It is not a secret that I love desserts. Tokyo is known for having amazing desserts, so when I was there last year, I knew I had to check out some of the finest patisseries in the city. Suffice it to say, I had an awesome time trying all the desserts. Below, we share 5 of the best Patisseries in Tokyo.
Boulangerie Patisserie Viron
If you are in the Shibuya area, you have to go to Boulangerie Patisserie Viron. They not only have good bread, but they also have competent desserts. On the ground floor, the boulangerie sells bread and pastries. You can also choose to dine in the brasserie on the second floor.
33-8 Udagawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: 03 5458 1770
It is not exaggerating to say that Hidemi Sugino is one of the best pastry chefs in Tokyo. The patisserie makes beautiful pastries and is particularly known for their mousse cakes. Finding the place is slightly challenging, but once you get there, you will agree that it is worth the trip. The popular cakes are always sold out, so make sure you get there early.
3-7-17, Kyobashi 1F, Chuo, Tokyo
Tel: 03 3538 6780
Station: Kyobashi or Ginza 1-Chrome
This lovely pastry shop in Ginza is a must-visit for dessert lovers. Henri Charpentier is the perfect place to go for tea and desserts after shopping in the area. They serve exceptional desserts and pastries in a classy tea salon. When I was there, I felt like a kid in Disneyland. There were so many beautiful desserts on display and I had wanted to get all of them.
Fans of lemon desserts have to try Henri Charpentier’s Tarte Au Citron. To me, it was among the best that I have ever had. If you are here, you have to buy back some baked goods. Snacks (Y683 or S$9) such as madeleines, financiers and biscuits come in very nicely-packaged boxes. They definitely make great gifts for friends and colleagues.
2-8-20 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tel: 03 3562 2721
Station: Ginza-Itchome (metro exit 9), Ginza (metro exit A13)
Pierre Herme Chocolate Bar
What more can be said about Pierre Hereme? He is the God of desserts. He is the Picasso of Pastry. He brought French pastry to a whole new level.
Pierre Herme’s Chocolate Bar, an elegant 20 seater cafe in Aoyama, is a place not to be missed when you are in Tokyo. Besides the signature cakes, pastries and macarons, the chocolate bar offers a dessert degustation which showcases the best of Pierre Herme’s creations.
La Porto Aoyama 1-2F
5-51-8 Jingyumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nobody should leave Tokyo without visiting Sadaharu Aoki. This famous Japanese-trained pastry chef made his name by creating French desserts with Japanese flavours.
While I personally preferred Pierre Herme’s macarons, Sadaharu Aoki has very good ones too, especially the Japanese flavours like sesame, matcha, yuzu and genmaicha. And their eclairs… Oh, the eclairs are awesome. To me, Sadaharu Aoki has hands down the best eclairs in this world, if not the universe.
Tokyo Midtown B1F
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo