Wondering what to eat in Sapporo, Hokkaido? This famous city in northern Japan has so many delicacies to offer. Hokkaido prefecture is the biggest farming region in Japan, and being surrounded by the sea, it’s a foodie’s heaven for fresh produce and seafood. But that’s not all! There’s a lot more special regional treats to be discovered here! Grab a bib people! This is your Sapporo Food Guide!
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Seafood is the number one must eat in Sapporo. Fresh oysters, scallops, prawns…are you drooling yet? Crab is perhaps the most famous of all, with “crabbyhoudai” (all-you-can-eat crab) offered at many restaurants. A seafood bowl breakfast is also a recommended experience. You can try a bit of everything in one filling bowl!
Where to eat the best seafood in Sapporo
Crab: Kani-Honke (かに本家) // Locations HERE
All seafood: Nijo Fish Market (二条市場) // Location HERE
Ok I know you’d probably say, “I can eat sushi anywhere in Japan?” But trust me, the quality of sushi in Sapporo is next level. I mean did you see my first point above? Ask a Japanese person where can you eat the best sushi in Japan, and they will likely say Hokkaido prefecture. So do not miss the chance to get your fish fix here!
Where to eat the best sushi in Sapporo
活一鮮 near Susukino station // Location HERE. Convenient location and mouthwatering sushi!
Did you know that out of the six famous styles of ramen, three originated out of the Hokkaido prefecture? Sapporo is famous for miso ramen. The flavours of these noodles are simply amazing. The ramen alley near Susukino station is a great place to hunt them down. There are several ramen restaurants in this small alley, but my recommendation is Aji No Karyu Ramen. This little shop got the stamp of approval by the famous American chef, Anthony Bourdain himself!
Where to eat miso ramen in Sapporo
Aji No Karyu Ramen (味の華龍) // Location HERE. Visited by Anthony Bourdain!! Delicious ramen.
Butter corn ramen
Another ramen that you must try in Sapporo is butter corn ramen. A very Hokkaido dish, it incorporates two celebrated products from the region: sweet corn and butter. It’s guaranteed to be unlike any ramen that you’ve had before.
Pro-tip: You can also get miso butter corn ramen! Kill two ramens with one stomach yass!
Where to eat butter corn ramen in Sapporo
Aji No Karyu Ramen (味の華龍) // Location HERE. Same restaurant as the recommended place for miso ramen.
Jingisukan (Genghis Khan)
AKA grilled lamb. You cannot leave Sapporo without a Lambyhoudai (all-you-can-eat lamb) experience. It is much harder to find outside of northern Japan. Tender mutton and other vegetables (onion, pumpkin, beansprouts, etc) are grilled on a metal skillet and eaten with a dipping sauce. Ahh perfection with a glass of beer!
Pro-tip: Be aware that it can get super oily grilling the meat. Protect your clothing and bag with a disposable cover from the restaurant.
Where can you (all-you-can) eat lamb in Sapporo
Sapporo Beer Garden // Location HERE
Kirin Beer Garden // Location HERE
Speaking of beer, you of course have to try the well-known Sapporo Beer from its place of birth duh! How convenient is that the Sapporo Beer Garden offers all-you-can-eat lamb and all-you-can-drink beer for 3,900 yen! Alternatively, you can check out the Sapporo Beer Museum next door, where you can learn about the history of beer in Japan, the process of beer making, and do some beer tasting for a small fee.
How do you like these giant Sapporo Beer ice sculpture from the Sapporo Snow Festival? 😉
Where can you drink Sapporo Beer
This delightful dish is so comforting on a cold day in northern Japan! If you love curry, you will love it even more in soup form, a Sapporo special. This might become a favorite for vegetarians visiting. The soup is packed with nutritious vegetables like pumpkin, eggplant, asparagus, carrots, potatoes, and lotus roots. Hmmm yummy AND healthy!
Where to eat soup curry in Sapporo
Soup Curry Garaku // Location HERE
サッポロ スープカレー 浅野屋 // Location HERE
Hokkaido Milk Ice Cream
Sapporo is like that overachiever kid in school who is good at everything. Besides being a proud producer of delicious meat, seafood, and vegetables, it is also fricken famous for dairy products! Ice cream lovers rejoice! You can try the classic Hokkaido milk soft serve in many of the ice cream shops around the city. The rich creamy texture and taste are simply to die for! Or if you like scoop ice cream, that’s available too.
Where to try ice cream in Hokkaido
Milk Village // Location HERE
Queen’s Soft Cream Café // Location HERE
MILKISSIMO // Location HERE
Shiroi Koibito (White Lovers) Chocolate Cookies
If you are looking for some gifts to bring home for your sad friends who did not get to join you on your amazing Sapporo foodie adventure, look no further than Shiroi Koibito. These delicate chocolate cookie sandwiches, originated from Sapporo, are well known all over Japan. They are sold everywhere in the city, but the best place to try/purchase them is Shiroi Koibito Park. It is where you can do a tour of the Shiroi Koibito Chocolate factory and see the process behind how the sweet is produced. Just like in Willie Wonka kids! You can even try your hands at making the legendary cookies yourself.
Where to get Shiroi Koibito Cookies in Sapporo
Do you have any good recommendations on what to eat in Sapporo? Let me know if I’ve missed any must eats in this city by dropping a comment below.