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Kamakura and Enoshima are exciting destinations not only for their scenic views and historical sites but also for their delicious local cuisine. We introduce 10 restaurants and cafes in Kamakura with their must-try dishes, including specialties like whitebait burgers and Japanese sweets.

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Kamakura and Enoshima are brimming with delicious food options! In addition to Bill's pancakes, Toshimaya's pigeon-shaped cookies, and octopus senbei, what other hidden gems are on your food bucket list?

This article introduces a recommended list of Kamakura and Enoshima delicacies, so don't miss out, especially if you're a food enthusiast!

10 Restaurants and Cafes in Kamakura and Enoshima

1. Kamakura Kamameshi Kamakama: Rice and Seafood Dishes
2. Toshimaya's Instant-Hit Bread
3. OXYMORON Komachi: Curry Rice
4. Kamakura Bowls: Innovative Rice Bowl Dishes
5. Jazz Cafe MILK HALL
6. Mushin’an: Japanese Sweets
7. Enoshima Island SPA: Whitebait Burgers
8. Tobiccho: Enoshima Seafood
9. TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS
10. mbs 46.7: Exquisite Sandwiches

One Pot, Three Delights! Seafood Treasure Trove: Kamakama Main Store

kamakama

Kamameshi, a rice dish cooked in an iron pot called kama, is a widely loved comfort dish in Japan. Usually topped with seafood, it's a delicious combination that captivates the taste buds of every traveler.

If you want to savor this exquisite dish, we recommend Kamakura Kamameshi Kamakama, located about a 3-minute walk from Kamakura Station.

kamakama

The most popular dish at this restaurant is the Three-Color Kamameshi with Salted Shirasu. The topping consists of fluffy and moist salted shirasu (whitebait), salmon roe that bursts with flavor upon a light bite, and tender sea urchin exuding a rich ocean freshness, all combined with delicious, fragrant rice.

The harmonious blend of these four flavors is so delightful that one can't help but quickly finish the pot!

2. Known Only to True Foodies: Toshimaya's Instant-Hit Bread

kamakura bread

Strolling through the streets of Kamakura, you are bound to see people carrying paper bags designed with doves. These bags are from Toshimaya, a historic Japanese confectionery maker in the Kamakura area with a heritage of over 120 years.

Apart from offering the famous dove-shaped cookies named Hato Sable, Toshimaya's bread has also garnered a loyal following among those in the know.

kamakura bread

Drawing on extensive experience in traditional Japanese confectionery, Toshimaya brings genuine artistry to its bread-making. The Square Red Bean Bread, filled with red bean paste and chewy mochi balls, promptly sells out upon being baked.

The wide array of Japanese-flavored bread options available here are all highly recommended.

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3. Enjoy a Seaside View and Curry at OXYMORON Curry Shop

oxymoron

In the summertime, Kamakura is perpetually bathed in brilliant sunlight. If you're not particularly hungry, invigorate your taste buds with OXYMORON's curry, a shop with a bright interior and beautiful ocean views.

They offer a diverse range of curry options: chicken curry, Japanese-style curry, Sri Lankan lamb curry, and more, with the spice level adjustable to your liking. The thoughtfully selected tableware that showcases the curry adds an extra layer of delight to your dining experience.

oxymoron

OXYMORON Curry Shop exudes a laid-back atmosphere, and in addition to serving meals, you can also purchase your favorite tableware, utensils, and snacks from the in-store sales section, making it an ideal choice for souvenirs.

4. Innovative Rice Bowl Dishes at Kamakura Bowls

Kamakura Bowls

Kamakura Bowls specializes in an array of rice bowl dishes. Options like the Smoked Salmon and Avocado Rice Bowl are especially popular among female customers. During lunchtime, you can also pair it with a beverage and appetizer set.

Kamakura Bowls

In addition, they craft diverse and imaginative dishes utilizing the prominent local ingredient, whitebait (shirasu), such as the Whitebait Rice Bowl, Whitebait Pizza, and Whitebait Pasta, all bursting with the rich flavor of whitebait.

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5. Kamakura's Hidden Gem: Jazz Cafe MILK HALL

MILK HALL

The approach to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and the Komachi-dori Shopping Street near Kamakura Station flaunts a plethora of eateries, snacks, souvenirs, and various shops. For a sit-down dining experience, consider visiting MILK HALL, a cafe exuding the nostalgic ambiance of the Taisho era (1912-1926).

MILK HALL

Inside MILK HALL, you'll find numerous antique collections and outstanding music, and the meals are equally impressive.

One dish recommended by the staff is the Beef Stew Rice (Hayashi-rice), which is rich, smooth, and satisfying. In addition to the main courses, their desserts and beverages are also popular.

6. Mushin’an: Japanese Cafe near Yuigahama Station

mushinan

Mushin’an is a traditional Japanese cafe located near Yuigahama Station. You can choose to sit by the window, listening to the rhythmic sound of passing trains and watching the Enoden train glide by right in front of your eyes.

mushinan

The meals offered inside the shop are also delicious. For example, the Japanese dessert Anmitsu, with fruit, mochi (glutinous rice) cakes, and anko red bean paste, is perfect for a hot summer afternoon.

If you want to enjoy a peaceful moment during your leisurely journey, this is the place to visit!

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7. Whitebait Burgers at Enoshima Island SPA

Enoshima Island SPA

If you're seeking to try unique Kamakura and Enoshima-style snacks, visit Enoshima Island SPA.

They incorporate shirasu (whitebait) into burgers, transforming them into Japanese-style burgers with a rich local flavor.

Enoshima Island SPA

They also offer reduced-sugar ice cream, iced coffee, and desserts. If you love hot springs, you can, of course, enjoy hot baths and foot baths here.

8. Try Enoshima’s Seafood! Tobiccho

Tobiccho

Seafood enthusiasts should not miss a visit to Tobiccho, a great-value seafood rice bowl restaurant in Enoshima.

Their representative dish is the Kama-age Sardine Bowl (890 yen), filled with savory whitebait paired with sweet vegetables, making it a satisfying meal.

Tobiccho

They also offer luxurious Tobiccho Bowls: seafood bowls featuring salmon roe, anago (sea eel), fresh shrimp, and other seafood generously piled on a bed of rice.

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9. Popular Hawaiian Burgers in Kamakura: TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS

TEDDY'S BIGGER BURGERS

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Opened in spring 2018 at Shichirigahama in Kamakura, TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS is a well-received fast-food brand from Hawaii. You can sit on the outdoor terrace, enjoy the sea breeze, and devour a burger, immersing yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of the Shonan area.

TEDDY'S BIGGER BURGERS

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TEDDY’S BIGGER BURGERS uses 100% American beef, in-house crafted exclusive sauces, and a blend of seasonings to create their highly popular large grilled burgers.

10. Exquisite Sandwichs at mbs 46.7, near Kamakura Station

mbs 46.7

Located in an alley near Kamakura Station, mbs 46.7 uses sandwich bread paired with fresh mackerel, grilled pork, and more. The abundant and rich ingredients create a satisfying experience, making it very popular among locals.

The restaurant takes great care with ingredients, sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables daily from the market and deciding how to prepare them to turn them into delicious sandwiches.

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In addition to savory sandwiches, they also offer slightly sweet varieties of bread. The dough is crafted using high-quality flour, creating a charming elasticity. The outer layer is baked to a crispy perfection, becoming more fragrant with every bite. Many customers fall in love with this texture and often come specifically to buy some to pair with red wine, describing it as a more sophisticated version of bread for adults. If you’re a bread enthusiast, be sure not to miss it!

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Enjoy Local Treats in Kamakura

Kamakura and Enoshima, with their charming and laid-back atmosphere, have always been the top choices for travel near Tokyo. The variety of local delicacies is so extensive that you can’t possibly try them all!

The next time you have the opportunity, come here to enjoy the ocean breeze, indulge in delicious food, or wander through the ancient streets and alleys to discover your own list of culinary delights in Kamakura and Enoshima!

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Hailing from Taichung, Taiwan, this woman's eyes light up at the mention of food. Having experienced incredible moments in Japan, she now resides in the Southern Hemisphere, using images and words to record precious memories and discoveries from her travels. She is the author of "Japan, Slow Travel: Encountering Mountain Cities, Floral Seasons, Islands, Seafood, Street Scenes, and Everyday Life, 2190X Seasonal Poems".


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