A friendly surfer’s restaurant
Locals love the pasta made using seasonal ingredients from Wajima and the rest of the Noto Peninsula. If you prefer vegan, the friendly owner, who trained in an Italian restaurant for ten years, is happy to accept your request.
Shiitake Mushroom Tomato Sauce Pasta: ¥1,430
4-67, Kawai-machi, Wajima
OPEN 12:00-15:00; 18:00-22:00 (except Wednesdays); Closed Sundays, the second and fourth Mondays
Much-loved local restaurant in Wajima
This busy restaurant run by a second-generation owner is popular for its nigiri sushi made using fresh seafood from the port of Wajima. Their vegetarian options are vegetable hoso-maki, thinner sushi rolls, and egg nigiri.
Vegetable Hoso-maki Sushi: ¥220 each
5-228, Kawai-machi, Wajima
OPEN 18:00- around 23:00; Closed Mondays
A sailboat owner’s café in Nanao Bay
This cozy café serves Thai food and fair-trade coffee prepared by the owner, who spent several years on sailboats in areas from the South Pacific to South East Asia. Enjoy relaxing here as you watch the sailboats go by. Vegan options are available on request.
Pad Thai (stir-fried noodles) with Atsuage Tofu: ¥860
21-2, Sode Nakajima, Nanao
OPEN 9:00-17:00; Closed Tuesdays,*check their Instagram for irregular closing days
Famous restaurant in the middle of Wakura Onsen
In this Japanized Western food restaurant, a chef who trained in France makes a wide range of dishes using local ingredients and offers a Muslim-friendly menu. Advance booking is recommended for the Muslim menu.
Pan-Fried Chicken with Spicy Tomato Sauce: ¥990
22-2, Wakuramachi, Nanao
OPEN 11:00-21:00; Closed Mondays
Cozy café with a barista from Seattle
A Seattle-style café loved by both international visitors and local residents. They serve sandwiches filled with over seven different vegetables and other ingredients. Vegan options are also available on request.
Vegetarian Chickpeas Greek Sandwich with Chips and Chili Soup : ¥1,410
1-13, Yasuecho, Kanazawa
OPEN 9:00-16:00; Closed Tuesdays
Try making a DIY sushi!
Get a unique experience of making your own sushi rolls. The vegan set consists of dishes selected from over 40 different ingredients, with no fish, eggs, or dairy products. It also includes a self-service tea ceremony with a variety of Japanese tea.
Vegan Set Meal ¥2,180
2F Kanazawa Hakomachi, 1-1, Fukuromachi, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:00-22:00; Open every day
You can eat 100% plant-based food here!
Inspired by his twin brother’s vegan restaurant in LA, the owner launched this restaurant in 2014 to serve local pesticide-free vegetables and plant-based ingredients. Lots of tourists from abroad have visited here!
Lunch Platter : ¥1,100
2-25-101, Ote-machi, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:00-15:00; Closed Thursdays
A popular eatery where people queue for breakfast
This 11-year-old bistro/boulangerie offers tasty, 100% plant-based cuisine, made using local produce and other fresh ingredients. The freshly baked bread, made with carefully selected wheat and yeast, is so popular that there is always a queue for breakfast.
Vegetable Platter: ¥2,580
1-6-11, Nagamachi, Kanazawa
OPEN 8:00-17:00; Closed Mondays
Authentic food prepared by a North Indian chef
Welcoming Jewish and Muslim travelers from abroad, this restaurant offers a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as the chicken biryani loved by local Muslims. If you have any special requests, please let the friendly staff know.
Chicken Biryani: ¥1,550
1-4-59, Nagamachi, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:30-15:00; 18:00-22:00; Closed Mondays (Tuesdays when national holidays fall on Mondays)
Curry born out of the owner’s passion
The Japanese owner developed his bean curry to allow people with different dietary requirements to enjoy meals at the same table. The curry was designed with vegetarians, vegans, and Muslims in mind.
Beans Curry: ¥880
2F Nakamura bldg, 1-2-18, Hirosaka, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:00-14:00; Closed Mondays
For a spicy curry, this is the place!
Friendly Sri Lankan and Indian staff welcome you! The restaurant offers traditional Sri Lankan dishes, such as curry and Dosa, containing various spices. They also have vegan options available on request.
Sri Lankan Banana Leaf Lunch Platter: ¥1,300
2F 3-6, Kakinoki-batake, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:30-14:30; 18:00-21:30 (except Tuesdays and Thursdays); Open every day
A 100% plant-based restaurant
Having worked as a chef in a Japanese restaurant, the owner opened this restaurant over 22 years ago. Offering delicious meals made using special pesticide-free vegetables, it is particularly popular with European tourists.
Healthy Set Meal: ¥1,100
3-11-22, Mitsukuchi-shin-machi, Kanazawa
OPEN 11:00-22:00 (l.c.20:00); Closed Sundays and irregularly
A 25-year-old restaurant bustling with local fans
The plate lunch menu made using pesticide-free and pesticide-reduced vegetables and soya meat is served on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They also sell a range of organic vegetables, and specialty foods downstairs and fair-trade clothing upstairs.
Vegan Lunch Set Meal: ¥1,850
2-1-1, Honmachi, Nonoichi
OPEN 10:00-18:00 (l.c. 17:00); Closed Mondays
A relaxing café in the middle of the forest
They serve vegetarian dishes in a comfortable atmosphere, soothed by the greenery of the forest and the sound of the river. Their completely vegetarian menu includes curries, pasta, and sweets made using local seasonal vegetables and special ingredients.
Spicy Curry Set Meal: ¥1,595
Ka 122, Seryo-machi, Komatsu
OPEN 10:00-17:00 (Lunch l.c.15:00, Café l.c. 16:30); Closed Wednesdays
Home-grown vegetable dishes
Having trained at an Italian restaurant near Osaka, the owner moved to this area and discovered the deliciousness of the local vegetables. His Bagna Càuda includes over 10 kinds of home-grown herbs and vegetables.
Bagna Càuda: ¥1,000
18-7, Sakumi-machi, Kaga
OPEN 11:30-15:30; 18:00-22:00; Closed Wednesdays, the third sunday
A pizzeria at the foot of a plateau
You’ll be greeted by friendly staff who want both visitors and locals to enjoy their visit. Try a pizza baked in an oven imported from Italy. They also have salads and vegetable soups available. Just let the staff know if you have any special requests.
Pizza Margherita: ¥1,600
Ri 1-6, Yawata-machi, Hakusan
OPEN 11:00- last call 14:30 (last call 15:00 on Sat. and Sun.); 17:00-last call 20:00; Closed Tuesdays
A restaurant serving local dishes
The people who live in one of Japan’s heavy snowfall areas have developed unique food cultures and ways of life. Try the traditional Kata-dofu or hard tofu along with local vegetable dishes.
Jige Gozen Set Meal with Kata-dofu: ¥1,650
Ro 64-3, Shiramine, Hakusan
OPEN Weekdays 11:00-16:30 Weekends 10:00-17:00; Closed Tuesdays and Fridays