Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to eat at many vegan restaurants in Tokyo. Although vegan food is still a rarity in Japan overall, it is slowly starting to become more well-known in some major cities. Unfortunately, there are still many areas of the city with no vegan options. One of the areas that I have noticed has several vegan options is Aoyama in central Tokyo. Today I’d like to introduce you to some of the ones I’ve been to!
Life Creation Space OVE
Address: 〒107-0062 東京都港区南青山３丁目４−８ KDXレジデンス南青山 1F
Open: 10:00～18:00 (17:00 Last Order), Lunch: 12:00－15:00
Closed Mondays (when Monday is a national holiday, they are closed Tuesdays)
This is a really great cafe for vegans who are also into cycling because this is actually a cycling cafe! They have indoor parking for your bicycle.
They have alcohol spray and little pockets for your mask so that you don’t have to put it directly on the table when you eat.
The tables are also spaced apart very generously and they have plastic dividers on the tables so that you can eat with friends without too much risk. Obviously, since we live together, there is no need for us to be separated so we sat next to each other.
There were books and pictures and all kinds of information about cycling. They even offer a “cycling concierge” service, allowing you to ask them anything you want about cycling.
Now for the part you have all been waiting for: the food!
Most of the items on their menu are vegan and ones that aren’t they are usually able to make vegan upon request. I ordered the curry lunch which normally includes cheese, but they were able to make it without it no problem.
My husband ordered the Miso Soup and Donabe-Gohan Lunch, which came with several delicious side-dishes. This meal was already vegan without any special request.
The lunch at this cafe is very healthy, using a variety of fresh and seasonal vegetables and is well-portioned (it was actually a little bit too much food for me, but I don’t eat a lot).
When we got there around 11:30, we were the only customers. Lunch doesn’t start until 12, but they allowed us to order ahead of time and we were able to get drinks while we waited. My husband ordered a Soy Chai Tea Latte and I got herb tea.
Overall, it was a very satisfying lunch and I hope to go there again sometime!
Open Weekdays: 10:00-20:00, Weekends: 10:00-19:00
Back in January, we had lunch at “Healthy Monster.”
As I recall, some of the items on the menu were not vegan, but they were all clearly marked. I really liked the cajun soy meat that Seiya ordered! Apparently they have a gym too, but we just went for lunch.
Address: 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前3丁目1−24
Open Weekdays: 8:30 – 18:00, Weekends/Holidays: 10:00 – 18:00
I was on my way home from the bicycle shop when I found this little cafe. The words “vegan snacks” and “take-out” caught my eye and I knew I had to see for myself what they had.
I ended up buying all three kinds of vegan sweets that they had: chocolate chip cookies, carrot cake, and a brownie. I took them home to share with my husband and we were both amazed! All three of them were absolutely delicious. It’s a good thing I don’t live next to this shop or I would have a hard time controlling myself!
The staff spoke English and Japanese and were super friendly! It’s a small business that is owned by an American couple and the atmosphere of the shop is really laid-back and comfortable. All menu items (food and drinks) are vegan and gluten free and made from scratch using fresh ingredients.
Apparently they opened up a second shop last month near Hanzomon and they have sandwiches! I haven’t been to this location yet, but I really want to go. They look delicious!
Ratio&C by Bridgestone (Onibus Coffee)
Address: 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前3-1-26
Open Weekdays: 9:00-19:00, Weekends: 10:00-19:00, Closed Wednesdays
This is another cycling cafe, but the coffee and sweets are all provided by Onibus Coffee, my favorite coffee shop in Tokyo.
Their drink menu has vegan options (I like their soy lattes!) and they have their own sweets brand called “myown” which includes some vegan sweets. Unfortunately, not everything is vegan so you do have to ask.
Other Vegan Options
There are still many other cafes and restaurants in this area which offer vegan options that I have yet to try. Hopefully I can continue to add more when I get the chance to visit them, but until then, feel free to check out this list: https://vegewel.com/en/area/3