From delicious buttery patisserie, to original handmade candies, we round up a selection of Tokyo’s sweetest confectionary stores and cafes.
Bold red interiors and a modern bar-like vibe establish Yelo as a dessert kitchen with sass. The signature dish – snow cones – are a cooling summer favourite made from flavoured shaved ice. Choosing just one is tricky, with scrumptious options like mango milk, organic carrot mascarpone and black sesame all stealing the show. The Roppongi outpost is dedicated entirely to cones and as such, has something of a cult status, ergo you can expect to queue.
For pretty as a picture delights, Hidemi Sugino is your one-stop pastry shop. Famed for its yum-azing cakes, patisserie and signature Ambroisie chocolate mousse, creations here are (almost) too good to eat. Fruit-topped delicacies make this a top choice for special occasions, with presentation taking centre stage. Try to go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
Kameya Mannendo is famed for its Italian-inspired Navona cakes and with good reason. Sinfully decadent whipped cream is sandwiched between two castella sponge biscuits, which are often flavoured to suit the season (cherry flavour during sakura we’re looking at you). The inevitable sugar rush is worth it...
Finally, head to Kuriya Kashi Kurogi for Iron Chef Jun Kurogi’s artisanal take on trad wagashi sweets in a sublime Kengo Kuma-designed cafe. The array of confections varies according to the season; pair with a Sarutahiko-roasted coffee for the perfect bitter-sweet flavour combination. The diet starts tomorrow.
Yelo / 5 Chome−2−11 / Minato / Roppongi / +81 3 3423 2121 / 11am-5am Mon-Sat, till 11pm Sun / www.yelo.jp
Hidemi Sugino / 3 Chome-6-17 / Kyobashi / Chūō, / +81 3 3538 6780 / 11am-7pm Tues-Sat/
Kameya Mannendo / 1-15-12 Jiyugaoka / Meguro-ku / +81 3 3717 0400 / 9.30am-7.30pm daily / www.navona.co.jp
Kuriya Kashi Kurogi / 1/F Daiwa Research Bldg / 7-3-1 Hongo / Bunkyo / +81 3 5802 5577 / 9am-7pm daily / www.wagashi-kurogi.co.jp