Hokkaido is the largest producer of milk in Japan, so it is only natural that there are many soft-serve ice cream (“soft cream” in Japanese) shops in Sapporo. Here are five of the best soft cream spots in the area.
1. Milk & Parfait Yotsuba White Cosy – Sapporo Paseo Shop
Milk & Parfait Yotsuba White Cosy is a parfait shop that is directly run by Yotsuba Milk Products Co., which sells milk and milk products that are made in Hokkaido. Apart from soft-serve ice cream, this restaurant also offers more than 10 types of parfait, pancakes, pastas, doria (Italian dish of pilaf topped with cheese, etc. and then baked) and other dishes. You have to try the Yotsuba no Shiroi Parfait (760 JPY (incl. tax)), an item that is only available at the Sapporo Paseo branch. It’s a solid white parfait that is packed with soft-serve ice cream made in Tokachi and fresh cream only. This parfait has cream from pure milkfat that does not use extra oils, so it has a deep flavor and a mild aftertaste. You will undoubtedly be impressed with its fluffy texture!
2. Missu House – Fushimi Main Branch
Missu House is a shop dedicated to ice cream that uses select Hokkaido-produced ingredients and its own unique ice cream making method. This shop’s soft-serve ice cream (370 JPY) is famous with its blue honeysuckle topping, which is a special type of berry found in Hokkaido. The chemistry between the refreshing and bittersweet sauce and the thick soft-serve ice cream is simply outstanding. When you're here, it would be best to eat your parfait at the terrace on the 2nd floor of the Fushimi Main Branch that is surrounded by greenery and overlooking the city. Aside from the ice cream in the parfait, the sauces, mousses, and jellies used at this shop are all homemade as well. People who are not satisfied with just plain soft-serve ice cream should definitely check out what they have here at this shop.
3. Hakkou Gakuen Nousan Butsu Chokubaijo
Hakkou Gakuen Nousan Butsu Chokubaijo is a farmers’ market that sells dairy products, locally grown vegetables, and livestock products. It is extremely famous for its soft-serve ice cream (270 JPY for large and 160 JPY for small) that uses fresh milk from the in-house cattle that are fondly raised by the staff and students of an agricultural technical school. It is not too sweet and has the rich taste of freshly squeezed milk, so you will not be thirsty after eating it. One of the good things about this farmers’ market is that it makes it possible for you to enjoy this taste at affordable prices. Needless to say, this market also sells specialty milk and yogurt, so this comes highly recommended to people who love milk products!
3. Hakkou Gakuen Nousan Butsu Chokubaijo
4. Machimura Nojo – Odori Shop
Managed by a long-established farm that was opened about 100 years ago, Machimura Nojo serves soft-serve ice cream, parfaits, and doughnuts, among other items. Its milk soft-serve ice cream (315 JPY for regular size (excl. tax)) has a light and smooth texture, and a delicious taste that you can never get enough of. One of the biggest hits of this restaurant is the "Doughnut Soft" that is made by putting soft-serve ice cream on top of a doughnut. The refreshing soft-serve ice cream goes well with the doughy doughnut that uses farm-produced milk and wheat. It is something that is recommended to those who want a simple sweet taste in their food. Machimura Nojo also has branches in Ebetsu, Maruyama, and Moiwa.
*Prices vary depending on the shop/branch
5. Yukijirushi Parlor - Main Shop
Yukijirushi Parlor is a shop that is run by Snow Brand Milk Products Co., one of the largest dairy companies in Japan. It is an established cafe where guests get to enjoy such delicacies as the Snow Royal Special, the vanilla ice cream that was specially made for the Emperor and Empress in 1968, as well as pancakes and parfaits. The numerous jumbo parfaits on the menu are recommended here at the main branch. Of these parfaits, the “I am a No.1 (4,760 JPY)” is an extra-large serving of parfait that has fresh cream and soft-serve ice cream on top of different types of ice cream and fruits. This item is recommended to people who want to try an unusual kind of soft-serve ice cream to serve as a memory from their trip!
Hokkaido is home to many types of soft-serve ice cream that only use fresh milk from Hokkaido. You have to at least try the texture of their creams that will soothe your body and soul with their mild sweetness!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.