Say you’re going to Tokyo, and this is the first spot I will recommend!

A-Z Café epitomises Tokyo cool. Why? For starters it’s ‘hidden’ on the fifth floor, from the rooftop there’s a pretty view over the hip Aoyama area and this is where the cool kids hang out.

There’s always a line – which is a good sign. But don’t worry, the wait is usually not long.

So why do I love this place so much? The quality of the food is really high, and the price is almost too good to be true.

For lunch they have a set menu, which is very common in Japan. You choose fish or meat, and with that comes typical Japanese sides: a miso soup, something pickled, some sashimi, a bowl of rice and a little salad with goma dressing. Healthy and filling, all at the price of only 1000 yen. That’s about 8 euros!

The restaurant is designed by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, maybe you’ve seen his artwork at MoMA in NYC or MOCA in LA? His drawings are hard to miss at this quirky restaurant.

I try not to go to the same places more than once (because there are so many great places to discover), but this was my third time at A-Z. And I plan on coming back!


5F, 5-8-3, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, website


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