Just a few steps from the west exit of Meguro station, you’ll find yourself in front of Tonkatsu Tonki. With over 2,000 google reviews online, you’ll understand why this old-fashioned Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant is so popular once you take your first bite. Made fresh right in front of you, enjoy both a show and a meal all for the price of one.
Go further down the road, past the Meguro river, for the best curry in town at Land. You’ll notice the line before the actual restaurant itself. A small second-floor curry shop located in a nondescript building, you’ll have a choice of five unique curries made from scratch. Open Thursdays through Sunday until sold out.
For something a bit different, try Locale. Farm to table nouveau-American bistro focusing on small farmers and producers from Japan. The dinner menu changes depending on what’s fresh and seasonable, but you can never go wrong with their banana pancakes for their weekend brunch.
Meguro is home to what some critics claim to be the best yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) in the world. While getting a reservation at the Michelin-starred Torishiki can take some time, their yakitori is well worth the wait. Using a special breed of chickens from Fukushima and intensely hot charcoal, this deceptively simple cuisine is elevated to the next level at this 17-counter joint. To schedule a reservation, call at least two months in advance.
For a taste of New York, head over to Bagel Standard to get an everything bagel with lox or for something a bit less traditional, a red bean paste sandwich.
To cure that sweet tooth, check out Hara donuts. Specializing in soy-based desserts, drop by to snack on some (healthy) tofu-donuts or a soy milk soft serve coffee float.
Meguro Parasitological Museum: A museum dedicated entirely to the research of parasites? Say no more! Check out their exhibits on 300 different parasite specimens, all for free. While most of the exhibits are displayed in Japanese, English descriptions are available via QR code. Perfect for a unique date spot or for a child-friendly educational experience!
Mipig Cafe: We’ve all heard of cat and shiba cafes, but this cafe specializes in something a bit out of the ordinary…mini piglets! All of the piglets are extremely friendly and love human company, so prepare to be swarmed as soon as you sit down. They charge based on time, so stay for as long or as little as you’d like.
Rinshi no Mori Park: A hidden oasis, this park is perfect for our runners and those with small children. With plenty of running paths, grassy picnic patches, and running streams, on a lucky day, you will spot some rare birds flying around the treetops. A beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Meguro dori Furniture Shopping: Once you find a place to live, you’ll need some furniture. Look no further than Meguro dori; whether you’re into contemporary or refurbished antique, this street has it all. Acme Furniture, famously known for its vintage offerings, is a great place to start.
Trains: With access to four separate train lines, you can practically get anywhere, fast. Most notably, Meguro is located on the Yamanote line, which runs in circles through all major stations of central Tokyo. From the Namboku line, train right into Azabu-juban, Shirokanedai, and Roppongi Itchome. The Meguro line stops at Musashi Koyama and Nishi Koyama, and the Mita Line runs through Shiba Park and Hibiya.
Buses: Directly outside of Meguro station, there are several bus stops that will take you to areas such as Sangenjaya, Nishi Azabu, Jingumae to name a few.
Taxis: Situated off of a couple of major roads, you should have no problem hailing a cab around Meguro Station.