GOMAYA KUKI [Omotesando]
Gomaya Kuki is located in the heart of chic Omotesando, only a minute away from Meiji-Jingumae Station. What distinguishes them from the rest is their very rich black and white sesame ice cream. Matcha desserts have already taken the world by storm, but for those who would like to try another traditional Japanese flavour, sesame is wonderful! They have sesame ice cream, even tempura (deep-fried ice cream) which is heavenly, as well as sesame cheesecake and sesame latte. If you plan on sitting down, I would suggest the sesame cheesecake with a nice cup of coffee, you can also have the ice cream in the shop or to go.
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 virtually a miniature Kyoto rock garden served to you on a plate. There's a white cream pumpkin and coffee sponge cake that is accompanied with three edible "rocks" that are actually a sorbet made of kiwi and wasabi, a lemon ice cream, and a burdock root ice cream. The suggested alcoholic pairing with this one is a creamy yuzu drink. A bit pricey at around ¥1,600 per dessert but it is really worth the try!
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!
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.
If you want a different kind of Japanese flavoured ice-cream, you have got to try sesame ice cream at Coisof. Their sesame ice cream is super rich and soft served. But the texture is unlike the one of a typical soft serve ice cream. Every serving has the equivalent of the oil that can be extracted from thousands of seed, so the taste is very intense. They have white and black sesame flavours decorated with a Japanese colourful snack called "oiri" (600 yen). They also have some seasonal items worth trying.
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.
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.
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.
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.