We love exploring different areas of Tokyo and for this trip, we decided on Sugamo, one of the districts that’s also known as Granny’s Harajuku. Exploring any new area always means discovering a new cafe or restaurant for some delightful vegan food – let me share what we tried this time.
Takagiya is a small family-run vegetarian cafe with vegan options just minutes from Sugamo Station. Using organic and natural ingredients, they have vegan meals and sweets treats with the concept of “sweets that are gentle on mind and body”.
If you’re planning on visiting this part of Tokyo, this could be a great spot for you to visit. Let me tell you what you can eat as a vegan in Sugamo!
At a glance:
V/VO: Vegan options (vegetarian cafe)
How to order: At the counter
Payment: Card and cash accepted- payment when you order
Reservation required?: No
Takagiya is a small cafe with approximately 12 seats, a chilled atmosphere and friendly staff create a great environment to enjoy some vegan cake before exploring further.
Similar to Marbre Vegan you’ll be greeted by the beautifully stacked display case full of cakes, however only the top row of goodies are plant-based. But not to worry, as everything is clearly labelled with “plant-based” or “gluten-free” there’s no accidentally ordering the wrong item here.
As well as its selection of vegan cakes, they have two options for vegan parfaits. Or if you fancy something a bit more substantial, they have four main options: vege burger plate, vege taco rice, teriyaki vege burger plate or vege curry, which all appeared to be vegan.
For drinks they have plenty on offer to suit everyone, from a selection of teas, soft drinks or alcohol, they even have soy milk for your coffees too. Want to know where else you can get your caffeine fix around Tokyo? Check out 27 cafes you can get alternative milk!
Mango vegan cake
The time we visited they had approximately 10 plant-based cakes on offer, and although the muffins and cakes sounded lovely, I wanted to try a flavour I hadn’t had in a cake before. So, I went for the mango cake.
This cake was so beautifully light, and creamy and tasted so so good! If you’ve tried the well-known Japanese shortcake cake, It was very similar to that, but with juicy mangos instead of strawberries.
And for those who haven’t managed to get their hands on a vegan shortcake cake, you really need to! (Marbre Vegan was the place where I tried my first plant-based version and then Jonny bought me a strawberry shortcake cake for my birthday from Hal Okada!) They’ve got a soft, delicate and light sponge filled with fresh tasty fruit and the most airy and light cream!
This mango cake was no different, great sponge and such tasty soy cream and flavoursome mango topping, it wasn’t overly sweet which I appreciated.
Price: ¥630 (£3.46/ $4.21)
Organic Soy Latte
I opted for an iced soy latte on this hot day, which came out in a glass that was much smaller than expected. Without meaning to, I have realised that I have become a little picky about my coffee since living in Japan. Luckily this one was decent tasting.
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Price: ¥650 (£3.57/ $4.34)
100% mandarin orange juice
Now most people will have tried orange juice but have you tried mandarin juice? This was our first time trying it and we didn’t quite realise until we tried it. It refreshing just like OJ but much sweeter in taste.
Price: ¥450 (£2.47/ $3.01)
Have a birthday coming up? You can order full cakes at Takagiya, they have three vegan cakes on offer: gateaux chocolate, strawberry and fruit. The cheapest starts from ¥2,800 (£15.40/ $18.73) and they offer three different cake sizes.
Things close to Takagiya
- Walk down Sugamo Jizodori Shopping Street | 7 min walk
- Rikugien Gardens | 17 min walk
- Togenuki Jizoson Koganji Temple | 7 min walk
- Toyo Bunko Museum | 19 min walk
Vegan options close to Takagiya
V = vegan, VE = Vegan options
- Mos Burger, Sugamo | VO | 7 min walk
- Nourish | V | 14 min walk
- Yasai Cafe Kukuri | V | 30 min walk, 12 min train
- Ain Soph. Soar | V | 36 min walk, 25 min train
- T’s Tantan, Ikebukuro | V | 20 min train
How to get to Takagiya
〒2 Chome-9-26 Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan, 170-0002
2 mins walk from Sugamo Station
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
Like a lot of cafes in Japan, best to check their socials for any irregular opening hours
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a list of amazing vegan places to visit in Tokyo. But, if you’re still on the hunt for plant-based desserts, I’ll guarantee you’ll like Wired Bonbon and their amazing vegan parfaits!