The capital of Japan, Tokyo, is one of the most unordinary cities in the world. It is widely known for its hard working and long-living population, weird TV shows, robots, vending machines selling everything from umbrellas to eggs, lovegeties, as well as anime and manga. The list will be incomplete unless it mentions Japanese cuisine and unusual foods that can be found on Tokyo streets. The following are 10 food markets in Tokyo that you should definitely visit.
Tsukiji Fish Market
The first food that comes to mind when visiting Tokyo is sushi. To try the freshest, go to the fish market Tsukiji in TokyoVisit this world famous fish market and watch sellers sell fish that turns into sushi in restaurants around the world. It is restless, insane and tasty. The tuna auction is closed to tourists, but you can visit the market after it ends. Be sure to get there early in the morning and eat sushi for breakfast.You will never find such delicious fish anywhere else in the world. Although it is commonly known as a fish market, there are other less famous but delicious foods in Tsukiji. For example, a Japanese omelet called tamagoyaki tastes really great.It is a rather standard option for breakfast and lunch, so be quick.
Toyosu Fish Market
Unlike Tsukiji Fish Market, Toyosu market is reasonably new destination in Tokyo. It has now become a new home for fish. Like most markets in Tokyo, Toyosu welcomes early risers. For example, its tuna auction is held at 5.30 am. The must-visit restaurant at Toyosu is the Sushi Dai restaurant. There you should try out an Omakase menu containing incredible nigiri, sushi rolls, and miso soup.
The largest food market in Osaka, which is affectionately known here as “folk cuisine.”All the local restaurants buy food at Kuromon Ichiba. Therefore, there is no doubt about the quality of the food. On the shelves, there are many great delicacies. You will find various snack bars and restaurants, as well as several stalls with clothes. The market is open every day from about 8:00 to 18:00, but each seller has his own schedule. Please keep in mind that many sellers do not work on Sundays and holidays. Fish has been traded here since the VIII century. You will see many wells that were dug at Kuromon Ichibato store fresh fish in cold water. Today, fish is still being traded here, but the range has become more diverse. The market now includes vegetables, pickles, fruits, and sweets.
The Ameyoko market is a crowded shopping street. It used to be a black market immediately after the Second World War selling American products and sweets. Today, Ameyoko has come to be a market that sells Japanese goods. Its foods include snacks and fresh seafood. The most exciting thing about the Ameyoko market is that it transforms into a nub for nightlife in the evening. In addition to drinking healthy beverages, you may also try out Japanese yakitori. This is typically chicken that is skewered with a bamboo skewer.
This is a shopping street located in Yanaka. This Shotengai is 170 meters long. You can but shellfish and fresh seaweed at Yanaka Ginza Shotengai. In addition to fish, you can buy a ready to eat bento, which is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.Further, you should check out crispy potato croquette at Niku no Suzuki, as well as shaved ice called kakigori at other snack stores. An interesting fact about Yanaka Ginza Shotengai is the abundance of cats. Thus, if you love cats, be sure to visit Yanaka shopping street.
You are most likely to visit Nakamise Dori because it leads straight to Senso-ji, the most beloved temple in Tokyo. Nakamise Dori is 250 meters long. There are a few dozens of vendors that sell street food. The most delicious and unordinary items are sweet dumplings called kibi dango. Kibi dangois made from mochi, which you can also find at Yanaka Ginza. Other sweets in Nakamise Dori include choco banana. As its names implies, choco banana is a banana coated with chocolate. It is simple yet delicious. Also, most vendors sell senbei. Senbei is a savory cracker make from rice.Apart from food, it has many souvenirs and clothing.
Tokyo Food Show
This is a group of underground stores that are referred to as depachika. You may find anything here. For your convenience, all 85 stores located in Tokyo Food Show are grouped into 3 categories: local food, international food, and alcohol. For example, the depachika is well-known for its birthday cakes. Besides, you may find aged sake in the beverage group of stores. In the local group of stores, you should grab some take-away boxed lunches.
Farmers’ Market UNU
This is the United Nations University of Tokyo market. It is opened from 10 am to 4 pm at weekends. Every week, farmers living near Tokyo get to the UNU Market to sell their produce.The foods sold at Farmers’ Market UNU are organic and locally sourced. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you can buy local beers and fresh juices from local vendors.
Earth Day Market
This is another source of locally grown and organic food. Also, this place is excellent for vegans and vegetarians.
This is the least public market on the listso it may be challenging to find. However, it is worth finding because Kabuto is a place where you can eat very cheap. You should order freshwater eel, it is superb. Besides, you will find many locals here.