Local Specialties Japan > hokkaido > sapporo

20 Best Places To Enjoy Sapporo’s Local Foods! - Updated 2019

20 Best Places To Enjoy Sapporo’s Local Foods! - Updated 2019
Keita
Keita
Updated

Sapporo is the biggest city of Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture in Japan. It is an extremely popular tourist destination, loved especially for its beautiful winter landscapes. Sapporo is also well-known for its recipes made from local ingredients and fresh seafood. Dishes such as donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish with ingredients placed on top) and sushi are amongst the favourites there. Here are some fantastic shops where you can enjoy Sapporo’s local cuisine:

1. Kita no Gurume : seafood of northern Japan


Kita no Gurume is a wholesale market where you can find Hokkaido-produced seafood such as sea urchin, crab, shrimp, and more. It is one of the best places to purchase the freshly-caught seafood, and a free shuttle bus service will bring you there from Sapporo Station if you reserve a place. There are also several hotels that have shuttle bus services there.

At Kita no Gurume, not only can you purchase the seafood, but you can visit the Kita no Gurume Tei restaurant to enjoy a fantastic lunch. Several types of seafood donburi sets are available, and all of them will be served together with a fantastic crab soup.

北のグルメ Kita no Gurume

Address: 060-0011 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 11 Jōnishi, 22 Chome-4-1

Access info: 15-minute walk from Soen Station

Opening hours: please refer to the official website

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-621-3545

Official URL

#sapporo #kitanogurume

A photo posted by Man Rochwarut Kamolpluem (@manmj) on

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

2. Sapporo’s famous soup curry at Okushiba Shoten

Okushiba Shoten
Source: しもちん

Okushiba Shoten is best-accessed via train, and is only a minute’s walk from the nearest train station. It is a simple-looking restaurant that specialises in Sapporo’s famous dish, the soup curry.

At Okushiba Shoten, you will order your dish in a systematic manner: type of soup, menu, toppings, level of spiciness, and amount of rice. There are several soups available, such as shrimp soup and chicken soup. It is recommended that you try their most popular dish, the chicken and vegetable soup curry. The soft chicken and spicy curry poured over rice is fantastic!

奥芝商店 Okushiba Shoten

Address: 064-0808 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Minami 8 Jōnishi, 14 Chome-2-2

Access info: 1-minute walk from Nishisenkujo Asahiyamakoendori Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11 am - 3 pm Dinner 5:30 pm - 12 am (last order 11 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-561-6662

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

3. One more unique soup curry at Suage+

Suage+
Source: しもちん

Suage+ is another shop that is famous for the soup curry. The way they serve their dish, however, is unlike other shops. When you order their soup curry, fried chicken and vegetables will be served on a stick! This makes eating them a lot easier and you will not have to worry about splashing and dirtying your clothes too. You can also ask for white rice at Suage+ to pour the curry over.

すあげ Suage+

Address: 064-0944, Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Maruyama Nishimachi, 7 Chome-1

Access info: 2-minute walk from Susukino Station

Opening hours: 11:30 am - 10 pm (last order 9:30 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-624-6766

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

4. Create your own donburi recipe at Ajidokoro Nikkai


There are many shops that specialise in delicious Sapporo crab. When you visit Sapporo Wholesale Market in the morning, you can find the freshest seafood lining the various stalls there right after the morning auction.

Ajidokoro Nikkai is found in Sapporo Wholesale Market and is best-known for the donburi there. You can choose multiple ingredients, such as the red caviar and crab as shown in the photo, to enjoy your favourite seafood in fantastic donburi style. You can also order the crabs as sashimi, boiled or grilled, and it is a great place for seafood lovers.

味処 にっかい Ajidokoro Nikkai

Address: 060-0011 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 11 Jōnishi, 22 Chome-1

Access info: 7-minute walk from Nijuyonken Station

Opening hours: please refer to the official website

Fixed holiday: Thursday

Contact: +81 11-611-8197

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

5. Saera’s crab sandwich


There is a joke in Japanese that says “people will keep quiet when eating crabs”. This happens mostly because of the deliciousness of the crabs and, more importantly, the tough procedure of trying to break the crab shells.

At Saera, you will not have to worry about that. Saera is most famous for its crab sandwich, where fresh crabs are placed in between thick yet soft bread together with cabbage and mayonnaise. It is great for those who want to walk and eat around Sapporo!

さえら Saera

Address: 060-0042 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Odorinishi, 2 Chome

Access info: 1-minute walk from Odori Station

Opening hours: Weekdays: 10 am - 6:30 pm Weekends and holidays: 9 am - 6:30 pm

Fixed holiday: December 31 and January 1

Contact: +81 11-221-4220

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

6. Huge crab tempuras of Kanikousen

Crab tempura

Kanikousen is a famous shop with various branches in Hokkaido. It is most-known for its crab sushi and crab bento (packed meal). These items are mostly ordered as take-out so that people can enjoy them elsewhere.

However, the dishes that you can enjoy in Kanikousen’s shops are great too! It is recommended that you try the crab tendon, which is donburi with crab tempura (fried crab). The enormous crab meat will fill your bowl, and the crispy skin and soft crab meat inside is marvellous!

蟹喰い処 蟹工船 Kanikuidokoro Kanikousen Kiyotaku Main Branch

Address: 004-0841 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Kiyota-ku, Kiyota 1 Jō, 4 Chome-5

Access info: 10-minute drive from Ooyachi Station

Opening hours: 11 am - 9:30 pm

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-884-1111

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

7. Hair crab cuisine at Kanikichi


There are several types of crab that you can enjoy in Hokkaido such as king crabs and snow crabs, and Kanikichi is best-known for their delicious hair crab dishes.

When you order the Kanikichi lunch, you will be served a whole hair crab filled with delicious creamy brown meat inside! The set also comes with crab salad, fried crab, shumai (dumpling), red caviar, donburi, and miso soup, and it only costs 3,000 JPY (28.10 USD)! The reasonably-priced dish is great for those who want to enjoy great seafood while on a budget.

かに吉 Kanikichi

Address: 060-0042 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōdōrinishi, 9 Chome-1-1

Access info: 3-minute walk from Nishijuicchome Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (last order 2 pm) Dinner 5 pm - 11 pm (last order 10 pm)

Fixed holiday: Sundays and holidays

Contact: +81 11-206-4522

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

8. Crab shabu shabu at Hyousetsu no Mon


Hyousetsu no Mon is the oldest crab shop in Sapporo and it was open back in 1964, when crabs were still not found in fish markets. It is one of the shops that represent crab stores in Sapporo and it is known for the high-quality crabs served there.

One of the most famous dishes is the snow crab shabu shabu. Shabu shabu is a type of Japanese pot dish where you place thin slices of meat in hot soup to let it cook. It will only take about 2 minutes to cook the snow crab, and the hot and soft meat is amazing, especially when eaten in Sapporo’s cold climate.

氷雪の門 Hyousetsu no Mon

Address: 064-0805 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 5 Jonishi, 2

Access info: 5-minute walk from Susukino Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11 am - 3 pm (last order 2 pm) Dinner 4:30 pm - 11 pm (last order 9:30 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-521-3046

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

9. Uni Murakami: fantastic sea urchin!


Uni Murakami is conveniently located only 3 minutes from Sapporo Station by foot. Opened by the only company that handles raw sea urchin in Japan, Uni Murakami is a great place to enjoy delicious sea urchin donburi.

The sea urchin grown in the vast nature of Hokkaido is extremely fresh, and creates a great harmony together with rice and a little bit of wasabi and soy sauce!

うにむらかみ Uni Murakami

Address: 060-0003 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 3 Jōnishi, 4 Chome

Access info: 3-minute walk from Sapporo Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (last order 1:45 pm) Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm (last order 9:30 pm) Dinner (Weekends and Holidays) 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm (last order 8:45 pm)

Fixed holiday: December 31 and January 1

Contact: +81 11-290-1000

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

10. Vegetable cuisine: Wake Café


Wake Café is a great place for both a short café rest and for lunch. Apart from the usual sweets and coffee that you can typically enjoy at cafés, Wake Café serves an interesting dish called the Juisshu Yasai Don.

The Juisshu Yasai Don is a set menu that comes with 11 varieties of vegetables that change according to the seasons. No meat or fish are served, yet all the vegetables have a different texture and taste that will keep you excited throughout the meal. Not only is it a marvellous place for vegetable-lovers, but those who hate vegetables will be able to enjoy it too!

Wake Café

Address: 064-0951 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Miyanomori 1 Jō, 10 Chome-3-51

Access info: 10-minute walk from Maruyamakoen Station

Opening hours: please refer to the official website

Fixed holiday: Monday

Contact: +81 11-598-8088

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

11. Oyster cuisine at Sapporo Jogai Hamayaki Center Kakigoya


Sapporo Wholesale Market is a place where you can start your day with a great seafood breakfast, with about 60 shops lining the area.

One of the best places to enjoy delicious oyster dishes is Kakigoya. When you order the Kaki no Ganganyaki, fresh oysters will be grilled on the spot. The oysters will be ready in about 8 minutes. You will then be provided with a glove and small knife to handle the hot oysters. Apart from the soft and jelly-like oysters, you can also enjoy other shellfish like scallops and clams.

札幌場外 浜焼き カキ小屋 Sapporo Jogai Hamayaki Center Kakigoya

Address: 060-0011 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 11 Jonishi, 22 Chome-1-26

Access info: 5-minute walk from Nijuyonken Station

Opening hours: 9 am - 9 pm

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-622-1226

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

12. Spicy ramen at Ramen Toranoko


Although Sapporo is famous for its miso-based Sapporo ramen, there are stalls that specialise in different tastes as well.

At Ramen Toranoko, the exclusive Toranoko ramen is famous for its spiciness. Four different levels of spiciness can be selected for the Toranoko ramen, which includes 8 types of spice, such as basil. Yet, the pork broth soup and char siu (roasted pork meat) create a fantastic harmony with the soup, allowing a delectable and enjoyable experience instead of a fire-breathing one.

寅の虎  Ramen Toranoko

Address: 064-0805 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 5 Jonishi, 24 Chome-3-1

Access info: 6-minute walk from Maruyamakoen Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11 am - 3 pm Dinner 6 pm - 8 pm

Fixed holiday: Wednesdays, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Contact: +81 11-561-7955

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

13. Nanatsuki’s amazing vegetable ramen

We love healthy "Veggy-Soba" style #Hokkaido #Ramen. :) In Sapporo City... http://nanatsuki.com

Posted by Love Hokkaido on Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Nanatsuki is a ramen shop that is most famous for its vegetable ramen. The chicken-based soup comes with mashed potatoes, carrots, onions, and different types of vegetables. You can also choose toppings such as beans and char siu if you need some meat in your dish!

The vegetables will fill your bowl and you can also choose other items such as miso-based soup. Make sure you visit Nanatsuki early as they will close once the soup is sold out!

ななつき Nanatsuki

Address: 064-0807 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 7 Jonishi, 6 Chome-7-1

Access info: 1-minute walk from Higashihonganji-Mae Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11:30 am - 4 pm Dinner 6 pm - 3 am

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-213-0201

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

14. Tomato-based recipe at Tomatomen Vegie


Tomatomen Vegie (Tomato Noodles Vegie) is a tomato-based shop near Shiroishi Station.

Vegie is most famous for its tomato noodle that comes with an extremely rich quantity of vegetables, including tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, and more. Great for those who need more vegetables in their life, Vegie also provides customers with napkins and you will not have to worry about dirtying your clothes! It is also recommended that you try their fried onigiri (Japanese rice balls), which are filled with cheese. It is great when eaten together with the tomato-based soup!

Vegie

Address: 003-0002 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo 2 Jo 5 Chome 3-1

Access info: 7-minute walk from Shiroishi Station

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, 5 pm - 11 pm (last order 10 pm) Sunday and holidays 11 am - 8 pm

Fixed holiday: Monday

Contact: +81 11-807-4213

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

15. Be gentle when raining, Amewa, Yasasiku


Amewa, Yasasiku literally means “be gentle when raining”, and it is a unique name for an eatery. So are their recipes, and the ramen served in Amewa, Yasasiku are dishes that you cannot enjoy elsewhere.

Some of the dishes available there are the namahamu to kakesoba (raw ham soba) and macha ae karatsukemen (spicy noodles with matcha), and the unprecedented recipe may surprise you at first. However, they all come with a new yet delicious taste. Amewa, Yasasiku is great for lovers of ramen who want to try something special!

雨は、やさしく Amewa, Yasasiku

Address: 003-0824 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Shiroishi-ku, Kikusui Motomachi 4 Jō, 2 Chome-1-7

Access info: 10-minute drive from Shiroishi Station

Opening hours: Lunch 11 am - 3 pm Dinner 6 pm - 8:20 pm

Fixed holiday: Monday

Contact: +81 11-871-3922

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

16. Sakanaya no Daidokoro: kitchen of the fishmonger


Sakanaya no Daidokoro is found in the Sapporo Wholesale Market, and its name literally translates to “Kitchen of the Fishmonger”. As its name suggests, fantastic seafood cuisine can be enjoyed at Sakaya no Daidokoro and all dishes are made from freshly-caught ingredients.

It is best that you try the uniiri omakase kaisendon, a donburi served with sea urchin and other seafood that will fill the bowl fully. The other ingredients will be served differently according to the seasons so that you can enjoy the best choices available during the period you visit!

魚屋の台所 Sakanaya no Daidokoro

Address: 060-0011 Hokkaido, Sapporo Chuo-ku, 1-6 Minami 3 Jo Higashi

Access info: 7-minute walk from Nijuyonken Station

Opening hours: 7 am - 3 pm

Fixed holiday: Wednesday

Contact: +81 11-644-2006

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

17. Drown yourself in red caviar at Hachikyou


Hachikyou is found near Susukino Station and is a place where you can enjoy Raus cuisine (Raus is a place in Hokkaido).

Raus cuisine is characterised by seafood, and Hachikyou is best-known for its extremely luxurious red caviar dish. When you order the “Tsukko Meshi”, the staff will first bring you a donburi with rice only. A huge bowl filled with red caviar will then be served and the staff will start filling your bowl with red caviar until you tell them to stop. All you need to do is stay quiet for about a minute and you will be treated to an amazing amount of fantastic red caviar, just like in the photo!

はちきょう Hachikyou

Address: 060-0063 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Minami 3 Jōnishi, 3 Chome

Access info: 2-minute walk from Susukino Station

Opening hours: Weekdays and Saturday 6 pm - 12 am (last order 11 pm) Sunday and holidays 5 pm - 11 pm (last order 10 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-222-8940

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

18. High-quality sushi-go-round of Sushi Hanamaru

Sushi Hanamaru JR Tower Stellar Place

Sushi Hanamaru is a popular sushi-go-round store found in JR Tower Stellar Place. With its reasonable prices, great quality, and convenience, there are occasions where queueing times can be up to 120 minutes, so make sure you plan your time well!

Apart from the usual sushi ingredients, fresh Hokkaido seafood is also served, so do try out Sushi Hanamaru if you lack the time to stop by Sapporo Wholesale Market!

すし 根室 花まる Sushi Hanamaru JR Tower Stellar Place

Address: Nishi 2, Kita 5, Chuoh-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 060-0005

Access info: Direct access from Sapporo Station

Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm (last order at 10:15 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-209-5330

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels near Sapporo JR Tower and also compare the prices with airbnbs near Sapporo JR Tower

19. Splendid oyster all year round: Dai Akkeshi


Hug Eat is a food street found in the Susukino region, and there are various restaurants that can be enjoyed there.

Dai Akkeshi is one of the stores located in Hug Eat and it is best-known for its delicious oyster cuisine that can be enjoyed all year round. Cooked from oysters caught in the Akkeshi region (Hokkaido), the special brand of oysters can also be enjoyed raw even during summer!

大 厚岸 Dai Akkeshi

Address: 060-0062 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Minami 2 Jōnishi, 5 Chome, Sapporo Toho Plaza 1F

Access info: 2-minute walk from Tanukikoji Station

Opening hours: 11 am - 10 pm (last order 9:30 pm)

Fixed holiday: nil

Contact: +81 11-211-1324

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

20. Donburi Chaya : taste a wide variety of seafood

Donburi Chaya

Donburi Chaya is found in the Nijo Market area and is best-known for its seafood donburi. The most-famous dish there is the marusendon. It is served with 4 mini donburi and miso soup. Each of the donburi have varying ingredients placed on top, including red caviar, salmon, crab, shrimp, and even sea urchin! Not only can you enjoy various types of seafood, but the quantity will definitely keep your stomach filled as you continue to explore the Sapporo area. It is great for those with children as well, as the kids can have a little bit of everything!

どんぶり茶屋  Donburi Chaya

Address: 060-0053 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami Sanjo Higashi 1-7

Access info: 8-minute walk from Nishiyonchome Station

Opening hours: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm (last order at 5 pm)

Fixed holiday: January 1

Contact: +81 11-558-1012

Official URL

See our full list of recommended Hotels in sapporo and also compare the prices with airbnbs in sapporo

Freshest ingredients ever

The various shops introduced all serve top-notch fresh seafood and vegetables that will provide you with a fantastic experience. Make sure you check them out when in Sapporo!

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

2
Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

Hi there, thanks for stopping by to read my articles. I travel to various regions in Japan and constantly find myself discovering something new. Hope my work will help in your planning and enjoy...Read more

Top 3 activities to book in sapporo

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
Explore sapporo
Good things are meant to be shared!