Tokyo, the gathering place of all things delicious in Japan, is full of shops that serve a variety of fantastic desserts ranging from exciting ones to those that offer a sophisticated experience. We recommend five dessert spots that you have to visit in Tokyo.
1. HIDEMI SUGINO
This is a pastry shop of the patissier, Hidemi Sugino, who has worked across the globe. This is the one and only shop by Sugino, despite requests to open more branches, and is even frequented by other pastry chefs. It is so popular, lines form before the store even opens. You will not see any standard cakes here, as their display is full of unique and beautiful cakes unlike any other. The mousse cake, which is only available to eat in, is outstanding. There are cakes that can be purchased for take out, but it is better to eat at their tea salon to enjoy them at their best.
2. Patisserie Paris S'eveille
This is a shop selling cakes and baked goods by a pastry chef who trained at French pastry shops such as the famous Ladurée in Paris. There is a glass case full of beautiful cakes lined up neatly to greet the steady flow of customers. There are queues out the door not only at the weekend but also during the week, and some of the sweets are sold out by the evening. The bread that is baked every morning is also very popular, and can be enjoyed there together with the cakes. There are baked goods that are sold individually and in gift boxes, and are perfect for taking home.
This is a shop owned by a pastry chef who has taken part in numerous contests around the world. The store decorated in white tones has a glass case full of colorful cakes that are so beautiful that they could be considered works of art. There is a staggering 40 different types of cakes that are made, and are changed around depending on the mood and season. There are macaroons, baked goods and chocolates in addition to the cakes. There is limited seating on site, so if the weather is favorable, take the sweets out to enjoy them in the forested area of Yoyogi Park A Section that is accessible from the next station.
4. LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT Marunouchi Branch
This is a shop directly managed by the high-end Parisian chocolate shop, LA MAISON DU CHOCOLAT. This is the shop that introduced the practice of packaging chocolates in boxes that look like jewelry boxes, which is now fairly common. There are gifts boxes around 1,000 JPY as well as boxes for single pieces of cakes, so don't be intimidated by the luxurious decor. Champagne and sweets in the salon at the back is also recommended.
5. Usagiya CAFÉ
This is a cafe run by Usagiya, a traditional sweets shop established in 1913 that is famous for its Dorayaki (a Japanese dessert of sweet bean paste in a castella-style sponge cake). At this cafe, you can enjoy seasonal desserts made with a traditional sweet bean paste that they have been making for more than 100 years. The Usa Pancake (650 JPY) that is available for a limited time of 10 minutes starting at 9:00 am, is a particular recommendation. It is enjoyed by sandwiching butter and sweet bean paste in the dorayaki sponge delivered from the main store nearby. The sponge with a delicate sweetness, the salty flavor of the butter and the sophisticated sweetness of the bean paste combine to create a luxurious flavor. Why not drop in when the cafe opens to enjoy it as breakfast?
All the shops introduced here are within easy walking distance of train stations, so be sure to stop by. You are sure to discover some fantastic sweets that will form lasting memories.
*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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