DepachikaFree: All time

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch?” There actually is! Visit one of the depachikas in Tokyo and you’ll find out why. Depachika is a contraction of the words Depato (department store) + Chika (basement). As the name suggests, depachikas can basically be found in the basements of most department stores in Japan. It’s a heavenly floor filled with all sort of food your heart could desire. With the wide array of selection, world-class service, top-notch quality, immaculate display and packing, it’s a feast for both the eyes and the stomach. I say the stomach, because there isn’t a lack of chance to sample many of these food. Vendors from a most booths offer free tastings. Walk your way through the basement and you’ll have your lunch sorted!

Some of the depachikas in Tokyo:

Address: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Direction: Subway Marunouchi and Toei Oedo Line to Shinjuku-sanchome

Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Direction: Train JR Tokyo Station, Yaesu North exit

Address: 2-4-1 Nihonbashi, Chūō-ku
Direction: Subway Ginza Line to Nihonbashi Station

Address: 4-6-16 Ginza, Chūō-ku
Direction: Subway Ginza, Hibiya, Marunouchi Lines to Ginza Station, exit A7, A8, A11

Address: 1-28-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Direction: Ikebukuro Station, Seibu east exit

Address: 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8130
Direction: Subway Ginza, Hibiya, Marunouchi Lines to Ginza Station; Train JR to Yurakucho Station

Photo credit: Bam Bros (Pbase)