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The Best Guide to Kichijōji’s Vegan-Friendly Restaurants

Kichijōji in Tokyo has many amazing cafes and restaurants, but many don’t cater to a vegan diet. Fortunately, there are still a couple of places for us vegan and vegetarian to visit. Most offer meat and vegan options, perfect for those who travel with non-vegan families and friends!

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Banh Mi☆Sandwich (バインミーサンドイッチ)

If you haven’t had a chance to try the Vietnamese sandwich because of the vegan diet, it is time to know how talented the Vietnamese are when it comes to sandwich making. Banh Mi Sandwich is conveniently located in Harmonica Yokochō at Kichijoji Station’s north exit. Besides the usual pork and chicken flavors, it also has a few sandwiches with vegan fillings. Different plates and knives are used to make vegan sandwiches, so there is no need to worry about cross-contamination.

Don’t underestimate the humble sandwich. It is phenomenal! Although it is smaller than a foot-long subway sandwich, you are likely to feel more satisfied after eating it! If a full-size sandwich is too much for you, order a mini sandwich. This option also allows you to enjoy different flavors without ordering too much!

It might surprise you, but baguette plays a key role in the success of a Vietnamese sandwich. It has to be light and crisp. And Banh Mi☆Sandwich perfect the formula.

Extra toppings, such as avocado, can be added with extra charges. So, you can make your Vietnamese sandwich closer to your perfection by paying more!

Dessert sandwiches are also available!

In addition to the sandwiches, bread, pastries, and cookies are also on sale. Check with the staff to see which one is vegan!

Banh Mi☆Sandwich’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Banh Mi☆Sandwich is open from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
  • The restaurant is a 2-minute walk from Kichijoji Station’s north exit.

with PADDY (ウィズパディ)

If you fancy Mexican cuisine in Tokyo, visit with PADDY. The Mexican restaurant on Nakamichi-dōri Street (中道通り商店街) has a couple of vegan options, such as tacos and burritos. The food here is Japanese twisted but has great flavors.

Whether it is burrito or salad bowl, the dish includes ten types of fresh vegetables. The burritos, rice bowls, and tacos also have homemade salsa, guacamole, and your choice of filling added. Compared to the Mexican restaurants in Sydney, with PADDY has more options, including seafood. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, let the staff know your dietary requirements and they will make the vegan version for you.

Note that their homemade salsa contains chili. It can be quite spicy if you have a low tolerance for spiciness. You can order a burrito bowl (rice bowl) and get rid of the chili before eating. On the other hand, if you need more seasoning to make it more authentic Mexican food, three sauces are provided for you to add: jalapeno vinegar, smoked chili pepper, and mayonnaise.

Tip: with PADDY’s juice is nice and is 100% sugar-free.

with PADDY’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • with PADDY is open from
    • 11:30 am to 3:30 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm on weekdays
    • 11:30 am to 9 pm on Saturdays
    • 11:30 am to 7 pm on Sundays
  • The restaurant is a 2-minute walk from Kichijoji Station’s north exit.

momento (モメント)

A great vegan-friendly Italian diner near Inokashira Park is momento. The chefs here were trained and worked in Italian restaurants in Italy, and the dishes served here are authentic. Moreover, they have won awards at Japan’s vegan cooking competitions in 2020! Thus, there is no doubt that the couple of vegan options and the lunch and dinner courses made without animal products taste heavenly!

The restaurant’s motto is to provide delicious meals that are earth-friendly and healthy, so natural ingredients are used as much as possible. So, by dining at momento, it would feel like you are contributing to a better world for future generations.

Because they are so talented, even if you visit momento several times and order their Chef’s Omakase Dinner Course, you won’t be served the same dish. Whether it is the meat-based or vegetable-based course, they are prepared using fresh seasonal produce. With the chef’s phenomenal cooking skills, the natural taste of the raw ingredients is brought out to the maximum. The desserts here are light and delicate. Thus, by the end of the meal, you will feel satisfied instead of uncomfortably full.

Lunch and Dinner at momento

Lunch sets or a lunch course are available during lunchtime. Each consists of an entry, homemade bread, and a pasta dish. The most expensive lunch set also comes with a main dish. You can choose from a couple of options for pasta and main.

Refer to their menu HERE.

Because momento only has one chef, and he spends a lot of effort making each dish, please be patient with him. Apart from that, the staff here is friendly and provides top-notch service to all customers. You will get a detailed explanation of each dish served like an upscale restaurant.

Tip: The restaurant is popular and has limited seating. It is best to make a reservation by emailing [email protected].

momento’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • momento is open daily except for Tuesdays and the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday from
    • 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (L.O.)
    • 5:30 pm to 9 pm (L.O.)
    • You can also refer to their Business Calendar.
  • The restaurant is a 2-minute walk from Kichijoji Station’s south exit.

Sunday Vegan (サンデーヴィーガン)

For a Western-style vegan breakfast, visit Sunday Vegan! It is where your non-vegan friends will be surprised by how good food made without animal products can be.

The vegan bakery is close to Inokashira Park, so you can enjoy their tasty pastry in the lush nature. If the benches at the back of the store are vacated, you are also welcome to enjoy their delicious products there!

The store is most famous for its vegan handmade donuts. Many customers rate the donuts here as the best they have ever tasted. So, don’t be surprised to find a queue when you arrive!

The flavors change according to the season, so seasonal ingredients can be used instead of using artificial flavoring. The baked goods are made throughout the day, which guarantees the freshness of the pastry on the plates. Unlike most donuts sold elsewhere, Sunday Vegan’s donuts are less-sweetened. Even the chocolate flavor isn’t overly sugared! If you don’t have a sweet tooth, order a berry-flavored donut. The cream is berry-infused that it has the fruit’s sourness. The lemon-flavored glaze donut or the coffee-flavored donuts are also great choices for those who don’t usually enjoy desserts.

The flavored donuts are lightly sugar-coated, so they are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. In fact, Sunday Vegan’s donuts have an amazing fluffy and chewy texture! In addition, you will be surprised by the soy cream. The cream tastes almost like milk cream, which made us doubt if it is really vegan!

Tips:
☛ If the custard donut is on the menu, order it. It has the right balance of creaminess and sweetness. The best custard flavor is the one that includes cream. But it won’t be available in the hot summer as the cream will melt.
☛ It is best to consume their product as soon as possible. As no animal products are used, the filling or sugaring can melt or become stale after a while.
☛ Order a cup of oat latte if you like coffee.
☛ Gluten-free options might be available, too.

Sunday Vegan’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Sunday Vegan is open from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • The store is a 5-minute walk from Kichijoji Station’s south exit.

Where Is A Dog? (ウェア イズ ア ドッグ?)

The gluten-free cafe in a small lane intersects with the Nakamichi-dōri Shopping Street (中道通り商店街) has a really interesting name called Where is a dog. In addition to being a gluten-free spot, many vegan options are on the menu.

After you step into the cozy restaurant, you will realize why the restaurant is called Where is a dog. The interior is decorated with various cat photos and decor, but there is one dog picture hidden. So, if you are impatient, the question that will come out of your mouth is, “Where is the dog?”!

Where is a dog’s chef does a great job making curry rice. It isn’t overly spicy. Besides curry, vegan plates, rice bowls, vegan sandwiches, and bagels are also on offer. The fresh and delicious dishes have good portions. There is no doubt that you will feel satisfied after dining at Where is a dog!

All the desserts should be vegan as well. But please check with the staff when you get there as things might change. As a gluten-free cafe, the bread is made with rice flour. So, if you haven’t tried something made with rice flour and unsure about the taste, check with the staff to see if they still give out samples! You will be amazed by how delicious it is.

Where is a dog is also a heaven for those who dislike sweeteners and are health conscious. Their smoothie is made with only vegetables and fruits. While this means it is less sweet than a smoothie elsewhere, it tastes nice!

You can refer to their Instagram Account for the current menu.

The staff here are friendly and welcoming. Thus, talk to them if you are unsure about anything!

Tip: The monk fruit hot chocolate is really nice. Gluten-free beer might also be available.

Where Is A Dog?’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Where is a dog? is open from 12 pm to 9 pm.
  • The restaurant is a 5-minute walk from Kichijoji Station.

Crayon House (クレヨンハウス吉祥寺)

For those who prefer organic food, visit Crayon House on Taishō-dōri Shopping Street (大正通り). The natural food spot has a restaurant and an organic grocery and product shop with many vegan options. Lunch and dinner are served in buffet style. The menu changes daily, so you won’t be eating the same thing if you visit for two days in a row. With a focus on the quality of the ingredients and their natural flavor, the meal is healthy, and you won’t feel like you have eaten a lot of artificial seasonings.

Each dish in the buffet is clearly marked if it is vegan, with detailed information written in Japanese. Most of the time, all dishes are vegan except one, making life really easy if you don’t consume animal products.

The staff here is very kind and helpful, so if you are unsure about anything, just ask!

If you visit Crayon House in the afternoon, vegan savory light meals are also available. There might be vegan cakes, too!

Refer to HERE for Crayon House’s menu!

As you can imagine, a vegan buffet is rare in Japan. And because the food here is tasty, Crayon House is so popular that there might be a queue before it opens on a weekday. But a good thing about a busy buffet is that the food is constantly refilled, so you get freshly cooked dishes!

If you visit Crayon House with children, bring them to the second floor after the meal. The shop is filled with picture books and toys.

Tips:
☛ The Mabo tofu is nice.
☛ Making a reservation is recommended for weekends and public holidays.
☛ Check with the staff if the takeaway bento box is still available.

Crayon House’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Crayon House is open from 11 am to 9 pm.
    • Lunch is served from 11 am to 2:30 pm.
      • The buffet bar is closed at 2 pm.
    • Tea time is from 2:40 pm to 4:45 pm.
    • Dinner is from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
      • The buffet bar is closed at 8:30 pm.
  • The restaurant is a 6-minute walk from Kichijoji Station.

Other Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Kichijōji

  • Soup Stock Tokyo
    • A soup restaurant chain that has vegan soup most of the time. Light meal options, such as curry, is always available.
    • As flavors available are depending on the season, check with the staff upon arrival for vegan options.
  • Omusubi Gonbei (おむすび権米衛)
    • A rice ball shop chain at Kichijoji Station’s south (park) exit. Vegan rice balls, such as Konbu (kalt), are available. Check their allergen menu HERE to confirm what filling is vegan. You can translate the webpage using Google Chrome’s translation function at the right of the address bar.
    • English menu is available upon request.
    • The shop opens from 7 am to 9 pm, so you can visit it for breakfast to start your day in the Japanese style.
  • Harmonica Quina (ハモニカ・クイナ)
    • A taco rice restaurant in Harmonica Yokochō at Kichijoji Station’s north exit.
    • Although there is only one vegan option, the taco rice with avocado and homemade beans is delicious and filling.
  • Far East Bazaar
    • A shop is famous for its unique ice cream flavors with several vegan options available.
    • The shop also sells many Arabic and Middle Eastern food and snacks. Vegan and vegetarian items are marked for your convenience.
  • SOPRA (ソプラ)
    • An Italian restaurant in Inokashira Park that may be able to adjust the ingredients to cater to special dietary requirements.
  • 81 Noodle Bar (麺ハチイチ/81 NOODLE BAR)
    • A ramen restaurant with a vegan option.
  • Umenohana (梅の花 吉祥寺店)
    • A traditional kaiseki (multi-course) restaurant chain with a focus on tofu. The entire restaurant has a traditional setting, and tatami mats cover the floor.
    • A reservation is required to enjoy the vegan kaiseki at Umenohana. Same-day reservation is accepted.
    • Like other kaiseki restaurants, the food at Umenohana is beautifully presented and tastes amazing.
    • Reservation can be done online HERE or by calling them at 0422-28-0320.
  • Orido
    • A restaurant that uses organic ingredients to prepare food for its customers.
    • There are a few vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free lunch sets you can choose from.
    • Vegan and gluten-free desserts are available, too.

Discover the Attractions in Kichijōji

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Click the photo for the attractions to visit in Kichijōji!

Now you know where to go for a meal, it is time to discover the attractions in Kichijōji. The neighborhood rated “The Most Desirable Area to Live” is great for almost everything. It is also where the famous Ghibli Museum is located!

So, for more ideas of what to do in the area, refer to our Kichijōji article!

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