Ipanema: a slice of Rio de Janeiro in Araki-Cho

Whether you are in the mood for a quick coffee break, a light lunch, or a night on the town, Ipanema has something for you. A quaint bar and café located in Araki-Cho, Ipanema brings some of the sights, sounds, and flavors of Rio de Janeiro to the side streets of urban Shinjuku.

2018-09-05   Bars & Restaurants, Arakicho, Tokyo,

Ipanema is popular for its Spanish cocktails and freshly ground coffee, but it also has a menu filled with tasty meals. This article focuses on the lunchtime dining experience, specifically an 800-yen curry set that includes a sizable serving of coffee.

Bringing Brazil to you

As with many cafés and bars in Tokyo, Ipanema goes all in with its Brazilian theme. As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll hear smooth bossa nova tunes playing lightly in the background. Stop by at night and you may even be able to catch a live performance (you can view the performance schedule, in Japanese, by clicking here).

A quick, light lunch

The lunch experience, however, is a great way to get a feel for the neighborhood of Araki-Cho. A popular spot for local office workers, Ipanema is bustling, even after the noon to 1 p.m. lunch rush hour. With quality, affordable set lunches, it’s easy to see why so many locals include Ipanema in their lunch routines. It should be noted that smoking, even during café hours, is permitted.
Curry can be found almost everywhere in Japan, but Ipanema offers a unique and healthy take on the dish by using zakkokumai (rice that includes beans and grains) instead of white rice. Pickles add a refreshing flavor that compliments the spices found in the curry. A small side salad is also included with the meal.
As good as the curry is, it’s the coffee that steals the show. Ipanema is well equipped to whip up all kinds of fresh coffee creations, and the final product doesn’t disappoint.

A unique experience

If you are looking for a quick escape from the fast-paced urban life of Tokyo, swing by Ipanema and pull up a chair at the bar. Come for a light lunch or an afternoon coffee. Stay for drinks and entertainment well into the night. A trip to Ipanema guarantees a unique dining experience.

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Originally from Riverside, California, I've been living, working, and writing in Japan since 2009. Japan has become my second home, and I'm especially fond of Shinjuku, Tokyo. That being said, I also love getting out into the countryside and exploring the entire country. Through Tadaima Japan, I hope to share the wonders of Japan with a wider, international audience. Check out my articles if you enjoy exploring on foot, convenient cafes, and affordable dining.


Address 3 Arakicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to, 160-0007
Hours ・Café Ipanema
 Mon. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
・Bar Ipanema
 Mon. – Sun.: 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Price -
Close -
Access Three-minute walk from Yotsuya-sanchome Station (Exit 4) via the Tokyo Metro Marunouichi Line
Phone +81-3351-9129
Language Japanese
Website http://ipanema.cocolog-nifty.com/