One of the first things I do when I start to plan itinerary for traveling abroad is check for local food markets. The street food, the merchants, the people, the vibe – food markets often embed the essence of the city\neighborhood. As opposed to London, where you can find many street food markets, I couldn’t find that many in Tokyo. The one that stood above the rest was Commune 246 – an open air street food market located in the hip neighborhood of Harajuku. It is a bit distanced from the commotion typical to Takeshita street and its area and the population type is much different. The people who go to Commune 246 are older and you’ll probably encounter many foreigners.
We were there for late sunny Sunday Lunch after spending the morning at Meiji Shrine. The place is not very big and includes a few food trucks, cafe and food stalls. After examining the different food stalls and strategizing our master plan we split up in order to start collecting some food and drinks. For our “main” dish I ordered Garlic Shrimp with Potato for ¥1200 ($12\38₪) from Dote Cafe. They serve organic Hawaii food from a big yellow food truck. There’s a selection of shrimp, beef steak, organic vegetarian plate,pork ginger and spare ribs. They had a few other items on the menu but they were not translated to English.
Look how cute – they wrote a dedication on the box:
We also sampled a dish of Ribbon Fries with Cinnamon & Sugar at Brooklyn Ribbon Fries, which is a brand specializing in spiral cut fries. They also offer three savory options: Sea Salt & Fresh Pepper, All Spice and Onoin Gratin Soup Powder, in addition to some interesting home made ginger beverages (ginger milk anyone?). The ribbon fries come in two sized: small for ¥550 ($4.5\17.5₪) and Large for ¥750 ($6\24₪). The only exception is the Onion Gratin Soup which is a bit more expansive – small for ¥650 ($5.5\20.5₪) and large for ¥850 ($7\27₪).
To wash it down we grabbed a glass of Blue Moon Witbier from the Seasons Stand, which turned out as a fantastic surprise. This white beer is light, fruity and refreshing. Fun!
For “dessert” we went for the Very Berry Soda from CORI. Vegan Foodstand – one of the most beautiful food stalls I’ve seen. They serve “100%vegetable&purefood”.
Commune 246 has a great vibe. With beautiful people and great music – this is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Commune 246 Online: