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7 best vegan, dairy-free ice cream in Tokyo

Guilt-free but still yummy: here are some of the best dairy-free, animal product-free, vegan ice cream the city has to offer

Youka Nagase
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Youka Nagase
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We’re beginning to see vegan restaurants popping up in the city, offering healthier, plant-based alternatives of Japanese comfort food like ramen and karaage fried chicken. Vegan desserts have also been popular in recent years. Big brands like Pucchin Pudding and Tokyo Banana now produce plant-based confectionery for those who have restrictions on consuming eggs, honey, dairy or any animal byproducts.

Vegans in Tokyo can now expand their dessert list with these specialist shops offering plant-based ice cream. They’re also great for those who are lactose intolerant. So make that cone a double – these vegan ice creams are guilt-free and still delicious.

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Vegan-friendly frozen treats

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Daikanyama

Premium Sow in Daikanyama offers an array of desserts that are entirely vegan and gluten-free. There are decadent chocolate cakes, apple tarts, Mont Blancs and puddings on display, but in this summer heat, you’d want to head straight for the vegan and gluten-free ice cream (from ¥500).

Premium Sow’s ice cream does not contain any cream, milk, egg, butter or flour. Instead, it uses plant milk, rice flour and other dairy-free ingredients. While the flavours differ daily, you can be sure there are ten to choose from, including pistachio, rum raisin, chocolate mint and vanilla chocolate crunch.

For a bigger bite, get the ice cream sandwiches; they use housemade cookies and come in eight flavours. While takeout is the norm here, the café does have a small eat-in space.

  • Restaurants
  • Organic
  • Ebisu

This clean-eating café in Ebisu by natural and organic beauty brand Cosme Kitchen Adaptation serves vegan soft-serve ice cream (¥748) which has no dairy or egg. It’s sweetened with organic soymilk and amazake instead of sugar, making this a guilt-free treat.

You can enjoy the ice cream as an affogato (¥968) with a shot of decaf espresso poured on top. But we recommend you go all out and get the decadent multi-layered parfait that comes in berry (¥1,408) or matcha zunda soybean (¥1,408) flavour. It’s served in a tall glass with a kanten (agar) pudding base, layers of granola and sauce, and a generous swirl of soft serve right on top.

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  • Shopping
  • Shibuya

Far East Bazaar is known for its international condiments and spices, but the shop also features a small section dedicated to ice cream and smoothies. Head over to its Shinjuku outlet for a vegan soft serve made with soy and oat milk and sweetened with flower nectar. It also offers a healthy, vegan ice cream sandwich that’s free from dairy, eggs, artificial colours and white sugar. The ice cream is available in various flavours including soy milk, pistachio and cacao dates.

  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours
  • Yoyogi-Hachiman

This ice cream shop started in Kobe in 2017 and now it’s opened a second location next to Yoyogi Park. Harlow’s frozen treats are made in-house daily using natural sweeteners. Aside from a line up of about six dairy ice creams, it also offers three vegan ice cream flavours: coconut and soy maple cookie, black sesame miso and black cookie, and mixed berry sorbet. You can choose to enjoy your treat in a cup or a freshly made vegan cone.

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  • Restaurants
  • Vegan
  • Nakameguro

Aside from its huge falafel sandwiches, Ballon also serves vegan soft-serve ice cream (¥550) made with organic soy milk instead of dairy. It’s allergen-free, since the only ingredients that go into this cool treat are agave powder, amazake, canola oil, hemp fruit, vanilla beans and a pinch of salt. You can jazz it up with nine topping options: make it fruity with strawberry or passion fruit sauce, or add some crunch with chocolate chips or granola.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Nakameguro

This gelato specialist in Nakameguro offers over 40 flavours, half of which are strictly vegan, meaning there are no dairy products or honey. The selections here aren’t your average vanilla and chocolate flavours either – try the Sicillian pistachio, matcha and ume, or the Kyoto white miso with vegan cheese if you’re looking for something rich and creamy. Prefer something more refreshing? Opt for either the shiso and perilla or the chocolate sorbet.

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  • Shopping
  • Harajuku

Ikea has been buzzing lately with its diverse vegan menu, and its plant-based soft-serve ice cream has been a hit. The flavours tend to change once in a while – we’ve seen banana and strawberry in the past – but its current offering is apple. The best part? It’s only ¥250.

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