Tokyo’s parfait takes after the American version, where ingredients such as yoghurt, fruits, cream, nuts and more are layered in a tall glass, rather than the classic French custard concoction. There are cafés devoted to perfecting the parfait, each trying to outdo the other with extravagant creations and unique flavours. None are better than Glaciel Omotesando, whose seasonal parfaits feature gloriously indulgent homemade ice creams.
When it comes to desserts, Tokyo is no stranger to the sweeter things in life. There are original, quintessentially Japanese creations such as kakigori and wagashi. But what really sets Tokyo apart is the city's ability to take a classic dessert, put a unique spin on in and make it its own.
Think pancakes that take on a souffle-like airiness and texture, or the French Mont Blanc that has been made into a showcase for local chestnuts, or the American-style parfait that's been elevated with the best of seasonal fruit. Wondering where to start? Eat your way through our list of essential Japanese desserts here.