Devadeva Cafe (as is Kichijoji as a whole) is a great example of the growing subculture in Japan focused on sustainability, environmental responsibility and physical and mental development.
The majority of the food is vegan with quite a few organic options, the entire cafe is completely smoke free, cards and pamphlets advertising nearby yoga studios are all over the entrance area and even the cafe name has a rather alternative feel to it (“deva” is the Sanskrit word for “deity” or “spiritual being”).
I had heard that this cafe was quite popular with the locals so when we arrived at Devadeva Cafe around midday I was quite surprised to see that there was only one other group present. Within ten minutes or so though, the place quickly filled up with almost every table being taken and even after an hour or so more people continued to flow in. If you plan on checking it out, I highly recommend coming a bit early to make sure you get a seat.
For a vegan restaurant there was a surprising amount of options on the menu which was quite intimidating at first and also a little confusing as while we knew it was a vegan restaurant, the majority of the items on the menu actually didn’t specify if something was real meat or not. After checking with the waitress though it quickly became clear that all the “chicken” was not actually chicken and none of the “beef” was real beef.
We both ordered the Yogi Burger which came with fries and cost about 1300 yen as well as a milkshake for 700 yen (which used soy milk of course). Both were naturally very different from their non-vegan mainstream counterparts but were pretty good if a little on the expensive side when compared to other cafes in Tokyo.
Overall though I have to say I really enjoyed Devadeva Cafe and recommend checking it out if you’re in the Kichijoji area. The staff are friendly, the floor space bright and sunny and the proximity to the nearby shops makes it a great choice for a coffee or bite to eat.
Train Line: Chuo, Sobu and Inokashira Lines.
Features: Organic, vegan and vegetarian food and drinks, 100% smoke free
Menu Language: English and Japanese
Hours: 11am – 9pm (Closed Thursdays)
Address: 〒180-0004, 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町2－14－7 2F
2F 2-14-7 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo, 180-0004
Map: View on GoogleMaps
Directions: Once you arrive at the surprisingly complex Kichijoji Station, head out of the North Exit and turn left. Walk with the station on your left until you get to a major road called Kichijoji Dori. Cross this road and turn right. Walk down Kichijoji Dori for three blocks. You should walk past a Tsutaya DVD rental store on your left. After the Tsutaya you should see a large tree in front of a building on a corner. Turn left and walk down this street and then take the first right. You should be in a rather open shopping space with a GAP, Zara and Starbucks. Walk right through this area to the next street. Cross the road and turn left. Walk a short distance down this street and then walk down the first small street on your right. Devadeva Cafe is on the second floor of a building on the right side. Look for the brown circular sign on the street level as it can be hard to spot.