1. Shiro Hige's Cream Puff Factory
    Photo: Kaila ImadaShiro Hige's Cream Puff Factory
  2. Pixar cakes
    ©Disney/PixarMini Pixar cakes
  3. Doraemon chiffon cake
    ©Fujiko-ProDoraemon Korosuke chiffon cakes
  4. Hatcoffee
    HatcoffeeHatcoffee
  5. Eiswelt Gelato アイスウェルト ジェラート
    Photo: Kisa ToyoshimaEiswelt Gelato

10 utterly adorable desserts and drinks in Tokyo

From 3D latte art and animal doughnuts to Totoro puffs, these tasty treats are just too cute to eat

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Kaila Imada
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Tokyo's filled with decadent sweet shops and dessert cafés, and you're bound to come across the treats of your Instagram dreams. Whether you're looking for a kawaii animal-shaped ice cream to beat the heat or a dainty doughnut to accompany your afternoon latte (topped with a 3D cat, no less), here are some of the cutest, most charming food, desserts and drinks we’ve found around the city. Be warned though: you may have trouble eating these cute confections as they are just too adorable for you to bite into.

Note: these venues might close early depending on the current Covid-19 measures imposed by the authorities. Please check with the individual outlets for the latest business hours.

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Too cute to eat

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  • Daita

Styled on Totoro – the beloved character from the Studio Ghibli movie ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ – these charming choux cream pastries are come in seasonal flavours, which range from strawberry to peach and chocolate. It’s almost painful cutting into these cuties as they really do look too good to eat. From ¥420

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  • Asakusa

As long as there’s steamed milk, latte art master Kohei Matsuno can transform any ordinary coffee into a tiny work of art. So show him a photo of your favourite character or animal and he’ll recreate it on the drink’s surface either as a flat or 3D rendition right in front of your eyes. Otherwise, just opt for the basic latte art and leave it to Matsuno’s imagination. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. From ¥650

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Doremon Korosuke chiffon sandwiches
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Doremon Korosuke chiffon sandwiches

You’ll want to head to the Doraemon-themed café at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum to try out this brand new Doraemon Korosuke chiffon sandwich that was just added to the menu this spring. The dessert features two sandwiches in the shape of the loveable cat robot and Korosuke, another robot character created by manga artist Fujiko Fujio. The Doraemon sandwich is made from chocolate chiffon and filled with banana cream while Korosuke is a plain chiffon filled with mango cream. ¥1,280

Detective Conan wagashi
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Detective Conan wagashi

Available following the release of the Detective Conan anime film series, ‘Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet’, 7-Eleven convenience stores are offering too-cute-to-eat versions of your favourite Detective Conan characters shaped into traditional Japanese wagashi. There are two wagashi available: Conan Edogawa with a custard filling or FBI agent Shuichi Akai with a chocolate-flavoured filling. ¥278 each

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Pompompurin 25th Anniversary pudding dessert
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Pompompurin 25th Anniversary pudding dessert

Sanrio's Pompompurin is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is teaming up with Lawson convenience stores to offer a brand new custard pudding flavoured dessert in the shape of the iconic pup. The dessert is a chewy mochi mochi confection filled with a Japanese custard pudding flavoured cream. You’ll also want to take note of the special packaging for the dessert as it features limited-edition artwork in commemoration of Pompompurin's 25th year. ¥158 each

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  • Harajuku

If you're looking kawaii in Tokyo, head on over to Harajuku's Eiwelt Gelato for the most adorable animal-shaped ice cream in the city. Pick from a tasty zoo of bunnies, pigs or bears where this Los Angeles-born gelateria crafts all of their cuties right in front of your eyes. Quality is not overlooked here as gelato flavours are all homemade using original recipes. You can even look forward to Japan-limited ice cream flavours and characters. From ¥580

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  • Soshigaya-Okura

Taking the sweetest thing both figuratively and literally, Floresta’s kawaii doughnuts come in a variety of colours and characters. These ‘guilt-free’ treats are made from organic, domestically produced ingredients. Be warned, you'll need to get there early to baga box - these fly off the shelves pretty quickly. From ¥389

Shaun the Sheep cake
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  • Kichijoji

It’s fair to say that the people behind Sunday Brunch in Kichijoji like Shaun The Sheep. You’ll find an entire menu based on this beloved television character here, the highlight of which is possibly the cutest cake ewe will ever see. Covered with numerous sugary sheep staring up at you, its flavour changes with the seasons, but it never looks anything less than amazing. ¥1,486 per slice

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  • Monzen-Nakacho

Minatoya in Monzen-Nakacho has been serving delicious senbei rice crackers for 70 years, with flavours ranging from classics like salt and soy sauce to more experimental options like sweet salty sesame and miso clam. The shop is most popular for its novelty senbei that come in different shapes and sizes. You can find rice crackers decorated into animals like cats, dogs, birds and even tigers, as well as holiday-themed ones for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, New Year and much more. From ¥200

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