A visit to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without a stopover at SunnyHills. Located in a quiet side street in the fashionable district of Aoyama, the Tokyo flagship store of this Taiwanese pineapple cake shop was designed by none other than Kengo Kuma, who created a masterpiece of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship and another standout piece in Tokyo’s avant-garde architectural landscape.
SunnyHills is one of Taiwan’s most renown producers of pineapple cakes, a traditional buttery sweet filled with jam-like pineapple paste which can be sampled for free at this location. When visiting SunnyHills, the friendly staff will guide you to one of the upper floors, where you will be served one of the shop’s famous pineapple cakes and a Taiwanese tea, all without having to commit to buying anything.
Before leaving this architectural gem, be sure to pay visit to the restrooms on the uppermost floor, which feature a sophisticated tilted sink and are one of our favorite bathrooms in Tokyo.
Also, beware that SunnyHills is very popular and can get crowded on weekends, so be sure to arrive early or opt for a weekday when visiting.
Free sample of pinapple or apple cake available on the upper floor.
Box of 5 pineapple cakes ￥1,500
Images via SunnyHills