Delicious Desserts - 3 Spots to grab a sweet treat in Tokyo!
When you think of visiting Tokyo, you might have a list of several main foods you want to try - sushi and ramen are often in top place. But what about desserts? Tokyo has you covered there too, with a pretty incredible range of sweets to sink your teeth into. Here are three awesome spots to check out if you're craving some dessert!
For the traditional, try...
If you've been wondering about wagashi, wonder no more - there's a great spot in Tokyo where you can experience the beauty of this traditional Japanese dessert, by the name of Tokyo Mise. These mini works of art are created with mochi, red beans, fruit, or a combination of those elements, and at Tokyo Mise you are able to watch them being created (it definitely gives you an appreciation of the craftsmanship involved). Enjoying them with a cup of green tea is the perfect way to indulge. They have a website you can visit here, which has more details about what creations are available right now.
For a unique hybrid, try...
If you've been traveling around Japan, you may have come across these adorable fish shaped pastries and wondered what they are. Traditional taiyaki are made with a batter similar to what you'd use for making pancakes or waffles, and common fillings include tasty things like red bean paste, custard, or chocolate. At Croissant Taiyaki, instead of that pancakey outer, you've got essentially a fish shaped flaky croissant filled with deliciousness. Cute and tasty all at once. One of their store locations is at 2 Chome-21-1 Tamagawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 158-0094 - but they are a chain, so you might find them elsewhere too!
For constantly challenging what a dessert can be, try...
Dominique Ansel Bakery
At Dominique Ansel Bakery there's always something fascinating on the menu - making you think about just how genius some of these dessert ideas are. Tokyo has two locations of Dominique Ansel Bakery - one in Omotesando and the other in Ginza - and both stores have different items on their menus. At the Ginza store right now for example, they're serving up a "zero gravity chiffon cake", which is so light that it literally is suspended in a balloon that you get to pop before enjoying your treat. Crazy, yet amazing - and that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gorgeous, tasty creations. More details about their store locations can be found on their website here.
And naturally, here is a picture of that zero gravity chiffon cake - amazing!
Hopefully these suggestions will help you kick the craving for sweets in the best kind of way!
Enjoy Tokyo, and Happy Eating!
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Enjoy a gorgeous view of the ocean behind the shop in addition to the beautiful and light beachy interior of their cafe.
Visit their website to make a reservation if you would like to make your own tarts.
Images found on their website and Okinawa Yomitan.