BEST 4 Gourmet Foods in Ueno’s Ameyoko – From Famous Shops to Niche Stores

Tracing its roots to the black market that emerged soon after World War II, Ueno Ameya Yokocho (more commonly known as Ameyoko) is an expansive commercial district where you can get everything from bargain products up to minor food items and products. Below are four of the best gourmet dishes that you have to try when you happen to be in Ameyoko, where you can also go on a food trip by going around the food stalls and shops rich with an international flair that sell all sorts of items, from crabs and chocolates at discounted prices, up to dried products, spices and other rare ingredients.

<1> Kebab, the father of eating tours at Ameyoko! Even celebrities come for the taste of its kebab! Enjoy the famous, entertaining sales pitches!

Moses-san no Kebab (Moses Kebab) is the second branch of the first kebab shop in Ameyoko. The names of the dishes in its menu, including Yamazaki and Inoue, apparently come from the surnames of its regular patrons from the time it was opened. The famous Inoue Special (500 JPY) uses an original sauce from around 10 spices with just the right amount of spiciness, and chili sauce.

Moses-san no Kebab Ameyoko Center Building Shop

Ameyoko Center Bldg. 1F, 4-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

<2> Satisfy your craving for large takoyaki at a kaisendon shop

At Minatoya Food Main Branch, which is famous for kaisendon (bowl of rice topped with sashimi), starting with takoyaki (octopus dumplings) at an empty space is a big hit. Although there is constantly a line of customers outside its doors, the great things about this shop that draws in the crowd are the quick turnover of customers and the rich lineup of delicious seafood bowls to choose from. The Takoyaki (300 JPY for six pieces) has large chunks of octopus inside, so they can be quite filling.

Minatoya Food Main Branch

4-1-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

<3> The simple piping hot xiao long bao and spicy soup are a must-try

Saikoshun is a place where you can easily get hold of authentic Chinese breakfast meals and snacks. The Maratan (600 JPY), the Szechuan-style spicy soup, is particularly famous here. Meanwhile, the specialty Shanghai Yaki Shoronpo (Shanghai-style fried xiao long bao) (400 JPY for four pieces) comes with dumplings overflowing in pork filling and hot meat juice with concentrated flavors.


Ameyoko Center Bldg. 1F, 4-7-8 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

<4> Filled with unique sweets from all over the world!

Yoshiya is a shop that sells a wide array of goods numbering around 1,000 in total, including imported confectioneries, jams and black tea. The appeal of this place is the low price of the products it carries, thanks to its procurement of goods from import agents or their direct importation on its own.

Try the Pocket Coffee T5 (345 JPY) and the Tabasco Spicy Dark Chocolate (414 JPY) and enjoy not only their sweet taste, but also their spiciness and coffee flavors.


6-4-12 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 07.03.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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