If you are a seafood fan, then this article is for you. Check out the best seafood dishes around the world as suggested by my fellow travel and food bloggers.

1. Grilled Octopus – Greece

Best  seafood dishes in the world - Grilled Octopus, Greece
Best seafood dishes in the world – Grilled Octopus, Greece

Octopus is one of my favorite seafood dishes and it can be eaten many ways; octopus sashimi, octopus salad or boiled octopus. The best octopus I have ever tried is the Greek Island specialty of Grilled Octopus.

Octopus has been eaten in Greece since ancient times and thus after years of experience they are experts at preparing it. The octopus is caught fresh daily, hung out to dry in the sun and then grilled on charcoal. The outside is blackened with a nice crunchy texture and the inside is chewy and juicy. The octopus is prepared so perfectly and so flavorful that it needs minimal dressing, and is served with a simple wedge of lemon.

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2. Fischbrötchen – Hamburg, Germany

Best seafood dishes around the world - Fischbrötchen in   Hamburg, Germany
Best seafood dishes around the world – Fischbrötchen in
Hamburg, Germany

Although Germany is best known for its sausages, sauerkraut, and pretzels, German cuisine has much more to offer than that. In Northern Germany, seafood is a kitchen staple thanks to the region’s proximity to both, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. However, no dish is as iconic as the famous Fischbrötchen.

Fischbrötchen are a kind of sandwich popular in the city of Hamburg. A Fischbrötchen usually consists of a dinner roll stuffed with fish. Most commonly you can find Bismarck herring or souses herring, although varieties made with
fried fish or shrimp are also common. You can find Fischbrötchen most easily at the harbor in Hamburg, where locals and visitors alike gorge on this popular fast food.

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3. Lobster – Puerto Nuevo

Best seafood dishes around the world - Lobster, Puerto Nuevo
Best seafood dishes around the world – Lobster, Puerto Nuevo

Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has not always been known for its gastronomy, but at the turn of the century things began to change. Whenever we think of Baja cuisine we picture giant lobster and giant handmade flour tortillas. The best part of Baja cuisine is definitely the freshness. In spanish, “Del Mar al Paladar” means from the sea to your palate which is basically the motto.

Puerto Nuevo, just a few miles South of sunny San Diego, California is lobster heaven. It’s a small town known specifically for its delicious lobster. One of our favorite places to eat at is called Villa Ortega’s. The view and food will make eating in Puerto Nuevo a unique seafood experience.

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4. Paella – Spain

Best seafood dishes in the world - Paella, Spain
Best seafood dishes in the world – Paella, Spain

Paella de Marisco or the seafood paella is Spain’s national dish. It is the best seafood dish in the world because of its rich flavors. It’s made from fresh and carefully chosen ingredients cooked to perfection all in one pan.

This amazing seafood dish that represents Spanish coastal flavors, consists of fresh seafood and paella rice cooked in a wide pan or a paellera.

The dish can be made with a variety of ingredients, as it has evolved in many years. Mussels, shrimps, fish, clams, and lobsters are great choices for the Paella de Marisco. Garlic, onions, and bell pepper are sautéed in the pan for a couple of minutes. Tomato is added until it has a sauce-like consistency. Seafood broth with saffron is poured into the pan, and then the paella rice is added. The next step is adding parsley and seasonings and stirring for 3 minutes. Then the cooked clams, mussels and shrimps are added over the rice. The last step is to let it simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes until rice is done.

The goodness of an authentic Paella de Marisco can be tasted anywhere in its home country, Spain.

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5. Pulpo a la Gallega – Galicia

Best seafood dishes around the world - Pulpo a la Gallega, Spain
Best seafood dishes around the world – Pulpo a la Gallega, Spain

On our last trip to Spain we spent quite a lot of time walking through Galicia – northern province boarded with the sea. There we had a chance to try different food including famous local dish – pulpo a la Gallega or Polbo á feira (its local name) which means “fair-style octopus”.

Melide – a small town in Galicia is where the dish comes from. Octopus is the main ingredient of the dish; first it’s boiled in a big copper pot for about an hour, then it’s left in the pot for another 20 minutes – it must be ready but not overcooked otherwise it gets tough and chewy.

When it’s ready it’s cut into small square pieces (2×2 cm) usually only tentacles are served, seasoned with salt, herbs and paprika and sprinkled with olive oil. The dish is served with white bread and local red wine (usually young wines). Special places that serve mainly pulpo are called pulperias and can be found in many Galician cities and town. Traditionally pulperias are not fancy restaurants rather local eateries. Nowadays many restaurants in Galicia serve pulpo a la Gallega as a starter.

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6. Taglioni with lobster – Venice, Italy

Best seafood dishes around the world - Taglioni with lobster, Venice, Italy
Best seafood dishes around the world – Taglioni with lobster, Venice, Italy

Often it’s the simple dishes are the most tasty and memorable. At Osteria Al Bacco in Venice’s Cannaregio district they make a pasta and red (tomato) sauce dish with lobster that I have been thinking about for the past 4 years.

Taglioni with lobster is the combination of home made pasta, just the right amount of fresh tomato sauce and pieces of just caught meaty lobster. The dish is topped with a whole langoustine for effect. Lobster can be easily overpowered when smothered in sauce but in this case the balance is just right. I can’t think of anything better than having a long lunch on the canals in Venice eating pasta with lobster.

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7. Brazilian Shrimp Soup – Brazil

Best seafood dishes around the world - Brazilian Shrimp Soup, Brazil
Best seafood dishes around the world – Brazilian Shrimp Soup, Brazil

Also known as moqueca de camarao, brazilian shrimp soup is common in the northeast region of Bahia, Brazil and is considered a fall and winter dish.

A traditional moqueca recipe, is slow cooked in a terra cotta dish and each home has its own version. But in Bahia it most commonly reflects the Afro-Brazilian influence and always includes chile peppers, palm oil and coconut milk.

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8. Scallop Carpaccio – France

Best seafood dishes around the world - Scallop Carpaccio, France
Best seafood dishes around the world – Scallop Carpaccio, France

Scallop carpaccio is a light dish that makes for an excellent starter. The idea behind this dish, as the name intimates, originated in Italy. To be enjoyed at its best and most delicious, scallop carpaccio requires high quality ingredients to be prepared just minutes before the dish is served.

Chef Marc Meurin, who holds two Michelin stars for his Le Meurin Restaurant, at Le Chateau de Beaulieu at Busnes in northern France’s Pas de Calais department. Chef Meurin and his team select scallops from the region and cut them after they have spent 20 minutes cooling in a freezer, so that they slice thinly and evenly. The sauce features oil from black olives and is seasoned with spices including Sichuan pepper corns. The flavour of the scallops zings but is not overpowered.

For lovers of gourmet cuisine this is a dish worth travelling to taste.

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9. Chilli Crab – Singapore

Best seafood dishes around the world - Chilli crab, Singapore
Best seafood dishes around the world – Chilli crab, Singapore

Singapore Chilli Crab is one Singapore’s most iconic dishes, and alongside the Pepper Crab, the island nation’s best known seafood dish.

The origins of Singapore Chilli Crab go back to the 1950’s, when Cher Yam Tian added chilli, instead of tomato sauce, to her family crab recipe. They loved it so much that Cher and her husband started selling it from a pushcart alongside the ocean.

And it was a big hit, and these days the dish can be found in restaurants and hawker stalls all over Singapore.

Despite the name and the look of the dish, Singapore Chilli Crab is not overly spicy. The mud crab is stir-fried in a thickish sweet and savoury tomato sauce with just enough chilli to ensure a medium heat.

The crab is served with the shell on, usually with a plate of fried mantou, and eaten with the hands. It’s always a messy experience, so large bibs and lots of napkins are always provided.

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10. Portuguese Bacalhau Bras – Portugal

Best seafood dishes around the world - Bacalhau Bras , Portugal
Best seafood dishes around the world – Bacalhau Bras , Portugal

Bacalhau Bras, a Portuguese cod-based dish, is one of the best seafood dishes I’ve tasted in the world. Bacalhau is salted, dried cod and for Bacalhau à Brás, as it is also known, the cod is shredded, mixed with onions and thinly chopped or shredded fried potato and it is all bound together with scramnled egg.

The bacalhau must first be soaked to allow for removal of the skin and bones. Once the Bras is cooked, it is usually served with a salad and black olives. And believe me, although it can sometimes resemble a scrambled mess, it tastes delicious and makes for a great lunchtime meal.

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11. Sushi – Japan

Best seafood dishes in the world - Sushi, Japan
Best seafood dishes in the world – Sushi, Japan

We can’t talk about best seafood around the world without mentioning sushi, arguably one of the most iconic, ubiquitous – and delicious – of Japan’s cultural contributions.

Sushi is usually prepared with a base of vinegar flavored rice combined with a variety of ingredients, such as raw or cooked fish and other seafood and vegetables, with a touch of wasabi, a spicy, green spread applied to the rice. Sushi is frequently served in sushi bars accompanied with sake, Japanese rice wine. Although created in Japan, this is a dish that has found its way around all over the world from Asia to Europe to Africa and the Americas.

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12. Fish and Chips – UK

Best seafood dishes in the world - Fish and Chips, UK
Best seafood dishes in the world – Fish and Chips, UK

This seafood favourite is synonymous with British takeaway food, where fresh deboned fish is smothered in a batter paste, and deep fried to give a full and fluffy batter. The battered fish is then served with big thick double deep-fried potato chips, and often with the optional flavourings of salt and vinegar and red sauce or brown sauce.

However this may be slightly different when eating fish and chips at restaurants, where they often offer an optional squeeze of lemon and a mayonnaise-like ‘tartar sauce’ fused with capers. There are also often three popular fish options on offer at chip shops, with cod, plaice and haddock, and as a seafood favourite, they are almost always best found through the seaside towns and villages of Britain and the U.K.

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13. Cazon en Adobo – Seville, Spain

Best seafood dishes around the world -  Cazon en Adobo - Seville, Spain
Best seafood dishes around the world –
Cazon en Adobo – Seville, Spain

When travelers think about eating in Spain they usually focus on the trifecta of paella, patatas bravas, and sangria. But there is so much more to Spanish cuisine than these three dishes.

In Andalusia, in Southern Spain, there is a fascination with fish, due to its enviable position along the Mediterranean. One dish that is not well-known outside of Andalusia is Cazon en Adobo.

Cazon is a white fish, normally a dogfish, which is marinated and tangy. The marinade keeps the fish super soft. Then, it is breaded and fried. A seamingly simple dish, but almost addictive. It can be found at most tapas bars in Seville and around Andalusia. It is one of the best tapas to eat in Seville, particularly because it is one that many people have never heard of before.

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14. Shrimp Pad Thai – Thailand

Best seafood dishes around the world - Shrimp Pad Thai, Thailand
Best seafood dishes around the world – Shrimp Pad Thai, Thailand

Many people are familiar with the tasty dish pad thai, but most people enjoy this dish with chicken. However, while in Thailand last year I discovered shrimp (also called prawn) pad thai and it is so tasty!

While in Bangkok, I not only got to eat shrimp pad thai, but make it in a cooking class! This is a noodle-based dish is combined with egg, veggies and, of course, shrimp. The thing that really sets this dish apart is the sauce which includes amazing flavors like peanut, lime, soy sauce, and chives.

Some of the best pad thai is served on the street and often times for less than $1. How can you not enjoy that? (Side note: we dyed our noodles with flower petals in our cooking class, they’re not typically purple.)

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15. Fish Curry in Goa – India

Best seafood dishes around the world - Goan Style Pomfret, India
Best seafood dishes around the world – Goan Style Pomfret, India

For a country normally famed for its delicious vegetarian curries and snacks, the seafood of Goa is a breath of fresh air and mouth-wateringly good to eat. After all, what could be better than a tasty meal with a beach-side view? In fact, Goan cuisine is often considered incomplete without fish, which is a staple of the local diet.

Fish curry in Goa comes in the form of either “shrimps curry” or local fish such as pomfret or kingfish. The Goan fish curry is sour and spicy in taste, and although recipes vary, include coconut and kokum – both characteristic of Goan cuisine. Our favourite place for a fish curry in Goa is Anandashram in Fontainhas, Panjim for their shrimp curry thali, or Dropadi on Palolem Beach for Fish Curry with a view!

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16. Gang Som Crab Curry – Southern Thailand

Best seafood dishes around the world - Gang Som Crab Curry, Thailand
Best seafood dishes around the world – Gang Som Crab Curry, Thailand

Gang Som is spicy curry dish typically found in the South of Thailand. It is recognisable by its intense orange colour as a result of the turmeric used. The dish is generally made with seafood; either fish or crab. Other ingredients include lime, chili, garlic and shrimp paste.

One place in particular to find Geang Som Curry is Koh Mook, Trat Province. However, it is also common to find the curry across other southern provinces such as Satun and Nakhon Si Thammarat. It is one of the most popular southern style dishes sold in Bangkok.

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17. Black Sea mussels – Bulgaria, eastern Europe

Best seafood dishes around the world - Black Sea Mussels, Bulgaria, eastern Europe
Best seafood dishes around the world – Black Sea Mussels, Bulgaria, eastern Europe

Black Sea mussels are the best kind of mussels I’ve tasted during my travels, and they’re even tastier than the Welsh mussels I usually eat while at home.

I first tried them when I went to Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, eastern Europe last year. While Sunny Beach is perhaps best known as one of the tackiest tourist destinations in eastern Europe, as I soon discovered, it’s also home to a flourishing food and drink scene.

We managed to get a kilo of plump, juicy Black Sea mussels for just 15 Leva in our favourite restaurant in Sunny Beach, Djanny’s – that’s around £7.50! Doused in white wine with tonnes of garlic and parsley, they were so delicious that we polished off the whole platter within minutes – and used some bread to mop up every drop of the sauce, too!

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Cherry Blossom season is the best time to visit Ueno Park. Try the street food at Shinobazu Pond while you are there.
Cherry Blossoms At Ueno Park

Ueno Park is well-known for its rows of cherry blossom trees which turn the entire park into a canopy of white and pink petals during the Sakura season. I visited Ueno park in peak cherry blossom season and truly it’s one of the most beautiful scenes to behold despite the crowd.

Sakura-Hanami, a tradition of having a picnic under the cherry blossom tree, was in full swing. Rows and rows of blue colored tarp were spread under the cherry blossoms and people were having a merry time sipping Sake and consuming delicious food with their family. One look at all the food on display and my stomach rumbled. There are a few food stalls in the park, but the long lines discouraged me from joining them. I promised myself I would stand in line after the boat ride on the Shinobazu Pond at the other end of the park.

Street Food Stalls At Shinobazu Pond near Ueno Park

What I didn’t know was beside the pond, there was a street food heaven waiting for me. This was truly unexpected and a pleasant surprise to my hungry stomach. I wasted no time in exploring the delicious food in yellow colored stalls.

If you visit Ueno Park, here is some of the Japanese street food you should try:


Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake/crêpe. The pancake flour is cooked on a griddle and topped with cabbage, veggies, pork belly, bacon or other toppings just like a pizza. The toppings differ across the different regions in Japan. Usually, the pancake is topped off by a sunny-side up egg. This is one of Japan’s famous street food.

Dango – Sticky Rice Cake/Balls

Dango is a sweet sticky rice dessert made from a special rice flour called mochiko. Here, three types of Dangos are being sold – the original (plain sweet dumplings with no additional flavor), a green-tea flavored rice ball (called Chadango ) and a cherry flavored Dango. Typically, 3 to 5 dumplings are loaded on a single-stick.

Deep Fried Seafood

Japanese Street Food - Deep Fried Squid and  Octopus At Ueno Park
Deep Fried Squid and Octopus

One thing you have to try in Japan is obviously the seafood. This was the first time I tried fried octopus. Initially, I felt weird eating the octopus. Especially, I didn’t like to see the suckers on the arms/legs up close before eating it. I was very reluctant to feel the texture of the suckers against my tongue. However, once I got over the texture issue, It was actually not that bad. It had a strong sea flavour which I am not a huge fan but the soy sauce on top it reduces that a bit.

Chocolate Covered Banana With Sprinkles

Fried Banana With Chocolate and Sprinkles
Fried Banana With Chocolate and Sprinkles

I have a sweet tooth. Naturally, I ran straight to a stall selling bananas covered in chocolate and sprinkles when I spotted it. I was so excited when I got it, that I balanced a coke can, which I had previously opened, on a slightly unsteady ledge on a bridge nearby. Lo and behold! I committed my worst faux pas in Japan… the coke can fell from the ledge, spilling juice on the ground. Yikes! Several people around me audibly gasped. I didn’t dare meet anyone’s eye. I quickly picked up the can and escaped with my chocolate covered banana.

Pork and Chicken Skewers

These pork and chicken skewers were delicious and very cheap at 200 Yen( approx. $2). I had one of each. On a side note, don’t you think this video is kind of hypnotizing? I could watch that man turn over the skewers for hours!


Noodles at Ueno Park Tokyo

One of my favorite food of all time is Noodles and I had a variety of it in Japan. I, especially, love the noodles fried on a griddle oozing with soy and oyster sauce. They are so yummy.

Crab Skewers

Street Food in Ueno Park Tokyo - Crab Skewers
Street Food in Ueno Park Tokyo – Crab Skewers

Can you believe how huge those crabs are! I think they may be artificial and not real crab shells. Stores in Japan usually use plastic food samples on their storefronts. May be this is one of those.

Corn On A Cob

Street Food in Ueno Park, Tokyo- Corn On A Cob
Corn On A Cob

Ueno Park Street Food - Hot Dog On A Stick
Hot Dog On A Stick

There are also standard American street food favorites such as hotdog on a stick and corn on the cob if you don’t feel like trying new Japanese street food. The corn on the cob is also an excellent vegetarian option.

Unknown yet delicious looking food

One thing that was difficult for me was that most stalls didn’t have the name of the food in English. So half the time I didn’t recognize some unfamiliar foods. I wish I knew how to read Japanese or it would have been nice to have a Japanese local to help me out. Also, the food stall owners knew limited English, so they were no help either.

Some stalls like chicken/pork stalls had picture of a chicken and pig beside the Japanese lettering so I knew immediately what they were. I am not at all saying that people in every country should use English. However, using pictures to show what the food was, was immensely helpful. If I visit Japan again, I am planning to learn some basic Japanese sentences like What food is this? , Is this Chicken or Pork? and names of the different foods. I suggest everyone visiting Japan do the same, especially if they have some diet restrictions.

Roast Potato or Dough Balls?
Roast Potato or Dough Balls?

These white balls heaped on the frying pan look like small fried potatoes with some seasoning. They may also have been dough balls but less likely.

Ueno Park Tokyo Street Food - Tofu Fry
Tofu Fry?

I assume that this is Tofu Fry. If it is, it’s a another option for vegetarians. I am not a big fan of Tofu so I skipped that.

What do you think of these Japanese street food? Which one would you try if you visited Ueno Park, Tokyo? Let me know in the comments.

I will leave you with one last video of Okonomiyaki to tempt you..

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Ueno Park - Japanese Street Food
Ueno Park – Japanese Street Food

Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo is lauded as the street where new Indie fashion trends originate and flourish, a place for teenagers to showcase their rebelious streak and a street of tasty delights. Is it really worth all the excitement? Read on and find out!

Where is Takeshita street and how to get there?

Takeshita Street or Takeshita Dori is directly opposite the Harajuku Station on the Yamanote line. From Harajuku Station, take the Takeshita Exit.

When is the best time to visit Takeshita street?

Takeshita Street was the first place I visited when I set out to explore Tokyo. Being the morning person that I am, my husband and I set out at 9.30 am on a Monday morning! We were there by 10 am and what do we see? The street was deserted and everything was closed except for the reliable McDonald’s. I later found out that Takeshita Street is not an exception and that most businesses in Japan open shop at 11 am. We waited out the hour munching our breakfast burgers in McDonald’s. After 11 am, all the shops opened and within an hour the street filled with people.

On subsequent visits to Takeshita Street, I found out that 11 am on a monday morning was indeed a good time to visit Takeshita Street. The worst time is obviously during weekends when the street and the closeby Harajuku station are so crowded that you will have very little space to move let alone explore the shops.

The best time to visit this street is during weekdays close to the opening time at 11:00 am. The worst time is obviously during weekends when the street is VERY crowded. Check out the video to see how crowded it gets on weeekends.

5 Fashion/Beauty Stores You Should Visit In Takeshita Dori

The fashion stores in Takeshita Street are mainly youth and teen oriented. This means that the items that you find here may not be of great quality. In fact, many of the stores I found on this street were selling clothes whose quality was similar to what you find in a flea market. However, the upside of this is that they are cost-effective and some of the pieces you find here are unique and trendy.

If you are looking for better quality/higher price tag and not teen/youth fashion, visit the stores in the neighboring Omotesando street. There were a few notable stores that caught my eye and were selling unique items which I considered buying from:

#1. Out Of The World

Picture shows me holding a sneaker which has platform heels in my hands
Platform Sneakers which I thought were quite unique and trendy

Among all the stores on Takeshita Dori, I was particularly attracted by this shoe store. Some of the shoes displayed in this store had a Punk/Rock vibe. Some of the shoes displayed were really out there and I would probably never wear them. However, the plain black ones and the black and gold shoes with the platform heels, with some resemblance to Stella McCartney’s platform shoes, drew my attention. Unfortunately, the women’s shoes in this store don’t come in all sizes.. I couldn’t find the shoe that I liked in size 8 (US)! Huge Disappointment :(.

#2. Liz Lisa and Body Line

Picture Shows The Mannequins Outside the BodyLine Store Front In Takeshita Dori
The Mannequins Outside the BodyLine Store Front In Takeshita Dori

You will find many young girls in this street and else where in Tokyo wearing dollish/Victorian style clothing and makeup. Some of the clothes are not just costume or cosplay as many might think but a fashion trend in Japan known as Lolita Style . There are stores in Takeshita Street like Liz Lisa and Body Line that cater specifically to this fashion trend. Body Line has some cosplay costumes as shown by the mannequins outside the store whereas, the clothes in Liz Lisa mainly adhere to the Sweet Lolita trend. If you don’t want to be dressed completely in the Lolita look, you can still choose some cute accessories and shoes that look great even with your regular wardrobe.

#3. Boutique TakeNoko

Picture shows the storefront of Boutique Takenoko. The shop specialises in cosplay/punk Lolita style Fashion
Cosplay/ Punk Lolita Fashion store in Takeshita Dori

You can’t miss the colorful display of Boutique Takenoko as you walk down Takeshita Dori. This cosplay shop became famous in the 1970’s and 80’s when the dance group Takenoko-zoku shopped at Boutique Takenoko for their dance numbers.
Though, it’s not a place where you could shop for your everyday wardrobe, it’s still a fun place to visit.

#4. Etude House

Picture shows the storefront of Etude House - A brand that sells Korean Beauty products.
Etude House – A Brand That Sells Korean Beauty Products.

Due to the emergence of K-Drama and K-Pop, South Korean beauty products have seen a huge boost in popularity. Being a regular user of these products myself, I was glad to find Etude House, which specialises in Korean beauty products. This store has a pink toy house-like rooftop and can be found just below the Totti Candy Factory store. You will also see this store in the video I have posted above. I loved the pretty pink interiors of Etude House. I found it inviting and very girly. They had loads of products samples which you can try before you buy.

#5. Paris Kid’s

Paris Kid’s is an accessory store that sells typical accessories like hair bands, bangles, ear rings, charms and other cute knick knacks(Lots of bow shaped items). The advantage of shopping at this store is obviously the price. You can find loads of earrings at $4 dollars or less. Sometimes they give away pre-packaged surprise grab bags called Fukubukuro that have loads of stuff in it for around 300 Yen(approx. $4). However, you don’t get to choose the items in the grab bags as they are a surprise. It’s definitely worth getting the grab bag as you normally pay around 300 Yen for a single item in the store.

5 Foods you must try at Takeshita Dori

If you are tired of non stop shopping in Takeshita Street, there are plenty of tasty food stops along the street where you can refuel your energy. Sometimes, the overwhelming sweet smell from the Cotton Candy stores can be nauseauting and unappetizing. For a person with a sweet tooth though, this is Heaven!

#1. Ginormous Cotton Candy at Totti Candy Factory

Totti Candy Factory is famous for their huge multicolored cotton candy. Many of you would have already seen photos of this Cotton candy splashed on your Instagram feed. I was very concerned when I bought the cotton candy, first because of its size and also due to the sweetness of Cotton Candy. I didn’t think that I would be able to finish it and would probably end up throwing some of it in the bin. Surprisingly, the candy was very light and not as sweet as I expected. So, I was able to finish the whole thing in minutes.

#2. Crepes with your choice of filling

Picture shows the storefront of Santa Monica Crepes
Santa Monica Crepes in Takeshita Street

There are a number of Crepe Shops such as Marion Crepes, Santa Monica Crepes, Angel’s Heart along Takeshita Street. The crepes are rolled up in a cone with your choice of filling in the centre. You can pick your choice of filling from the delicious looking fake-food display on the side of these shops. On busy days, the lines in front of the store can get long but the service is quick.

#3. The crunchy and creamy Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku

Another popular treat to try when you visit Takeshita street is the cream puffs from Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku. These crispy cream puffs are freshly made on the premises and remain fresh only for one day. So, its advisable to consume them immediately or within the same day. They have a crispy sweet coating on the outside made of almonds, egg white, sugar and flour filled with custard cream on the inside. Read a detailed review of these crispy cream puffs here: Appetite For Japan

#4. Chocolate French Fries at Calbee Plus

If you have had enough of the sweet treats and are craving some savory snacks instead, head to Calbee Plus. This store is famous for their freshly prepared potato fries and chips. There’s a selection of toppings to choose from such as salt and butter, chocolate, cheese or even ice cream! There are some seasonal flavors available as well such as vegetable fries.

#5. Omurice at Pompompurin Cafe

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Pompompurin is a lovable cartoon dog and everything in this café is dedicated to this Sanrio character.
The interior of the café is very adorable and most people visit the café to experience the café itself rather than taste the food. Everything from Entrees to desserts is decorated to look like Pompompurin or his friends. The cute food is definitely Insta-worthy but the taste is nothing extraordinary.

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Takeshita street is a must-visit when you go to Japan. Check out the 5 food/fashion shops you must visit in Takeshita Dori.
Takeshita Street – An exploration of food and fashion

Akihabara’s Electric Town is well known for three things – big electronics stores, Anime and Manga themed shops and Maid Cafes. In fact, one of the top touristy things to do when you visit Akihabara in Tokyo, is to visit a Maid Cafe.

What is a Maid Cafe?

A Maid cafe is a cosplay themed cafe, popular in Japan, where the waitstaff are usually young women who are dressed up in a maid costume. The cafes serve ice cream, coffee or entrees. What makes these cafe unique is not just the costume but also the rituals that are part of the service. Anywhere else in the world, the Maid Cafe could seem a bit creepy but they fit right in, in Akihabara’s Electric Town which is all about Otaku and cosplay culture.

Popular Maid Cafes in Akihabara Tokyo

Most Maid Cafe in Tokyo are concentrated in the Electric Town of Akihabara. There are a few in Shibuya and Shinjuku.

What NOT to do in a Maid Cafe?

  1. Don’t take pictures without permission. If you want to take pictures with the maids, there’s a standard cost on the menu. The picture session is towards the end of your visit
  2. Don’t touch the maids. Be respectful in your behaviour towards the staff.
  3. Don’t overstay your visit. To restrict the customers from staying too long, there’s a charge for every hour that you spend at the cafe.
  4. Don’t ask the cosplay actors private questions or contact details
  5. If you are drunk, you may not be permitted in the cafe

My Maid Cafe Experience at Maidreamin

As I strolled down the vibrant streets of Electric Town, I noticed many young women dressed up in a maid costumes handing out flyers and beckoning people to visit their cafe. When planning my visit to Japan, I came across these cafes and was very curious to find out what the experience would be like.

I chose Maidreamin, a cafe which serves light meals and desserts. I was ushered into the cafe by a “maid” who informed us that we could only take photos only during photo time. Even though I didn’t immediately understand what she meant by photo time, I nodded and signalled agreement.

Seating Charge – Pay Per Hour

Once inside the maid cafe, the waitress dressed in a maid costume approached us with the menu. She immediately informed us that there is a seating charge. A seating charge is a fixed amount per hour that is added to your bill on top of the charge for the food. In Japan, seating charges are common in many restaurants that are located in tourist locations.

Maid Cafe Menu

Picture shows two icecreams each made to look like a cute animal
Maid Cafe Dessert Menu – Parfaits

There were mainly two options on the menu: a meal set and the dessert set. For the meal set you have the choice of either Omelette Rice (also called Omurice) or Kuma Chan Curry. For the dessert set, you can order a Parfait(strawberry, vanilla, chocolate or matcha) or Cake. Each option comes with a drink of your choice.

You can either order just the food or go for the tourist experience, where you get a free gift and a photo with the maid.

Maid shows

If you like, you can also order a maid show – a performance by the maids with light sabers. If you are interested in dressing up as a maid yourself, there’s that option too.

Maid Cafe Free Gifts and Rituals

Picture shows me wearing my free gift - Bunny Ears
My Free Gift – “Bunny Ears”

The free gifts that came with the Tourist Experience were animal ears that we had to wear in the cafe. My husband reluctantly chose the one with the smallest and the least embarrasing ears. I, of course, went for the opposite – huge bunny ears!

After we wore the animal ears, the maid cafe ritual began. The waitress asked us to repeat a song after her. It went something like “Delicious … Delicious…” followed by some japanese words. We hestitanly mumbled the lyrics back to her. As if singing a song not embarrasing enough, you had to repeat all the weird hand gestures and claps that accompanied the song too.

The icecreams and drinks took some time to arrive. However, when they did arrive, I was delighted. The parfaits had been decorated with animal faces and just like everything in the cafe, they were very cute. My icecream was a duck with a marsh mallow head and my husband’s icecream was a bunny with two cookie ears.

Once again, the waitress began her maid cafe ritual again. We followed suit now a bit used to the absurd ritual. The ice creams tasted as good as they looked. We finished them off with fizzy green melon sodas.

Photos at Maid Cafe

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Photo with a maid cosplay actor at a maid cafe in Akihabara Tokyo

Once we had paid our bill, It was finally photo time! we were led to a small stage area at the back of the cafe. The two maids who had served us took turns taking a photo with me. Of course! I had to pose with ridiculous hand gestures again else it wouldn’t be a maid cafe experience, would it?

At the end of my visit to the Maid Cafe, I left feeling a little silly but with a huge smile on my face, not to mention bunny ears on my head.

What do you think of this maid cafe experience? Will you try it if you visit Japan? Would love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments.

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