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, you can guess we were scouring around looking for the best places to eat in Sapporo.
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. Another noteworthy food are the King melons. They are also iconic of Hokkaido albeit pricey. You can read more about them here in What’s Famous in Hokkaido. 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.
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!
What to eat in Sapporo, Japan
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, and 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 obviously couldn’t settle for one, though most would stop at one.
Operating hours: 09:00 - 22:00
EAT #2 : Sapporo Ramen Republic (Location)
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.
EAT # 3: Hanamaru Sushi (Location)
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! But 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
EAT #4: NEW SANKO (Location)
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
EAT #5: Nijo market (Location)
Right by Soseigawa Park is Nijo 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 a seafood market?
Operating hours: 6:00 - 21:00
EAT #6: Sapporo Beer Garden (Location)
Indulge in an all-you-can-eat 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. The dish then 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
EAT #7: Garaku Soup Curry ガラク(Location)
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
EAT #8: Jyogai Ichiba (Sapporo Central Wholesale Market) (Location)
Finally, you can’t visit Japan without stepping foot into their wet market. Sample fresh (or live, if you prefer) seafood, indulge in the hairy crabs, gigantic pincers and sashimi so fresh you cannot resist.
Getting here: Take the subway Tozai Line to T04, Nijuyonken.