If you're a vegan and headed to Japan, you might be wondering about eating options - particularly, where to indulge in some sweet treats. Having friends and family that are vegan myself, it's always useful knowing where a few spots are across the city to grab something tasty while we're out exploring.
There are loads of options in Tokyo for vegan eats (check this article here
about some great main-meal spots!) but if you're after sweets, here are 5 spots you can indulge with peace of mind.
Go Muffins Go
Go Muffins Go are all about vegan muffins and ice creams. Their store location is only open on Thursdays from 12pm-5pm and Sundays from 11am-5pm, but that's in part due to the fact that they're often at markets and other events around the city selling their products. Their muffins come in both sweet and savory varieties, so even if you're not a huge sweet tooth and you're craving something more meal-worthy they've got options for you too! The founder of Go Muffins Go studied at a cooking school in New York, and then worked in London and honed her skills there - she's passionate about her craft and it shows in the products she makes. As well as offering up some tasty treats, the store front in the Ogikubo area of Tokyo is enviably chic and minimalistic.
Another great spot for vegan muffins in NY Muffin, based in Tokyo's Nakano area (which has many great reasons to visit in itself). Their muffins are often seasonally inspired, with some uniquely Japanese tastes - sweet potato and sakura muffins have featured on their rotation before! And whilst you may be thinking the NY in NY Muffin stands for New York, it actually stands for Nabe Yoko - a well known street nearby that has a great matsuri festival held there.
Brown Sugar 1st
If ice cream is your sweet of choice, you might be wondering how you're going to get your hands on some vegan ice cream in Tokyo. Well, wonder no more, because Brown Sugar 1st has you covered. They've got all your favorites, with varieties like Madagascan Vanilla and Mint Choc Chip, and they often incorporate seasonal varieties into the mix too. As well as selling all manner of tasty vegan ice creams, they have a line of retail products that include hot chocolate mix and coconut oil.
Rainbow Bird Rendezvous
Rainbow Bird Rendezvous aren't just a dessert shop - they have all manner of 100% vegan main meals with a Japanese twist, such as vegan takes on hamburger steak, karaage, tonkatsu, curry rice and more. On the dessert front though, these guys do some amazing vegan soft serve ice cream. As well, they usually have some cakes and other sweets too. Definitely worth a look if you're after an entire vegan meal from start to finish!
Some people may think of vegan desserts as bland - but Trim truly proves that notion is anything but correct. They've got vegan versions of super indulgent treats like chocolate gateaux, caramel banana tarts and blueberry cake that taste divine. They're a great spot to visit if you're after some coffee and cake to get you through the rest of your sightseeing day!
Hopefully if you're vegan or have folks in your traveling crew who are, these options will help you out - and even if you're not, you don't have to be vegan to enjoy a tasty sweet treat, right?!
Enjoy Tokyo, and Happy Travels!