It happens to the best of us. You’ve planned your trip, you’re all packed, and you’re ready to stuff yourself with sushi. You arrive in Japan and all is good. Then, the cravings set in. Aussies may find themselves dazed and confused without their morning Vegemite. The French may find themselves glaring at “bread.” And those seeking halal and vegan options may find their choices dwindling. However, never fear. Below, we’ve outlined Tokyo’s best and brightest international grocery stores. If you’re seeking a taste of home, we’ve got you covered. Here’s where to find your favourite foreign imports in Japan.
Kaldi Coffee: The Most Convenient of Tokyo’s International Grocery Stores
In terms of convenience, Kaldi Coffee Farm is the clear winner. Its locations span the entirety of Tokyo and are often just steps from major train stations. The store also provides everyone who steps in a free paper cup of coffee. So, you know. If you see one, go get that coffee. Aside from an impressive coffee section, the store is all about foreign imports. It’s pleasantly bursting at the seams with international foodstuffs from a wide range of nations. That said, locations are often small. As a result, they do focus more on non-perishable items and seasonal treats. However, there is a humble (but hard-working) cheese and deli meat section in most stores. Definitely drop by if that’s what you’re craving.
Name: Kaldi Coffee Farm, Shinjuku (many other locations)
Address: 1-5-1 Odakyu Department Store, BF2, Nishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023
National Azabu: The Expat Favourite
National Azabu is endlessly whispered about in Tokyo’s teacher circles. In fact, it’s often one of the first tips that any seasoned expat will share with you. If you’re seeking more variety, this is where you’ll want to go. National Azabu is in Hiroo, Tokyo’s upscale embassy district, and it’s overflowing with American favourites.
Additionally, vegans, vegetarians, and those who prefer organic food should definitely check this one out.
Unlike most international grocery stores, they even have a delivery service. Check out their delivery regions here.
Name: National Azabu
Address: 4-5-2 Minamiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0047
Nissin World Delicatessen: A Halal Haven
Amongst international grocery stores, Nissin World is the absolute best place for halal options. Approved by the Japan Muslim Association and Nippon Asia Halal Association, each halal option is clearly marked with a sticker. Their foreign imports also include gluten-free options, as well as vegan and vegetarian snacks.
And if you’re a wine aficionado, you’re in luck. The entire second floor is devoted to it. You’ll find Nissin World at Azabu-Juban Station, close to the glitzy Roppongi Hills district. Finally, Nissin also delivers. You can find out more here.
Name: Nissin World Delicatessen
Address: 2-32-13 Higashiazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0044
Kinokuniya International Store: French Baguette!
Kinokuniya is arguably Japan’s most successful bookstore, but you won’t find any books here. Its shelves are stocked with foreign imports, namely food.
The Kinokuniya International Store is one of the best places to grab a true, French-style baguette.
Furthermore, Aussies will be happy to see their Vegemite and Brits to see their Marmite. Take care, though. Nothing at this store comes cheap.
Name: Kinokuniya International Store
Address: 3−11−7 AO Building, B1F, Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061
Whatever your craving might be, one of these stores will certainly have it. Drop in for a taste of home before heading back out onto Tokyo’s streets.
Post by Japan Journeys.