Get a Taste of Yokohama
with Some of the City’s Best Local Dishes

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Get a Taste of Yokohama with Some of the City’s Best Local Dishes

Being a port city, Yokohama is always open to new ideas, influences — and, in this case — foods. The city’s culinary scene is vibrant and with so many amazing restaurants and cafés it can seem impossible to choose where to eat. To make that decision a little easier, here are some beloved must-try Yokohama staples.


Hotel New Grand: Cocktails and Classic Dishes

Hotel New Grand
Hotel New Grand
Hotel New Grand

One of Yokohama’s most prominent landmarks, Hotel New Grand has been a hub for people from all over the world to gather and connect since 1927. Its heralded status is not coincidental — the hotel is known for its culinary innovation, with some dishes making it into mainstream Japan. Coffee House The Cafe serves Napolitan (a tomato-based spaghetti dish) and seafood doria (a gratin with rice), both Hotel New Grand originals that are now considered integral of Japanese soul food dishes.
Bar Sea Guardian II offers a selection of locally inspired cocktails, including the Yokohama — a brilliant red concoction inspired by the sun setting over the city’s port. While the Yokohama didn’t originate here, both The Million Dollar and Bamboo cocktails are said to have been designed by Louis Eppinger, head bartender of The Grand Hotel, Hotel New Grand’s predecessor.

Hotel New Grand
Address 10 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Nearest Station Motomachi-Chukagai (Minatomirai)
Tel 045-681-1841
URL https://www.hotel-newgrand.co.jp/english/


Kiyoken: Flavorful Shiumai

Kiyoken
Kiyoken
Kiyoken

Kiyoken’s shiumai (steamed meat dumplings, also known as shaomai) are one of the most sought after souvenirs for domestic visitors to Yokohama. The company started in 1908, but it was in 1928 that they created their distinctive take on shumai that was delicious both hot and at room temperature. Traditional Kiyoken shiumai are bite-sized bundles of juicy pork and dried scallops that are rich in fragrance in flavor. These days Kiyoken offers countless variations of their mainstay item with ingredients such as crab, black pork, shrimp and more.
At Kiyoken Honten — their flagship store — customers can either buy a box of shiumai to enjoy at home, or dine in one of the many restaurants available in the building.

Kiyoken Honten (Main shop)
Address 2-13-12 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Nearest Station Yokohama (JR, Keikyu, Sagami, Yokohama Municipal Subway, Minatomirai)
Tel 045-441-8811
URL https://kiyoken.com


Heichinrou Yokohama Honten (Main shop): Sanma-men

Heichinrou
Heichinrou
Heichinrou

The oldest still existing Chinese restaurant in Japan, Heichinrou first opened in 1884 and is currently run by its 7th generation owner. The main shop spans seven floors and serves a variety of Cantonese-style dishes. However, one of its most famous offerings is sanma-men, a hearty noodle soup with a soy sauce base and a mountain of seasonal vegetables.
Heichinrou has the oldest known menu with sanma-men on it. (The menu is an exhibit at the Yokohama Archives of History.) The dish was created in Chinatown to help struggling workers by offering them cheap and nutritious meals. These days, sanma-men is still a nourishing and substantial meal and well worth a try when you’re in the area.

Heichinrou Yokohama Honten (Main Shop)
Address 149 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Nearest Station Motomachi-Chukagai (Minatomirai)
Tel 045-681-3001
URL https://www.heichin.com


Edosei Honten

Edosei
Edosei
Edosei

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more quintessential Chinatown food than historic Edosei’s signature dish, the butaman. Butaman is a steamed bun with minced pork filling and Edosei’s are giant, tender pockets filled to the brim with a mix of pork, vegetables and seafood. They’re easy to eat on the go, and they’ve remained a popular snack for people exploring Chinatown.
Visitors to the main store should check out not only the traditional butaman, but explore other varieties such as the chili shrimp bun and the sweet dessert-style black sesame and red bean bun with walnuts. Other offerings include tanpei-sanra xiaolongbao, a hot and sour soup dumpling that is a great pick-me-up when you’re feeling tired.

Edosei Honten (Main shop)
Address 192 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Nearest Station Motomachi-Chukagai (Minatomirai)
Tel 0120-047-290
URL https://www.edosei.com


Western-style Food Deli The Yokohama Boogie

The Yokohama Boogie
The Yokohama Boogie
The Yokohama Boogie

While The Yokohama Boogie may be easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, this restaurant and bar is worth the search. The interior is full of old world character and there’s one menu item that draws people from all over: the veggie napo, or vegetable Napolitan. As mentioned earlier, the Napolitan spaghetti dish originated at Hotel New Grand, but Yokohama — and Japan in general — has made the dish its own. Case in point, The Yokohama Boogie’s veggie napo, which uses a sauce based on the Sicilian dish caponata. The beauty of this version of the dish is both the amount and variety of vegetables — it also changes seasonally, with more root vegetables in winter, to adjust for ingredient availability. For those looking for a modern take on Japan’s soul food favorite Napolitan, the veggie napo is an absolute must.

Western-style Food Deli The Yokohama Boogie
Address 1F Yokohama-Fukushima Bldg., 6-77 Sumiyoshicho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Nearest Station Bashamichi (Minatomirai), Sakuragicho (JR, Yokohama Municipal Subway), or Kannai (JR, Yokohama Municipal Subway)
Tel 045-651-3787
URL https://www.instagram.com/yokohama_boogie


Note: Business hours and services may differ due to the impact of Covid-19


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