People in Tokyo (and I guess in all of Japan) love Hawaii. There are all kinds of restaurants, bars and shops that refer to this tropical island.
Bondi café – Yoyogi Beach park
For brunch, we ended up in Bondi café, a place packed with young folks and business people. It’s right in front of Yoyogi park. We had cereals with fresh fruit and some acai berry ‘sauce’ (instead of yoghurt). And we had the tofu pancakes with fresh fruit. It all was very nice and we were totally stuffed. I rate Bondi café with a 7.5 out of 10.
Address: 1-15-2 Tomigaya | Barbizon55 1F, Shibuya 151-0063 , Tokyo Prefecture (Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu)
Coffee bar Fuglen
Next to Bondi cafe is a good coffee place called Fuglen, which has a 70-80’s style interior and a big leather couch to sink in and relax, which we did for a while with a good cup of coffee and some magazines to read, while listening to LPs with good old rock music. I rate coffee bar Fuglen with an 8.5 out of 10.
Address: Tomigaya 1-16-11 Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Yoyogi park closed
Yoyogi park is closed due to a dengue virus that is spread by mosquitoes. Only a small part is open, including the touristic temple of Meiji-jingu. When we visited the temple, it was not busy. We saw a traditional wedding parade and then walked back to the entrance. It’s a pity we could not see more of this famous park. I wondered if the mosquitoes could read the signs and would stay within the boundaries of the closed area.
Boring Watari-um museum
From Yoyogi park we went to Watari-um museum. We thought it would be a cool, creative museum. But it was really boring. There was one expo about an artist who made magazines covers. The entrance price was relatively high too. It was definitely not our cup of tea, and so we finished the museum in 15 minutes.
Address: 3-7-6 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001, Tokyo Prefecture (Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu)
Design Festa Gallery
In search of better art, we went to Design Festa Gallery. It’s a creative-looking place where young artists expose their art. We saw some manga drawings and photography. Not high-end art, at all but fun to see. Inside the building there is also a restaurant.
Address: 3-20-18 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001, Tokyo
For dinner we first went to a vegetarian restaurant: Hanabi nakameguro. It was empty but situated in a fashionable neighbourhood, so we thought it would be good. But unfortunately, it was a horrible restaurant. We paid 25 Euros for some watery tofu and fish cake. We were happy we only ordered a few dishes. Within 20 minutes we were standing outside, still with empty bellies. We rate restaurant Hanabi Nakameguro with a 3 out of 10.
In our second try for a nice dinner, we made a metro trip to Roppongi, where we arrived at Izakaya Warayakiya. We only had to wait for 5 minutes before we could sit at the counter, around a huge grill where they grilled the dishes with fresh straw (which makes a huge fire!). We drank beer, sake and ate some delicious dishes. It was one great ‘food fest’. We rate Izakya Warayakiya with an 8.5 out of 10.
Address: 6-8-8 Roppongi | Roppongi Go Dee Bldg. 1F, Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture (Akasaka / Roppongi)