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Tokyo's
Must-Eat Sweets
and Desserts


We all know those moments when you just want to indulge and treat yourself with some sweetness. Lucky for us, Tokyo has plenty of options for when your dessert cravings get the better of you. 

Here are our favorite (not so) guilty pleasures...

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Sesame Ice Cream  | Gomaya Kuki




Few flavors of the Japanese cuisine are more beloved amongst locals and foreigners alike than sesame. Recently opened in 2018, Gomaya Kuki is taking the concept of sesame to whole new level, offering what might just be the world’s strongest sesame ice cream, in dark and light versions as well as other intriguing variations such as salted sesame and chunky multigrain. Sesame connoisseurs might want to go for the complete 6-flavor sampling set or venture for the sesame ice cream tempura. Buon Appétit! 

¥550 for two flavors, ¥1500 for 6-flavor sample set
︎Gomaya Kuki
︎Google Maps
︎Website

Image via Gomaya Kuki




Ginger Okoshi (Rice Puffs)  | Higashiya Ginza




A traditional Japanese sweet, Okoshi is made by drying steamed rice and shaping it into cube-shaped rice puffs. This particular version, which contains a wonderful hint of ginger and pumpkin seeds, is sold at the shop of our favorite Ginza tea house Higashiya and its satellite shop Higashiya man and comes in a beautiful metal box reminiscent of pre-war Japanese packaging. Perfect with tea or if you just need a little sugar kick, this okoshi is one of the most elegant-tasting sweets we know. 

¥1,512 for one box
︎Higashiya Ginza
︎Google Maps (Higashiya)
︎Google Maps (Higashiya man)
︎Website

Image courtesy of Higashiya



Kakigori (Shaved Ice) | Various Locations






Pineapple Cakes  | SunnyHills Minami-Aoyama




Located in a quiet side street in the fashionable district of Aoyama, the Tokyo flagship store of Taiwanese pineapple cake shop SunnyHills 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.

The buttery sweet cake is filled with jam-like pineapple paste, which can be sampled for free (!) at the showroom of SunnyHills Minami-Aoyama where the friendly staff will guide you to one of the upper floors and serve you one of the shop’s famous pineapple cakes as well as some Taiwanese tea. 

Free sample at SunnyHills shop
¥1,500 for box of 5 cakes
︎SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama
︎Google Maps
︎Website

Image courtesy of SunnyHills



Ultra Fluffy Pancakes | Various Locations




Whether it’s mascarpone, souffle or ricotta - Tokyo’s pancake cafés have certainly upped the worldwide pancake game with their ultra-fluffy pancake creations on offer at various establishments in town. So smooth and soft that they will jiggle back and forth when moving your plate, eating one of these fluffy guys will make you rethink the concept of pancakes entirely. Because we love them so much we have compiled a whole list of Tokyo’s best fluffy pancakes here, so do yourself a favor and dig in!  

¥950~
︎Various Locations - see our Fluffy Pancake guide for more info



Japanese Citrus Ice Cream | Smile and Sweets Asakusa




A poster behind the counter of Smile and Sweets on the first floor of Marugoto Nippon in Asakusa will make you realize that you actually know nothing about the variety of citrus fruits out there. While most of us are stuck in the world of lemons, limes, mandarins and grapefruits, the Japanese have their very own range of citrus fruits available, ranging from the elegant Yuzu, the sweet Mikan, the sour Sudachi or the rare Jabara. Smile and Sweets specializes in creation of natural citrus gelatos made from Japanese-sourced fresh fruit juices, and oh boy, are they delicious. 

If you are visiting in autumn/winter be sure to try the Yuzu ice cream, which is just divine, or indulge in any of the other seasonal citrus flavors which you will probably only find in Japan.

One flavor ¥390, two flavors¥450, three flavors¥510
︎Smile and Sweets, 1F Marugoto Nippon Asakusa
︎Google Maps
︎Website



Ringo Apple and Custard Pie | Ikebukuro and Hibiya




Famous for its long lines that sometimes stretch around the whole building, Ringo sells only one item, and oh do they do it well. Its crunchy, buttery apple-custard pie is freshly made in-house and will give you a new perspective of how good an apple pie (or rather an apple pocket) can be. We recommend eating the pies after putting them in the oven for a few minutes to get that extra crunchiness and warm apple-custard filling that will flood your apartment with a glorious, buttery smell.

¥399
︎Ringo Apple Pie Ikebukuro or Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
︎Website (Japanese only)

Image courtesy of Ringo Apple Pie



World’s Strongest Matcha Ice Cream | Suzukien Asakusa




A visit to Japan wouldn’t be complete without a scoop of green tea ice cream. If you really want to step up your matcha game, head to Suzukien in Asakusa and indulge in their palette of matcha gelatos ranging from no. 1 (delicate green tea flavor) to no. 7 (the world’s strongest green tea ice cream). Beware however, that the no. 7 flavor is extremely strong and bitter, so matcha beginners might want to try one of the lower levels first (we recommend no.1 - no. 4).

Also on the menu: delicious black sesame, roasted green tea, Japanese black tea and brown rice tea gelatos which pair excellently with any of the matcha flavors.

¥370~ Single Cup Ice Cream
¥560~ Single Cup No. 7 Matcha Ice Cream
︎Suzukien Asakusa
︎Google Maps
︎Website

Taiyaki (Sweet Waffles) | Kurikoan Asakusa




Located just off of the main shopping street leading to Sensoji Temple, Kurikoan offers more than just the traditional red bean-filled waffle that we all know. With creative flavors such as custard, melted chocolate, strawberry cream or matcha (flavors depending on season), Kurikoan’s variety is definitely a winner. And who doesn’t want to indulge in a creamy taiyaki waffle while walking through old Tokyo?

¥154-187
︎Kurikoan Asakusa
︎Google Maps
︎Website



Banana Cake | Nomu Café Nicolai Bergmann




This beautiful flower café in the heart of Aoyama has many great foods and drinks on offer, but in the end it’s the banana cake that makes our hearts beat faster every time. Paired with one of their fresh fruit smoothies, you’ll be hard to find a better way to regain some energy during a day out in town.

¥600 (plus tax)
︎Nomu Café Nicolai Bergmann Aoyama
︎Google Maps
︎ Website

Image via Lady hana, Tabelog


Cheese Cake | MUJI CAFÉ




Cheese cakes are a staple at most cafés in Tokyo, but only some deserve mentioning, such as this gem you can find at any Muji Café location in the country. Make sure to order the über-delicious whipped cream to go with it and enjoy your creamy cheese cake with Muji’s homemade Yuzu-Squash or Ginger Ale. 

¥400
︎Muji Café Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno, Hibiya and others
︎Google Maps
︎ Website



Desserts at Longrain | Ebisu




With the Caramel & Banana Custard being one of the best desserts we have ever had (!), Longrain Thai Restaurant has plenty of exciting  choices on its menu. Try to catch a table by the window and enjoy the marvelous view from Yebisu Garden Tower’s 39th floor, which can rival the view from any observation deck in Tokyo. We recommend that you try one of the fruity cocktails fresh from the friendly barrista, which goes perfectly with any of the wonderfully exotic desserts on the menu.

¥1,200-2,800 (plus tax)
︎Longrain, Ebisu
︎Google Maps
︎ Website



             
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