If you’re obsessed with food, there’s no time like the present to buy a ticket to Tokyo. Momofuku’s David Chang calls it “the world’s best food city”; Anthony Bourdain admits, “If I had to eat only in one city for the rest of my life, Tokyo would be it.”
No matter if it’s a bowl of ramen, a golden fried pork cutlet or a cup of coffee, Japanese food culture dictates that everything be created with the utmost care. That means a budget-conscious traveler should have no problem finding memorable—even mind-expanding—eating experiences on the cheap in Tokyo, a city of limitless options when it comes to dining out.
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We’ve scoured the city for inexpensive eats that you absolutely cannot miss, finding yuzu-accented ramen, succulent unagi, and impossibly airy chiffon cake along the way. And if you’d like to take your extra cash at the end of the trip and blow it on a mind-bending sushi experience, we recommend blowing it out at Sushi Ichi in Ginza or Sushi Shin near Roppongi Station. This list should get you started. If we figure out how to move to Tokyo permanently, we’ll be sure to let you know.