By David, long-term Tokyo resident & food-loving traveler
Try the best Japanese desserts at a cafe run by one of Tokyo’s famous sweets shops. Here are three tasty places located near popular areas that you don’t want to miss. The shops are known for their delicious traditional and modern creations.
This is the cafe of dorayaki specialist shop Usagiya in Ueno, one of Tokyo’s most famous dorayaki shops. Dorayaki are made with two pancakes filled with sweet azuki bean paste. They are the favorite snack of Doraemon, the robot cat from the future. If Doraemon could leave his anime world, I am sure he would come to Usagiya Cafe and order their dorayaki french toast. Other versions of traditional desserts on their menu include kakigori shaved ice with sake or matcha and azuki milk.
Address: 1-17-5 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Open 9:00 - 18:00, closed on Wednesdays.
Funawa Honten & Funawa Cafe
Funawa has been making Japanese sweets for over 100 years. When you visit Senso-ji Temple and walk through Nakamise Street towards the Main Hall you will pass one of their Asakusa shops. Turn left into the roofed Shin-Nakamise Arcade and after 5 minutes you will get to their main shop sitting on the corner of Shin-Nakamise and Orange Street. Downstairs you can buy boxed sets of their popular sweets and upstairs you can try them at the cafe. The shop also has a small bar. Funawa has been in business so long that they have several well known sweets such as imoyokan made with sweet potato and colorful ankodama filled with sweet bean paste.
Address: 1-22-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Shop open 10:00 - 19:00, 9:30 - 20:00 on Saturdays, 9:30 - 19:30 on Sundays and National Holidays. Cafe open 10:30 - 19:00, 10:00 - 20:00 on Saturdays, 10:00- 19:30 on Sundays and National Holidays (last order 30 minutes before closing).
Dandelion Chocolate Factory & Cafe Kuramae
This is the first shop that small-batch bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker Dandelion Chocolate from San Francisco opened in Japan. It is located in a quiet spot opposite a small park near Kuramae Station on the Asakusa Line. Although it is only about 15 minutes from here to Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, this neighborhood is much less crowded. Kuramae is known for its small shops, many of them places where master craftsmen sell what they make. And Dandelion Chocolate does the same. On the first floor they make their delicious chocolate bars and other chocolate treats. On the second floor is a relaxed cafe space where you can sample different versions of hot chocolate and mochas. To try five of their delicious chocolate desserts order the chef’s tasting sets.
Address: 4-14-6 Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo,
Open 10:00 - 20:00 (last order 19:30)
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