There are many delicious sweet shops in Tokyo, and a lot of them offer limited items during the Christmas season. Here are some Christmas sweets you should try from 5 places!
1. Cafe Accueil Ebisu Branch
This cafe is just a 4 minute walk away from JR Ebisu Station. They have a wide line-up of products made one-by-one by the pastry chefs, from the very popular pancakes and French toast, to cakes made with seasonal fruit, cream puffs, gateau chocolate souffles with a unique texture and more. The 2016 Christmas-limited item is the Strawberry Tree Pancake (1,680 JPY (excl. tax)) decorated with plenty of strawberries.
2. TORAYA CAFÉ Aoyama Branch
TORAYA CAFÉ is produced by the well-established wagashi (Japanese confectionery) shop, Toraya, and it's directly connected to Aoyama Itchome Station. While the image of Western sweets for Christmas is strong, here you can enjoy the Christmas Parfait (1,188 JPY (incl. tax)) made using an, a red bean paste often used in wagashi. The parfait is made with caramel kanten jelly made from agar-agar, an paste, and gyuhi (sweet made from steamed rice flour kneaded with sugar and starch syrup). It's a cute dessert topped with berry ice cream, fruits, and crispy caramelized almonds and sesame seeds.
3. Max Brenner Chocolate Bar Tokyo Solamachi Branch
Max Brenner is a chocolate brand from Israel that is popular all around the world. The Chocolate Bar in Tokyo Solamachi, the shopping area connected to Tokyo Skytree, is offering a new way to enjoy chocolate. They offer a limited menu that you can only try in the winter. From that menu, the most recommended item is the Max Tiramisu Pizza (starting at 500 JPY (incl. tax)). Pizza dough is topped with milk chocolate, mascarpone cheese, and marshmallows, then toasted. It's topped with espresso and cocoa powder, so it's finished with a refined flavor.
4. Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI Paris Marunouchi Branch
Sadaharu Aoki faithfully makes French pastries while adding Japanese ingredients and utilizing the fine senses of Japanese people. This patisserie is just a 2-3 minute walk from Hibiya or Yurakucho Stations. The recommendation only available at the Marunouchi branch is the Degustation (starting at 1,700 JPY (incl. tax)) in which you can taste seasonal cakes in one bite, but something that is very popular is their Christmas cake. There are four types of cakes, such as the Noel Saya (3,672 JPY (incl. tax)), which is hazelnut shortbread is topped with layers of strawberry and pistachio cream. It's very popular so it may sell out, so order it early!
*Photo is of a product from a past year.
5. Nicolas House Harajuku Main Branch
This shop just 7 minutes away from JR Harajuku Station is a cafe, cream puff factory, and sundry shop all in one. This cafe has a unique characteristic, in that you're given bunny ear headbands before you are seated. Everyone in the cafe from staff to customers spend their time wearing bunny ears (only if you would like). They're famous for their cream puffs, but their Ichigo Santa no Christmas Trifle (800 JPY (excl. tax)) is only available during Christmas, so it's a must-try! The rusk cookies made from cream puff dough is filled with their special fresh cream, topped with strawberry mousse, and decorated with a Santa made from strawberries, so it's very cute.
Scheduled to be closed December 30th, 2016
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*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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