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Melt-in-your-mouth pork chashu, chewy noodles, thick pork-bone broth, ramen is a favorite for both locals and travellers alike. Visiting Shibuya? You’re in luck, there’s an endless selection of ramen options to choose from within the districts many intersections. Let us make your job a little easier with these four unique staff-recommended Millennials Top Shibuya Ramen Picks!
If you ever ask for ramen recommendations while our friendly front desk staff Miho is around, she'll say Hayashi right off the bat. Hayashi is highly reviewed even among the most critical of Japanese ramen aficionados. Their specialty is a pork fish broth base. Thick enough to coat the noodles, light enough to not leave you walking away with a hand under your belly. Top it with a slice of yuzu, for a perfectly blended fusion of flavors. With only 10 counter seats and open only to the lunch crowd, it’s no surprise there’s always a line. Be there early to try it out for yourself!
Hayashi Ramen | らーめん はやし 1-chōme-14-9 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 105-0043 〒150-0043 東京都渋谷区道玄坂１丁目１４−９ ソシアル道玄坂
11:30 - 15:30 Mon to Sat
Ever tried ramen without soup? Introducing tsukemen aka “dipping noodles”, a ramen dish where noodles and soup are served in separate bowls. Make Dōgenzaka Mammoth and their remarkably thick noodles your virgin tsukemen experience. While regular ramen is available on the menu, their tsukemen is the talk of the town. Why not treat yourself to a rich ベジポタスープ beshipota pork and fish based soup (are we sensing a theme here) with your choice of haiga men wheat germ or motchiri men or “springy” noodles!
2-chōme-10-1 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 150-0043
11:30-16:00 and 17:30-23:00 Mon to Fri, 11:30-22:00 Sat & Sun
Coming right up on the list is another tsukemen place! Highly recommended by our manager, Menya Nukaji is an authentically cozy place with thick, flavourful broth and very friendly staff. Must try's include the spicy tsukemen broth as well as the delicious wonton dumplings. The best bit is this place is still not yet on the tourist map so it's still relatively quiet. Don't forget to get yourself a bottle of their craft Minoh Beer!
Menya Nukaji | 麺屋ぬかじ 3−１２ monostepⅡ 1F Udagawachō, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 〒150-0042 〒150-0042 東京都渋谷区宇田川町３−１２ monostepⅡ 1
11:00-16:00 and 18:00-20:00 Mon to Fri, 11:00-16:00 Sat
Last up on our Millennials Top Ramen Picks is Ramen Kokuu. Beat the crowds at this low key ramen spot hidden behind the Cerulean Tower at Shibuya South Exit. Their specialty? A refreshingly delicious combination of wontons, spring onions, in a soy sauce broth. Ask for a mini curry on the side for a hearty meal that’ll last you through the better part of the day. As it appears to be the case with popular ramen shops, Ramen Kokuu features rather erratic opening hours so be sure to double-check before you go!
29-5 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0031
12:00-15:00 and 18:00-20:00 Mon to Fri, 12:00-15:00 Sat
Millennials Top Shibuya Ramen Picks Honorary Mention
While overrated, Ichiran Ramen is open 24 hours, making it’s perfect after a long night out or for satisfying those savory midnight cravings. For those not too fluent in Japanese, the ticketing machine with plenty of English signage makes ordering a very pain-free experience. ;)
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