Valentine’s Day 2020: Japanese Chocolates, Golden Desserts & More at GINZA SIX

24.November.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

Winter may be cold, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day when there’s so many seasonal events and festivals to be enjoyedーespecially in Japan. With Christmas and New Year’s just on the horizon, it’ll soon be time to begin preparations for Valentine’s Day.

 

GINZA SIX is the biggest shopping centre in Ginza, a district itself which prides itself as the high end part of Tokyo. Seeing as Ginza is home to many internationally-known chocolatiers, you can bet that GINZA SIX is sure to deliver when it comes to high-quality Valentine’s chocolates and sweets. And you’d be right in thinking that, because the shopping complex is ready to showcase some of the delectable delights set to pose in all of their delicious glory during the season of love. Whether it’s a treat to some premium chocolate to your special someone, or a bit of self-indulgence, GINZA SIX has you covered this coming Valentine’s Day.

 

But that’s not all, because a string of pop-up shops are going to open too. Let’s take a peek into what’s to come.

 

Premium sweets made with the “4th type of chocolate”

We all know dark, milk, and white chocolate, but many people are still unaware of ruby chocolate. Made from ruby cocoa beans, the chocolate was officially unveiled in 2017, and is marketed as the “4th category” of chocolate. It will come as no surprise then that GINZA SIX will be making use of this still rare chocolate, as well as “blonde” chocolateーyet another unfamiliar type.

Valrhona Blonde Chocolate Plate With Jasmine Scent – ¥1,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA

Blonde chocolate’s characteristic quality lies in its combination of caramel and biscuit. The chocolate artisans over at Valrhona, a Japanese chocolate company savoured by some of the world’s top patissiers, have forged a blonde chocolate dome dessert injected with a raspberry puree and sweet vanilla mousse. The dessert is sat on a bed of crunchy crumble and surrounded with a pool of jasmine-scented blonde chocolate cream. This one’s for the adults to enjoy.

Ruby Saku Langue de Chat (12 Pack) – ¥1,200 @ ISHIYA GINZA

For a limited time only, ISHIYA GINZA’s langue de chat, also known as cat tongue biscuits, arrive in a ruby chocolate flavour. They took their delicious cat tongues and sandwiched smooth and sour ruby chocolate between them.

 

Japanese-style chocolates

These next chocolates are made with the Japanese spirit and palate in mind.

Tsujiri Collection (8 Pack) – ¥2,360 @ Tsujiri

The tea experts at Tsujiri have paired chocolate with matcha and houjicha, two types of tea that go perfect with chocolate. Bringing out the flavour of tea in their products is Tsujiri’s speciality. Houjicha comes as the newest flavour to this product alongside koicha, yuzu, sesame praline, Japanese pepper, sakura strawberry, and brown sugar.

Kurosu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

Kurosu vinegar is smooth and doesn’t have a strong flavour or smell. It goes well with these chocolates from the Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery, including their slightly bitter milk chocolate and white chocolate with soy milk. Each bite offers a sweet, refreshing flavour.

 

Textural chocolates

If you’re here for the texture, then you’ve come to the right place. From a dessert that combines light pound cake with rich mousse to a melt-in-the-mouth chocolate terrine, GINZA SIX has no shortage of sweets with tempting textures.

Rouge – ¥2,315 @ Patisserie Pavlov

This dessert is made with pound cake and rich mousse and is lavish with ganache. It’s covered with a strawberry chocolate coating and finished with an artisanal chocolate decoration.

Chocolate Terrine – ¥6,000 @ FRANCK MULLER GENEVE

Luxurious is the word to describe this chocolate terrine, a heavenly mix of Swiss dark chocolate and tasty cultured butter, resulting in a complex flavour profile of richness and melt-in-the-mouth sweetness.

 

Dine-in Valentine’s menu

Another way to enjoy your time at GINZA SIX for Valentine’s 2020 is to sit down at one of the cafes or restaurants to enjoy one of their exclusive Valentine’s Day menu items, such as an afternoon tea. It’s a great way to spend your time with your loved one or as a get-together for all the singles out there!

La Saint-Valentin Afternoon Tea Sets – ¥4,200 (Serves 1) @ THE GRAND GINZA

“Noir & Blanc” (Black/White) is the theme of these afternoon tea sets, which come in two different colours and are towered with strawberry-packed sweets and savoury snacks. Will you go for the stylish noir, or the sophisticated blanc?

Coppa Valentine – ¥1,819 @ Café Cova Milano

Served in a wine glass, this strawberry dessert is a layered combination of sweet and sour strawberry sorbet, chocolate ice cream, and strawberry sauce. It’s topped with heart-shaped chocolate and a rose bell.

 

Limited-time pop-up shops

CAFÉ COVA (GINZA SIX Floor B2F) 

CAFÉ COVA has lots of incredible surprises for the Valentine’s season next year, including a chocolate box wrapped in beautiful packaging, as well as the above-pictured heart and rose panettone (which, by the way, they’ll only be selling a select few of!)

 

Paul Smith POP UP SHOP (GINZA SIX Floor 4F) / Open November 27, 2019 – January 14, 2020

IDEAS FROM LONDON is a pop-up shop by Paul Smith that’s set to bring ideas from the UK to Japan. See their new fashion collection, special collaborative items, and more.

 

 

This is just a select look at what’s to come when the season of love hits GINZA SIX. Make sure you don’t miss out.

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    The next ingredient to show itself was the mascarpone cream, which combines with the rest of the flavours perfectly. Once your mouth is satisfied with the sweetness of the flavour combinations, you’re next met with Ise matcha gelato.

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    The final bites of a parfait can generally be hard to get down because you grow tired of the flavour, but the ones sold at Kinoshita Chaen are on another level. The various flavours and textures mean you won’t grow tired as you spoon through the many layersーyou’ll find yourself savouring every last bite.

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    Tokyo Enbo – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Wagashi Yui

    Recreated are the landmarks of Tokyo in the morning sun, with the beautiful silhouettes of the city’s skyrise buildings formed into sweet bean jelly. Try and find Roppongi Hills in this picturesque perfection.

    Ukeian Castella Wasanbon – ¥2,160 (Tax Included) @ Ukeian

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    Roppongi Hills Sanmaido (5 Included) – ¥702 (Tax Included) @ Ginza Matsuzaki Senbei

    The senbei rice crackers have a gentle flavour, handcrafted one by one by the shop’s master chefsーincluding the Roppongi Hills logo design of these tile-shaped rice crackersーby adding eggs and sugar to wheat flour.

    Kinanomiya Sando (Exclusive Packaging/3 Included) – ¥540 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

    KISSHOKARYO Japan Premium “Miyabi” – ¥1,870 (Tax Included) @ KISSHOKARYO

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    They’re also serving a special Japanese parfait for eating-in, made with specially-selected Uji matcha from Kyoto and homemade soy flour.

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    Roppongi Hills Exclusive Melon Parfait – ¥2,700 (Tax Included) @ New Style Ginza Sembikiya

    Added to the thick and fluffy bread is fresh fruit and subtly sweet cream to make a refreshing sandwich. The chocolate sandwich in the left of the picture is exclusive to Roppongi Hills.

     

    The must-try is the melon parfait, which is made with melons grown in Shizuoka that have been specially selected by the shop.

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    Caffe mocha al Bicerin – ¥660 (Tax Included) @ Bicerin

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    Roppongi Exclusive GIFT – ¥918 (Tax Included) @ Jiichiro

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    Food Area – Roppongi Hill Exclusives

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    Brioche Vendée N – ¥864 (Tax Included) @ Boulangerie Bonheur

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  • 5 Must-Eat Cherry Blossom Foods & Desserts at Hotels in Tokyo

    15.February.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    We’re keeping the cherry blossom theme running here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON as we approach spring. Today, we’re showcasing something for those planning a trip to Tokyo for the cherry blossom and Hanami season: 5 must-try cherry blossom foods and desserts served at hotels across Tokyo.

     

    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea at InterContinental Tokyo Strings


    Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800

    The fraisier is a strawberry cake said to represent the coming of spring in France. At Rhythmos, a cafe and bar at InterContinental Tokyo Strings, it’s served in a glass so you can see all the delicious insides, from the round-sliced strawberries to the beautiful green pistachio mousseline cream. The pure white crémet d’Anjou has a fluffy texture and is mixed with refreshing and sour strawberry and raspberry sauce which elevates the flavour of the fromage blanc.

     

    Other treats to pick from include the cherry blossom ganache tart which has a faint cherry blossom fragrance, cherry blossom and strawberry cream-stuffed macarons, strawberry daifuku, and more―all with spring flavours and colours.

     

    The savoury line-up too offers some elegant and unique items. There’s the sandwich wraps which include cherry blossom leaf-topped grilled chicken with a lining of shredded dried plum, strawberry ceviche with grilled scallops, and much more.

     

    ▶︎Sakura Strawberry Afternoon Tea

    Running: March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

    Location: Rhythmos Café and Bar (InterContinental Tokyo Strings)

    Time: 14:00-18:00 (Last Orders 16:30)

    Price: ¥4,800 per person

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    InterContinental Tokyo Strings

    Address: 2-16-1 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://intercontinental-strings.jp/?updatelang=yes

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Themed Menu to be Served at InterContinental Tokyo Strings in Spring 2020

     

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo


    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    On the top plate is a collection of four pink and white desserts. This includes some tempting macarons which are filled with a cherry blossom ganache. The macarons themselves are vanilla flavoured, packed with cherry blossom cream, and have prints of delicate cherry blossom flowers on them.

    On the lower tier are crunchy pie sandwiches filled with a cream cheese that is laced with cherry blossom leaves, while the bottom tier is an assortment that includes refreshing shrimp, grapefruit and asparagus sandwiches, and more.

     

    Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea

    Running: February 17, 2020 – April 12, 2020
    Time: 12:00-18:00
    *On weekdays between January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020, the afternoon tea will be served from 14:30-18:00 due to the holding of the sweets buffet
    Location: Le Jardin at Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo
    Prices: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea ¥4,000 / With Welcome Drink ¥4,500

     

    Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo

    Address: 2-10-8 Sekiguchi, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hotel-chinzanso-tokyo.com/

     

    For more details, check out our previous article here: Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea in Japan: Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo’s Beautiful Floral Menu

     

     

    Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”


    Sakura Picnic Basket – ¥5,500

    The Oak Door is noted for its use of high quality ingredients prepared in a dynamic way. This spring, they have the perfect pick to give you that feeling that the Japanese Hanami season is here with a cherry blossom picnic basket. This stylish selection has the lot: food, dessert, glasses, and cutlery. The burgers bear pink buns which are stuffed with prime beef patties, pastrami beef, and veg. They also have skewered vegetables too like radishes. Seeking that springtime sensation? Then order your very own Sakura Picnic Basket!

     

    ▼Sakura Picnic Basket at Grand Hyatt Tokyo’s Steak House “The Oak Door”

    Running: March 1, 2020 – Mid April 2020
    Time: 9:00〜22:00

    Price: ¥5,500

    Location: The Oak Door (Grand Hyatt Tokyo Floor 6F)

     

    Grand Hyatt Tokyo

    Address: 6-10-3 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/japan/grand-hyatt-tokyo/tyogh/offers

     

    Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    At eight of Keio Plaza Hotel’s restaurantsーwhose menus span traditional Japanese dishes, French food, Chinese cuisineーthey are cooking up their own unique cherry blossom servings.


    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan

    A traditional kaiseki-style Japanese course consisting of a bounty of luxury ingredients like Japanese Black wagyu beef, caviar, and more.


    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

    You need only look at the dishes served at Duo Fourchettes to understand the level of quality and beauty that goes into their dishes. This French lunch line-up is packed with plenty of seasonal spring ingredients, and there’s even a succulent strawberry-packed dessert to indulge in.

     

    ▼Gorgeous Springtime Cherry Blossom Set at Keio Plaza Hotel

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
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    “Kadode” Lunch & Dinner – ¥15,500 @ Soujuan
    “contente” French Lunch – ¥9,000 @ Duo Fourchettes

     

    Keio Plaza Hotel
    Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

    Official Website (English): https://www.keioplaza.com/

     

     

    Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    At the “Bakery & Pastry Shop,” which is managed directly by the hotel, they have a beautiful choice of desserts perfect for Hanami flower-viewing.


    Sakura Opera – ¥610

    This three-layered cake is made up of matcha joconde biscuit, adzuki and cherry blossom butter cream, and strawberry jelly. It’s also topped with white chocolate by French premium chocolate company Valrhona.


    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

    The pastry of these eclairs are made with plenty of milk and are filled with a homemade cherry blossom milk cream. The cherry blossom petals on top are pickled in salt to give a slight salty bite, contrasting deliciously with the sweetness of the cream.

     

    ▼Spring Sakura Sweets & Pastries at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba

    Running: March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020
    Time: 10:00-20:00
    Location: Bakery & Pastry Shop at Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Prices:
    Sakura Opera – ¥610
    Spring Milk Cream – ¥320

     

    Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
    Address: 2-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo
    Official Website (English): https://www.tokyo.grandnikko.com/eng/

     

     

    Which of these picks has your mouth watering the most? If you’re travelling to Tokyo for the springtime cherry blossoms, why not book at one of these hotels and start your trip with a delicious sakura treat?

  • Garrett Popcorn Reveals Cherry Blossom Pink Strawberry & White Chocolate Popcorn Flavour

    14.February.2020 | FOOD

    American gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® has revealed its new cherry blossom pink coloured, strawberry and white chocolate flavoured popcorn “Very Berry White Chocolate,” along with the new “Garrett Sakura Tin”ーboth of which will be released tomorrow on February 15 in limited quantities.

    Very Berry White Chocolate: Small ¥580/Medium ¥1,030/Large ¥1,670/Jumbo ¥3,300/Quarter Tin ¥1,700/1 Gallon Tin ¥4,300/2 Gallon Tin ¥8,250

    Also released for spring last year to overwhelming popularity, the “Very Berry White Chocolate” popcorn takes Garrett Popcorn’s fruity, sweet and sour “Strawberry Caramel Crisp™” flavour, coats it in sweet white chocolate, and sprinkles it with strawberry flakes to create a truly succulent strawberry treat, which is made even more delicious with the milk white chocolate. Its pink colour also brings to mind images of Japan’s cherry blossoms.

    Garrett Sakura Tin/Quarter Tin: From ¥1,130

    The Garrett Sakura Tin has been sold every spring since 2014, and makes a return once again for 2020, covered in beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.

     

    The pink-on-pink combination is a great Valentine’s Day present, for a springtime movie nightーwhatever takes your fancy!

  • Tokyo’s GINZA SIX Reveals Colourful Spring Dessert Line-Up

    13.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    GINZA SIXーthe largest shopping complex in Ginzaーhas unveiled some of the incredible desserts arriving for this spring only.

     

    Ginza is famous for its host of restaurants which serve up gorgeously gourmet food throughout the four seasons, and so you can expect GINZA SIX’s line-up to be something special. Let’s take a look.

    Strawberry Sweet Afternoon Tea – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) @ THE GRAND GINZA

    “Shun’un” pecial Make Maruto Parfait – ¥2,300 (Before Tax) @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten Ginza

    Strawberry Mix Candy – ¥593 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE

    The line-up of delectable treats at GINZA SIX won’t just satisfy your sweet tooth, but your eyes too due to their delightful appearanceーlike the strawberry and roses littered afternoon tea, or the strawberry candy which is made using only the best available strawberries. The shops and restaurants at GINZA SIX have ensured to prepare sweets that will bring spring to mind Japanese springtime and the pink cherry blossoms.

    Matcha Ganache – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) @ Tsujiri

    Matcha & Tamba Azuki Bean Cake – ¥2,600 (Before Tax) @ Marlowe

    Kurozu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 (Before Tax) @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery

    Other tantalising treats include more Japanese-tasting selections, like cookies injected with a rich matcha ganache, raw chocolate doused with kurozu vinegar, gluten-free pound cake made with freshly-made Uji matcha, and more.

     

    Of course, since this is a spring line-up, there are flowery fusions to find too, like candy topped with edible flowers and rose flavoured frozen fruit bars.

    Rose & Raspberry – ¥520 (Before Tax) @ PALETAS

    Spring Edible Flower Lollipops – ¥555 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE

    Aya Farm Saku Mango Selection – ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ Aya Farm

    If you’re in Tokyo for spring, the cherry blossoms and hanami, then be sure to stop by GINZA SIX to indulge yourself this season.

  • McFlurry and KitKat Come Together in Long-Awaited Collaboration at McDonald’s Japan

    13.February.2020 | FOOD

    McDonald’s Japan has teamed up with Nestlé Japan to release a KitKat® McFlurry®. It was released on Wednesday at all McDonald’s branches in Japan.

    It has been seven years since McFlurry® and KitKat® came together in their delicious chocolatey ice cream combination. It was such a hit back in 2007 that it has finally made its fabled return to the delight of sweet-tooth McDonald’s customers.

     

    The KitKat® McFlurry® is a simple combination of smooth soft serve ice cream and crushed KitKat®. It’s also drizzled in a special sauce made from rich couverture chocolate.

    The mix of the wafer-like chocolate KitKat® with the soft serve ice cream is a combination to die for, and the sauce only adds to the mouth-watering flavour.

     

    The dessert will be served in limited-edition cups as pictured above. These cups are limited in stock and will discontinue once all are sold.

  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Unveil Fruity Barbapapa Doughnut Line-Up

    12.February.2020 | FOOD

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Japan has announced its second doughnut collaboration with internationally popular French character Barbapapa, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Three new doughnuts are being released as part of the “Fruity Barbapapa” series on February 26.

     

    Barbapapa x Strawberry: ¥290

    The shape-shifting Barbapapa comes in a strawberry flavour. The fluffy doughnut is coated in a sweet and sour strawberry chocolate and is filled with fresh strawberry pieces.

    Barbapapa x Apple: ¥290

    Barbabravo is one of Barbapapa’s sons, and he comes in a bright-red apple flavour.  He’s coated with caramel and is filled with a tangy apple nappage and smooth, rich apple cream.

    Barbazoo x Mango: ¥290

    The nature-loving Barbazoo, another one of Barbapapa’s sons, comes in a bright yellow colour and is mango flavoured. It’s made from delicious alphonso mango and filled with a rich cream puree for a tropical treat.

    Recommended Dozen (12 Included): ¥2,000

    Recommended Half Dozen (6 Included): ¥1,250

    Recommended Box (3 Included): ¥840

    Get them in a box of three, six, or twelve, and enjoy the cute and wonderful world of Barbapapa in doughnut form!3

    *Limited-edition box available while supplies last. Mercedes me Tokyo HANEDA branch of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts not participating.

  • Gorgeous Bridge Ready To Embrace A New Shopping Complex Under Its 100-Year-Old Arches This Year

    10.February.2020 | SPOT

    JR East Urban Development Corporation’s new project for a new shopping complex to be built under an old bridge is underway. The old viaduct bridge, which stretches around 300m from Yūrakuchō station to Shimbashi station, has a history of 100 years. Its beautiful old brick arches will soon be home to HIBIYA OKUROJI, which is set to be completed by the end of June this year. 

     

    The project will utilise the spaces under the arches of the bridge that have supported the railway tracks for the Tōkaidō Main Line and Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed railway for many years. Located in the depths of Hibiya, the bridge will soon be home to a new neighbourhood full of culture. Once complete, HIBIYA OKUROJI is sure to attract even more people to nearby neighbourhoods such as Ginza, Yūrakuchō and Shimbashi. 

     

    Aiming to create a little “town” with its own culture, the shops to reside at HIBIYA OKUROJI will be full of originality, creating a wonderfully interactive environment. There will be 16 shops and 28 restaurants. Some restaurants to look out for include Nagoya’s eel restaurant Unafuji, which is known for its long queues, and COOK BARN TOKYO, which makes dishes with ingredients sourced from Ibaraki. The shopping complex will also be home to a number of Japanese fashion brands including the handmade necktie shop KUSKA & THE TANGO from Tango, Kyoto, ivy league fashion brand VAN SHOP, trainers brand Panther, and outdoor wear brand finetrack.

     The name HIBIYA OKUROJI comes from the words “oku” (inside), which refers to its location away from the centre of Hibiya and Ginza, and “roji” which means “alley”, which signifies its hidden location under the bridge’s arches. The two words combined form the word “OKUROJI” to entice adventure-seekers to come discover the unique secrets hidden in the new area. The name surely has a ring of excitement to it and of course, the 100-year history of the characteristic bridge is even more of a mood-setter. 

     

    If you’re looking for an exciting and unique adventure of discovery to satisfy the curious traveller in you, the new HIBIYA OKUROJI shopping complex is a sure way to provide a fully satisfying day trip. 

  • 6 Stylish Cafés in Ginza You Have To Visit

    09.February.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Ginza is a district in Tokyo that lures in all the young people. From its high-brand fashion trends to its stylish top-tier cafés and restaurants, the minute the weekend arrives, Ginza is a tourism hotspot flourishing with young people looking for a good time.

     

    When planning a day out shopping with friends in Ginza, for many of us the day’s events revolve around where to go for lunch. Luckily, Instagram expert omao, whose city café and restaurant expertise is on a whole new level, has stepped in to help by sharing six stylish cafés in Ginza with us.

     

    bills, Ginza

    Ricotta Pancakes: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

    Bills is famous for their pancakes. Check out this luxurious stack of three thick ricotta cheese pancakes. Indulge in the flavour of ricotta cheese and the slightly salty butter, which softens the sweetness. Pour on the maple syrup to unlock a whole new level of deliciousness. It may be crowded on the weekends, but weekday mornings are a good time to go to ensure you get a spot. 

     

    ▼bills Ginza

    Opening Hours: 8:30-23:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: Okura House 12F, 2-6-12, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Website: https://billsjapan.com/jp/銀座

     

    THE CITY BAKERY

    Cinnamon Roll: ¥320 (Before Tax) , Other Items Unknown

    city bakery is a café and bakery with its main branch located in New York. It is so popular that in Tokyo alone you can find a city bakery in Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Kichijōji and three more locations. As the name suggests, their specialty is bread but they also make amazing hamburgers, soups, salads and alcoholic drinks. The best part is that you can sit in the café and enjoy freshly baked bread still hot from the oven. 

     

    ▼THE CITY BAKERY

    Opening Hours: 7:30-22:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: B2F, Tokyu Plaza, 5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://thecitybakery.jp

     

    Ginza Ginger

    Ginza Ginger’s main store is located in Ginza but there is also a branch at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Having said that, the calm and exquisite atmosphere at the Ginza branch definitely makes it the winner of the two. Although shaved ice is usually only seen around Japan in summer, Ginza Ginger serves it throughout the year. They sell seasonal shaved ice flavours too which is highly recommended. If you’re looking for a souvenir, don’t forget to pick up their souvenir sweets which are made from ginger.

     

    ▼Ginza Ginger (Ginza main store)

    Opening Hours:11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: Quartier Blanc GINZA, 1F2F, 1,4,3, Ginza, Shibuya, Tokyo

    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13143693/

     

    Ginza West

    Ginza West has been around for a long time and is dedicated to delivering the best flavours by using natural ingredients and avoiding artificial colours and flavours. Pure white tablecloths are spread over the tables and chairs, creating a bright mood perfect for enjoying a dessert to yourself. Their popular “leaf pie” biscuits are the perfect souvenir for that friend who couldn’t come.

     

    ▼Ginza West

    Opening Hours:

    Weekdays: 9:00-22:00 (Shop Closes: 23:00)

    Weekends and National Holidays: 11:00-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: 7-3-6, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: https://www.ginza-west.co.jp

     

    Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch

    Cafe Paulista is said to be the place of origin for the slang word “Ginbura” which is a combination of the words “Ginza” and “Brazilian coffee” and literally means “to hang out” (have a coffee) with friends in Ginza. Although this café enjoys a classic and quiet atmosphere, it is the perfect place to make yourself at home and settle down with a warming cup of coffee. Come enjoy your weekend caffeine dose with a small slice of cake and you won’t be disappointed.

     

    ▼Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch

    Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday:8:30-21:30

    Sundays and National Holidays: 11:30-20:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: Nagasaki Center Bldg.1F, 8-9-16, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Official Website: http://www.paulista.co.jp

     

    centre the bakery

    Tasting Set: ¥1,700

    This café sells a shokupan set (sliced loaf set) which you can taste and compare. You can choose to eat in, however it is best to reserve in advance as it gets crowded quite quickly. This place is so popular that the queue for take out orders can stretch for an hour. Having said that, it is really worth the wait. You’re guaranteed to leave fully satisfied. 

     

    ▼centre the bakery

    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
    No Fixed Holidays
    Address: 1-2-1,Chuo Ward, Tokto

    Website: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13157424/

     

    So, how about it?

    If you’re stuck on where to go for food in the city, you can count on omao‘s Instagram to be there to help. However, you won’t be able to stop yourself from drooling – you have been warned. 

     

    Photos and Original Text by: omao

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