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A New Food Craze in Sapporo! Top 10 Spots in Sapporo for Shime-Parfait

Eating parfait at night has become a major trend in Sapporo. Parfaits eaten at night are being called shime-parfait, with "shime" meaning the last dish of the meal. Here are ten of the most acclaimed restaurants that serve shime-parfait. Savor it after a night of drinking or after a meal!

What is Shime-Parfait?

Japan has this “shime” culture wherein you eat something (usually ramen or chazuke, which is rice with tea poured over it) after dinner or a night of drinking. In Sapporo, Hokkaido, there is a craze for eating parfait as the shime that started several years ago. Now this trend has started making its way into areas outside of Hokkaido. What are you waiting for? Go out and eat shime-parfait from Sapporo!

1. Dip&Merry

Dip&Merry is a sophisticated cafe and bar that serves up parfaits. The Hojicha to Ringo no Parfait (1,404 JPY) is a parfait with a refreshing aftertaste from the rich roasted green tea and apple ice cream. Customers recommend trying their parfait and alcohol pairings, such as the Bitter Chocolate to Orange Parfait that goes great with sangria. Dip&Merry is the sister restaurant of the famous shop known as Parfait, Coffee, Sake, Sato that constantly has a line of customers waiting outside its doors.

1. Dip&Merry

Hotel Rener Susukino 2F, 2-1-5 Minami 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

2. Mirai.st

Mirai.st is a cafe and bar where you can eat parfaits filled with rich premium soft-serve ice cream from Shibecha Town. The Triple Berry Parfait (800 JPY (incl. tax)), consisting of a lot of colorful berries on top of thick soft-serve ice cream, has a fresh aftertaste. Have a Shime-Parfait Set (200 JPY discount for one parfait and a glass of alcohol, available from 7:00 pm) and try to pair your parfait with champagne or wine!

2. Mirai.st

nORBESA 1F, 5-1-1 Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

3. Yukijirushi Sapporo Main Branch

Snow Brand Parlor is a well-established restaurant that opened in 1961. It mainly serves dessert-type parfaits. Inside, you will find a wide array of colorful parfait samples lined up in the display racks. They have more than 30 kinds of parfait that use specialty vanilla ice cream and are generously topped with fruits, cheese, chocolates, and other ingredients! Your last chance to order is relatively early at 8:30 pm because the shop closes at 9:00 pm, so try to come early.

3. Yukijirushi Sapporo Main Branch

Taiyo Seimei Sapporo Bldg. 1F, 3-1-31 Kita 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

4. Milk & Parfait Yotsuba White Cosy Sapporo Paseo Branch

Milk & Parfait Yotsuba White Cosy is a restaurant that even families can easily visit. It is famous for its parfait that draws out the deliciousness of the milk used to make it. Directly operated by Yotsuba Milk Products, which is popular for its dairy products, this spot offers exquisite soft-serve ice cream made with milk produced in Tokachi, Hokkaido. Aside from the Renyu Ichigo no Parfait (860 JPY (incl. tax)), try the limited-time offers and parfaits that contain Hokkaido-grown Ebisu pumpkin and haskap (blue honeysuckle).

4. Milk & Parfait Yotsuba White Cosy Sapporo Paseo Branch

PASEO WEST B1, 2 Kita 6-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

5. Two Rings

This is a bar where you can have your fill of sake chosen by the owner and handmade sweets. While it is a full-fledged bar, you can always come just for a shime-parfait. Two Rings is famous for its refreshing and high-quality parfaits, such as the Tappuri Fruits no Parfait (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) that is overflowing with fruits and the Chocolate Parfait (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)), which is not too heavy on the stomach.

5. Two Rings

J-BOX Bldg. 2F, 4 Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

6. Toriyosakanayo PASEO Branch

This is an izakaya (Japanese-style tavern) that serves sashimi, charcoal-grilled fish, chicken, and other handmade dishes. After drinking and dining, you can have three kinds of parfaits to end the night: the Kuromame to Warabimochi no Wafu Parfait (598 JPY (excl. tax)), Choco Parfait (638 JPY (excl. tax)), and Tiramisu Coffee Parfait (598 JPY (excl. tax)). They come in reasonable sizes that you can easily eat after enjoying a meal.

6. Toriyosakanayo PASEO Branch

PASEO 1F, 4-3-1 Kita 6-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

7. Suntory's Garden Sora

Other than shime-parfaits, this restaurant also serves up Hokkaido specialty dishes and sushi that you can only eat in the area. How about ordering the Sandai Kani Tabehodai Course (8,640 JPY (incl. tax), reservation required) that is famous among tourists for offering an unlimited amount of kegani (hair crab), tarabagani (red king crab), and zuwaigani (snow crabs)? For your shime-parfait, try the Latte Parfait (518 JPY (incl. tax)) that comes with bitter coffee jelly or the refreshing Matcha Parfait (518 JPY (incl. tax)), which has matcha (green tea) ice cream and mousse.

7. Suntory's Garden Sora

JR 5-5 Bldg. 8F, 5 Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

8. Hana-no Mai Sapporo Kita 2-jo Main Branch

This is an izakaya where you can enjoy Hokkaido seafood to your heart’s content and then end the night with shime-parfait. Have a glass of local Hokkaido sake with scallop, squid, sea urchin, and other fresh sashimi directly shipped from Hokkaido. For your shime-parfait, order the 2-shoku no Ice Daifuku Parfait (390 JPY (excl. tax)), which comes with two daifuku (rice cake stuffed with bean jam) made of ice cream wrapped in gyuhi (rice flour). It is a Japanese-style parfait that comes in a small serving, so it is a perfect palate cleanser after a meal.

8. Hana-no Mai Sapporo Kita 2-jo Main Branch

MIZUHO Bldg. 1-2F, 2-31 Kita 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

9. Torinosuke TV Tower Branch

Have a cute glass of shime-parfait at this place, which normally serves charcoal-grilled foods. Workers on their way home drop by this place to eat yakitori (grilled chicken skewer) dishes, like Hokkaido’s popular Muroran Yakitori (188 JPY (excl. tax) – 918 JPY (excl. tax)), with draft beer. Try the restaurant’s namesake Torinosuke Parfait (558 JPY (excl. tax)), which is so cute that you’d want to take a photo before you eat it!

9. Torinosuke TV Tower Branch

Sapporo TV Tower B1, 1 Odori Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

10. Buono Kita 2-jo Sapporo Ekimae-dori Branch

Eat parfait in an izakaya created by a chef who trained in Italy for 10 years. This is a place that fuses elements of Japanese and Italian cuisine. At this store, you can eat a wide array of dishes, such as pizza, Japanese-style gnocchi, and ikura-don (salmon roe on rice). As for the shime-parfait, try the Buono-ryu Parfait (699 JPY (excl. tax)) that offers a perfect combination between fresh strawberries and rich vanilla ice cream. The izakaya only offers private rooms, ensuring privacy and relaxation.

10. Buono Kita 2-jo Sapporo Ekimae-dori Branch

The 25th Keiwa Bldg. 3F, 3 Kita 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Move to another restaurant or stay in the restaurant you dined at - where you eat shime-parfait totally depends on you! A superb glass of shime-parfait at the end of the day in Sapporo is the perfect way to fill your stomach and soul.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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