Updated: April 10, 2020
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15 BEST Places To Have Sublime Desserts In Tokyo!


These are the must-try famous dessert places in Tokyo! We've included some dessert buffets, traditional desserts, ice cream parlours (matcha, sesame), famous fancy fruit parlours, and more! Every address is located near a main station of Tokyo.

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Coisof, inside re:Dine GINZA [Ginza]

Coisof is famous for its beautiful deluxe parfaits served with a liqueur sauce.

The black one in the picture is made with domestic sesame oil, bamboo charcoal, and black cocoa powder, giving it a pitch-black colour and a refined rich taste. There's also a vanilla ice cream one made with premium quality Hokkaido and delicious fresh domestic strawberries.

Paired with the perfect liqueur sauce that is made to enhance the taste and fragrance of each, these are truly some delectable high-end parfaits. You can have them with (¥1,200) or without (¥1,000) the liqueur sauce.
They have seasonal specials as well as soft-serve ice cream cones.
You'll find coisof at re:Dine GINZA, a beautiful and spacious shared kitchen restaurant located a 1-minute walk from the C8 exit of Ginza station.

GOMAYA KUKI [Harajuku-Omotesando]

Gomaya Kuki is a famous sesame ice cream parlor that has been featured on Japanese TV and magazines several times.

It's kind of obvious that Japanese people would love sesame ice cream, as sesame is a very common traditional ingredient in Japan, but what are the thoughts of people from outside Japan? Well, judging by the huge amount of Instagram posts by non-Japanese people, it seems like this is an amazing hit no matter where you come from.

People describe the sesame ice cream as "unworldly", and that it has the "perfect balance of sweetness and sesame flavor". It takes the sesame oil of about 9000 seeds to make a single scoop, so the taste is incredibly rich, the texture is super smooth, and you get an interesting deep aroma and a nutty flavor that takes this ice cream in a league of its own.

For something special, you should try their Japanese-style parfaits (pictured above) that include some traditional ingredients such as matcha pudding and mochi rice balls.
The simple standard 2-scoop bowl is super satisfying. You can try two different kinds of sesame ice cream (white and black). As free extras, you can sprinkle some sesame seeds and add some pure sesame oil to further enhance the taste!
Gomaya Kuki is located near Harajuku on a cool backstreet of Omotesando with lots of boutiques and interesting second-hand stores around.

Hidemi Sugino [Kyobashi, near Ginza and Tokyo Station]

What's amazing about Japan is that it not only has a diverse cuisine that includes some of the most refined dishes and presentation styles in the world, but the country abounds with chefs that have mastered the cooking style of other cultures, while adding a little bit of their own Japanese magic. Hidemi Sugino is one of them. He has won in 1991 the so-called 'Nobel Prize of pastry', which is actually the gold medal of France's own prestigious 'Coupe du Monde de la pâtisserie'. Adding to his prestige is his 2015 awarded title of Asia's Best Pastry Chef.

Hidemi Sugino is the undeniable god of mousse cakes. Many of his creations are so delicate that they can only be eaten in his cafe in Tokyo as they do not hold for very long without proper temperature control. He's known for making bold combinations of tastes that somehow balance perfectly. Also, he uses lots of seasonal ingredients to artfully decorate his little mousse cakes.
So you must all be thinking right now, Sugino's cakes must be worth their weight in gold (some do have actual real gold leaves as decorations). Well, shockingly no! Pictured above is the Ambroisie, which earned Sugino his 1991 gold medal at the French competition, that can be yours for roughly the price of two cups of Starbucks coffee, or ¥760. This is a must-try if they are still available by the time you get there! Quantities are limited.

Understandably, there is often a long queue in front of the famous cafe so be prepared to wait a while to get in. The store opens at 11 AM. A good way to get in without having to wait too long is to get there before it opens. No pictures are allowed. You've been warned. Take at your own risk!

Janice Wong's Tokyo Dessert Bar [Shinjuku]

Janice Wong, an internationally acclaimed pastry chef from Singapore, opened a dessert bar near Shinjuku Station serving here original desserts that are truly a feast for the eyes and palate.

Every dessert has a recommended alcohol pairing. The picture above is designed as a miniature Kyoto rock garden served to you on a plate. It consists of a white cream pumpkin and a coffee sponge cake accompanied by three edible 'rocks'. These rocks are actually balls of kiwi and wasabi sorbet, lemon ice cream, and burdock root ice cream. The suggested alcoholic pairing with this one is a creamy yuzu drink.

This particular dessert is a bit pricey at around ¥1,600 but it's really worth the try on a special occasion.
Wong tends to incorporate local ingredients into her creations. The chocolate dessert here, for instance, has some refreshing sorbet that is made from Japanese yuzu lemon.

The menu changes with the seasons, but whatever you order you're likely to be blown away by the edible art of Janice Wong.
Located near the south exit of the Shinjuku station.

Matcha Gelato TEA&SPOON Nanaya [Aoyama/Omotesando]

Nanaya is a matcha gelato store that is very popular amongst matcha lovers. There is still a long line in front of the Asakusa store because there are many tourists and visitors in that area. The same store recently opened in the Aoyama, Omotesando area.

The matcha flavors include matcha daifuku (mochi), matcha cookie, matcha chocolate, and matcha gelato. You can choose the richness level of your matcha gelato from 1-7; 7 being the richest and most dense.

It is most recommended to try No.7 with a less dense one, so that you can compare the two levels of richness or mix up the two. You can choose single, double or triple scoop and select different matcha gelatos of your choice!

Ken's Cafe [Shinjuku] *Gluten Free*

Ken's Cafe boasts that its desserts are made from a unique superior kind of chocolate. Perhaps you know the French brand Valrhona, a very-well regarded chocolate company that creates superior quality products without the use of lecithin or artificial flavourings. Well, Ken's Cafe uses a special blend of Valrhona chocolate made especially for them: Ken's Blend Noir (black) 70%.
The result is supreme, exquisite gluten-free chocolate cakes that aren't too sweet and are rich with natural flavors. The key to making such a perfect gluten-free cake is to use only top-quality ingredients, most of which are produced domestically. The butter, for instance, is salt-free and comes from Japan's cream of the crop dairy farms. The Eggs are chosen to have a "mukashinoaji" (a rustic flavor from the past).

Ken's Cafe Tokyo is located a 3-minute walk from the Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station or about a 15-minute walk from the Shinjuku Station (South Exit).

Saryo Tsujiri Daimaru [Tokyo Station]

Tsujiri is a Matcha sweets cafe located in the Daimaru Tokyo department store close by Tokyo station. They have a variety of selections on their menu, including mochi, red bean and mochi soup, matcha mousse, and also combo menus with matcha desserts and pure matcha.

But, their main focus is the matcha parfaits served all-seasons, with more than 10 different types of matcha parfaits. The parfait includes matcha ice cream, matcha jelly, matcha mousse, mochi and many other toppings depending on the parfait you order. They also have seasonal parfaits using sakura and strawberries during the spring season. You might want to try their matcha kakigori (shaved ice) which is a famous traditional Japanese summer dessert.

MIHASHI みはし [Ueno]

For traditional sweets, you might want to head to Ueno, for the place is super famous for the traditional "anmitsu" desserts. Anmitsu is made with these characteristic ingredients; small cubes of agar jelly, sweetened beans, red beans paste, soft mochi rice balls called shiratama, which literally means "white balls" and some fruits. Mihashi is the most famous Anmitsu shop in Ueno. Nowadays, not only Japanese but many tourists from a variety of foreign countries visit Mihashi to try the distinctive Japanese dessert.
Located near the JR Ueno station

Sembikiya 千疋屋 [Ginza]

Perhaps you've heard about the Japanese people's craze about expensive fruits. Traditionally, luxury fruits are used as gifts. Many Japanese highly value fresh, perfect fruits and you can have the chance to try some at fancy fruit parlours in Tokyo. A famous one is Sembikiya in Ginza. There, you can have parfaits that are so carefully made that they look like works of art. The fruits are of course super fresh and in season. Desserts there are about ¥2,000. This is a true Japanese experience that is a bit retro.

TAKANO Fruits Parlour

Takano is another really famous place where you can have gorgeous fruits parfaits. The toppings change with the season and always feature a good amount of high-end Japanese fruits. Although quite voluminous, these parfaits are not heavy at all. The main flavour Takano wants you to enjoy is the natural notes and sweetness of perfectly ripened superior quality fruits. One parfait is about ¥2,000.

Takano is located near the East exit of Shinjuku station.

Shiawase no Pancake 幸せのパンケーキ [Various locations in Tokyo]

You might not think that pancakes are a typical Japanese dessert, but these sure are! They are called souffle pancakes, and their main characteristic is that they're unbelievably fluffy. "Shiawase (幸せ/happy) no Pancake" is a place that will surely make you happy because you can have some of these Japanese pancakes. They have a menu item called "Shiawase no pancake" (1100 yen) which is served with rich honey and butter. Enjoy these simple yet fluffy and creamy pancakes.
There is a popular branch in Omotesando but Shiawase no Pancake have quite a few locations across Tokyo.

Bistro Favori [Daikanyama]

Bistro Favori is a French-style bistro located in Daikanyama, Tokyo. It is arguably one of the best places to have French toast in Tokyo, with the dish being prepared by a chef that used to work at the prestigious Hotel Okura in Tokyo.

Their French toast (¥1,600) is soaked for 10 hours before being cooked twice, first on a frying pan and then in an oven. The result is a sublime, soft on the inside, crisp on the outside, thick French toast. It comes with honey syrup, pieces of fruit and house-made icecream as an aside.

Conrad Tokyo Twenty Eight [Shimbashi]

Afternoon tea can be a fun experience in Tokyo! Twenty Eight is the restaurant of the luxury hotel of Conrad Tokyo. It is on the 28th floor of the building and has wide windows so you get a stunning view of the city while you enjoy your afternoon tea. The standard selection made by extremely talented patissiers often includes seasonally inspired delicacies that are both sweet and savoury. The price is about ¥5,000 to ¥7,000.

Sweets Paradise [Various Locations in Tokyo]

SWEETS PARADISE is a chain restaurant offering all-you-can-eat desserts. There are many locations throughout Japan, especially in Tokyo in places such as in Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. As they offer a great variety of desserts they are extremely popular with young people. As for the price, it varies in each restaurant, but it's usually between 1200-1800 yen per person. There is a 70 minutes or 90 minutes time-limit.

This is not by any means the best quality of desserts, but it's a fun place to visit for any sweet addict!
There are many other branches than the one listed below, but the Harajuku location is a popular one because it is located along the famous Takeshita street on the 3rd floor of SoLaDo Harajuku (5-minute walk from Harajuku station).

Tokyo Hilton Dessert Buffet [Shinjuku]

The Marble Lounge of the Tokyo Hilton Hotel in Shinjuku has a borderline obscene dessert buffet. The display is so extravagant that you will feel as if you are Marie Antoinette in a candy shop. It's kind of pricey at ¥4,000 but the quality is good too so why not indulge in the experience at least once! The specialty of the buffet is strawberry desserts. You can have the dessert buffet with a lunch or dinner meal too, in which case, it's a little more expensive. Check out the booking information for the details of the prices and the different buffets available.
Located a 10-minute walk from the JR Shinjuku station (west exit) or a 2-minute walk from the Nishi Shinjuku Station.

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