We Bet You Haven’t Tried These Food Souvenirs in Japan Yet
According to gastronomists, they're the best.
Sweet Potato Tarts (Kona to Tamago)
Kona to Tamago is a pastry shop in Jiyugaoka that has been loved by locals for more than 30 years. Its Sweet Potato Tart (¥300) is the most popular item on the menu, and is created using only sweet potatoes with high sugar content from the Chiba Prefecture. Once you order, they take one from the freezer and bake the surface with a gas burner to finish. The surface of the tart then gets caramelized, and it becomes crispy on the outside, and fluffy on the inside.
The best time to eat these tarts is about 50 minutes after they’re baked. If you inform them how long you have before you can eat them, they can adjust their baking time, too.
Kona to Tamago is located at 5-2-5 Okusawa Setagaya-ku, Tokyo. They’re closed on Mondays.
Kito Yuzu Jelly & White Chocolate (KAORUKITOYUZU)
KAORUKITOYUZU is a sweets and grocery shop that uses Kito Yuzu, which is thought to be the most fragrant yuzu (Japanese citron) in Japan. Best seller Kito Yuzu Jelly & White Chocolate (¥580) contains a rich white chocolate mousse and yuzu jelly. Only 10 of these are sold on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can make a reservation four days in advance, but you can only purchase it from the store.
KAORU KITO YUZU is located at 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2
White Macaron (Sukiyabashi Sabo)
White Macaron (¥1620) is supervised by the Akiyama chef of Ginza's famous store, Mutsukari. Once you eat one, you get a soft fluffy mouthful and an elegant sweetness unique to Japanese food ingredients. It’s a combination of white miso with the flavor of yuzu, and matcha that has delicate depth is new and unique. The modern package is luxurious, and it is regarded as a “delightful souvenir from Tokyo.”
Sukiyabashi Sabo is located at 5-2-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
Mille-feuille (Fiorentina Pastry Boutique)
Fiorentina Pastry Boutique is located next to an Italian restaurant at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. It offers cakes, baked goods with seasonal fruits, and fresh baked bread. Mille-feuille (¥594) and a stylish Long Mille-feuille (¥1,242), which is made of fermented butter pie crepe with gently custard cream, are popular souvenirs.
Fiorentina Pastry Boutique is located at 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Grand Hyatt Tokyo 1F
Dobos Torta (GERBEAUD)
This is the first overseas shop of GERBEAUD. The shop, with more than 150 years of history in Budapest, lets you inherit tradition, but also allows you to enjoy sweets arranged in a modern way. First invented in 1885, the chocolate cake with caramels called Dobos Torta (¥630) is a masterpiece and has become well-known for the praise given to it by the Queen Elizabeth.
GERBEAUD Tokyo main store is located at 3-11-7 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Ao 2F.
Shimanami Lemon Cake (Patisserie 1904)
The pastry shop, opened by Akira Matsuno in 2005, serves Shimanami Lemon Cake (¥230). This dessert is special because it is made of lemon that was grown without using herbicides, antiseptic agents, and chemical pesticides in Iwagishima Island (In the Seto Inland Sea). It’s made with a lot of lemon juice, and moist, soft fluffy dough coated with lemon chocolate.
Patisserie 1904 is located at 2-5-8 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo Kaaba Higashiyama 1F. They’re closed on Tuesdays and 3rd Monday.
Madeleine au Truffles Noir et Fromage (Libertable)
It’s run by a patisserie Kazutoshi Morita, which offers a new avant-garde menu while cherishing the traditional methods. Madeleine au Truffle Noir et Fromage (5 pieces for ¥1,728 ) contains black truffle, almond-flavored dough, and Chevre (goat milk) cheese, which is excellent. They go well with wine and champagne.
Libertable Akasaka store is located at 2-6-24 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo 1F.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Tokyo Walker™ (September 27, 2017)