IKEA Convenience Store: World’s First Right in Japan

Urban Ikea with conbini - Harajuku, Tokyo

06.08.2020 The Day IKEA Made History

IKEA just made history with its first convenience store or “combini” in Harajuku. This blue and yellow compact store is just 2 minutes away from the Kawaii Zoo and 10 seconds away from Harajuku station, meaning there’s no excuse not to grab a ¥100 cinnamon roll whenever you want them.

Munchies You Won’t Feel Guilty About

The IKEA convenience store sells vegan ramen: curry-flavored for ¥250 or regular flavored for¥190.
¥250 for the curry ramen and ¥190 for the regular flavor

In their Swedish Combini on the first floor, they sell a variety of goodies, but the highlights for me are cinnamon rolls, plant-based ramen, alcoholic ale, and those ¥90 chocolate bars. But just like in a regular IKEA, you can also buy curtains, kitchenware, and colorful pillows. That’s personally a dream of mine as a 27-year old: to snack while shopping for home decor.

The Cafe Above the Convenience Store

The veggie sausage tunnbröd sold for only ¥200!
Spot the mashed green peas?

What if you had a little time and didn’t want a grab-and-go? Then head upstairs to their Swedish Café where you can enjoy some savory or sweet tunnbröd (flatbread) as well as soups and refreshing drinks, like elderflower lemonade. I recommend trying the ¥200 veggie sausage tunnbröd because there’s a layer of mashed peas you never knew you needed.

FYI If You Like Cake

If you want to visit though, keep in mind you can’t just pop in. People are still taking precautions to flatten the curve, so you need to grab a ticket from the machine outside and queue in line. Don’t worry. I only had to wait about 15 minutes and that was during the afternoon rush!

Before I leave you jogging your way to the IKEA convenience store, here’s a tip: bring an insulated bag in case you plan on buying frozen daim cakes. I made that mistake and had to leave daim cake-less; what a tragedy! Now go forth and start your Swedish adventures!

IKEA Combini

Hours: 11am – 8pm Daily
Address: Jingumae 1-14-30, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/