Let me start by saying I am not vegan. Should I repeat it for the people in the back? I AM NOT VEGAN. I am a lover of all food and allergic to milk, so I often choose vegan options to avoid it. Having food allergies can make traveling annoying and the FOMO gets real. I often think about the fried cheese I didn’t eat in Nicaragua and all of the Stroopwafels I had to say no to in Amsterdam. These days there are many resources online to help find vegan/vegan friendly restaurants in cities around the world. Here are a few of my favorite vegan treats that I found while visiting Tokyo, Japan last November.
As an American I love doughnuts but because I’m dairy free my only options are usually dense cake doughnuts. At this point I’ve acquired a taste for cake doughnuts and have found some good vegan options in San Francisco. Still, I often find myself craving the melt in your mouth deliciousness of a raised doughnut. Good Town Doughnuts came through! They have more vegan options than I’ve seen on any vegan friendly menu and alternative milk options for their beverage menu. The location is adorable with a very hipster vibe that made me feel like I was back in San Francisco. In the four days I spent in Tokyo I went back to this spot more times than I am willing to admit.
I have no idea how to pronounce “8ablish” but I would eat this meal everyday for the rest of my life if I could. I chose their three course lunch option and a beer for $26. When I first saw the appetizer(pictured above) I was worried, your girl has an appetite and I came ready to eat. It seemed to be a small portion of food but the flavors that hit me when I took my first bite made up for it. At the end of the meal I wanted more, not because I wasn’t satisfied but because it was so good I as sad to see it end. Their menu changes seasonally and post pandemic things might change even more but I highly recommend looking into what they have to offer in the future.
Looking for some traditional Japanese street food check this place out. Taiyaki are the fish shaped pastries that you’ve probably seen on your Instagram feed. Not only are they cute but they’re delicious. If you are looking for a more subtle sweetness, unlike those doughnuts, then these are for you.
These are only three of the many vegan options you can find in Tokyo, Japan. I highly recommend visiting Japan(I found a round trip ticket from SFO for less than $600) and checking these spots out while you’re there.