After our early morning sushi breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market, Peter and I decided against heading back to our Airbnb for a nap and opted to stay up and explore Tokyo’s Ginza District. Ginza is known for upmarket shopping and dining and we indulged in a bit of both.
If you drop by on the weekend, make sure to stroll down Ginza’s Chuo Dori. From noon to 5 or 6PM this busy street is closed to cars and only open to pedestrians so you can freely wander along the large open road in between browsing shops.
Since 1927 Ginza Bairin has been serving the best tonkatsu in Ginza. Tonkatsu is a delicious, breaded, deep fried pork cutlet and Ginza Bairin cooks them up right– crispy on the outside with the juiciest pork cutlet inside.
They serve various traditional dishes, kurobuta (Berkshire pig) cutlet, tonkatsu with rice, Shrimp cutlet, tonkatsu sandwiches, and more. Peter and I loved sitting at the counter drooling as we watched the chefs fry cutlet after cutlet.
7-8-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0061
Open 7 days a week (except January 1.)
11:30 am – 8:45 pm
Cash payment only
Another longtime Ginza resident, Cafe de l’Ambre has been serving delectable hand drip coffee since 1948. The owner Ichiro Sekiguchi is nearly 100 years old and still runs the place and roasts the coffee beans. Although he had some younger baristas on hand, we spied him in the front of the shop having an afternoon snooze. This dark, old school coffee shop was a little bit intimidating for a coffee novice like myself but the staff were friendly and happy to accommodate my photo taking when they saw the joy their coffee techniques brought to my face.
My drink of choice? The Queen Amber – a rich coffee, rolled in a cocktail shaker over an block of ice to cool and served in a champagne glass with a thick layer of cold, sweet cream. If I wasn’t pregnant at the time, I could have easily sipped two of these.
Café de l’Ambre
8-10-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Sun & hols 12noon-7pm
Itoya is a 100 year old, 12 story stationery shop. Conveniently across the street from their newer, 6 story stationery shop. A must see.
2 Chome-7-15 Ginza