Japanese convenience store serves up steamed buns…with a whole custard pudding inside
22.January.2017 | FOOD
Steamed pork buns get a sweet companion that’s grabbing everyone’s attention in Japan.
Steamed pork buns, or nikuman, as they’re known in Japan, are hugely popular around the country, especially in the colder months when their hot, meaty fillings seem extra delicious. This winter, there’s a new steamed bun filling that’s set to warm your insides while tantalising your eyes and your taste buds, and it’s one of the sweetest and most unusual varieties we’ve ever seen!
It’s called the Marugoto Purinman, which translates to “Whole Custard Pudding Steamed Bun”, and it delivers on its title with an entire custard pudding, or crème caramel, hidden inside a beautifully decorated steamed bun.
Pretty, Palatable and Pleasant: A Purin Expert’s Top 6 Purin Picks in Kyoto
Here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have never failed to provide you with the essentials: updates on the best bubble teas around Kyoto. However, today we have a special sweet treat for you. After consulting expert Instagrammer kyoto cafe life tiara, we have compiled a list of Kyoto’s top purin that will fill you with satisfaction and as well as nostalgia. Purin is a type of Japanese custard pudding loved by the Japanese for generations. When it comes to searching for the best desserts in the Kansai region, kyoto cafe life tiara leaves no stone unturned .
Cafe Yamamoto, Higashiyama
Pudding (Set): ¥750
The bitter and fragrant caramel sauce of this purin is to die for. This purin has a rich eggy flavour and is stiffer than a traditional purin. Enjoy your purin served in a silver plate which will fill you with the nostalgia of the retro Showa Era.▼Cafe Yamamoto (やまもと喫茶)Address：307―2 Ishibashicho, KyotoOpening Hours: 7:00-17:00 (L.O.16:30)Closed: TuesdaysOfficial Instagram: ＠yamamoto_kissaKissa Zou, ImadegawaPudding: ¥450The purin here is rich in flavour and garnished with a scrumptious biscuit. It is too cute to eat.▼Kissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)Address: 440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Last Orders: 17:00)No regular holidaysOfficial Instagram: @kissa_zouBAR Tantei, MototanakaPudding a la Mode ¥700This fancy pudding is topped with seasonal fruit, ice cream or even cake. The retro atmosphere of the bar is the perfect place to enjoy a fancy moment to yourself.▼BAR Tantei (喫茶探偵)Address: 26 Tanaka Satonouchicho, Sakyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 12:00-17:00, 19:00-02:00Closed: Sundays, additional irregular holidays.Official Instagram: https://kyoto.bartantei.comTakagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo StreetHomemade Purin Set: ¥ 800Takagi Coffee is known for the unique shape of their purin, which looks very similar to a slice of cake. This purin is slightly stiffer than your usual purin and has a lovely accent of rum which adults love. This is best enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
▼Takagi Coffee Takashiji Honten, Shijo Street (高木珈琲店 高辻本店)Address: 175 Honeyacho, Shimogyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 7:00-19:00 (Closes at 18:00 on Sundays)Closed: January 1-3Official Instagram: http://takagi-coffee.jugem.jp/Salon de thé François, Gion ShijoPurin a la Mode: ¥850This purin is bigger than you expect it to be. Although the flavour is simple, it will send you on a trip to old traditional Kyoto. This purin is stiffer than usual and sweet with a gentle touch of bitter caramel sauce. This is topped with ice cream and garnished with tangy yet sweet strawberries. This purin is on a slightly more luxurious level which makes it perfect for adults.▼Salon de thé François (フランソワ喫茶室)Address: 184 Nishikiyamachi-dori-Shijo-kudaru; Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto.Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30（L.O 22:0）No regular holidaysOfficial Instagram: http://www.francois1934.comNOTTA CAFE, SaiinCustard Purin: ¥500This deceiving purin may appear to look like a cake and avoid jiggling like a true purin would, however, once you take a bite, the rich custard flavour will flood your mouth. The flavour is perfect for those of you who cannot handle very sweet flavours and are looking for something more refined. To fully enjoy your experience, order this purin with the oiri sweets cream soda.▼NOTTA CAFE (ノッタカフェ)Address: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Opening Hours:Tuesdays-Sundays: 11:30-20:00Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00
Closed: MondaysOfficial Website: http://nottacafe.com
So, how about it? For those of you who are in desperate need of a sweet fix in the Kansai region, Kyoto café life tiara’s Instagram will swoop in to rescue you.
Research for article contents and photos provided by: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
Dark and Delicious Halloween Spirit Possesses Crunchy and Creamy Pastries
28.September.2019 | FOOD
Every year choux pastry shop CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU sells 2 million of their unique, crunchy and creamy choux pastries. This Halloween, these white angelic sticks of heaven have been possessed by the Halloween spirit and will be sold from October 1 – 31.
The devilishly delicious Black Zaku and Black Zaku Soft Serve Ice Cream were overwhelmingly popular when they were first sighted last year. Now they are being revived again for the Halloween season and will be haunting practically all CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU branches across Japan.
Black cocoa powder is infused into the crunchy choux pastry. The empty shell is then filled with a molten custard core which is made using Hokkaido milk and purple sweet potato paste. Once you take your first crunchy bite, you will be completely possessed by the Halloween spirit.
This Halloween, the original pure white ice cream has been inverted. From the ice cream to the wafer cone, the Black Zaku Soft Serve is completely black. The ice cream is incredibly soft and creamy and full of flavour. The black colour comes from white chocolate dyed with bamboo charcoal. This chilling ice cream is only around for the Halloween season and tastes wicked!
There is more than just Halloween treats at the shop. The regular Croquant Chou Zaku Zaku and regular Zaku Zaku Soft® are also being served. Head to a store with an adjoining kitchen to sink your teeth into freshly made delicious treats.
There is no better trick to treating yourself this Halloween than to indulge in a beautiful, black, crunchy and creamy sweet treat!
Available: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Available at all CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU shops across Japan excluding Kumamoto Sakuramachi branch. Website: https://zakuzaku.co.jp/
New Bubble Tea Shop Opens in Ochanomizu to Heal Fatigue and Improve Skin
Sugar Factory is the mastermind behind four trendy brands in Japan including the colourful candy floss shop TOTTI CANDY FACTORY, which is famous for its giant Harajuku rainbow cotton candy, and candy coated strawberry shop Strawberry Fetish. On September 26, they will be opening a bubble tea shop in Ochanomizu called Wu-Cha which is committed to serving only the best quality.
Wu-Cha uses large tapioca pearls sourced from Taiwan. From start to finish, the process of making these fresh tapioca pearls involves four hours of careful procedures. They are boiled and steamed carefully according to a strict schedule to create a springy texture. As the pearls are soaked evenly in syrup, each pearl is packed with deliciousness that will explode in your mouth with every bite.
Okinawa Brown Sugar Milk Tea: ¥470
Matcha Milk Tea: ¥550
Extensive research went into creating recipes to use these tapioca pearls. Raw ingredients such as Okinawa brown sugar and Kyoto Uji matcha have been carefully sourced from their places of origin to maximize the flavours. A generous amount of all these special ingredients have been used to develop these delicious and authentic milk teas.
Strawberry Milk: ¥550
Mango Yoghurt: ¥ 550
The Strawberry Milk and Mango Yoghurt are made with fresh fruit pieces and look just as refreshing as they taste.
Beautiful Skin Tea: ¥450
Fatigue Recovery Tea: ¥450
There is a large variety of drinks to enjoy with a range of healing effects. Alongside the bubble tea series and the fruity tea series, there is also a herb tea series.
Whether you are tired, unwell or just in need of a quick sugar boost, this bubble tea shop is the fairy godmother to all your problems. Every drink is packed with love and you absolutely must try it.
Address: 3-20-4, Ogawa-machi, Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
No regular holidays
This Irresistible Tart is Made From Rare and Delicious Heart-Shaped Grapes
11.September.2019 | FOOD
Fruit tart specialist shop Qu’il fait bon will be selling a brand new kind of lovable tart which is made using a rare species of grape sourced from Yamanashi prefecture. The tart is currently selling at Grand Maison, Ginza and Hamamatsu. These will be available for a limited period only.
The tart is covered with incredibly rare “My Heart” grapes, which were developed by the grape research institute Shimura Budou Kenkyusho. Growing and cultivating these grapes was no easy task and took an incredible amount of time. There was only a short window of time available to harvest the produce and even then the harvest was small, so stocking up was very difficult. Despite the challenges, these tongue-tantalizing tarts are being sold this year, however, they are in limited supply.
Shine muscat grapes and loubell muscat grapes were crossbred to create this new kind of grape. The marvellous flavour of both parent grapes can be tasted. The new grapes have a high sugar content, a wonderful scent and the skin is wonderfully crunchy.
Take a bite into the special Yamanashi Grape My Heart Tart and you will be filled with a sophisticated fruity flavour. The adorable heart-shaped grapes are layered perfectly on top of a bed of white wine custard. You just have to try this delicious and beautiful tart!
My Heart Tart (Made using grapes from Yamanashi Prefecture)
Prices*: ¥936 a slice /￥9,363 per whole tart (25cm)
*Prices after tax
Release Period: September 7 ー End of September, 2019
Available at: Qu’il fait bon Grand Maison, Ginza/ Hamamatsu
More Information: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/mtr/2019-MyHeart.php
Official Website: http://www.quil-fait-bon.com/
Six Scrumptious and Satisfying Sodas in Kyoto You Have To Try
At MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, we have introduced a lot of kawaii bubble tea drinks you can in enjoy in Kyoto. However, we have much more to offer you than just bubble tea news! Today we have summarised the top soda drinks you can enjoy in Kyoto which both look and taste amazing. With the help of kyoto cafe life tiara ‘s phenomenal photos, we will be introducing you our top six picks.
Blood Orange (left) Blue Curaçao (right): ￥690With a variety of 24 colourful cream sodas on the menu, this café offers a rainbow of flavours to enjoy. Your aesthetic soda is best enjoyed within the the picturesque American-style interior of the café, which is filled with antiques and cute pink decorations.▼SHIN-SETSUAddress: 277 Enpukujimaecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
No fixed holidays
Official Instagram: ＠shinsetsu.kyotoRhône（ローヌ）Cream Soda: ￥600
On top of the refreshing blue ocean of soda floats a scoop of ice cream ー what a nostalgic image. The bright red cherry accents the flavour. Rhône serves not only delicious sodas but also homemade pudding and many other delicious desserts which are sure to leave your stomach satisfied.▼RhôneAddress: 645-1, Sanjoinokumacho, Nakagyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 12:00-22:00Closed: Wednesdays and ThursdaysOfficial Instagram: ＠rhone_kyotoKissa Zou (喫茶ゾウ)Cream Soda: ￥550After becoming a big hit in Nagoya, Kissa Zou opened a new branch in Kyoto earlier this year in April. An adorable elephant (zou) can be seen riding the very top of your scrumptious soda. It is just too cute to eat!▼ Kizza ZouAddress:440-3 Santeicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto,Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00（L.O 17:00）No fixed holidaysOfficial Instagram: ＠kissa_zouNOTTA CAFECream Soda with Oiri Sweets (left) : ￥600 Custard Pudding (right): ￥500NOTTA CAFE’s cream sodas have decorated the front pages of magazines before. A large crowd of oiri (Japanese-style round sweets) of a variety of colours can be seen huddled together riding the ice cream float on top of this cream soda. This ice cream soda is one of a kind and full of a variety of textures and flavours so you must try it.▼NOTTA CAFEAddress: 37 Saiinkitayakakecho, Ukyo Ward, KyotoOpening Hours: 11:30-20:00 (Wednesdays: 11:30-21:00）Closed: Mondays (additional irregular holidays)Official Instagram: ＠nottacafeKissa Soirée (喫茶ソワレ)Blue Sky Cream Soda (left) Strawberry Cream Soda (right): ￥700 eachThis soda is topped with vanilla ice cream and a sakuranbo cherry. When the ice cream mixes with the soda, it becomes creamy. The interesting interior of this café is the perfect place to enjoy your luxurious sparkly cream soda.▼Kissa SoiréeAddress: 95, Nishikiyamachidori Shijo Agaru Shincho, Shimogyo-ku, KyotoOpening Hours1st floor: 13:00-19:00 (L.O.18:00)2nd floor: 14:00-19:30 (L.O.18:45)Closed:MondaysMaeda Coffee (前田珈琲)Colourful Lemonade: ￥600This butterfly pea herb tea has minty aroma and a refreshing taste. When you mix it, it gradually turns pink so you can enjoy the flavour as well as the changing appearance of your drink.▼Maeda CoffeeAddress: 236 Takoyakushi Dori Karasuma Nishi Iru Hashibenkeicho, Nakagyo- ku, KyotoOpening Hours: 7:00-19:00Open all year round.Official Website: https://www.maedacoffee.com
If you are ever in Kyoto, make sure to check out these cafés. If you are looking for more inspiration, look no further than kyoto cafe life tiara’s Instagram, which is full of delicious desserts in the Kansai region.
Text and photos: ＠happy_pinkrose_tiara
The “Pancake Prince” Opens A Brand New Pancake Restaurant in Omotesando
After a year of extensive research eating pancake after pancake, the one known as the “Pancake Prince” will open another branch of the Pancake restaurant VERY FANCY® in Omotesando on September 11. This restaurant will feature a unique Omotesando menu.
The real identity of the legendary Pancake Prince is Satoru Sugimoto. In just one year, he visited a total of over 200 pancake restaurants in Japan and even overseas. His endless research led him to crafting a series of special recipes, which consist of high quality ingredients such as low viscosity wheat flour, aluminium-free baking powder, buttermilk and homemade cheese. The pancakes are fried carefully, creating a fluffy pancake with a new half-baked texture.
VERY FANCY® has launched a brand new online advanced booking system which allows customers to quickly take to their seats without having to wait. Thanks to this new system, the restaurant has now become queueless.
The menu at the brand new restaurant is based on the restaurant’s standard pancake menu. The additional Omotesando menu is full of original ingredients and toppings that are unique to Omotesando. If you turn up to this branch, you can enjoy a lot more than just pancakes as there will be a variety of collaboration contents offered as well. This restaurant has also prepared a kid’s menu and baby chairs.
Homemade cheese kneaded into pancake batter and then fried to perfection ー this is just one example of the new fluffy “half cooked” texture pancakes that you absolutely must try. Come spend a wonderful moment munching marvelous pancakes surrounded by a cute and photogenic atmosphere.
VERY FANCY®︎ OMOTESANDO
Grand Opening: September 11, 2019
Address: AF Lohas St.Bidg 2F, 5-3-8 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
No regular holidays.
Reservation Website: http://veryfancy.me
Check Out Mister Donut’s New Autumn Sweet Potato Doughnuts
05.September.2019 | FOOD
Mister Donut will start selling five varieties of sweet potato doughnuts at branches across the country on September 6, 2019.
The new doughnuts series uses sweet potato powder to create a fluffy and moist doughnut. The batter infuses the flavour of doughnuts with the flavour and texture of sweet potato. The carefully prepared recipe retains as much of the sweet potato flavour as possible, creating a new kind of glorious flavour.
Order the plain doughnut to experience the sweet potato and doughnut flavour fusion. Sweet potato powder is kneaded into the batter, creating an irresistibly fluffy and sweet doughnut.
Purple Sweet Potato (￥140)
The dough is kneaded with sweet potato powder and then baked. It is then covered with a purple sweet potato glaze. Just seeing the purple coating is enough to make your mouth water.
Candied Sweet Potato (￥140)
This doughnut is also kneaded with sweet potato powder. Once baked, it is covered with a sweet potato honey glaze and black sesame seeds.
Sweet Potato (￥140)
The Sweet Potato Doughnut is made by kneading the dough with sweet potato powder. After it has been baked, it is topped with sweet potato paste and black sesame seeds. This is perfect for those of you with a particularly sweet sweet tooth.
Brown Sugar Syrup and Kinako Powder (￥140)
If you are looking for a Japanese-style twist on a western style confection, then this doughnut is for you. After the doughnut batter is kneaded with sweet potato powder and baked, it is soaked in delicious brown sugar syrup and then sprinkled with kinako (roasted soybean powder) and sugar.
These new doughnut varieties are filled with the scrumptious flavours of autumn so please try them out.
*All prices stated after tax.
Sweet Potato Doughnuts
Selling: September 6 ー Around the end of October. (Selling period varies from shop to shop)
Sold at: Most Mister Donut shops across Japan
Dare To Treat Yourself to One of These 5 Halloween Dishes
One of Japan’s most favourite celebrations of the year is Halloween. As autumn is setting in, you will notice halloween decorations gradually drift into shop windows and more importantly, Halloween-themed desserts and meals taking over restaurant menus. To prepare for this delicious apocalypse, we are now unveiling this year’s top Halloween meals and desserts you really need to look out for.
Krispy Kreme branches across Japan will be releasing their pumpkin, chestnut and apple flavoured selection called MONSTER HARVEST in Monster DINER from September 11 to October 31.
*Some branches may not sell the Halloween collection.
Halloween Dozen (Box of 12) Available: September 11 ー October 31, 2019 Price: ￥2,000 (before tax)
If you’re having a Halloween party with friends and family then this box of a dozen doughnuts is the perfect treat. It contains autumn-limited flavours such as pumpkin, apple chestnut as well as some of KKDJ’s classic doughnuts. Here’s a nice trick to save money on your treats: You save ¥440 if you purchase this box over individually purchasing the same doughnuts. Add a splash of autumn colour to your Halloween with this beautiful box of delicious doughnuts.
▼Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan Website: https://krispykreme.jp/
The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi, Tokyo has revealed its Halloween food and drink line-up for the spooky season which will arrive early on September 7 be served until October 31.
Pikachu’s Greedy Halloween Plate 2019 – ¥1,706 (w/ Plate ¥2,894)
This year’s Halloween plate features Pikachu wearing a witch’s hat. This filling plate features a pumpkin salad, spaghetti and more. Plenty to keep you going until the late-night candy snacking!
When ordering a drink at the cafe you’ll receive one of six possible original design coasters. New designs will replace these from September 7. One of the six designs is being kept a secret!
For the duration of the Halloween event, there’s also a limited-edition lunch mat and clear coaster to get your hands on. These are limited in stock so you’ll want to catch ’em all quickly! And don’t forget, you have to book a table in advance to dine at the Pokémon Cafe.
© 2019 Pokémon.©1995-2019 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
▼ Pokémon Cafe
Address: 2-1-2 Nihombashi | Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg. 5F, Chuo 103-0027, Tokyo Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:30-22:00
Closed during Nihombashi Takashimaya SC East Bldg’s closed hours.
Official Website: https://www.pokemoncenter-online.com/cafe/
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu in Tokyo has revealed that that it will serve up its Halloween Sweets Selection again this year at the hotel’s pastry boutique ORIGAMI located on floor B2F. The confectionery chefs have spun some spooky fun into this collection of 10 cute treats.
Frankenstein – ¥1,760 / Phantom – ¥1,760 / Cyclops – ¥1,760
The Phantom is a popular confection every year at the hotel, but this year he’s had two new freaky friends carved out for him: Frankenstein’s monster and a Cyclops. These white chocolate monsters are filled with chocolate-covered almonds, macadamia nuts and other hidden delights.
▼Halloween Sweets Selection
Running: October 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Location: ORIGAMI, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu Floor B2F
Full Sweets Line-Up: https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/capitol-h/restaurant/boutique/plan/50306/index.html
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Address: 2-10-3 Nagatacho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/capitol-h/
Cool, Cute and Cutting Edge Halloween Treats: Alice Halloween Party Buffet 2019
Fantasy-themed restaurant Alice in an Old Castle has unveiled a new Halloween edition of their grand all-you-can-eat buffet. The Alice Halloween Party Buffet 2019 will take place from September 7 to October 31, 2019, serving up 30 varieties of desserts and light bites for their Halloween-limited event.
This season, they are serving a mummy-themed croque madame and carrot cake with a vibrant orange Halloween colour. They will also be bringing out their Alice in Wonderland Pink Spicy Curry which is a filling curry which has become the popular number one. The Pumpkin Potage Soup and many other autumn-themed dishes will also become part of the lineup. There is surely no better way to enjoy your time than to indulge in these splendid desserts and delicious snacks.
▼ Alice in an Old Castle
Address: Floor B1 Suzuwa Building, 2-16-8, Minami Ikebukuro Toshima, Tokyo
Regular Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 17:00-23:30（L.O.22:30）
Weekends/national holidays 16:00-23:30（L.O.22:30）
No regular holidays (dependent on Suzuwa Building closing times)
Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories. For Halloween this year, the Q-pot CAFE. has whipped up a spooky menu with the theme “DEVIL NIGHT” featuring appearances of all things Halloween from pumpkins to ghosts.
Vampire Afternoon Tea Set – ¥2,400 each (price after tax, a minimum of two people required)
*Contains milk, eggs and wheat
Take a look at this spooky afternoon tea set perfect for adults! From devils to monsters, Q-pot CAFE. has recruited a number of freaky friends for their themed dishes to terrorize your tastebuds.
The top plate comes with sponge and cream cheesecake pops coated in chocolate and salty breadsticks. The set also comes with homemade scones made from butter cream and sweet and tangy berry sauce, devil heart macaron-topped cupcakes, and pumpkin macarons which are bound to set your Halloween levels to max!
The bottom plate features savoury foods. The croissants are filled with egg, aromatic basil and dried tomatoes which provide an interesting texture. The set also includes skewers of olives, mini tomatoes and pickles, and a Halloween Pumpkin soup.
If you are experiencing Halloween in Japan, you just have to try the themed desserts and meals!
Indulge in Dainty and Divine Handmade Macarons in a Peaceful and Picturesque Region of Tokyo
22.August.2019 | FOOD
If you are a fan of delicious and dainty desserts then DOTORI is definitely for you. DOTORI, which specialises in handmade macarons, will be opening their new branch in the peaceful picturesque Tokyo district of Daikanyama on August 23 2019.
DOTORI makes and bakes their macarons daily. The macarons here are slightly bigger than your standard ones and are filled with a thick layer of cream. Enjoy the way it melts in your mouth beautifully.
DOTORI’s divine macarons are not the only blessing to fall upon Daikanyama. The shop is also fully stocked with a variety of drinks that are a perfect match with the macarons. From Milk Bubble Tea and Coffee to Cheese Tea, there is a full lineup of delicious and original DOTORI drinks to discover.
Surrounded by the white-themed interior, customers can soak in the beautiful and liberating view of lustrous green trees outside.
To celebrate the opening of the new shop, there will be a special five-day campaign running from August 23 to 27. The first 50 customers to order a drink on each day of the campaign will receive a free drink carrier with their order. (Limit of one per customer.)
Head to Daikanyama for the divine DOTORI experience you deserve.
Address: ACN Daikanyama building Floor 1, 18-6, Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00 ー 20:00
Official Website: https://www.dotori.jp
*As the macarons are handmade, a limited number will be made each day. The shop will close once all these have been sold.
Top 13 Cream Sodas in Tokyo: Cool Yourself Down This Summer with Classic Drinks & Modern Beverages
Hey, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON readers! I’m Banako of MOSHI MOSHI FRIENDS.
It’s safe to say that most long-standing, older cafés in Japan serve cream soda. It’s a drink that bellows with nostalgia, topped cutely with a dollop of ice cream and sparkling bright with vivid colour like some rare jewel.
It’s a rather simple drink, but the number of people intrigued by its unique appearance are evidently on the rise. And I’m one of those people! I’ve had times where if it’s available on the menu I want to order it－and further still I’ve gone out of my way to a café solely because I’ve wanted some cream soda.
Depending on the vibe and atmosphere of a café, the appearance of the cream soda will be different, which also means a different flavour. This is all part of the enjoyment of cream soda: it’s fun to compare the different tastes.
I have made a long list of my most recommended cream sodas in Tokyo, all of which I have actually tried!
To make it easier to picture each drink I have also given a rating out of 5☆ stars for the strength of the fizziness, the sweetness of the soda, and sweetness of the ice cream. Use this as reference when picking your drink of choice. Enjoy this specially curated selection of drinks in cafés that you’re going to want to snap lots of pictures of♡
①CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
CAMPUS TOY is located in the Jinbocho district of Tokyo. This exciting little place has gone for an American pop vibe. They sell toys too.
The extra goodies they put in the cream soda here is influenced by the US too. The owner is a really interesting person, so much so that you end up losing track of the time as you get lost in conversation with them.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
CAMPUS TOY cafe&bar
Address: 2-10 Kanda-Jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: [Mon-Fri] 18:00-22:00
Closed: Weekends & Public Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Jinbocho Station’s A2 Exit
This little-known-good-spot can be found in Shimokitazawa. The café interior has relaxed and retro décor. Their cream soda is served with two stacks of ice cream and a crown of whipped cream topped off with a cherry. What a cute-looking drink!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ Café Negura
Address: PACKAGE ONE Floor 1F (North Side), 2-26-13 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30 ー 20:00
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays
Access:152m walk from Shimokitazawa Station
Another retro-style café, except this one is specifically influenced by the Showa period . Situated in Shibamata, everything about this café, from the outside to the interior, breathes retro-Showa. On the second floor is the Candy Candy Museum.
Their cream soda is the quintessential classic cream soda…but with a twist. It has mikan in it, a type of orange, which is very rare with cream sodas. That gives off a retro-ness too. Another cute beverage!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 7-4-11 Shibamata, Katsushika Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00
Closed: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shibamata Station (Accessed via the Keisei Line)
④ALL C’S CAFE
ALL C’S CAFE is in Koenji, the retro hub of Tokyo. Decorations of cute bears are what this café is all about. There are enormous life-sized bears everywhere, so you can get ready to snap some seriously kawaii pictures.
The café itself, as well as the adorable smiley bear on your cream soda, is sure to elicit some high-pitched “Aww’s.”
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎ALL C’S CAFE
Address: Miyake Bldg. 2F, 3-25-24 Koenji, Suginami Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-22:00
Closed: No Fixed Holidays (except Obon and New Year’s Holidays)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the north exit of Koenji Station (Accessed via the JR Chuo Line)
Hosekibako, which means ‘jewelry box’ in Japanese, is right next to Chitose-Karasuyama Station. Retro vibes waft their way throughout this cozy little hideaway with the littering of Showa manga and other miscellaneous odds and ends.
This café too has the signature classic cream soda. It has a transparent appearance in its truly beautiful colour.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Café Hosekibako
Address: Koyama Mansion 102, 4-18-18 Minamikarasuyama, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from the east exit of Chitose-Karasuyama Station (Accessed via the Keio Line)
⑥THE GREAT BURGER STAND
This hamburger shop sells an American-style cream soda, topped with swirly ice cream rather than cream soda’s classic dollop. That, together with the huge glass it’s served in, is enough to get you excited before you even take a sip. The café can be found in Shibuya Stream, meaning you can stop by for a breather after shopping.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎THE GREAT BURGER STAND
Address: Shibuya Stream 1F, 3-21-3 Shibuya, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Shibuya Station via the JR Yamanote Line
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 23:00 (Last orders: 22:30)
Closed when Shibuya Stream is closed.
Access: Approx. 1-minute walk from Shibuya Station (JR Yamanote Line)
⑦Coffee Shop Galant
Right beside Ueno Station you’ll find Galant, a coffee shop also with an air of retro-Showa to it during the bubble economy period. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time when you see the dazzling décor and the staff uniforms. Peeking through the see-through liquid is a cute red cherry♡
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ Coffee Shop Galant
Address: 6-14-4 Ueno, Taito Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 8:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: Directly behind the toy store Yamashiroya (山城屋), just a two minute walk from JR Ueno Station. Also 1-minute on foot from exit 5b of Ueno Station (accessed via the Tokyo Metro Line and Hibiya Line)
⑧bio ojiyan cafe Harajuku
Ojiya, also known as zosui, is a type of Japanese rice-based vegetable soup. In my opinion, the ojiya served here is the tastiest in the world! Their cream soda comes in a large round cup and is a nice refreshment after a spot of ojiya.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★★☆
▶︎bio ojiyan café
Location: 4-26-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from JR Harajuku Station / 3-minutes on foot from the Jingumae Crossing ticket gate elevator exit of Meiji-Jingumae Station (Accessed via the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
⑨PEPPERS DRIVE IN
The main dish at this Kanagawa-based restaurant is curry. Every single thing about PEPPERS DRIVE IN is influenced by retro US elements, from the car park to the nooks and crannies inside and even the trays. You can take some really cute photos literally anywhere in the restaurant. The cream soda portion stays true to the American taste too with a generous serving.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎PEPPERS DRIVE IN
Address: 1129-1 Kidokoro, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:45) / Dinner 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Closed: Wednesdays (Except on public holidays, in which case closed the following day)
Access: 6-minutes by taxi from south exit of Isehara Station (Accessed via the Odakyu Odawara Line) / 16-minutes by taxi from the north exit of Hiratsuka Station (Accessed via the JR Tokaido Main Line)
Official Website: http://www.peppers.co.jp
I reviewed the melon bread pancakes at this Ginza-based café earlier this year. It’s located inside a long-standing department store meaning the cream soda here has been around for a long time too, offering a more traditional taste. They are served on coasters which you can take home with you. It’s a great place to stop off for a break when strolling around Ginza.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: NISHIGINZA Floor B1F, 4-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Business Hours: [Monday-Saturday] 11:00-20:30 (Last Orders 20:00) / [Sunday & Holidays] 11:00-20:00 (Last Orders 19:30)
Closed: When NISHIGINZA Department Store is closed.
Another snug hideout, situated in the backstreets and surrounded by trees, is HIROMAN’S COFFEE. This cute café has lots of antique picture frames, rabbit ornaments, and other tidbits. Their melon soda arrives in a cute round and plump glass. They plenty of other Instagrammable drinks too including one topped with cotton candy. This one is one to keep coming back to!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
▶︎ HIROMAN’S COFFEE
Address: 3-18-12 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station
⑫ blikje button
blikje button in Shimokitazawa, which offers both a café and dining experience, has a vintage vibe to it with decorations that have a handcrafted feel to them. The glasses the cream sodas come in match that aesthetic. The stroking colours of the sodas are something beautiful to behold!
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: Shimokitazawa Central Bldg. 2F, 2-14-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:00 (Lunch 12:00-16:00/Café 12:00-18:00/Dinner 17:00-23:00) *Food last orders 22:00, drink last orders 22:30
No Fixed Holidays
Access: 2-minutes on foot from Shimokita Station via the Odakyu Line / 2-minutes on foot from the south-west exit of Shimokitazawa Station via the Keio Inokashira Line
CAROLINE DINER is a famous café in Harajuku inspired by American diners. The cream sodas sold here are striking and nothing short of Instagram-worthy! They go perfectly with the stylish interior of the café that you’ll no doubt find yourself taking photos.
Ice Cream Sweetness：★★★☆☆
Address: 2-14-11 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 12:00-18:30 (Last Orders 18:00)
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae Station / 10-minutes on foot from Kita-Sando Station / 10-minutes on foot from Setagaya Station
And that’s all from me Banako and my must-try recommendations for Tokyo cream soda. Do you have a favourite from this list?
Tokyo’s summer is nowhere near over yet. How about treating to yourself to a nice refreshing cream soda to cool yourself down from the scorching heat?
Japan’s Long Reigning Chocolate Brand Releases Limited Edition Flavour to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
16.August.2019 | FOOD
Takenoko No Sato is a popular type of chocolate-covered small biscuit snack sold in Japan. This year, the mini bamboo shoot-shaped biscuit brand has been busy celebrating its 40th anniversary with the Anniversary Dessert Series. Lucky for us, that means the release of a second irresistible limited edition flavour. The new flavour, which is called Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake, will be released countrywide for a limited time only starting on August 20, 2019.
Takenoko No Sato was born in August 1979 as the younger brother of Kinoko No Yama; a miniature mushroom snack made of a crunchy biscuit stalk and chunky chocolate mushroom head which was released in September 1975. These long-selling chocolate brands have been a popular hit since the day they hit the shops and have won the hearts of everyone from children to adults.
Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake consists of a crunchy biscuit covered in a layer of tangy strawberry chocolate that tastes like fresh cream and sweet yet sour strawberries.
If you have never tried this iconic Japanese brand of chocolate before, you definitely need to try it to see what all the hype is about. Don’t forget to try the Strawberry Shortcake flavour which is only available for a limited time only.
Takenoko No Sato Strawberry Shortcake (たけのこの里いちごのショートケーキ味)
RRP: ￥200 (before tax) /￥216 (after tax)
Release Date: August 20, 2019
To be released countrywide.
Meiji Co., Ltd. Official Website: https://www.meiji.co.jp/
Kyoto’s Sweet and Salty Matcha Cheese Tea is an Enlightening Flavour Discovery
15.August.2019 | FOOD
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo opened at Kiyomizu Gojozaka at the foot of the famous Kiyomizudera Temple as Kyoto’s first ever cheesecake shop to sell its delicious cheesecakes in a cute jar. On August 13, they released a mouthwateringly rich Matcha Cheese Tea which will enlighten you with a new way to enjoy matcha.
The Matcha Cheese Tea harnesses Kyoto’s unbeatable Uji matcha which is full of rich and fresh flavour. A light cloud of fluffy cheese foam floats on top of the drink, adding a salty accent to the overall flavour. A traditional tea combined with a sweet and salty cheese flavour ー this brand new flavour discovery will leave you feeling refreshed and enlightened. The recipe for the cheese foam consists of cream cheese carefully selected by the cheesecake shop’s specialists. This is then blended with a small amount of salt to accent the flavour.
If you mix the matcha milk tea with the cheese foam, the rich matcha mixes with the saltiness of the cream cheese, creating a sweet salty flavour that you will not be able to get enough of. As the flavour is not too overpowering, you can enjoy this drink endlessly and will feel refreshed even on a hot summer’s day.
Matcha Cheese Tea: ￥460
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo recommends three different ways to drink the Matcha Cheese Tea to enjoy three different levels of flavour combinations.
① First off, drink just the matcha milk tea so you can experience the true authentic flavour of Kyoto’s famous rich Uji matcha tea.
② Next, move your straw so that you taste just the cheese foam on its own. The fluffy foam will gently slide over your tongue and spread a mild and sweet flavour all over your mouth.
③ Finally, it’s time to mix everything. The saltiness of the cheese foam and the sweetness of the matcha milk will create a new salty sweet flavour that you will want to try again and again.
Whether you are a Japanese local or a foreigner, this drink is a fun new way to enjoy matcha. If you are new to matcha, this is a good way to try the flavour without being too overwhelmed.
Kiyomizu Cheese Kobo (清水チーズ工房)
Address: 569-10, Shiraitocho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 17:30
No fixed closed days.
Official Website: http://kiyomizu-cheese.com/