]. They also have dessert-style galettes, such as ones made with pumpkin or topped with vanilla ice cream. If you're a galette fan, this is a must-try!

Bistro Wine Cafe HEARTH Ikebukuro 1st Branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm)
[Friday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) *Closes at 11:00 pm on Sunday and the last day of any consecutive holidays
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:30 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)
[Monday - Thursday] Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) *Closes at 11:00 pm on Monday
Closed: None
*Except for the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 3,100 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Address: 3F, Katei Bldg., 2-27-5, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. kawara CAFE & DINING Ikebukuro

2. kawara CAFE & DINING Ikebukuro

kawara CAFE & DINING Ikebukuro offers creative Japanese dishes. Renowned as a cafe where you can enjoy original delicacies, the space inside is massive - not to mention, decorated with a mirror ball and walls painted by artists.

A popular signature dish is the [Half and Half Steak and Cheese Grill], made with Angus beef and chicken. The combination of rare beef and chicken whose flavor is enhanced with cheese will make you keep coming back for more. The menu also includes their special [Kawara Soba]. A local dish from Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture, it consists of green tea soba (buckwheat noodles) served on top of a heated kawara (a type of Japanese roof tile).

In addition, they also serve dishes like [Maguro and Cream Cheese Nama Yuba Harumaki], [Margherita Pizza], and [Weekly Japanese Teishoku] (set meals). Their desserts are quite popular and varied as well, with 3 types of waffles for you to choose from: [Strawberry], [Choco-banana], and [Kuromitsu Kinako]. There's even a parfait with toppings like fondant au chocolat, warabi mochi, shiratama (glutinous rice balls), and matcha, as well as a soy milk no-bake cheesecake!

kawara CAFE & DINING Ikebukuro

Open: Lunch 11:45 am - 5:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 10:30 pm, Drinks L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY *After 5:00 pm, a cover charge of 324 JPY will be applied / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station
Address: 10F, The SH one, 1-26-6, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

3. Flamingo

3. Flamingo

Located in the underground area of Tobu Department Store, Flamingo is a long-established cafe that dates back to 1965! Its spacious interior offers guests a place to leisurely relax, away from the chaos of Ikebukuro. Their flagship dish is the voluminous [Chocolate Parfait] that’s guaranteed to make your jaw drop as soon as you see it. Topped with plenty of fruits like bananas, cherries, and oranges, it is a fulfilling dessert with delicious traditional flavors.

They also offer many set meals like the loaded [Sandwich Set] and the [Neapolitan Set] that uses their original sauce. If you feel like spending some time in an authentically retro cafe, stop by Flamingo!

Flamingo

Open: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Closed: None
*Closed during the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 1,000 JPY / [Lunch] 700 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station. Located on B2F of the same building that Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank is housed in, which can be found on the opposite side of Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro.
Address: 1-15-9, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Cross Dine

4. Cross Dine

If you're in the mood for a buffet-style restaurant with Japanese, Western, and Chinese dishes, you can find Cross Dine in the underground area of Hotel Metropolitan. Despite being a hotel restaurant, it's not limited to the hotel guests, and its buffet style makes it even more casual. The menu often changes depending on the day, but everything the chef - who has plenty of experience cooking French cuisine - makes is absolutely delicious, to the point where you'll most likely become a regular guest!

Sometimes the staff wear costumes for occasional events, and the dishes are made with seasonal ingredients as well, so you can experience the changing of the seasons here. The casual dining style, combined with the quiet atmosphere of a hotel restaurant, makes this restaurant ideal for a night out.

Cross Dine

Open: Breakfast Buffet 6:30 am - 10:00 am *Kitchen closes at 10:30 am
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
*Opening hours and prices may vary according to special events or occasions
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station
Address: 1F, Hotel Metropolitan, 1-6-1, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Takano Fruit Parlor Ikebukuro Tobu Branch

5. Takano Fruit Parlor Ikebukuro Tobu Branch

Managed directly by Shinjuku Takano, Takano Fruit Parlor is a popular restaurant on the 2nd floor of Tobu Department Store. Their delicacies are made with seasonal fruit,  offering a different menu for each season.

The fruits are selected by experts, who make sure to offer you only the juiciest and fresh ones available. There are classic desserts like parfaits and waffles, but it's recommended to order from their seasonal menu. Their April menu that contains limited-edition desserts like [Spring Strawberry Parfait], [Loquat Parfait], and [Mango Mille-feuille] is particularly popular!

Takano Fruit Parlor Ikebukuro Tobu Branch

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
[Sunday] 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: 1,365 JPY
Access: Located on 2F of Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, which is around the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station.
Address: Area 1, 2F, Tobu Department Store Ikebukuro, 1-1-25, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

6. Organic&Natural Burger Kitchen

Enjoy dishes made with high-quality organic ingredients at Organic&Natural Burger Kitchen! Their most popular hamburger is the [Bacon Cheeseburger]. Their unique buns are handmade, giving them an irregular shape. There are several options to choose from, but most of the options use soybeans or organic ingredients.

This restaurant's Ikebukuro branch can be found inside of Lumine, shopping mall. It offers take-out, making it indispensable for guests on the go. They offer a wide variety of healthy dishes - not just hamburgers - such as Acai bowls and cold-pressed juices, making it a popular pick for many.

Organic&Natural Burger Kitchen

Open: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
*Based on Lumine Ikebukuro's closing days
Average price: 1,501 JPY - 2,000 JPY
Address: 1F, Lumine Ikebukuro, 1-11-1, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

7. Milkyway East Exit Branch

As soon as you exit Ikebukuro Station, enter Sunshine 60 Street (Sunshine 60-dori). The popular Milkyway East Exit Branch - formerly known as "Parfait Terrace" - is immediately noticeable if you look up from the intersection. The fairy-tale atmosphere and the constellation-themed parfaits on the menu make this place an absolute must for fans of adorable desserts.

For each constellation, there is a matching flavor and sauce, and the parfaits are so cute that you'll want to try them all! It’s open until 10:00 pm, making it the perfect stop for an after-dinner dessert.

Milkyway East Exit Branch

Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
Closed: None
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1-12-8, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

8. Yukinoshita Ikebukuro

9. Yukinoshita Ikebukuro

On B1F of a building right next to Ikebukuro Station, you can find Yukinoshita Ikebukuro - a famous pancake restaurant. Their most popular pancakes are simple - made with a fluffy, thick batter and topped with fermented butter and mandarin honey. The ingredients used here are all carefully selected, such as fertilized eggs from chickens raised in Mie Prefecture.

The odorless, pasteurized milk they use comes from Ohmizu Farm in Shizuoka Prefecture, while the water they use is a brand called "Mori no Mizu" that comes from the forests of Shirasu Plateau in Kagoshima Prefecture. Every single ingredient contributes to the rich flavor of their pancakes! Their fluffy kakigori (shaved ice dessert) is also popular, with toppings such as azuki (sweet red beans) and pears.

Yukinoshita Ikebukuro

Open: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
*From 8:00 pm, it becomes a cafe and bar. Opening hours may change due to private parties.
Closed: Always open in August
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: B1F, CIC Bldg., 3-25-11, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

9. Tsubakiya Coffee Shop Ikebukuro Saryo

10. Tsubakiya Coffee Shop Ikebukuro Saryo

If you're in the mood for a cup of coffee, then head to this acclaimed cafe. Their coffee is prepared with an authentic vacuum coffee maker, which you can enjoy in a lovely space with antique decor. Though the clientele’s average age is higher than most cafes, this is what makes it quiet and relaxing, which is perfect for those that want to leisurely enjoy some coffee alone.

The retro interior is reminiscent of the Taisho (1912 - 1926) and Showa (1926 - 1989) eras, and even the cute waitresses wear long skirts with an apron, looking like classic maids! This laid-back space, where you can enjoy the Japanese-style Western cuisine, light meals, and fruit cakes, will truly feel like a trip back to the past!

Tsubakiya Coffee Shop Ikebukuro Saryo

Open: [Sunday - Thursday] 9:00 am - 11:45 pm
[Friday, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 9:00 am - 7:00 am
Closed: None
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1-6-4, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. BAKE CHEESE TART Ikebukuro Branch

11. BAKE CHEESE TART Ikebukuro Branch

As the name might suggest, BAKE CHEESE TART Ikebukuro Branch specializes in baked cheese tarts. Right next to the ticket gates of Ikebukuro Station, their tarts are perfect as presents and can be taken home, too!

The little UFO-shaped tarts are particularly popular for their irresistible cheese flavor and for being easy to eat with your hands, so it's little wonder that there's always a line for them. The delicate taste is not too sweet and the texture is unbelievably fluffy, making them a dessert beloved by everyone!

BAKE CHEESE TART Ikebukuro Branch

Open: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: JR Ikebukuro Station, 1-28-2, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

11. RINGO Ikebukuro Branch

12. RINGO Ikebukuro Branch

Many people pick these up as presents when visiting Ikebukuro. RINGO Ikebukuro Branch specializes in apples or, more precisely, apple pies. Their custard apple pie is so popular that it was even featured on TV, often earning this place long queues.

Their freshly baked and piping hot apple pie can be enjoyed on site, but even if you take it home and heat it up, it'll still be delicious! The outside is crispy, while the apple chunks inside match well with the firm custard, making this an extremely popular dessert to give as a present.

RINGO Ikebukuro Branch

Open: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: None
Average price: 501 JPY - 1,000 JPY
Address: 1F, JR Ikebukuro Station, 1-28-2, Minami Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

12. Maison Kayser Ikebukuro Branch

13. Maison Kayser Ikebukuro Branch

Inside Sunshine City sits Maison Kayser Ikebukuro Branch - a place is best known for their lunchtime all-you-can-eat bread. Their concept is to offer the best handmade bread, with the aim to bring happiness to your table through them. You can either enjoy their home-baked products there or take them home.

Their sweet bread are their most popular to-go products, such as their syrup-loaded croissants or almond cream pastries - all delicious options for anyone with a sweet tooth. At night, they even offer a dinner menu, so depending on the time of the day, you can enjoy different delicacies!

Maison Kayser Ikebukuro Branch

Open: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O.), Tea Time from 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O.), Tea Time from 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
*Based on Sunshine City's closing days
Average price: 2,001 JPY - 2,500 JPY
Address: 3-1-2, Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

13. GORILLA COFFEE Ikebukuro Branch

14. GORILLA COFFEE Ikebukuro Branch

GORILLA COFFEE Ikebukuro Branch - located on 1F of Esola Ikebukuro - is a well-known coffee shop originating from Brooklyn. Their morning menu is popular, and the set with an eggslut and drink is one of the most ordered items.

Their coffee blends are top-tier, while the cold-brew is quite popular as well. They also offer a selection of cake sets and shakes, which are great for a quick break. Its convenient location makes it good for those going alone, too.

GORILLA COFFEE Ikebukuro Branch

Open: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Address: 1F, Esola Ikebukuro, 1-12-1, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Apr 20 2018 Update-date: Nov 21 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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