Cosme Tokyo – Our Editors Picks for the Best Restaurants and Shopping in Tokyo
Another way to feel great after a long day at the show is to explore something new in Tokyo. Outside the exhibition halls, there are so many things to eat and buy in Tokyo. We have something for everyone who wants to eat healthily and buy something organic to take home as a souvenir for their family, let’s check it out.
WHERE TO EAT
We love Summerbird’s chocolates not only because they are 100% organic, but also because they are just pure delicious. Jointly created by a Danish flower artist and a chocolatier in Copenhagen in Denmark, every piece of chocolate looks too beautiful to be devoured.
At their boutique café in Minami-Aoyama, the first shop of Summerbird Organic in Asia, you can sit down and enjoy freshly made chocolates with a cup of hot coffee or Danish tea while watching their chocolatiers crafting their popular Cream Kisses, a charming little confection with a chocolate shell coating over a fluffy meringue filling, from scratch in the open kitchen.
Cream Kisses come in three flavors and also make for great gifts. All the ingredients used in Summerbird Organic's packaged products are certified organic by the Danish government.
5 Chome-5-20 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062, Japan
If you were to ask me for a recommendation for vegan ramen in Tokyo, I’d suggest T’s Tantan.
If coming from Kaihim Makuhari Station on Keiyo line (5 minutes from Makuhari Messes), head in the direction of the JR Chuo line, and you will reach a lighted sign "Keiyo Street" on the right. It's the first shop on the left at a corner. Since it is located inside the JR train station, if you enter the station and then exit without taking the train, they will charge you 150 JPY.
The specialty of the house is T’s Tantan Noodle ((¥850-900 excluding tax), which comes in three versions – the white, black, or “gold” which is served in a creamy broth flavored with sesame and peanut oil and with toppings like bean sprouts, sesame seeds, and veggies. The black Tantan noodle with a side of soy meat is my favorite. It is so delicious and has a great depth of flavor.
@ JR Tokyo Station (followed the signs for Yaseu South exit and Keiyo street) - 100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−１
@ JR Ueno Station (in Ecute) - 110-0005 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Ueno, 7 Chome−1−１
Early last year, Cosme Kitchen launched its restaurant, Cosme Kitchen Adaptation, with 3 locations in Japan (two in Tokyo and one in Osaka), serving vegan, gluten-free, and raw foods with 80% of the ingredients used coming from local farms.
Editor recommendation: Clean Eating Buffet - 1,998 Yen (excluding tax)
Omotesando Hill Store - 4 Chome-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
Ebisu Store - 1 Chome-6-1 Ebisuminami, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0022
Umeda Main Store @ Hanshin Department Store - 1 Chome-13-13 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-8224
Great food, friendly staff, and a cozy environment!
It takes only 5 minutes from Nakameguro Station (two stations away from Shibuya) to find this lovely small falafel stand.
Ballon Tokyo is a 100% vegan fast food restaurant, specializing in falafel (¥550-¥1,180) and soft-serve ice cream (¥500) made from soy milk and amazake (a sweet drink made from fermented rice), which combined are so delicious!
53-0061 Tokyo, Meguro City, Nakameguro, 3 Chome
Next time you fancy a snack with your beer after a long day at the show, you’d be wise to consider Chiba’s peanut, which can be easily found in a supermarket or convenience store near your hotel.
If you are a peanut lover, you can’t afford to miss these peanuts from the Chiba Prefecture. Chiba is Japan’s largest producer of peanuts. Though 90% of peanuts consumed in Japan are imported from overseas, Chiba produces 70% of the remaining 10%.
Volcanic ash pervades the soil of Shimosa Plateau, which covers most of Chiba Prefecture. The nutrients in the rich brown soil have made resulted in Chiba’s peanut having the highest quality in the nation. The peanuts are sun dried on the ground after harvesting to enhance the sweetness and produce a rich taste.
The flavor and texture of these peanuts are excellent. They possess a natural sweetness that is fragrant and rich. They make an excellent plane snack or a fine present for your friends and family.
Photo credit: 株式会社 生形商店
WHERE TO SHOP
“ten-i muhou" is a Japanese idiom that means "heavenly clothing with no stitching." All the products are made with certified organic cotton from the US and India and crafted using natural dyeing methods.
@ Nihonbashi Store - 103-8265, 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Nihonbashi Takashimaya 7F Bath/toiletry)
Pristine products are manufactured entirely in Japan, from the yarns and cloth material through to the final clothing. No dyes are used, with the colors deriving only from the natural hues of the cotton.
160-0015 31 Okyocho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Ninomiya Building 1F
Cosme Kitchen is the biggest organic and natural beauty retail chain in the country, known for its selection of organic cosmetics from both Japanese and international brands.
They have over 10 locations in Tokyo. Check it out.