Magical macarons, tempting truffle balls, and glossy tempered chocolate shiny enough to skate on... Bubó is bliss for connoisseurs of choc treats, although it’ll play havoc with those on the 5:2 diet!
LUXE has long loved this Catalan chocolate sensation, and having caused massive queues at 2016’s Salon du Chocolat, the Spanish pâtisserie has finally opened its first store in Japan. Founded in Barcelona’s chic Born district in 2005, the brand is a creative partnership between pastry chef Carles Mampel and interior design studio Grumax.
Unveiled near Omotesando in February, the seductive contempo shop has attracted local foodies with its artisanal wares, from dark-chocolate cookies to berry yoghurt slabs. Sweets are made with fresh ingredients sourced from near Barcelona, with choc cultivated from French produce. More exotic elements include Tahitian vanilla and macadamia nuts. Seek out the ridiculously good-looking (and yum-tasting) Xabina, which won a gong as the world’s best choc cake, or caramelized banana/yuzu mousse wonder Xahara. As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates!”
After sampling the globe’s most famous chocolate cake, why not pop over to nearby Dominique Ansel for the equally famous Cronut? Cotton Soft Cheesecakes, Cookie Shots and Baked Apple Pie Alaskas are also stars from the French-born, NY-based new-gen bakers. The sleek modern space has an upscale lab feel, with a second Ginza Mitsukoshi branch launching on 29 March. Chocs away!
Bubó / Path Omotesando B / 5-6-14 Jingumae / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3491 7626 / 11am-8pm daily / bubo.es
Dominique Ansel / 1-2/F / 5-7-14 Jingumae / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3486 1329 / 10am-7pm daily / dominiqueanseljapan.com