While not as famous as its Tokyo counterpart, Sapporo does have its fair share of decent food to eat around the city!

While spending 3 days in Sapporo as part of our South Hokkaido trip, you can guess we were scouring around looking for where to eat in Sapporo to get a taste of authentic, raved Japanese food. How else can you call us Singaporeans?

Of course, while in Hokkaido, we went straight for the first famous food in our list.

The cheese tart! It was really to die for but more on it later.

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Another noteworthy food are the King melons. We chanced upon a fruit stall selling them. Don’t underestimate Sapporo’s street food! King melons are also one of Hokkaido’s famous food, albeit pricey for a fruit.

Being a sucker for matcha, I knew I couldn’t go without tasting matcha ice cream, though you can find that almost everywhere around Hokkaido.


What to eat in Sapporo, Japan

For other more specific lunch or dinner options around Sapporo in between sightseeing and shopping, here are 8 delicious, must-try options, which includes ramen, sushi, beer and of course, the best soup curry in Sapporo.

So with an open heart and empty tummy, let’s begin our Sapporo food guide, in search of the best food in Sapporo, and possibly, Hokkaido!

EAT #1 Kinotoya Bake

The smell will first hit your senses like a storm. As you spin yourself 360 degrees to look for the source of the freshly baked cheese tart, you will notice Kinotoya Bake.

The bakers there bake the cheese tart the whole time they are operating, hence the heavenly smells.

There is no way anyone can resist buying them. I was jumping at the very act of holding the cheese tart in my hands, as if it is the holy grail. The crusts are crispy and the cheese is sweet in a creamy texture.

I preferred this original taste to the matcha flavoured one, which I found too heavy and dense for my liking.

I obviously couldn’t settle for one, though most would stop at one. 😛

Operating hours: 09:00 - 22:00

EAT #2 Sapporo Ramen Republic

If you want to find the best ramen in Sapporo, this is a good place to start.

Hokkaido is famous for its ramen noodles, but are you aware that there are actually three different types of ramen tastes?

Hakodate specialises in salt ramen, Asahikawa is known for the soy sauce ramen, and Sapporo is famous for its miso ramen.

At Ramen Republic, you will be able to try out all three types of ramen broths. What’s more, it can be found right inside Sapporo Station and they were really one of the best ramens I’ve tasted. Ever.

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EAT #3 Hanamaru Sushi

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Nemuro Hanamaru, Sapporo is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant located on the 6th floor of Stellar Place shopping mall. They have an extensive menu with close to a hundred items too!

The crowd is attracted mostly for its quality sushi at reasonable prices. The sushis here are made to order and everything is fresh so expect to queue for up to 1.5 hours.

Operating hours: 09:00 - 22:00
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EAT #4 NEW SANKO

NEW SANKO is a dining bar-cum-beer hall that offers Japanese & Western dining, as well as Mongolian BBQ. Located in the Sapporo TV Tower, a recommended dish is the fried noodle with thick starch sauce. Expect to spend about ¥1,500 here.

Operating hours: 11:30 - 21:00
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EAT #5 Nijo market

Right by Soseigawa Park is Nijo market, a seafood market known for some of the freshest seafood around Sapporo City.

What better way to indulge in Hokkaido’s specialty, a seafood donburi, than at Sapporo’s seafood market?

Operating hours: 6:00 - 21:00
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EAT #6 Sapporo Beer Garden

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Indulge in an all-you-can-eat Sapporo seafood buffet within 100 minutes, accompanied by freshly brewed beer.

The Genghis Khan is Hokkaido’s representative dish usually made with lamb and mutton. The marinated meat grilled on a dome-shaped metal skillet. This skillet allows meat to be grilled tastefully and the excess fat to be drained.

Genghis Khan is named after the notorious 13th-century warlord because it was rumoured that the Mongolian warriors under his regime used their helmets to put over hot coals to cook meat. Mutton was their preferred choice. This is how the dish became popular in Japan.

Directions: Take a subway train on Metro Toho Line to Higashi-Kuyakushomae Station. 
Thereafter, take a 10-minute walk to arrive.
Opening hours: 10:30 - 18:00
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EAT #7 Garaku Soup Curry ガラク

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Soup curry is a famous local specialty of Hokkaido. The dish is spicy and is made up of meat, vegetables, rice, eggs and other toppings.

Garaku’s broth is worth particular mention. Good, rich, tasty broth with plenty of natural herbs and spices. Definitely one of the best soup curries I’ve had here.

The vegetables in the soup curry comes from a local produce from Hokkaido, and are freshly cooked. The spice scale ranges from 1 – 40, so take your pick!

A recommended dish is the kakuni (roasted pork belly).

Menu
Operating hours: 11:30 - 15:30, 17:00 - 23:30
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EAT #8 Jyogai Ichiba (Sapporo Central Wholesale Market)

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Whelk sashimi


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Hairy crab

Finally, you can’t visit Japan without stepping foot into Sapporo’s wet seafood market.

Watch as they trade live seafood in Japanese, sample fresh (or live, if you prefer) seafood, indulge in the hairy crabs, gigantic pincers and sashimi so fresh you can hardly resist ordering more.

They do have their own unique type of seafood, some quite intimidating. Nevertheless, I’d say, be adventurous and give them a go!

Getting here:
Take the subway Tozai Line to T04, Nijuyonken
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Getting around Japan can be hard, no doubt, because of the language barrier. That’s why I highly recommend picking up some useful Japanese phrases before visiting Japan.

So I hope this Sapporo food guide has given you some insight on some of the must eat foods here. Well, I hope you’ve had a taste of some of the best food in Sapporo.

If you still aren’t a fan of Japanese food, I must be doing something wrong here!

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11 Comments

  • Abigail Sinsona says:

    That sushi.. that is all I need to make me want to go to Sapporo! I don’t normally consider Japan as a foodie destination. However, I do love Japanese food. I think it’s long overdue for me to visit this beautiful country!

  • I would love to have the true-blue Japanese sushi. Interesting to know there is a concept of ‘wet market’ in Japan. Hopefully I will get to visit Japan once in the coming 5 years!

  • You made me hungry haha! All the food looks so delicious. I hope to visit Japan this coming year and can’t wait to try their cuisine!

  • The food scenes from Sapporo look so inviting. Especially, the Hanamaru Sushi. It looks so interesting, I m sure it would be equally tasty. cant wait to get to Sapporo to try the Sushi.

  • Neha Verma says:

    It’s always good to know about the cuisines and food options from different parts of the world. And everywhere there is a must try for sure. The food in Sapporo looks quiet inviting and wonderful. I must try some of these when I head there

  • Sapporo seems to have some spectacular food on offer. For me I was tantalizingly tempted by the aroma emanating from the bakery that was making the cheese tarts. The look absolutely divine and I would travel to Sapporo, just for them.

  • Hakim says:

    So nice! I’m a huge cheese tart fan and I can’t imagine how happy it will make me if I got my hands on one of those haha. Thanks for the tips and insider information! 😉

  • Ami Bhat says:

    Those are some lovely food pictures. I suppose as a vegetarian, the bakes would be my safest bet. Which I think is not such a bad deal from what I read. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Mike says:

    Incredible! You just made me so hungry! That sushi looks amazing, and that cheese tart! Way to capture the food side of Sapporo.

  • All the food pictures looks so tempting especially that of Tart and Sushi. I am sure they might be equally yummy too. Would love to travel to Sapporo and try them. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the vegan Japanese food available in India. Hope you found something vegan there as well. You have posted some really tempting pictures and text. Japanese food is one of its kind. I love miso soup, tempura and sushi, vegan version of course.

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